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ARRI Alexa Mini: All the Alexa Features You Love at a Fraction of the Size

Caleb Ward

ARRI’s latest ALEXA camera shrinks in size, but not image quality.

In an effort to make their cameras more accessible to the modern filmmaker, camera manufacturer ARRI has announced the newest camera to their Alexa line, the ARRI Alexa Mini. The small carbon fiber camera was designed to work with drones and gimbal based stabilizers.

The ARRI ALEXA Mini

In a nutshell, the ARRI ALEXA Mini is a smaller version of the popular ALEXA. This pro pocket cam records anywhere from .75 to 200 frames per second in ProRes or uncompressed ARRIRAW to CFast 2.0 cards or an external recorder.

ALEXA Mini vs ALEXA

One thing that makes the ‘Mini” special is the fact that it has an interchangeable lens mount, similar to the BlackMagic URSA. This means that the ARRI Alexa Mini can accommodate multiple types of lenses from B4 video to Canon EF.

ARRI states that images shot on the ALEXA Mini will “perfectly match those from all other ALEXA cameras, making the final grade easier and quicker.” The camera is also fully controllable from WiFi, making it great for drone use. The biggest downside that we can see so far is the lack of full 4K recording. The camera can only record up to 3424 x 1926, which is smaller than the industry defined 3840 x 2160.

Alexa Mini Specs

ARRI ALEXA Mini Specs

Here are the initial specs for the ARRI ALEXA Mini released by ARRI.

Sensor 35mm Format (4:3)
Crop Factor None (x1.0)
Sensitivity Range ISO 800 Base Sensitivity
Resolution HD, 2K and 4K (UHD)
Memory Card CFast 2.0 Memory Cards
Codec ProRes 4444XQ, 422 (HQ), 422, 422(LT), ARRIRAW
FPS .7- 200fps, Up to 60fps in UHD
Viewfinder MVF-1 OLED Viewfinder
Weight 5 lbs
Shutter Electronic Shutter 5° to 356° 
Dynamic Range 14+ Stops
Power Lemo 8-Pin
Working Conditions -20° C to +50° C
Output 2x HD-SDI out 1.5G and 3G

 

ARRI ALEXA Mini Test Footage

The following video shows the ALEXA Mini in-action using a Freely MōVI M15 a CineStar 8 multirotor. This video perfectly illustrates the cinematic potential of having such a powerful camera in a tiny body.

Here’s a behind the scenes video showing how this video was shot.

ARRI ALEXA Mini Pricing and Availability

The ARRI ALEXA Mini will have pricing from $30,000 to $40,000 with a release set for May of 2015. ARRI will start accepting pre-orders in March.

Alexa mini In-Action

If you’re interested in learning more about the ARRI ALEXA Mini check out a few of the following resources:

What do you think of the new ARRI ALEXA Mini? Will it make a splash in the filmmaking world?
Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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