With a price tag just shy of £40k, the Alexa Mini isn’t just another camera for the everyday filmmaker. Using state-of-the-art components, this versatile video camera from Arri is purpose-built for professionals seeking to bolster their arsenal with a model that offers strength, quality, and agility.
Compact and lightweight, the Arri Mini is extremely versatile. For example, it can be mounted for aerial drone and controlled remotely via Smartphone. This is an increasingly important requirement for many filmmakers.
Physically, the Mini measures 185x124x140 mm (7.3×4.9×5.5″), and weighs just 2.3 kg (5lbs).
While the compact size is perfect for drone use, it also allows the camera to be easily transported in backpacks without compromising on performance. The Arri Mini can also be comfortably operated at arm’s length in a hand-rig, providing the user with plenty of flexibility to get creative.
The carbon fibre shell uses solid titanium mounts for a reinforced, trustworthy build. It can shoot directly to CFast 2.0 cards, recording 4K UHD ProRes with its 35mm CMOS sensor at frame rates of up to 200fps. The smartphone functions include motorised internal ND filters which permit rapid responses to changing light conditions without adding any unnecessary bulk to the camera configuration.
Remote control of focus is made easier thanks to an in-mount, built-in motor control module allowing the direct hook-up of follow focus mechanisms to your cinema lenses. Overall image quality is further heightened by using larger pixels as opposed to a greater number of smaller-sized pixels. This allows the camera to capture a wider dynamic range with natural tones and lower noise than other models. It’s this innovative streak that has lead to so many industry professionals using Arri designs.
The Mini's interchangeable lens mount can be replaced with any of those designed for the Arri Amira, allowing for the use of B4 video and EF mount lenses.Thanks to the symmetrical design of the unit, it can be used in both portrait and upside-down orientations. This, along with its multiple accessory points, provides filmmakers with a plethora of creative mounting solutions to get the perfect shot.
Such a wealth of innovative features makes this one of the best cameras on the market today for professional filmmakers that are seeking something portable and high quality at a great price.
You can buy the Arri Mini today for £38,056.20 including VAT from Visual Impact at visuals.co.uk