In an continuing effort to push sales of their first camera, the CION, AJA just announced that they are giving out free loans of their CION camera to interested shooters. My colleague Sebastian Wöber reviewed the camera earlier this year with very mixed results, with cinema5D being the first medium to cover the camera extensively. In a surprising move, AJA dropped the price by almost 50% in May, and now loans it out for free for people who want to test it on their own projects. It’s great to see a manufacturer reacting as open as this to criticism and user feedback. AJA has a long-standing history of providing reliable tools for the post production industry, but they are new to the highly competitive camera market, and as Blackmagic Design have already shown in their first years as camera makers, no expert has ever grown on trees – but everyone’s getting better over time. To sign yourself up for a free AJA CION loan, head over to the AJA #TRYCION website to fill out the form. There are separate programs for North America (click here) and EMEA region (click here). Of course, AJA reserves the right to deny this service to anyone, it’s only logical that they want to know a bit more about you before handing over an expensive piece of kit with a bunch of accessories for free. However the questions you need to answer are reasonable, simply telling them what kind of cameras you usually shoot with, what workflow you are using and what type of productions you specialize in. And of course, for how many days you would actually want a CION. If any of our readers tries the CION themselves, we’d be very happy to get your feedback about it and how the camera worked for you compared to our experience.Read more
AJA is a manufacturer of digital video interfaces and recently moved into the camera market with the introduction of their AJA Cion a few months ago. While initial speculations seemed to suggest that the Cion is a camera not to be taken seriously among professionals, Andy Bellamy wants to convince us otherwise. Oh and what we see and hear IS convincing. If you haven’t done so you should immediately check out the first footage from the AJA Cion that was published today and shows the extremely fine quality this camera produces. In our interview Andy Bellamy explained a bit of the science and commitment inside the Cion. It seems they aimed to please those filmmakers who are looking for accurate skin tones and clean, filmic, high quality images, much of the kind as we’ve enjoyed so much on the Arri AMIRA. The fact that the AJA Cion can create 4K images in 60p in RAW quality as well as ProRes is just one of the intruiging technical facts about this affordable, yet seemingly highly professional camera. We think this is one of the cameras users should keep their eye on. We’ll keep you updated and take the AJA Cion into the field in one of our future camera reviews. For more specs and technical information on the AJA Cion head over to this article.Read more
AJA is the second hardware company after Blackmagic design to announce and bring a new camera to the market. It is yet to be seen if this product will arrive in time and how it will preform in the hand of professional DPs, but for now only my opinion is sure: This is one of the best looking cameras out there…. In the introductory video below, beside summarising the camera functionality strengths, AJA also included some footage that was shot with the camera (minute 3:17) CION – The New Production Camera from AJA from AJA Marketing on Vimeo. Our Nino Leitner and Tim Fok reported earlier from NAB: CION Features (from the press release): Sensor: 4K APS-C sized CMOS sensor with an electronic global shutter. 12-stops of dynamic range. Recording Formats and Resolutions: Apple ProRes 4444, Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), Apple ProRes 422, ProRes 422 (LT) and Apple ProRes (Proxy); 4K (4096×2160), Ultra HD (3840×2160), 2K (2048×1080), HD (1920×1080). 2K and HD are hardware scaled from the full 4K sensor for high-quality over-sampled images and retention of field-of-view. Media: Record to AJA Pak SSD media available in 256GB and 512GB capacities. Transfer via Thunderbolt™ or USB3 with optional AJA Pak Dock; Complete 10-bit and 12-bit workflow from HD to 4K. Raw Support: Output AJA Raw via 3G-SDI at up to 4K 120 fps or via Thunderbolt™ at up to 4K 30 fps. Lens Mount: Industry standard PL mount Connectors: 4x 3G-SDI/HD-SDI outputs (4K/Ultra HD/2K/HD) 2x 3G/HD-SDI monitor outputs with overlay support 1x HDMI output offering support for 4K and Ultra HD or scaled 2K/HD 1x HDMI output for 2K/HD 2x mic/line/48v XLR analog audio inputs 2x LANC control ports 1x LTC input connector 1x reference connector 1x USB connector 1x 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN connection 1x Mini TRS headphone jack 1x 4-pin XLR power connector 1x input power connector for attaching third-party battery plates 1x output power connector 1x Thunderbolt™ connector Pricing and Availability (from the press release): CION will be available Summer 2014 via a worldwide network of AJA resellers at a US MSRP of $8,995. AJA Pak SSD media is available at a US MSRP of $695 (256GB) and $1295 (512GB). AJA Pak Dock is available at a US MSRP of $395. Optional CION accessories will also be available when the camera ships. For more information about AJA products please visit www.aja.com.Read more
We thought Blackmagic was the only disk recorder manufacturer bold enough to step into the camera market, but lately it seems to become a trend as AJA just released their own version of the “cinema camera”. [UPDATE:] The AJA Cion is now available for pre-order. It is selling for $8,995 LINK AJA is famous for their prores disk recorders and their newest product revealed today is the AJA Cion.Read more
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