Arri Alexa Mini: A Slimmed Down Cinema Camera

February 24, 2015

By Greg Scoblete

Arri has announced a brand new 4K Alexa camera, the Mini, that features a dramatically smaller carbon fiber-based camera body optimized for use on brushless gimbals, drones and other run-and-gun applications. 

The Mini weighs in at a svelte 5 pounds (body and PL lens mount) and measures 7.3×4.9×5.5-inches. It’s boxy design is meant to facilitate shooting in a variety of angles.

Highlights include:

  • 35mm format Arri ALEV III CMOS sensor
  • Maximum frame rate of up to 200 fps
  • In-camera recording to CFast 2.0 memory cards
  • 4K ProRes recording (3840×2160) or uncompressed ArriRAW format video up to 30 fps
  • Interchangeable lens mount (EF, B4 and PL)
  • Remote control via Arri’s Electronic Control System and Wi-Fi
  • Built-in motorized ND filter
The Mini will work with Arri’s line of accessories, such as the MVF-1 viewfinder and offers a pair of HD-SDI outputs (1.5G and 3G) and an SDI-6G output for use with Arri’s CODEX external recorder.
In addition to rental houses, Arri will also be selling the Mini through select retailers starting in May. Pricing was not announced.