We’ve been following the development of the Apertus° Axiom camera which has been going on for quite a while now. It’s a serious, affordable cinema camera with all the features indie filmmakers could wish for.
First prototype hardware of the Apertus Axiom, including a lens mount
The open-source camera project Apertus, which has announced its module-based Axiom camera concept recently (read our post here), has its very first prototype ready and – in best open-source spirit – shares the prototype’s first images with the world in a very “raw” stage.
Apertus just announced that they have brought their open-source cinema camera concept to the next stage, planning to release a completely modular concept for their open source camera Axiom.
The concept is very interesting: it reminds of what RED had planned years ago, and what they only realized to a very small degree: a completely modular design that allows you to use only the pieces of camera that you actually need. The basic front end is simply the sensor in a housing with an interface, basically – each other functionality, be it XLR audio recording, RAW processing and recording, battery mounts, etc., can be added optionally based on your needs.
Don’t forget they want to keep this an open source project – which means that every manufacturer will be able to add their own modules without having to pay any licensing fees.
The image on the left depicts the prototype of the ongoing project named “AXIOM”, a camera by people who are passionate about creating a strong competitor in the quickly growing 35mm digital cinema camera market.
We reported about the AXIOM camera in July when the project was first made official which they had started work on in 2006. They are now in the next phase of their project with a soon to be finished prototype which is exciting news.
Apertus personally stopped by at our office and discussed their project with us in detail. I can tell you that these are very dedicated people and they seem to have all the parts together to create an exciting camera.