ARRI has just announced the latest generation of their iconic ALEXA lineup. The ALEXA 35 sports a brand new native 4K Super 35 sensor which produces stunning 17 stops of dynamic range, 2.5 stops more than the previous generation and better low light performance.
The 2.5 extra stops of dynamic range break down to 1.5 stops more in the highlights, and an additional stop in the shadows, providing a wider range for HDR Photography.
Coupled with stray light suppression in the camera and lens, the ALEXA 35 will be more flexible in a variety of lighting conditions on set, while managing low noise and image sensitivity with settings ranging from EI 160 to EI6400. Shooters can also apply an Enhanced Sensitivity Mode between EI 2560 and EI 6400, producing an even cleaner image in low light.
ARRI has also incorporated its new REVEAL Color Science, to provide a greater palette of richer colors, and ARRI Textures, to take full advantage of the camera’s new 4.6K ALEV 4 CMOS image sensor for improved image quality and “in camera creativity.” The camera can also capture up to 120 frames per second (FPS).
REVEAL Color Science is the collective moniker for a suite of new image processing steps that the ALEXA 35 uses internally for ARRIRAW processing.
It includes an improved debayering algorithm for cleaner composites, a new color engine with a wider color gamut, and a new LOG-C4 encoding to take advantage of the wider dynamic range. The ALEXA 35 also has new LogC4 LUTs for better color fidelity.
“I was so impressed by the latitude of the sensor,” said Seamus McGarvey, ASC, “and I loved how it depicts colors as vividly as a stained-glass window. It is a game-changer.”
The 4.6K Super 35 image sensor also takes advantage of a wider range of camera lenses, both modern and vintage, anamorphic and spherical, and even large format, to give cinematographers greater flexibility in capturing an image in 4K.
Meanwhile, ARRI Textures gives filmmakers the ability to adjust the character and grain structure of their image for the very first time, like choosing a set film stock for its emulsion.
ARRI has also made the ALEXA 35 smaller, packing all these new features into an Alexa Mini-sized body. It weighs around 6 pounds (just under 3kg) and incorporates a simple menu structure and support for 1TB and 2TB Codec drives an HDR capable MVF-2 viewfinder.
The camera can capture a total of 18 separate recording formats, including ARRIRAW, Apple ProRes with in-camera down-sampling, and anamorphic de-squeezing.
The ALEXA 35 is a 24-volt system and is powered by ARRI’s new B Mount batteries.
It is supported by a full suite of online tools, and can also be controlled by standalone apps using ARRI’s iPad or iPad Camera Companion App, ARRI Reference Tool, and the ARRIRaw HDE Transcoder.
The camera looks to come in two configurations, the ALEXA 35 Studio Set, and the ALEXA 35 Lightweight Set.
No word on pricing or availability just yet, but you can bet it’ll be on full display at CineGear in June. More details can be found on the ARRI Website.
[source – ARRI]