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Arri launch new documentary style camera the Arri Amira

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A new camera from Arri

The new ALEXA XST is a technological tour-de-force that uses ARRI's classic sensor. How does it get 4K from this less-than-4K imager? And what are the advantages of this approach?

 A new, fairly expensive ENG-style camera that's only HD resolution? But it has the same sensor as the most sought-after camera in Hollywood (according to the Oscar nominations)!

In a statement released today (and reproduced below in full) ARRI has announced that its Amira camera will can be upgraded to record UHD (not 4K) internally, as UHDProRes

Making sense of Sensors - part 2

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As we saw in my previous article on sensor technology, we can now build sensors with enormous numbers attached to them - if not trivially, at least reliably. Given that current 4K sensors are more than adequate to replace 35mm film in terms of sheer resolution, we need to be careful about turning this into a numbers game.

The Sony A7S has an extraordinary dynamic range

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Sony's A7S has a low noise floor which helps it to achieve Sony's claimed 15.3 stops (at least with still shots - and it's not far from that with video). But what does this look like?

Testing the ARRI AMIRA in the real world - Part I

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A documentary camera with the same image quality as an ARRI ALEXA? Here's what it's like to live with one. Part 1 of a series of video diaries.

Which is more important - the DOP or the Camera?

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Why would someone specify a camera before they chose the cinematographer? David Read despairs...

4K cameras: A rundown of what's available now

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In between IBC and NAB, most of the newly-announced 4K cameras are on sale. So before the expected avalanche of 4K announcements and previews at NAB, we thought we'd ask Phil Rhodes to run though what you can buy now

Can you make a feature film with an iPhone?

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Can you make a feature film with an iPhone? Well, "yes" is the answer if you don't mind a slightly fuzzy-looking picture on a big screen, and if you sit far enough away, but you can certainly get a cinematic "look" if you use cinema-type techniques when you make your film, and some software to give your work its finishing touches.

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