Zacuto’s First Look: The ARRI AMIRA

Zacuto First Look - The ARRI AMIRAThe new ARRI AMIRA documentary style camera made a big splash at IBC earlier this year.  The AMIRA features  ALEXA image quality, single-user ergonomics and perfect shoulder balance, the cost efficient in-camera grading, and the industry standard ARRI rugged quality and reliability. A perfect match for Zacuto who are often credited with having similar high standards.

With the same sensor and outstanding image quality as the ARRI ALEXA, AMIRA records impressive HD 1080 or 2K pictures, suitable for any distribution format. With a dynamic range of more than 14 stops, low noise levels, subtle highlight handling, natural color rendering, breathtaking skin tones and speeds of up to 200 fps, AMIRA will deliver stunning, life-like images. AMIRA has minimal start-up time and can be used straight out of the bag by a single user. Sliding dovetails allow the camera to be perfectly shoulder-balanced for comfortable handheld shooting, while the innovative multi-viewfinder combines a high resolution OLED eyepiece with a fold-away LCD monitor that provides both a live view and full access to camera functions.

Zacuto’s own Steve and Jens had a first look at the impressive AMIRA with Stefan from ARRI.

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8 Responses to “Zacuto’s First Look: The ARRI AMIRA”

  1. Philip Goetz on November 14th, 2013 2:11 pm

    ARRI 2K is the new 4K, right?

  2. Mark Savage on December 19th, 2013 1:45 pm

    It’s funny how the Arri guy tries so hard to dismiss any possibility that this is a great low to medium budget ‘feature film’ camera when it clearly is.

    I’d shoot features with this in a snap, and I love the fact that it is very self-contained and not requiring a small support crew.

    I guess Arri doesn’t want to piss off its Alexa buyers by marketing it as a feature shooter.

    Bottom line: Great low to medium budget feature shooter… and doco camera (!)

  3. Bob Carmichael on December 25th, 2013 6:06 pm

    Good interview. This camera is NOT an ENG camera it is the digital version of the HR1, 2, 3 documentary and production camera. I want you guys to press ARRI to make this camera record RAW and to configure it for production Sound and as you pointed out to LOOSE that ENG lens mounted zoom. They should design a hand held grip like the old HR’s to allow proper control when hand holding. It should be in the center of the camera so it is easily balanced like the Cinema Products zoom control grip remember those? This should be thought of as a production, documentary camera for people who CARE about image control. production can apply to TV shows, Spots, Videos btw and yes features. I don’t think the Alexa buyers will be pissed they’d love to have a 2nd camera that can be more easily thrown in and used for 2nd camera etc. Please push them.

  4. Dave Grant on January 27th, 2014 10:57 am

    No need for a Zacuto rig on that babay 🙁

  5. Johnny Johnson on April 17th, 2014 10:05 am

    Amazing ergonomics and lighter than Alexa.. perfect for broadcast and docu jobs.


  6. Bob Carmichael on April 17th, 2014 11:15 am

    My comment is very simple: Zacuto please trick out the Amira to be a production camera for commercial and high end interview situations. We need a zoom control and Matt Box for this baby. Take the Arri SRII, a PRODUCTION camera and yes you can use it for documentaries or features. Arri is too sensitive that Alexa owners will feel cheated by this new member of the family. Get rid of that lens ENG zoom and rig a Cine Products type zoom control on a proper pistol grip, where an operator needs it. It is that simple… Please lead. I’d be happy to advise.

  7. vista productions on June 15th, 2014 6:38 am

    Implementing RAW in this camera should be as easy as a firmware upgrade (unless the microprocessor is not powerfull)
    Why it doesn’t come up with right off the shelf? Is ARRI afraid of canibalizing the Alexa?

  8. Robin Mortarotti on August 7th, 2014 11:37 am

    Thank you, very informative.

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