At IBC Arri introduced a new variation on the Alexa, a 2K documentary camera using the same sensor as the Alexa.
The Amira features include:
- PL mount
- designed for shoulder shooting
- ProRes recording on CFast 2.0 cards
- up to 444 HD or 2K quality
- recording in Rec709 Log-C or preloaded 3D LUTs
- option for 50i & 59.94i interlaced frame rates
- the capacity to go up to 200 fps
- a new combo viewfinder & LCD
- assignable buttons
- 4 channels of 24-bit 48k Hz audio
- 2 XLR audio inputs, option for phantom power
The Amira does not offer ArriRaw or 4×3 sensor for anamorphic.
The real question for a documentarian today is whether to shoot 4K or 2K. The battle lines are drawn between Sony and Arri.
I took these quick shots of the camera on the Arri booth at IBC. Click on image for bigger size:
- Andy Shipsides’ excellent article on Abel Cine’s blog
- Definition magazine’s IBC issue 1
- Arri’s Amira micro site
- Arri news article
- Wide Open Camera spreads rumors of a $20 K price
Definition magazine was one of the first to cover the Amira: