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AJA Says Take a Chance and Try Out CION Camera

April 13th, 2015 Posted in Headlines By Ken Kerschbaumer

AJA Video Systems’ big news at NAB 2015 is the launch of a program called TryCION, which sets aside 100 CION cameras for end users who want to try the camera before buying.

“We want to put CION into the hands of users without the hassle of research or demos at resellers,” says AJA President Nick Rashby. “End users can try it on their projects for free, and we know that, if they touch it and put their eye against the viewfinder, they will be blown away.”

CION, priced at $8,995, features a 4K CMOS sensor with electronic global shutter and integrated optical low-pass filter/infrared cut filter combined to produce stable, color-accurate images without moiré patterning. The LAN port and embedded Web server facilitates full remote configuration and control, enabling users to set up and control or gang-control multiple CION cameras via standard Web browser. Third-party lens mounts are available, allowing use of Canon EF/FD, Nikon G/F, ARRI Bayonet, Panavision lens systems.

The CION system itself has been upgraded, thanks to a firmware update (v1.2).

“We’re not interested in product introductions that negate a product that people recently put their trust into,” says Rashby of the update. “We want to make the finest products available and then evolve them to meet customer needs and keep their trust over the long term.”

New features include improved white-balance performance, improved video levels with higher IRE values for gamma and color-correction combinations, expanded RGB output, and new LUT support for external monitoring.

Also new are the FiDO-4T-ST and FiDO-4R-ST, quad-channel 3G-SDI–to–ST–fiber and ST–fiber–to–3G-SDI miniconverters that can carry up to four 3G-SDI signals on a single converter. They offer the ability to send signals from a 4K/UltraHD source, such as the CION camera, up to 10 km. Alternatively, the quad-signal path also allows multiple HD signals to be carried across long distances.

Meanwhile, the new HA5-4K provides a path from UltraHD/HD HDMI to SDI, converting the signal to four 3G-SDI signals.