Arri Rental’s Alexa 65 camera was launched in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
The system is made up of a “scaled-up” version of an Alexa XT, lenses and image workflow. It will be available to productions from January.
Arri said the camera “harked back to the golden age of 65mm widescreen filmmaking”.
It is equipped with a sensor slightly larger than a 5-perf 65mm film frame that is able to capture an uncompressed ArriRaw 65mm image.
Arri managing director Franz Kraus said: “Following the success of the Alexa we wanted to build a camera for the most demanding applications in filmmaking and envisioned a true 65mm format camera, sharing as many of the technology and imaging attributes of Alexa as possible.
“The dynamic range and colorimetry are retained, but to these is added a far greater capacity for capturing fine detail. Our goal was simple – to meet and surpass the image quality of 65mm film.”
The camera system’s 50-110 mm Zoom 65 and the eight Prime 65 lenses, ranging from 24 to 300mm, use Fujinon-manufactured optics from Hasselblad HC lenses, re-housed in lens barrels co-developed with IB/E Optics.
Equipped with Arri’s Lens Data System (LDS), the lenses provide frame-accurate metadata about focus, iris and zoom settings with the image stream.
Arri Rental also worked with Codex to develop a workflow capable of processing full resolution ArriRaw 65mm images at the same time as generating ProRes 4444 HD files.