ARRI Amira Gets RAW

Little sibling to the Alexa, the popular Amira gets a long sought after RAW recording license option.

While the ARRI Alexa line remains the "premiere" platform for capturing digital images, and gets most of the press with the rollout of the Alexa LF, it's important not to forget the Amira. While it was primarily intended for doc and other non-fiction uses, it has been surprisingly also popular with some indie projects who appreciate its lightweight 9lb body size, internal 3D LUT support, and full 4K UHD capture.  Now you can get your hands on all that and RAW recording as well.

ARRI Amira
With the purchae of an additional license, ARRIRAW 2.8K footage can now be captured to the internal CFast 2.0 cards supported by the Amira. RAW recording gives users more flexibility in post-production processing and is frequently useful on run and gun and documentary style projects where the chaos of active production can leave less time for carefully crafting the image as you go.  Of course, in the end, ProRes and DNx capture will remain popular with these cameras since they come with smaller file sizes, but when comparing ProRes 4K to ARRIRAW 2.8K, some might consider bumping up to the RAW to be well worth it for the extra room to tweak that is available in post.

Check out Arri News for more info.

Tech Specs

  • 35mm ARRI ALEV III CMOS Sensor
  • UHD 4K/60, 2K or HD Video, ProRes 4444
  • ARRI Look Library, Import Custom 3D LUTs
  • 1.3x Anamorphic De-Squeeze
  • 6G UHD-SDI Output, 4K UHD De-Noising
  • Dynamic ATW, Wi-Fi Control, CDL Grading
  • Balanced for Handheld Operation
  • Records to CFast 2.0 Memory Cards
  • Bluetooth Audio Monitoring/Comment Input
  • 9 lb / 4.1 kg

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"full 4K UHD capture"

The Amira does upscaled 4K, not true 4K. Otherwise it would be on the Netflix approved camera list. So yeah, you're better off shooting raw if you want the best quality.

June 13, 2018 at 9:27AM, Edited June 13, 9:30AM

Mike Tesh
Pro Video / Indie Filmmaker

Funny how in this world of K's and more K's, this camera still does not capture true 4K or even real UHD. Yet, the Alexas are the most preferred cameras available.

Think about that for a minute, pixel hoarders of the world.

June 14, 2018 at 8:19AM

Richard Krall