Month: September 2013

ARRI AMIRA Unveiled at IBC 2013

In a somewhat surprising move ARRI has unveiled a new HD/2k camera at IBC 2013 called the AMIRA.  The camera shoots up to 200fps and delivers the quality of an ALEXA by using the same sensor but in a much smaller package designed for the single operator.  ARRI has pegged this as a ‘documentary camera’ and it appears therefore to feature everything you would need right out of the box including things like XLR inputs for audio (including AES digital) and an OLED viewfinder that also doubles as a screen when the eyepiece is flipped to the side.  The AMIRA shoots to the newly unveiled CFast 2.0 format which is essentially Compact Flash 2.0 and Sandisk unveiled the first cards for that format alongside the AMIRA. The camera also features built in ND filters for easy exposure control. The current prototype will be displayed with a PL mount but a B4 mount and Canon EF mount are also planned! As you would expect from a camera designed for documentary work, audio is given a big chunk of features and the LCD on the side panel of the camera is solely dedicated to audio.  4-tracks can be recorded and mixed and there also appears to be some sort of wireless monitoring built into the camera using Bluetooth.  I’d expect an iOS app at some point to allow communication and the...

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Behind the Shot: Cambodian Fisherman

I was in Cambodia for a couple weeks on an exploratory photo mission, several days of which were spent touring around with some local guides in a 4×4 so that we could get off the beaten path. It’s one of my most memorable photographic experiences and I’ll never forget how friendly the people are in that country. On our way back from a 4-day excursion up to the Northern border with Thailand, we passed through an incredible thunderstorm and as they so often do in monsoon season, it cleared just in time for the sun to set. As we...

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