It´s been only a couple of years since RED and Blackmagic disrupted the movie making industry with 4k concepts and reasonable pricing. About time. A textbook takeover of the market with an innovative product. But ultimately something that will happen eventually when established market leaders got comfortable and therefor shortsighted. So what´s next? Open source, that´s what´s next. And surprisingly (or not) it is not the US that is calling the shots. It´s Belgium. The AXIOM (Beta) claims to be the first 4k open source cinema camera. Features? Well, anything you want basically. The AXIOM is a modular Linux-based state of the art 4K camera with a solid set of features:
And by the looks of it it can well deliver the visual quality film makers would expect in order to invest in this piece of hardware.
But most importantly it comes with a sweet promise. Whatever feature it doesn’t have today it will get from within the worldwide community eventually. Just take the blueprints and have a go at any specs or features you can find. Image sensors, lenses, hard- and software interface are all up for modification or implementation. It is safe to say that this concept is over due and we are very curious to see what comes out of it. The next generation of the AXIOM is already out there as a concept. The AXIOM Gamma will be the third AXIOM iteration and the first one that will actually look like a film camera. It is planned to utilize a modular hardware concept (the „Open Module Concept“) that allows swapping of all essential camera components like changing PCI cards in your PC. But since this modularity also includes the enclosure there is no single way the AXIOM Gamma can look like, below you see different stages and design studies that show different designs. Feast your eyes.