The Arri Amira is a widely versatile camera with exceptional image quality. Capable of capturing rich images in a range of resolutions from HD to 4K UHD, it is perfect for most delivery formats. The Amira has the same sensor as its predecessor the Alexa and is able to record up to a stunning 14 stops of dynamic range. A cinematographer wielding the Amira is able to maintain detail in dark blacks as well as bright highlights, allowing for a great deal of manipulation in post-production.
The Amira’s physical construction was built with the operator in mind. The camera kit comes complete with two options for a baseplate and top handle, one geared towards handheld operation and one ideal for cinema shooting. These plates slide on and off with a dovetail system, making it easy to swap and great to balance out the camera, no matter what size lens is being used. The EVF acts both as a monitor and a full menu display, and can articulate in a number of positions useful for any situation. The body’s palpably solid construction means this camera can be used even in extreme conditions, wherever your production needs to shoot.
Recording formats: ProRes HD, ProRes 2K, ProRes 3.2K, ProRes UHD 4K
Frame rates: 0.75- 200FPS
Native EI: 800
Codecs: ProRes 444,422, 422 HQ, 422 LT
Sensor: 35mm format ARRI ALEV III CMOS (28.17×18.13)
Output: 2x HD-SDI out 1.5G and 3G: uncompressed HD video with embedded audio and metadata
Weight: Approx. 9lbs
Power Output Options: Hirose 12pin (for ENG type zoom lenses). 12V: P-tap, Hirose 4pin, Lemo 2pin.
24V: Fischer 3 pin RS
Mount Options: PL or EF
Media: CFast 2.0 Cards
Input: Genlock, Timecode (in/out)- BNC
Interfaces: USB 2.0 (for loading Looks, saving frame grabs, etc.), Ethernet
TIPS FROM THE TECH:
The Amira is great to use with a small crew. The built in ND filters and user setting toggles are extremely helpful in fast paced situations, such as documentary work, while at the same time it has such high image quality that it’s great for studio shooting as well. The audio menu is very intuitive and helpful when working without a sound person. Arri presents this camera as the one-person-crew solution, however after working with it in a handheld setting, I would recommend going out with an AC to help with camera on/offs because this camera is not lightweight. The Amira is really only slightly lighter than the Alexa, and once you add Anton Bauer batteries and accessories it bulks up quickly.