Not to be outdone, The ARRI ALEXA Mini Announcement comes just days after the Red announces their new camera the Weapon (read full article here). Both companies continue to push forward digital filmmaking.
The Mini will be a a smaller, lighter version of their popular Alexa camera in a carbon-fiber body. It will be equipped with a Super 35mm format ARRI ALEV III CMOS sensor with a titanium PL mount. Shipping is expected to start in May 2015 and the cost is estimated to be $36,000 to $45,000 US dollars.
The Mini is being promoted as a versatile additional tool in the ALEXA family that perfectly complements their ALEXA and eliminates the need of working with third-party cameras for specialized shots. The Compact, lightweight design will allow the Mini to be used with gimbal systems, drones and underwater housing, which is currently dominated by the Red Epic Dragon.
The Mini can record in 4:3 or 16:9 and is capable of up to 200fps 2K ProRes or 30fps 2.8K ArriRAW recording on an CFast 2.0 cards. Frame rates range from .75 -200fps. And a built-in set of motorized ND filters as well as wireless control.
Here’s two videos released by Arri that feature the Arri Alexa Mini camera on the Freefly MōVI M15 and CineStar 8 multirotor:
The Arri Alexa Mini Technical Specifications:
|Camera type||35 format film-style digital camera with lightweight and compact carbon body, 4:3/16:9 switchable active sensor area, support for ARRI MVF-1 viewfinder, built-in remote control capabilities via ARRI Electronic Control System and Wi-Fi, support for cforce motors, built-in motorized ND filters, interchangable lens mounts and ARRI Lens Data System|
|Dimensions||Length: 185 mm/7.3″Width: 125 mm/4.9″Height: 140 mm/5.5″(camera body with PL lens mount)|
|Weight||~ 2.3 kg/5 lbs (camera body with titanium PL lens mount)|
|Sensor||35 mm format ARRI ALEV III CMOS with Bayer pattern color filter array|
|Photo sites(with surround view)||16:9HD: 2880×1620 (3168×1772)2K: 2868×1612 (3154×1764)3.2K: 3200×1800 (3424×1926)4K UHD: 3200×1800 (3424×1926)4:32K: 2867×2150 (3168×2160) *|
|Shutter||Electronic shutter, 5.0° to 356.0°|
|Exposure latitude||14+ stops over the entire sensitivity range from EI 160 to EI 3200as measured with the ARRI Dynamic Range Test Chart (DRTC-1)|
|Exposure index||EI 800 base sensitivity|
|Filters||Built-in motorized ND filters 0.6, 1.2, 2.1|
|Lens mounts||Titanium PL mount with L-Bus connector and LDSEF mountPL mount with Hirose connector and LDSB4 mount with Hirose connector|
|Recording media||CFast 2.0 memory cards|
|Recording formats||HD 1920x10802K Cine 16:9 2048x11522K Cine 4:3 2048×1536 *3.2K 3200x18004K UHD 3840x2160ARRIRAW 2.8K 16:9 2880×1620 *ARRIRAW 2.8K 4:3 2880×2160 *|
|Recording codec||ProRes 4444XQ, 4444, 422 (HQ), 422, 422(LT), ARRIRAW *|
|Recording frame rates||
** available with SUP 2.0
(1) Minimum frame rate is always 0.75 fps
(2) The “recording resolution” determines the number of horizontal pixels that will be recorded (the number of vertical pixels is dependent on the recording file type and sensor mode)
|Color output||Rec 709, custom look or Log C|
|Look control||Import of custom 3D LUT, ASC CDL parameter (slope, offset, power, saturation)|
|Adjustable image parameters||Knee, gamma, saturation, black gamma, saturation by hue|
|Focus and exposure control||Peaking, zebra, false color|
|White balance||Manual and auto white balance|
|Sound level||< 20 dB(A) at standard frame rates|
|Environmental||-20° C to +50° C (-4° F to +122° F) @ 95% humidity max, non-condensingSplash and dust-proof through sealed electronics|
|Viewfinder||Multi Viewfinder MVF-1 (OLED and LCD ) with flip-out LCD screenand military-grade connector to camera|
|Control interface||Soft buttons and OSD on SDI output,integration of Transvideo StarliteHD touch interface *|
|ARRI lens motor control||Built-in radio interface for ARRI lens controlL-Bus motor output for daisy-chainable cforce lens control motors|
|Wi-Fi remote control||Built-in Wi-Fi interface and web-based remote control from phones,tablets and laptops|
|Custom control||Optional GPIO interface for integration with custom control interfaces|
|Power input||Lemo 8-pin, 10.5-34 V DC|
|Video outputs||2x HD-SDI out 1.5G and 3G: uncompressed HD video with embedded audioand metadata, SDI-6G interface to external CODEX recorder *|
|Inputs||SDI-Genlock (optional activation through ARRI Service),timecode (in and output)|
|Other interfaces||USB 2.0 (for usersets, looks etc.)EthernetEXT accessory interface w. RS pin|
You can read the press release from Arri’s Website here.
The ARRI ALEXA Mini is scheduled to begin shipping in May 2015, with orders being taken from March. A prototype of the ALEXA Mini will be on show at the Broadcast Video Expo (BVE) from February 24-26, 2015, in Booth J30.