ARRI announced that it is developing a new model in the Alexa family – the Alexa M – a flexible new camera system with a separate head and body. The Alexa M is tailored for action photography, tight corner shots and 3D productions.
The M model will feature the same exceptional image quality that has made Alexa popular with filmmakers. The M head is optimized for small size and low weight, offering the greatest flexibility when used on lightweight 3D setups. Multiple mounting points on top and bottom allow an easy setup onto existing 3D rigs. Head and body are connected with a fiber optic cable that can also be used for powering the head, depending on distance. The backend provides various recording options, just like the standard Alexa. Images, sound and metadata can be recorded onto SxS cards or on external recording devices, offering different kinds of workflows. Alexa M has a PL mount, works with all existing 35mm lenses and is compatible with a wide range of ARRI accessories.
The company also announced cooperative partnership with the Cameron – Pace Group (previously “PACE“) to develop the Alexa M camera system.
“The Alexa M camera system is designed for mobile 2D and 3D camera configurations, offering the same unparalleled image quality, reliability and workflow options as all other cameras in the Alexa product range,” explained ARRI managing director Martin Prillmann, “The Cameron – Pace Group will have exclusive commercial access to the first systems to be made available in September 2011, pioneering its use in a variety of exciting 3D productions during which the design will be enhanced and optimized with new 3D application features unique to the CPG/ARRI collaboration. Serial production and sales release of the Alexa M to all customers will commence during the first quarter of 2012.”