First Footage from 4K Apertus AXIOM Beta Open Source Camera

Though it's a little late, the 4K Apertus AXIOM Beta Open Source camera is well on its way, and has captured some of its first moving images:

If you've been following this and you're thinking that you've already seen footage from this camera, you're not going crazy. Footage was shown off about two years ago, but this was part of their Alpha body, which was a much larger early design, and not something that was ever meant to be mass-produced. This is the hardware that will actually be shipping to developers and early adopters as part of their crowdfunding campaign (though in an actual enclosure):

Apertus AXIOM Beta Final Hardware

It's also important to note that the images are in a very early stage, and they are just starting to work on the image and color now that the hardware is complete and working. If you missed the news, Apertus has actually teamed up with Magic Lantern, the group that has previously done a lot of work with Canon cameras. Here's where they are at so far:

They will be doing some small volume production of these complete cameras for those early backers, but eventually they will increase production as payments come in from crowdfunding backers (since they did a multi-phase payment system). They are still quite a ways off from their ultimate goal of having a full-fledged camera, but the hardware for their next model, the Gamma, is already taking shape:

While the Gamma phase isn't here just yet, if you wanted to get in on this Beta phase, you will be able to do that soon even if you weren't part of the crowdfunding campaign. For more information on that, head on over to the Apertus site here.      

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I've loved following the Axiom's journey and the people behind it. Thanks for stepping in and stirring the pot.

December 22, 2015 at 4:16PM

Sean Pettis

I've been following their project updates on Youtube for a while now. While I will probably never use this camera, I'm happy that an open source model is being developed. Quality image making tools should always be accessible, and I could see this evolving into the Linux of video cameras or something.

December 22, 2015 at 6:47PM, Edited December 22, 6:47PM

Zack Wallnau
Cinematographer & Tinkerer

Looks cool for early development. Want to get my hands on one just for the sake of supporting the team and the idea behind it.

December 23, 2015 at 3:57PM

Steven Bailey

"Here's where they are at"

WTF is that "at" doing at the end of that sentence?

"Here's where they are." That's the complete expression. Why would you put a random preposition at the end?

December 24, 2015 at 12:58PM, Edited December 24, 12:58PM

David Gurney

Parties. Fun at.

December 26, 2015 at 4:17PM