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CION

Science of the Beautiful

CION™ is the new 4K/UHD and 2K/HD production camera from AJA. Unite production and post by shooting directly to edit-ready Apple ProRes 4444 at up to 4K 30fps, ProRes 422 at up to 4K 60fps, or output AJA Raw at up to 4K 120fps.

CION Production Camera

CION captures vivid detail and vibrant color at any resolution. Creative choices abound with easy to implement in-camera color settings. The image recorded by CION can be defined as cinematic; technically modern but classic in look. On camera control is inutituve and fast and LAN remote control functionality brings every feature as well as live video feedback to any web browser. CION is the union of great design and functionality, an engineered aesthetic that we are proud to describe as the Science of the Beautiful.

CION IBC Teaser Reel

AJA Video Systems is proud to bring you a brand new teaser shot on the CION™ camera in Grass Valley and Nevada City California. Shooting took place over three days during the first week of September 2014. The UHD 23.98 fps normal speed shots were acquired in camera as ProRes 4444; the slow motion shots were acquired as ProRes 422 with the camera operating at 59.94fps and files saved in-camera as 23.98fps.

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CION Features Video

AJA's foundation has always been to introduce ground breaking products that combine high quality engineering and passion. CION fulfills these core values but adds a new creative vision for the demanding needs of production for both today and tomorrow. CION is the culmination of years of development; from it’s foundation as an extension of our revolutionary Ki Pro range. The design of the camera allows complete flexibility for the user to adapt to any environment. Discover more about CION.

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Ergonomics

CION was designed to be comfortable, convenient and totally
flexible for any shooting environment. A contoured shoulder pad
fits comfortably to your shoulder for hand held use. An included top handle made of high grade aluminum and wood features an integrated LANC start/stop button. The handle base itself uses a standard 15mm rod and through hole to allow the additional mounting of third party accessories.

Optical Low Pass Filter and
IR Cut Filter

An integrated OLPF (Optical Low-Pass Filter) reduces unwanted moiré effects while still retaining vital image detail.

The Infra-red cut filter produces high quality colors within the image by
blocking unwanted light wavelengths.

PL Lens Mount

PL mount lenses are the industry standard for cinema and professional production cameras, and are widely available the world-over. In addition, CION’s lens mount has been designed to be removable so third parties may develop mounts for other lens types.

Sensor

CION features a 4K APS-C sized CMOS sensor with an electronic global shutter and 12 stops of dynamic range. Lenses designed for Super 35mm cover the sensor imaging area and the global shutter eliminates the undesirable qualities associated with rolling shutter-based sensors.

Recording formats

CION can record at 4K (4096x2160), UltraHD (3840x2160), 2K (2048x1080) and HD (1920x1080). 2K and HD are hardware scaled from the full 4K sensor, resulting in beautiful over-sampled images, which also retain your lens’ focal length at any desired resolution. Frame rates up to 50 and 60p are supported - even at full 4K resolution.


AJA Pak Media

CION uses AJA’s proven SSD-based Pak storage. The robust high speed compact storage mounts directly in-camera and allows recording of 4K/UHD and 2K/HD as ProRes 4444, ProRes 422 (HQ), ProRes 422, ProRes 422 (LT) and ProRes (Proxy). Choose from generous 256GB or 512GB capacities and by utilizing the AJA Pak Dock (sold separately) you can transfer your footage over high-speed Thunderbolt™or USB3.

Mounting

Aluminum cheese plates are fitted to both the top and the bottom of the chassis to provide easy mounting of accessories from both AJA and third parties, with standard thread sizes to offer the widest range of compatibility.


Conveniently Connected

CION’s considered design brings ease of operation to both field and studio based productions. For single users, set up and operation is intuitive and straightforward. For more complex productions camera operators, camera assistants and digital imaging technicians may all interact with CION without conflict. In such a scenario, the camera operator can use one monitor output for framing, the camera assistant another monitor output for judging focus and the digital imaging technician can use yet another monitor output as well as the web UI to configure the unit.

 

Connect and Configure

The LAN port at the rear of the CION camera brings a wealth of control to the field or studio; every feature is controllable remotely via a web browser with no proprietary software required. Using an easily set up IP address for the camera and utilizing a simple Ethernet cable you can connect to any laptop on any platform and use a web browser to communicate directly with your CION camera. A video feed has also been included to assist with remote or multi-camera scenarios. Multi-camera wireless control can be easily achieved with a standard WiFi access point, such as an Apple AirPort.

 

Total Camera Control

You’re able to adjust every camera parameter to suit your needs by either clicking on the section appropriate in the side bar of the browser or you can use the buttons in the window that reflect those found on the camera. You
have the freedom to work either way. You can see clearly the options available to each section; navigation is intuitive at every step.

 

Centralized Preset Deployment

Having made adjustments you are able to save these as a preset for use later; quickly and easily recall the preset you need. You can even save a preset and deploy it to other CION cameras that you have linked via a simple Ethernet switch. Up to twenty banks of presets can be saved bringing huge flexibility and time saving whilst shooting.

Elegant Operations

All interface controls are found on the side of the camera facing the operator to provide easy single user functionality. The menu structure itself is elegant and free of cumbersome sub-menu navigation. Confidently dial settings with a robust selection knob that gives clear mechanical feedback as you adjust.

The integrated confidence monitor not only displays the menu information but also previews your real-time image, allowing independent operation.

LED VU meters are placed for easy and accurate audio monitoring. Control knobs for each audio channel allow adjustment of the input level. A headphone monitoring output and a headphone volume control knob are also provided.

The Heart of Production

CION’s considered design brings ease of operation to both field and studio based productions. For single users, set up and operation is intuitive and straightforward. For more complex productions camera operators, camera assistants and digital imaging technicians may all interact with CION without conflict. In such a scenario, the camera operator can use one monitor output for framing, the camera assistant another monitor output for judging focus and the digital imaging technician can use yet another monitor output as well as the web UI to configure the unit.

 

Workflow

On-Set backup and monitoring workflow

CION provides unrivalled on-set monitoring options for 4K/UHD and 2K/HD including a hardware dedicated down convert for 4K/UHD to 2K/HD. CION’s outputs are simultaneously live allowing great flexibility in any scenario independent of resolution. When working in 4K or UHD, five outputs are always available with two for 4K via the HDMI and 4 x 3G SDI and as well as three dedicated downconversions via 2 x 3G SDI and 1 x HDMI. If you are working
in HD or 2K then every single output is live at that resolution giving you up to eight outputs to share on-set. The built in confidence monitor also allows yet another way to see the image being captured.

The AJA Pak Dock and Pak media are designed for field use, featuring a rugged and reliable form factor; unlike a bare SSD drive, AJA Pak media features a multi-insertion rated connector. Connecting to CION via the LAN connector provides real time information regarding the Pak currently in use and by utilizing a Thunderbolt enabled RAID storage drive you can quickly back up your Pak media as you shoot.

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Multicam Gang Control

CION multicam shoots are straightforward to implement and manage by using a laptop with a simple ethernet switch and LAN cables. The web UI allows complete and independent set up of multiple CION cameras; you may name each camera and consolidate control of the cameras from within a web browser using the unique gang recording feature. The web UI will also allow realtime monitoring of the capacity of the Pak media used in each CION. File naming options are easily accessed in CION’s menu structure. There is even an option to create custom names for clips as well.

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AJA Raw Workflows

CION is also fully capable of outputting frame rates up to 120 fps as either 4K or UHD from its 4 x 3G-SDI outputs as AJA Raw. AJA’s Corvid Ultra in conjunction with TruZoom™ software can take the AJA Raw output and replay it at up to 60 fps. Output up to 30fps AJA Raw via the Thunderbolt connector. CION can also record HFR 4K 50 and 60p to Pak media, as Apple ProRes 422.

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Open up your world

CION is designed to create an open approach to accessorizing the camera.

This open system gives you immense flexibility no matter the shooting environment, both indoors and outdoors.
From shoulder to tripod and from dolly to crane, CION keeps all of your options open.

LENSES
PL mount lenses are widely offered in standard focal lengths as well as
zoom options. Manufacturers continue to release new and improved
lenses designed for the demands of 4K resolution. Because the PL
mount system is firmly established in the highest quality production,
you can choose the right lens to suit your creative needs. CION’s
lens mount was also designed to be easy removed to allow an even
wider choice of lens system to suit your needs. Third parties now offer
alternative mounts to allow you to use EF, F-Mount, G-Mount, Leica,
ARRI Bayonet and B4 lenses with ease.

ELECTRONIC VIEWFINDERS
The open system approach allows you to choose from a wide range of electronic viewfinders and connect them directly via CION’s HDMI or 3G-SDI. Dedicated monitoring outputs are even conveniently placed at the front of the camera. A convenient power connector near the front can also provide power for many electronic viewfinders.

MONITORS
Unrivalled monitoring options put CION at the heart of production. In addition to the front 3G-SDI and HDMI monitor outputs, additional rear 3G-SDI and HDMI outputs may also be used for monitoring. 4K and Ultra HD monitoring is possible via the 4x 3G-SDI main outputs and the rear HDMI output (when appropriately configured). You can configure CION so that everyone can see what’s happening.

MICROPHONES
Two balanced analog audio XLR inputs are built into CION allowing compatibility with a huge range of professional audio gear. You can choose to mount a shotgun microphone to the cold shoe found on the top handle or run longer cable from external mixers to CION. Independent switches for mic or line level as well as phantom power are provided meaning you’re ready for any audio situation.

RODS AND ON-CAMERA RIGGING
Removable cheese plates on the top and bottom of the camera make attaching accessories easy. The bottom cheese plate features 1/4-20 and 3/8-16 threaded holes. The AJA-provided top handle attaches to the top cheese plate via 1/4-20 screws for example. CION’s top handle is based on standard 15mm rods, allowing compatibility with third-party accessories and endless possible configurations. Standard- sized rosettes on either side of the camera allow easy and dependable mounting points for handles and grips. By design, it’s incredibly easy to add a wealth of accessories to CION to enhance your shooting experience.

Science of the Beautiful

AJA’s approach to the development of CION was not only towards the external aesthetic and it’s deliberate ergonomic styling; the image processing itself was considered throughout with the result being outstanding color accuracy in virtually any environment. CION is capable of capturing images at up to 4K 12bit 444 allowing the broadest dynamic range possible and providing excellent latitude for post production finishing. To minimise the amount of post processing required CION also allows for great flexibility in controlling the image captured by using our intuitive menu system and it’s straightforward operation on-set. A variety of gamma curves are found within the Exposure Index menu to suit the highlights and shadows within a given scene including a standard REC.709 setting for those wishing to move to a broadcast post production pipeline with ease. In addition you can choose from a range of color temperatures within the White Balance menu providing standard values to suit your scene. You are also able to Auto White Balance any scene by simply holding down the ‘WB’ button on the operational side of CION for three seconds. For those situations where more precise color control is beneficial on-set you can control both the Saturation and also Color Correction via their corresponding menu options. This additional control can save valuable time in post, especially on tine limited projects which require speedy delivery to broadcast and allows you to adapt to changing light in even the most demanding environments.

 

Post
Production

Native codec handling enhances your editorial experience, resulting in fast and responsive playback with no compromise in quality. Apple ProRes offers pristine image quality at extremely manageable file sizes. Using the latest generation of Apple Mac Pro and the AJA Io 4K along with Apple ProRes files from CION makes even 4K and Ultra HD editing a smooth experience. CION can provide 59.94fps material ready conformed to 23.98fps for cinematic slow motion in your timeline with no post processing required.


Tech Specs


User Interface

  • 6x Dedicated Menu Buttons
    (STATUS, CONFIG, MEDIA, FPS, EI and WB)
  • 4x Transport Buttons
    (Play, Fast Forward, Reverse Playback, Stop)
  • 1x Media Unmount Button
  • 1x Record Button
  • 1x User Interface Control Knob
  • 1x User Interface Screen, 320x240 LCD

Sensor Type

  • CMOS, Electronic global shutter, 12 stops of dynamic range

Sensor Size

  • 4K APS-C sized, 22.5mm x 11.9mm

Lens Mount

  • Removable PL (positive lock) Third party EF, B4 and G-Mount mounts are available.

Filtration

  • Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF) and IR Cut Filter (combined)

Removable Storage

  • Pak Media

Video Output

  • 4x 3G-SDI Main Outputs
    (4x BNC connectors, 3G/1.485Gbps)
  • 2x 3G-SDI Monitor Outputs
    (1x front mounted BNC connector,
    1x rear mounted BNC connector, 3G/1.485Gbps)
  • 2x HDMI Outputs
    (1x front mounted HDMI v1.3 Type A connector,
    1x rear mounted HDMI v1.4 Type A connector)

Audio Input

  • 2x Balanced Analog Audio Inputs
    (2x 3-pin XLR connectors with dedicated line/mic/48v
    selection switch per input)

Audio Output

  • 1x Headphone Jack
    (3.5mm stereo mini TRS)

Reference Input

  • 1x Reference Input
    (BNC connector, analog color black)

Timecode

  • 1x LTC
    (BNC connector, 0.5 to 4.5Vpp)

Start/Stop Trigger

  • 2x LANC
    (1x 2.5mm top connector and 1x 2.5mm side connector)

Network Interface

  • 1x LAN connector (RJ45 connector, 10/100/1000)

Data Output

  • AJA Raw via 3G-SDI up to 120 fps or Thunderbolt™ up to 30 fps

Weight

  • 6.4 lbs / 2.9 kg (without top handle attached)
  • 7.4 lbs / 3.4 kg (with top handle attached)

Power

  • AC Range: 100-240 VAC 50/60Hz (AC adapter)
  • DC Range: 12-18Vdc, 5A maximum
    (4-pin XLR connector or 2-pin input connector)
  • Consumption: 38-42W typical, 45-47W maximum
    (Note: does not include power draw from 2-pin output connector)
  • Output: 2-pin power output connector, 10W recommended maximum

Temperature Range

  • Safe Operating Temperature Range: 5C to 40C
  • Safe Storage Temperature Range (power OFF): -20C to 60C

Format, Frame Rate, Encoding and Output

4K

  • 4K (4096x2160) progressive 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60/119.88/120
  • Apple ProRes 4444 or Apple ProRes 422 (all versions) up to/including 30 fps
  • Apple ProRes 422 (or a lower data rate ProRes version) for 50/59.94/60 fps
  • SDI output support for 23.98/24/25/29.97/30 fps
    (SDI 1-4 YCbCr, SDI 1-4 RGB or SDI 1 Raw)
  • SDI output support for 50/59.94/60 fps (SDI 1-4 YCbCr or SDI 1-2 Raw)
  • SDI output support for 119.88/120 fps (SDI 1-4 Raw)

Ultra HD

  • Ultra HD (3840x2160) progressive 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60/119.88/120
  • Apple ProRes 4444 or Apple ProRes 422 (all versions) up to/including 30 fps
  • Apple ProRes 422 (or a lower data rate ProRes version) for 50/59.94/60 fps
  • SDI output support for 23.98/24/25/29.97/30 fps
    (SDI 1-4 YCbCr, SDI 1-4 RGB or SDI 1 Raw)
  • SDI output support for 50/59.94/60 fps (SDI 1-4 YCbCr or SDI 1-2 RAW)
  • SDI output support for 119.88/120 fps (SDI 1-4 Raw)

2K

  • 2K (2048x1080) progressive 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60
  • Apple ProRes 4444 or Apple ProRes 422 (all versions) up to/including 30 fps
  • Apple ProRes 422 (all versions) for 50/59.94/60 fps
  • SDI output support for 23.98/24/25/29.97/30 fps
    (SDI 1 YCbCr, SDI 1-2 RGB, or SDI 1 RGB)
  • SDI output support for 50/59.94/60 fps (SDI 1-2 YCbCr or SDI 1 YCbCr)

1080 progressive

  • 1080 HD (1920x1080) progressive 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60
  • Apple ProRes 4444 or Apple ProRes 422 (all versions) up to/including 30 fps
  • Apple ProRes 422 (all versions) for 50/59.94/60 fps
  • SDI output support for 23.98/24/25/29.97/30 fps
    (SDI 1 YCbCr, SDI 1-2 RGB, or SDI 1 RGB)
  • SDI output support for 50/59.94/60 fps (SDI 1-2 YCbCr or SDI 1 YCbCr)

1080 interlaced

  • 1080 HD (1920x1080) interlaced 25/29.97/30
  • Apple ProRes 422 (all versions) up to/including 30 fps
  • SDI output up to/including 30 fps (SDI 1 YCbCr)


Options


Pak Media

Pak Media is a high-capacity solid state drive encased in a protective housing with rugged connection engineered to handle the rigors of repeated use in the field.

Pak Dock

External Pak Dock with Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connections for fast transfer of media to a host computer.

Front Baseplate

This accessory attaches to the bottom front cheese plate of CION. It features LWS spaced 15mm rod clamps. It is ideal for attaching follow focus units, lens supports and matteboxes.

Rear Baseplate

This piece is attached to the AJA-supplied Battery Adapter Plate and the heel of CION. The Rear Baseplate features LWS spaced 15mm rod clamps allowing you to attach accessories to the rear of CION.

Upper Rod Clamps

In some situations, you may want to attach accessories to LWS spaced 15mm rods above the lens instead of below it. The Upper Rod Clamps accessory makes this possible.

ENG Plate Adaptors

CION is easily fitted to ENG style quick release tripod plates by using a combination of the Wedge and the additional Heel plate. Move swiftly between a stable tripod set up and go directly to shoulder mount with ease. Each sold separately.

Rod to Rosette Adapter Mount

This piece allows you to connect handles or other rosette attached accessories to 15mm rods.

LANC Collar

A simple start/stop trigger that may be connected to either of CION’s two LANC ports. The LANC Collar attaches to AJA handles or any 15mm rod. (One LANC Collar is included with CION.)

Rosette Extension Arm

Available in 9” and 6” lengths, the Rosette Extension Arm fits directly to Hirth tooth rosettes mounted directly to CION’s chassis to allow you to configure CION to fit your needs.

7” 15mm Rod

CION utilises standard 15mm rods, use these to connect matteboxes to the Front Baseplate or batteries to the Rear baseplate if you are balancing a longer zoom lens.

Viewfinder Mount

You may configure this accessory to support electronic viewfinders or even lightweight on-board monitors. Nearly infinite adjustments are possible via sliding 15mm rods and the L-shaped bracket.

Coiled LANC Cable

If you are using extension arms in combination with the LANC collar and Handle Grip then the LANC cable is required to allow start/stop when recording in the field.

Handle Grip

One Handle Grip with 15mm mounting rod is included with every CION; additional Handle Grips are available to purchase.

Handle Grip Mount

If you wish to use the Handle Grip in conjunction with the top cheese plate on CION’s chassis then the Handle Grip Mount is required. This mount also allows the addition of the Viewfinder Mount.

Battery Plate Mount

Mount point with tap-holes for popular third party battery systems.