Director / Producer / CEO
I have a history of Directing / Producing Videos and Shorts, I am in the process of going to Feature Film.
I have to agree with you there. I own the Cion and ever since the new updates on the firmware I have loved this camera, but once I saw the URSA and Mini I knew they were going to have to do something big to keep selling.
The EF or Nikon mounts are pretty reasonably priced for the AJA Cion.
Sorry if I wasn't clear, I was referring to the EI and the cameras IRE, which they didn't lie because that's exactly what they did in v1.2 .
Were you using firmware update 1.1 or 1.0? they changed a lot of things between the two. As well when I did my tests, we saw that the camera at this point is only using 80% of it's latitude and has another 20% to pull from. Through this process we have been testing, and talking a lot with AJA, since right now everyone who buys a Cion is technically a Beta tester, but they support team let us know they are working on pulling the other 20% out of the sensor and will hopefully have that ready for update 1.2.
All his to say is, yeah they have a long way to go in their firmware, but if you look at the changes between 1.0 to 1.1 you can see they are headed in the right direction. I do very much hope they can pull it up to the sensors rating, we shall see.
We are examining some footage we just shot so I will get back to you on that, but thus far there actually hasn't been a ton of noise. I do believe it is the exact same sensor, but how they collect information through the cion is a lot more impressive. We actually did discover that they are still only using 80% of the latitude of the camera thus far, I am sure that they will get it up to 100% in the next update or two, we are kinda the beta group on this. This will hopefully correct the clipping on this camera.
Personally I love the Cion, I think the color is way better than Black Magic's 4K camera's, the ergonomics are fantastic, and it is true they had a terrible highlight issue on firmware 1.0 but ever since 1.1 and 1.2 they have addressed all the major issues the customers have brought to them. They have been one of the best company support teams I have ever worked with BUT... Now withe the URSA 4.5 and Mini I do think it was timely for them to drop the price, they can not beet the 15 stops of dynamic range, the extra .5K doesn't really make a difference but the dynamic range is remarkable. I will probably be purchasing an URSA Mini soon, because of those features, but I love my Cion, it goes fantastically with my Angenieux Lens, and I hope that AJA can keep putting out cameras, but there business strategy wasn't as strong as it should have been for a market evolving so fast.