AXIOM Beta Open Source Cinema Camera Sample Footage Download, Grades, and Images
You know RED kind of started out the same way. Although I suppose there was a little more money behind that venture (“heh heh”).
AXIOM is the first ever open hardware digital cinema camera being created by apertus°. Currently in development through an Indiegogo that raised €204,568 (about $216,950.50), it is in beta and shooting 4K with a Super 35mm sized sensor and e-mount. It also has adapters to mount Canon EF or Nikon F lenses.
The sensor itself is a CMOSIS CMV12000 with a resolution of 4096×3072, a color depth of 12-bit, and 300FPS capture (if in 10-bit). What seems to be the biggest weakness in the sensor tech in beta is the dynamic range. Currently it is at 10 stops, or 15 with an HDR mode. This is too low for what is currently out on the market these days. In my opinion a minimum of 12 stops will be required once the AXIOM becomes a more finished product.
apertus° recently released a collection of clips shot over an 18 month testing period on a variety of lenses including Nikon primes, Contax, M42, Canon and other Nikon lenses. The beta camera has no IR filter or OLPF (learn about those in my article here) which you can see in some aliasing on the full res frames. You can see the limited dynamic range in some of the shots where you lose a significant amount of details in the highlights. (Keeping in mind this is still in development):
Download the footage from their dev blog here.
Currently there are 18 AXIOM Beta units out in the wild with Indiegogo supporters that backed them. There is a target to have a more refined version released in late 2017.