New Camera Alexa Plus 4:3 at Hand Held Films!
We’re starting off the new year with a bang: the Alexa Plus 4:3 is in house and ready to shoot!
This camera truly has it all. Everything you love about the Alexa Plus is still here, such as integrated wireless remote control system functionality (WRS), a built-in lens data system (LDS), two 1.5G HD-SDI monitor outputs, and three RS accessory outputs. The addition of a 4:3 Super 35mm size sensor, which gives the camera its name (as seen in the Studio and M models), as well as the anamorphic de-squeeze, high speed, and DNxHD licenses installed make this the current high-end production camera to beat.
Aside from retaining a much higher image quality, the 4:3 sensor size is fully utilized when using anamorphic lenses, such as the Hawk V-Lites, which squeeze the image horizontally to create the cinematic 2.39:1 aspect ratio. Shooting with spherical lenses is also improved with the 4:3 sensor, awarding more real estate when reframing the image in post by adjusting the top or bottom frame lines to your liking.
Another major perk is the ability to switch between the 4:3 and 16:9 sensor sizes, as well as HD and 2K recording on SxS cards. While the ProRes codec reaches 12bit 4:4:4, DNxHD is limited to 8bit or 10bit 4:2:2. Arri plans to have DNxHD 4:4:4 available with the release of SUP 8.0 sometime later this year. 2K SxS recording is strictly ProRes at this time.
The biggest difference between this camera and the Alexa Studio is the lack of mirror shutter and optical viewfinder. This, however, isn’t such a bad thing: it makes the camera much lighter. With a 28mm Hawk V-Lite and Anton Bauer HCX battery attached, the Plus 4:3 weighs in at 25lbs, while the Studio is a heftier 30lbs with the same lens and battery. For handheld or Stedicam work, the Plus 4:3 will certainly prove it’s weight in gold.
As always, contact us if you are interested in seeing the amazing Alexa Plus 4:3 or any of our other cameras up close in person or to inquire about rental availability.
Happy shooting for 2013!