ARRI ALEXA Mini Announcement

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.

arri-mini-moviThe 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 Balloonist from Freefly on Vimeo.

The Balloonist – Behind The Scenes from Freefly on Vimeo.

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
Recording Format Maximum Frame Rate in fps
Sensor Mode Recording File Type Recording Resolution
Recording File Setting Internal Recording External Recorder
CFast 2.0 128 GB Codex
16:9 ProRes HD 422 200
422 HQ 200
4444 200
4444 XQ 120
2K Cine 422 200
422 HQ 200
4444 200
4444 XQ 120
3.2K 422 60
422 HQ 60
4444 60
4444 XQ 30
4K UHD 422 60
422 HQ 60
4444 60
4444 XQ 30
ARRIRAW** 2.8K 30 120
4:3** ProRes 2K Cine 422 150
422 HQ 150
4444 120
4444 XQ 60
ARRIRAW 2.8K Full 30 60
2.6K Cropped 30 60

** 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.

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