Axiom 4K camera update: Open module concept

January 16th, 2014
Axiom 4K camera update: Open module concept

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We’ve been following the development of the Apertus° Axiom camera which has been going on for quite a while now. It’s a serious, affordable cinema camera with all the features indie filmmakers could wish for.

If you’re not familiar with this project here’s a summary: The Apertus° Axiom camera development was started by independent filmmakers with the idea of a small sized, hardware updgradable, open source software, 4K camera that can do 150fps at full resolution featuring a global shutter and 15 stops of dynamic range at a price “well below $10k”.

Today Apertus° presented their “extended Axiom open module concept” describing in more detail what they are going for in terms of hardware upgradability.
We already know the lego approach of how different modules could be combined behind the camera head (sensor) to form a wide range of camera hardware compounds.
This new concept announcement shows how the sensor as well as the lens mount will (probably) be swappable.

They are also thinking about offering different sensor vrsions ranging from “Super16, Four Thirds or Full Frame Sensor or a module that allows fine-tuning the sensor alignment shift for Stereo 3D”. They advise however not to change sensors while in the field with “an approaching sandstorm” emphasising the fragility of said component.

In terms of mounting options they plan on using the “IMS Mount system from P+S Technik, allowing us to mount: PL, Canon EF, Canon FD, F-mount, B4, C-mount, Leica M, Leica R, panavision and BNC-R lenses to the Axiom.” and say they want to make the IMS mount itself interchangeable as well.

To cover the development of Axiom Apertus° say they will soon launch a crowd funding campaign and start taking pre-orders. So far it seems they are still working on perfecting the prototype.

More info on the Axiom minisite

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Alexandre Tissot
Alexandre Tissot
GuestJanuary 16th, 2014

N.E.E.D ^^

Cucaracha
Cucaracha
GuestJanuary 16th, 2014

Ay carrramba!
I want an cam operator with an interchangeble brain! To put open source stuff in his turnip. Non shacking arm stabilizer. Coffe blocker and armpit refresher/allarm unit. Bullshit silenser and a good denoiser for the continuity assistant lady.. And a beer for me.. BUUUURP!! ..ups :)

cameraguy
cameraguy
GuestJanuary 30th, 2014

Why dont you take someone who costs more than a $200 a year – say $200 a day maybe? That will solve all of your problems. Exept for the beer…

Oscar
Oscar
GuestJanuary 17th, 2014

– can you check twitter an facebook on it to?
– can it bend?
– does it have gps`?
– can it record on a DAT tape?

Cucaracha
Cucaracha
GuestJanuary 17th, 2014

I want a cam which grows hair, so I can shave it every morning. And they must build little legs in and it will run after me. It must also talk chinees and translate for me when I go to China.
Dinamic range is not important as long it can cook me some tasty crap. Batteries were yestarday, petrol is the energy of my taste.

Crimson Son
Crimson Son
MemberJanuary 21st, 2014

This was tried before with the Kinetta camera. The concept was 2K camera with upgradable sensor. This was during the early RED camera days.

It never made it out of R&D.

The problem you have hardware development happens ALL over, not just sensor.

Would love to see what comes out of this but I am not optimistic.

narayanaruv
narayanaruv
GuestOctober 20th, 2014

Very handy and professional.

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