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Cameras, Lenses And Accessories

Movie-style aesthetics are now affordable for even the most strapped TV budget, thanks to a
growing range of camera designs and technologies. The latest entrants are reviewed...

By Adrian Pennington
Contributing Editor

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maller, lighter, shorter and less
expensive than the ALEXA but
most unmistakably an ARRI, the
AMIRA was the biggest camera
launch of the last six months.
Announced at IBC and shipping
early 2014, the AMIRA is targeted at
documentary and news and by all
accounts stands as a good chance
of taking a share of that market as
the German manufacturer achieved
in drama with the ALEXA.
"ARRI's new camera represents a
change of direction to snap at the
heels of the Canon C300 with its
EOS mount and lower cost ALEXA
productions with PL," reckons
Barry Bassett, owner of rental
outfit VMI which has six of the

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cameras on order.
AMIRA carries the same sensor
as the ALEXA but comes with
Canon EF and B4 Broadcast lens
compatibility. The camera shoots in
1080p HD and 2K at up to 200fps,
claims the same 14-stop dynamic
range as the ALEXA, and includes
pre-loaded looks based on 3D LUTs
for in-camera colour grading.
"Important changes to the AMIRA
are that it is significantly shorter
and lighter than the ALEXA and
has a much smaller power draw as
well," adds Bassett. "Saying that
though, it feels like a regular Sony
full-size documentary camera and
feels very robust with excellent build
quality. Importantly, it is one of the

Featuring the same sensor and
exceptional image quality as the
ARRI ALEXA, AMIRA records
superior HD 1080 or 2K pictures

only digital cameras that doesn't
require a cage, rig or a multitude of
modifications."
ARRI was a collaborator with
SanDisk in the development of
new CFast 2.0 standard, which is
being supported on the ALEXA as
well, through a recording adapter
for ALEXA XT and XRs. The cards
have a pinless design to reduce the
chances of damage on insertion or
removal, and have 60GB and 120GB
capacities, and support writing at up
to 350MB/sec - enough to record
ProRes 4444 at up to 120 fps -
but not ARRIRAW.
"This is important, as it shows
that the AMIRA is built for utility
and speed in both production and
post and won't compete head-on
with ALEXA," notes Bassett. "ARRI
said it will boot quickly with no setup tasks or other delays to slow it
down in run-and-gun environments
and stressed that the AMIRA has
a rugged construction that will
be an asset under punishing
field conditions."
Meanwhile Ikegami has
incorporated the sensor used in the
ALEXA to the studio and OB market
marrying the former's digital signal
processing with an ARRI front end
designed to bring the aesthetics of
the motion picture to the TV studio.
"It gives all the camera
features you want,
like shallow
depth of
field, low
noise, high
dynamic

ARRI collaborated with SanDisk on the
development of the CFast 2.0 standard

range, very natural colour
reproduction, very good skin tones,
and you can rack it like a normal
studio or OB system camera,"
said Mark Capstick, General
Manager, Ikegami UK.
While the ALEXA's highly
cinematographic look is now
available to even daytime budgets,
another one-time high-end feature
is also now within range of bread
and butter production. Slow motion
and ultra-slow motion is soon likely
to be included in a lot more general
programming (for that emotive shot
of an X Factor winner for example
saluting the crowd).
Sony's F55 and F5 feature new
high frame rate capability of 2K
240fps or 4K 60p. For higher 4K
rates, Sony's F65 will reach 120fps
or you can turn to the Vision
Research
Phantom Flex4K
which will
generate
4K 1000fps
or 2000fps
HD.
It
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The F55 provides superb dynamic range, the widest colour gamut, and pristine
image quality, whether you shoot in HD, 2K or 4K


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InNews: Full Sail Uni Selects Avid Systems
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InForm: Guntermann & Drunck Intensify Security
InReply: Datavideo – Designed for Versatility
InStudio: Filmmaker Captures Wildlife With Vinten
InGear: Frezzi Skylight – Advanced Led Lighting
InTest: OTT Is a Hybrid: It’s How You Look at It
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In Broadcast - January 2014 - InForm: Guntermann & Drunck Intensify Security
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In Broadcast - January 2014 - InReply: Datavideo – Designed for Versatility
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