ARRI announced its long-rumored 6K 65mm camera at the Cinec event this week, called the ALEXA 65. The new ARRI ALEXA 65 has a sensor larger than a 5-perf film frame and will be able to shoot up to 60fps. ARRI says “the ALEXA 65 camera is a scaled-up version of an ALEXA XT, able to capture an uncompressed ARRIRAW 65 mm image of staggering intensity and definition.”
Understandably, filmmakers around the world immediately began to drool when reading the ALEXA 65 specs:
- 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)
ARRI states that the ALEXA 65 will not be for sale. You can, however, rent the camera directly through ARRI (ARRI Rentals), not unlike Panavision.
The ARRI ALEXA 65 is not just a camera, but a complete system including lenses. You may have noticed in the specs that the only current mount available is ARRI XPL. ARRI will be renting rehoused Hasslebad zooms and primes as part of their “Zoom 65” and “Prime 65” lenses. There is a possibility of other mounts being added in the future.
ALEXA 65 is even getting its own brand new workflow that was developed with the help of Codex. The workflow can run on either a purpose-configured ARRI Rental Vault S or the new high-performance ARRI Rental Lab 65. The new workflow will be able to generate high-quality ProRes 4444 HD dailies masters in real-time for quick dailies.
At the time of writing, ARRI has not released rental rates or expected availability.
To see more about the unveiling of the ALEXA 65 at Cinec, check out this video: