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Arri Announces 6K 65mm Camera

The 65mm Alexa rumor is now confirmed.  Arri announces a 6K 65mm Alexa called Alexa 65 with a 54.12 x 25.59 mm (diagonal 59.87 mm) frame which is larger than 65mm film.

There have been a lot of rumors about Arri making a 65mm digital camera.  Now it is confirmed with a sensor that is larger than 5-perf 65mm film. The Alexa 65 is their first step into large frame digital film-making.  With a similar design to the Alexa, the Alexa 65mm has a wider body, to fit the larger sensor that is 3 x larger than S35mm. With a resolution of 6560 x 3102 the Alexa 65 offers a lot of what photographers love about the Alexa: Great sensitivity, natural colorimetry, and high dynamic range but with a much larger image.  Does this make 65mm film-making more affordable? To quote Arri, “The overall performance, cost-efficiency and flexibility of the ALEXA 65 will allow many high-profile productions the choice to shoot with 65 mm digital in their entirety, or alternatively, utilize the scale and fidelity of the large capture format for selected establishing shots or high-impact VFX sequences.”

Technical Specifications

  • 65mm Digital Cinema Camera
  • ARRI A3X CMOS sensor
  • 5-perf 65mm (full camera aperture)
  • 6560 x 3102 resolution (maximum recordable)
  • 54.12 x 25.58 mm Sensor size (active image area)
  • Weight: 10.5 kg / 23.2 lb
  • ARRI XPL Mount (64mm diameter)
  • 200 – 3200 ISO. Base is 800 ISO
  • Dynamic Range: >14 stops
  • Uncompressed ARRIRAW
  • LDS metadata
  • Electronic Shutter 5° – 358°, adjustable in 1/10° increments
  • 0.75 to 27 fps (upgrade to 60 fps planned for early 2015)

With an overall design similar to the Alexa this is a whole camera system. Arri has included lenses to go with the Alexa 65.  These are rehoused Hassleblad lenses: 8 primes 24mm to 300mm and a a zoom 50mm -110mm zoom.  The Codex Vault that has worked for the Alexa will also work for the Alexa 65.  Lastly, as of right now its rental only… sorry.  You can find more information on Arri’s Rental site: http://arrirentalgroup.com/alexa65/

 

Source: http://provideocoalition.com/bhallett/story/arri-announces-6k-65mm-camera