Does anyone have an incoming shoot experience with the new AJA Cion? We might see that camera quite often on the not-so-far- future market...
Posted 16 April 2014 - 03:26 PM
https://www.aja.com/en/products/cion for those of you who didn't see it, yet.
Yes, it's a really good looking camera. I won't be able to test it before the end of May, though. If anybody does have a chance to give it a try, throughout until color-grading, please let us know by posting a quick review.
Posted 16 April 2014 - 10:27 PM
Very slow sensor by today's standards, no log recording active yet (as of NAB). Think it will be a while.
It's a pretty body but it's marred by a few scars--all the connectors stick out the right side of the body. That will be fun for all left-flying operators. Also the cutout hump in the back half of the camera is an old school concept, it will sit front heavy with all but the lightest lenses and/or a much bigger battery than is required. Arri got it with the Amira, AJA didn't with this one.
Posted 16 April 2014 - 11:54 PM
Only 12 STOPS of dynamic range
Safe Operating Temperature Range: 5C to 40C ? WHAT HAPPENS IN THE WINTER?
Not a winner
Posted 17 April 2014 - 10:23 AM
The sensor will probably be the first point for them to discuss; it's the main negative critic they heard about. If they do something about it, then will probably change the dynamic range.
The cutout hump in the back is in fact due to a front baseplate, which is an option to have rods mounted directly on the camera. There's also an optional rear baseplate. You could easily get away from that old school design if you'd prefer. As for the connectors, that's a major "issue" where a lot of "accessories" companies will built protectors & cages for that. It's far from being ideal, I know.
In my opinion, this is a first draft. For 9K$, you cannot expect a product that compete the Amira. And it's (hopefully) not their intention. But they might realize there would be a place for such a camera, with the changes we just listed, even if they would triple the price.
... and about the temperature range, I totally agree with you, Jens: I live in Montreal, where -30º is common in the winter. That's a big no-no.