January 20, 2015 at 6:15AM


Arri Amira - shooting features

Any DOPs out there? I've got a question for anyone who's managed to get their hands on the Arri Amira. It seems like it's getting a big push for docos and promos, but why is no one talking about using this camera for shooting independent features? Seems like it's a no brainer if you're not going the ArriRAW route. Same 2k ProRes image quality as the Alexa but with smaller, more ergonomic form-factor (perfect for hand-held), in-built ND filters, better battery life, higher frame rates and cheaper to hire so you can have multiple bodies. Why would you now use the Alexa if you're not shooting ArriRAW or anamorphic? Am I missing something? Really appreciate an answer if anyone can help. Thanks in advance.


I think there is no reason why not to shoot a feature with the Amira.
But I think that DPs, if given the choice, usually pick a tried and successful camera over a newer one, so it may take some time. Also rental houses have a lot of 1st generation Alexas which are willing to rent for very attractive prices, so it's also a logistics factor.

January 22, 2015 at 7:05AM

Stelios Kouk

Used the Amira on a narrative short a few weeks ago, and it blew me away. I think it would make a great option for indie features. It's lightweight, the built in ND was incredible (we shot f2's for most of the shoot), and for the amount we were shooting per day, we needed to switch cards once, maybe twice a day. It has a user friendly interface, and the image quality is beautiful. If the specs match up with what you're looking to shoot, I don't see any reason why someone wouldn't use it for a narrative feature.

January 22, 2015 at 5:59PM

Kristina Lally
Independent Filmmaker

I've made a comparison between the two cameras which supports what you are thinking. It might even show that the Amira is better than the Alexa Studio. http://imgur.com/a/gSnj4
Hopefully this inspires others to continue comparing them. If I'm right then the Amira is all the camera many of us need.

January 23, 2015 at 1:31AM

Caj Muller

Thanks for the input, everyone. Put the same question to a few other folks and everyone who's worked with the Amira seems to be singing its praises.

January 24, 2015 at 9:48AM

Will Gilbey
Screenwriter / Editor

Here in France the Amira is actually more expensive than the old Alexa!
Even so I'm renting a couple to shoot a Doc at the end of the month, so I'll stick up a little post about how it went when the time comes!!

May 20, 2015 at 10:42AM

James Coote
Director of Photography

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