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Arri launches Alexa Mini at BVE

Arri launches Alexa Mini at BVE
David Wood
24 February 2015

Arri has launched the Alexa Mini, an addition to the Arri Alexa camera range that promises a compact lightweight form factor with the same image quality of the Alexa.

The camera, which is on show at BVE this week, is designed for specialised filming.

Arri says the Mini will eliminate the complications of working with third-party cameras by keeping everything within a single camera system.

The launch is seen as Arri's response to the growing range of miniature cameras adapted for use with gimbals and on drones, an areas where rivals such as Red are establishing market share.

The Mini features sealed electronics, a lightweight carbon housing and a solid titanium PL mount that connects directly with the new internal sensor mount to ensure a stable flange focal distance, even when using large lenses.

The Alexa Mini can be operated by wireless remote control, as a normal camera with the Arri MVF-1 multi viewfinder attached, or with an on-board monitor and controlled via the user button interface on the camera body.

At 2.3kg the camera can be  held at arm’s length in a hand rig.

The design allows filming in any orientation, including upside-down and in portrait mode.

In addition, the Alexa Mini’s interchangeable lens mount can be replaced with any of those designed for the Amira, allowing the use of B4 video and EF mount stills lenses.

The camera has a 4:3 sensor, automatic de-squeeze mode for anamorphic productions and frame rates of 0.75-200 fps, recording ProRes or uncompressed ARRIRAW either in-camera to CFast 2.0 cards or to a specially-designed external Codex recorder that can record image streams from up to four Alexa Minis simultaneously. 

The body design is optimized for use with new-generation brushless gimbals, multicopters and other specialized rigs.

The camera’s  low-light performance makes it suited for underwater work, with dedicated underwater housings currently being developed by manufacturers.

 Like the Amira, the Alexa Mini can record 4K UHD ProRes images, facilitating real-time 4K UHD output and simple pipelines for high-resolution deliverables.

Arri says that like the Alexa the Mini has image quality focussed on spatial resolution, colorimetry, skin tones and high dynamic range because it is based around the Alev III sensor. 

The Arri Alexa Mini is scheduled to begin shipping in May 2015, with orders being taken from March.

A prototype of the Alexa Mini is be on show at BVE from February 24-26, in Booth J30.

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Pieter Brits
Pieter Brits  | February 25, 2015
I want one!!

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