At this year’s NAB Show, held in Las Vegas from 6 to 11 April 2019, visitors got their first chance to view the new ALEXA Mini LF.
Featuring a large-format, 4.5K sensor within a small camera body, the ALEXA Mini LF boasts three internal, motorised FSND filters (ND 0.6, 1.2 and 1.8), 12V power input, extra power outputs, a new Codex Compact Drive, as well as a new MVF-2 high-contrast HD viewfinder.
Large format, small camera
Jeff Loch, writing for cinema5D, explains: “The new ARRI ALEXA Mini LF features the same large 25.54 x 36.70 mm sensor as the ALEXA LF. This ALEV 3 A2X sensor is a bit larger than “traditional” 24 x 36 full-frame sensors. In terms of specs, the maximum resolution available is 4.5K (4448 x 3096 ) at up to 40 frames per second. If you need higher frame rates, you can go up to 90 frames per second in 2K resolution. The camera can record internally in MXF/ARRIRAW or MXF/Apple ProRes onto Codex’s Compact Drives.
“Part of ARRI cameras’ reputation is the “look” of the image,” he continues. “Colors are natural, skin tones are beautiful-looking, the highlights roll-off is smooth and there is low noise in the footage. You can even use the Mini LF for High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Wide Color Gamut (WCG) scenarios.”
In terms of ruggedness, the entire camera is spray- and dust-proof. The body is made of resilient carbon fiber, and it has a specified temperature range of -20° C to 45° C.
“The ALEXA Mini LF is relatively small and compact,” Loch points out. “It has the same dimensions as the ALEXA Mini, except for the media bay on the camera’s left side. The Mini LF weighs 2.6 kg, body and LPL lens mount only. The new MVF-2 viewfinder that goes with the Mini LF weighs just 800 grams.”
“New creative possibilities”
In the company’s words, “the ALEXA Mini-LF brings exciting new creative possibilities to ARRI’s large-format camera system.”
Among other features, the camera promises:
- Immersive large-format look
- Lower noise with higher usable sensitivity
- Highest dynamic range of any production camera
- ARRI color science for natural skin tones, easy color correction and clean VFX
- Perfect for High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Wide Color Gamut (WCG) displays
The ARRI ALEXA Mini-LF camera is currently available at leading South African suppliers such as Visual Impact.