It reminds me of the ARRI 16SR — the camera that launched a thousand careers, including mine. The 16SR was designed by Erich Kaestner as a documentary and news 16mm film camera so lightweight and portable that it could fit into an attaché case (that came with the camera–optional extra in those pre-Petrol-Kata-Tenba-Lowepro days) and fit under an airline seat and could travel anywhere. It quickly caught on, for much more than  docs and news, and became one of ARRI’s best selling cameras of all time.

The new ARRI Amira reminds me of the 16SR for the Alexa age. More info on ARRI’s website. Fits comfortably on shoulder, very versatile, comfortable. Lightweight. One of the only digital cameras that doesn’t require a cage, rig or a multitude of mods.


  • 2K to 200 fps.
  •  same sensor as the ARRI ALEXA,
  • records  HD 1080 or 2K onto CFast 2.0 CF cards
  • Rec 709 or Log C ProRes LT, 422, 422HQ or 444

Amira was announced on opening day of IBC, and the crowds in the ARRI indicate a hit of the show. Planned to be available early 2014.

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