Arri Announces New Alexa Mini 4K Camera. $35K US Estimated Price.

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Arri has just announced a sweet looking mini Alexa. It looks like they are gunning for the DSLR market with a smaller form factor suitable for drones, gimbals and other mounts. The mini has most of the features of it’s big sister and will only cost a fraction of the price. Here are the tech specs from Arri.com The rumored price is around thirty five grand.

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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)
16:9
HD: 2880×1620 (3168×1772)
2K: 2868×1612 (3154×1764)
3.2K: 3200×1800 (3424×1926)
4K UHD: 3200×1800 (3424×1926)4:3
2K: 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 3200
as 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 LDS
EF mount
PL mount with Hirose connector and LDS
B4 mount with Hirose connector
Recording media CFast 2.0 memory cards
Recording formats HD 1920×1080
2K Cine 16:9 2048×1152
2K Cine 4:3 2048×1536 *
3.2K 3200×1800
4K UHD 3840×2160
ARRIRAW 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 (1)
Sensor Mode Recording File Type Recording Resolution (2) 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-condensing
Splash and dust-proof through sealed electronics
Viewfinder   Multi Viewfinder MVF-1 (OLED and LCD ) with flip-out LCD screen
and 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 control
L-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 audio
and 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.)
Ethernet
EXT accessory interface w. RS pin

* may not be available at product launch, but will become available as a software upgrade later in 2015

Jared Abrams
Jared Abrams is a cinematographer based in Hollywood, California. After many years as a professional camera assistant he switched over to still photography. About two years ago a new Canon camera changed the way the world sees both motion and still photography. He just happened to be in the right place at the right time.