First Look at the ARRI ALEXA Mini

Zacuto designers, Steve Weiss and Jens Bogehegn, sit down with Megan Donnelly, AbelCine‘s Camera Technology Specialist, to discuss the ARRI ALEXA Mini. This compact, lightweight camera is little brother in more than just name to ARRI’s flagship Alexa camera. Both cameras sport the 35 format ALEV III CMOS film-style sensor, 16:9 ARRIRAW and ProRes, an impressive 14+ stops of dynamic range, frame rates of 0.75-200 fps, and more. So what’s new besides size in the ALEXA mini? Press play to find out…

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Gimbels, Drones, Cages and More
Make the most of the mini with the right gear

The Zacuto ALEXA Mini Cage featured in the video is a limited first design run. This modular cage includes four separate plates, – top, bottom, and each side – which can be used in multiple configurations. Each plate gives numerous ¼ 20 and ⅜ 16 screw holes for accessory mounting, and the top and left side plates also have screw holes configured for mounting a V-Mount battery plate, an Anton Bauer battery plate, or a Wireless Plate Pro. Our ALEXA Mini Cage does all this and more!
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Of course you can slide the ARRI ALEXA Mini onto your tripod and use it like a regular, normal camera with a viewfinder or monitor. But who wants to be normal when there’s a whole world out there to film! ARRI is jumping on the drone bandwagon. The mini comes with a wireless remote control, an integrated lens motor controller so focus, iris and zoom settings can be controlled from ARRI hand units, and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity to facilitate remote control of camera functions from iOS or Android devices, with no need for a special app. The camera can be used in any orientation, including upside-down. Maybe it’s time for all of us to invest in an aerial system?!

It’s all in the results

The ARRI Alexa mini is producing some truly beautiful footage. The compact body offers so many mounting options and expands the ways this amazing little camera can be used. Check out the footage and BTS below and let us know what you think in the comments.

THE JOURNEY – captured with ALEXA Mini from ARRI on Vimeo.

THE JOURNEY: Behind the scenes captured with ALEXA Mini from ARRI on Vimeo.

Pixel peepers rejoice!
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 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)

arri alexa mini dimentions

Sensor 35mm format ARRI ALEV III CMOS with Bayer pattern color filter array
Photo sites
(with surround view)
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 Codec ProRes 4444XQ, 4444, 422 (HQ), 422, 422(LT), ARRIRAW
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
Look control Import of custom 3D LUT, ASC CDL parameter (slope, offset, power, saturation)
Viewfinder Multi Viewfinder MVF-1 (OLED and LCD ) with flip-out LCD screen and military-grade connector to camera
Control interface HD 1920×1080
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

Find complete tech specs and more at
arri alexa mini camera

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