At IBC 2013 held in Amsterdam ARRI has shown a new documentary & TV style camera called AMIRA. It is advertised as a "pick up > shoot camera". Single user design, optimized for perfect balance and with decreased weight, AMIRA is an attempt to conquer a different market. The new cam is also no exception to the durability that ARRI is well known for. It was designed to withstand harsh weather conditions, often encountered when filming outside. Here’s info via arri.com:
With a solid internal skeleton that guarantees camera and lens stability, AMIRA is a highly durable product constructed of the strongest possible materials. Sealed and capsulated electronics provide top-level protection against humidity and dust, while an integrated thermal core results in an exceptionally efficient cooling system.
Let’s focus on AMIRA’s technical aspects. It uses the same sensor as ALEXA and allows to you shot HD 1080 or 2K at 200 frames per second. 14 stops dynamic range, good low-light performance, built-in ND filter options, and other features simply guarantee immaculate image quality. It will record Rec 709 / Log C using ProRes LT, 422, 422HQ or 444 codecs. This massive amount of data will require a Compact Flash 2.0, though (CFast 2.0). According to the ARRI’s website, the new camera will allow for PL Broadcast, PL Cine, B4 2/3’’ and EF lenses to be mounted. The majority of specs and features is presented in the below video:
ARRI also presented an awesome showreel providing some insight into AMIRA’s capabilities:
AMIRA’s price is to be announced, it was promised to be substantially cheaper than ALEXA, but don’t expect to get it for peanuts. ARRI plans on shipping those no sooner than in 2014.