AJA Video Systems has joined the camera race with a camera called Cion, scheduled to ship this summer at a low pricepoint of $8995.
At an NAB breakfast press conference this morning, AJA president Nick Rashby, unveiled the company's first camera. Called Cion, the professional production camera is capable of shooting 4K/Ultra HD and 2K/HD resolutions and offers in-camera Apple ProRes recording, including 12-bit 444. The camera has a true 4K (4096x2160) APS-C sized CMOS sensor with an electronic global shutter and 12 stops of dynamic range. The revelation of the $8995 price point drew audible gasps, then applause, from the assembled guests.
The camera body is constructed of lightweight magnesium. AJA was careful not to make the mistake of over-innovating, choosing a classic shoulder-mounted design. Rashby said, "That's what a camera should look like. There's a reason that camera's are built that way. That's how shooters like to hold them." Special attention has been paid to Cion's ergonomics, particularly placement of ports and controls, and even features a suede shoulder pad and a wooden carrying handle. There are no proprietary connectors on the camera and the company has tried to the camera completely compatable with with industry standards, including a standard PL lens mount.