In its endeavor to revolutionize the compact digital film camera industrial landscape, ARRI has recently come up with the latest drone – Alexa Mini. The primary objective behind this inclusion is to complement its own Alexa range and provide more versatility to shooting such as on drones or other gimbal rigs. Its most noticeable part is its in-built Wi-Fi interface and web-based remote control using phones, laptops, and even tablets.
The Mini is assembles in a carbon cover with a solid titanium PL mount that links with a new internal sensor mount – large lenses can still be used. It comes with a 35mm sensor, an automatic de-squeeze mode for anamorphic productions and frame rates of 0.75-200 fps. The Alexa Mini is capable of recordingProRes or uncompressed ARRIRAW either in-camera to CFast 2.0 cards or to a specially-designed external Codex recorder that can record image streams from up to four ALEXA Minis simultaneously.
The ALEXA Mini can be controlled in one of many ways: using wireless remote control, as an ordinary camera with the ARRI MVF-1 multi viewfinder integrated, or with an on-board monitor and managed via the user button interface on the camera frame.It also comes with an integrated lens motor controller (which allows new active lens motors to connect to the PL mount) settling for focus, iris and zoom to all be controlled from an ARRI hand held unit, wirelessly. This makes the ALEXA Mini 4K an excellent choice for use with a drone.
Actually, the Mini measures 185x124x140mm (7.3×4.9×5.5″), and weighs just 2.3kg (5lbs). ARRI cameras are popular for being superbly modular, and the ALEXA Mini 4K is no exception.