May 4, 2016
NAB 2016

AJA Updates Firmware on the CION While Also Debuting USB Converter Boxes

AJA updates the CION's highlight handling while also showing off new U-Tap streaming tools.

AJA's 4K RAW-capable cinema camera, the CION, recently received new gamma modes via a firmware update meant to increase shadow and highlight handling while also renaming the picture profiles. Included gammas are now Standard, Cine, and None, which disables any gamma adjustment and allows it to be set more effectively in post. A CF adapter for their media slot also now allows users to use CF cards instead of AJA's proprietary Pak SSDs.  

For videographers and filmmakers requiring livestreaming, their U-Tap SDI and HDMI converter boxes will now allow one to stream directly into their computers for $345.

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Honestly, I think this is too little too late. The image this camera produces is nice, but its lack of low light capabilities, high price and the fierce competition makes it unlikely AJA will succeed with this camera. But it was indeed lacking in the highlight department.

May 5, 2016 at 6:30AM

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Koen de Koning
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Well at $5k including 1tb of storage and the ability to shoot 4k at 120fps and a global shutter and good colour science, great ergonomics and a solid build. I'm struggling to see why anyone would buy an ursa 4.6k over this.

May 5, 2016 at 9:34AM

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keith
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For context: I'm not an owner of either, nor a particularly big fan of the 4.6k... But to answer your question "Why buy the Ursa mini over this?"
• Better dynamic range
• Higher resolution allows for reframing / stabilization
• Internal RAW
• BM is unclear about max. framerate, but both look to be limited to 60 fps internal at 4K. 120fps on the Cion looks like it's just via external recorder.

May 5, 2016 at 10:12AM

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Ivan Verlaan
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Good color science? That's the whole problem. Please show me one good example of anything out of this camera.

May 6, 2016 at 7:22AM, Edited May 6, 7:22AM

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Ergonomics and usability of this camera are perfect. I'm mostly excited about the Mark II.

May 6, 2016 at 7:30AM

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Steven Bailey
Writer/Director/Composer
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I was so so tempted by this camera...went for the Ursa Mini in the end though...

May 8, 2016 at 12:19PM

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Yemi Sawyerr
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