Arri Alexa Super 35 4K (2 replies and 3 comments)
Recently, I was using the Alexa Mini and the owner of a local rental house told me that he is planning on ordering a super 35 Alexa with a true 4K imaging sensor when it is supposed to come out next year. I also heard about this camera when watching a recent Arri Tech Talk at which the presenter said this camera would have a Mini LF body as well. I know there haven't been any specs released yet, but is the main reason for a 4K sensor to allow cinematographers shooting for streaming services that require true 4K content (not upscaled) to shoot with a super 35 Alexa instead of the LF or 65? Is it possible this camera would be useful for features that want a 4K DI and finish as a 4K DCP while also shooting super 35 without upscaling? I'm interested to hear what anyone else has heard about this new camera.
With how much market the Arri S35 cameras missed out on by being not natively 4k, I think this is their move to try to gain back some of that sweet Netflix pie. After all I think a lot of DPs would rather shoot with Arris for their reliability and image quality compared to Reds. Which are really only relevant in the high end due to the netflix's restriction on native 4k. The difference between a 9-10 megapixel sensor and 7.5 of the current S35 isn't big at all. So it's really only for restrictions like that. But I hope they could still use the older arri mini style bodies, since it's a whole lot smaller and easier to balance on gimbals and such, and since it's not a dramatic jump in heat and power consumption like the lf sensor, it should be doable. Also I really hope that they don't skimp on high framerates and keep the 200fps of the original arri mini, since the lf couldn't even break 90fps in hd.
I wonder if the current Alexa Mini will still be widely used where 4K isn't a requirement, or if the new 4K sensor model will replace it entirely. I doubt this would happen though for the reasons mentioned above.
There are plenty of production companies that don't mandate "true" 4K origination -- Amazon Studios doesn't, CBS All-Access doesn't (the new "Star Trek" shows are done on regular Alexas), the TV networks don't... there will be plenty of work for the older Alexa cameras but I'm sure the rental prices will drop and smaller TV productions will use them more than they could before. Plus all those independent features...
I couldn't agree more. It's great how high-end camera systems are starting to become more accessible now.
The alexa classic is already pretty affordable at around 6k-8k for a body, but if the amira and alexa mini can drop to around 20k and below it would be incredible for lower end productions and documentry shooters. But the new alexas could also have the leaps and bounds of image quality increase like the alexa was to the d21, maybe 15 stops of dr and even higher senstivity. Then the old alexas might become irrelevant like the genesis or the d21.