AJA CION Production camera

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

 Aja CION production camera

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aja-cion-camera-374pxBuilt With Passion

CIONrepresents 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.

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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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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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aja-cion-recording-formatsRecording 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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aja-pak-mediaPak 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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aja-cion-user-interfaceUser 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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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aja-cion-ergonomicErgonomics

CION’s sleek chassis is formed of gravity molded magnesium which is lightweight but extremely strong. Integrated steel rosettes allow you to mount industry standard accessories including hand grips and handle extensions directly to the camera body. 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.

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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.

All of the audio and video connections used on CION are industry-standard and thoughtfully positioned. Audio and video connectors have been placed where they are unobtrusive to the operator.

3G-SDI and HDMI monitor outputs, as well as a power output, make monitor and viewfinder additions to CION easy to implement. Utilizing CION’s high-quality scaling capabilities, these dedicated monitoring outputs are always active even when working with 4K or Ultra HD.

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Production and Post Unified

CION elegantly connects production and post with support for the Apple ProRes family of codecs. In 2007 AJA introduced the Io HD. It was the first device to offer hardware-based encoding of Apple ProRes. In 2009, AJA introduced the Ki Pro tapeless video recorder, the first camera-connected recorder to offer Apple ProRes encoding. CION draws on this distinguished history of support for Apple ProRes capturing vivid and detailed images that are easily manipulated in professional video editing and finishing applications.

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On-Set backup and monitoring workflow

CION provides a multitude of 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.

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.

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Aja CION Production Camera