• AJA CION Production Camera

  • AJA CION

    4K/UHD & 2K/HD Production Camera

  • AJA CION Production Camera AJA CION Production Camera

 AJA CION 4K/UHD & 2K/HD Production Camera
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CION: Overview

CION is the new 4K/UHD and 2K/HD production Camera from AJA. Record directly to Apple ProRes 422 and 444 at upto 4K 60fps or output AJA Raw upto 4K 120fps. CION features an ergonomic design and open connectivity to give complete flexibility in the field or studio.

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Features

Built With Passion
CION represents a new direction for AJA but one that is firmly rooted in everything that has been learned over the last 21 years. A considered process has been used to create a true production camera with a feature set and form factor that offers the user a wide variety of options both in the field and the studio. The design of the camera allows complete flexibility for the user to adapt to any environment.
CION is a union of great design and functionality, an engineered aesthetic that AJA is proud to describe as the Science of the Beautiful.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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User interface
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.
CION also offers powerful network-based control. Via the LAN connection, a web-browser UI allows for remote configuration of the camera. Your CION is completely controllable whether it’s on a crane, jib or car mount from virtually any web browser.

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.

1. 4x 3G-SDI main outputs for 4K/UHD and 2K/HD
In addition to baseband 4K/UHD and 2K/HD output AJA Raw via 3G-SDI at up to 4K 120 fps
2. Input connector
For timecode input
3. Reference connector
For connecting genlock/sync
4. USB connector
For connecting USB powered accessories such as assistant lights
5. 2x XLR balanced analog audio inputs
Featuring independent selections for line, mic and phantom power
6. 2x LANC ports
For start/stop triggering via AJA LANC Collars or third-party LANC controllers
7. 2x 3G-SDI monitor outputs for 2K/HD
Outputs can be configured to display superimposed information
8. 2x HDMI monitor outputs
Features an option for superimposed camera data information (in 2K/HD); rear HDMI monitor output may additionally be configured for 4K up to 24 fps and Ultra HD up to 30 fps
9. 2-pin input power connector
For connecting to third-party battery plates
10. Thunderbolt™ connector
Output AJA Raw via Thunderbolt up to 4K 30 fps
11. 4-pin XLR power connector
12. LAN connector
For network configuration and control
13. Mini TRS headphone jack and volume control knob
14. 2-pin output power connector
For powering accessories like electronic viewfinders
15. Sensor plane post
Two positions are available for the sensor plane post

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.
1. Status
2. Rewind
3. Fast forward
4. Play
5. Stop
6. Unmount AJA Pak
7. Rotational selection dial
8. Power button
9. Record
10. Built in monitor
11. Headphone monitoring and input level controls
12. Camera configuration
13. Media configuration
14. Format and frames per second
15. Exposure index
16. White balance

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Specifications

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 • PL (positive lock)
Filtration • Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF) and IR Cut Filter (combined)
Removable Storage • AJA 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 HD
• 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)
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