Jump to content


Photo

Poll: Which camera would you choose and why?


  • Please log in to reply
5 replies to this topic

#1 Dominik Bauch

Dominik Bauch
  • Basic Members
  • PipPip
  • 24 posts
  • Director
  • Palo Alto

Posted 16 October 2016 - 09:31 PM

Could use some help making a decision.

 

Choice is between an Alexa Mini and the New Red Weapon Helium.

 

Leaning towards the Alexa Mini but the lack of raw high frame rates and not true 4k is a little scary. Some consider the Alexa sensor overhyped and old in the meantime, so I'm concerned about sinking a lot of cash into old tech.

 

Any thoughts or advice hugely appreciated.


Edited by Dominik Bauch, 16 October 2016 - 09:31 PM.

  • 0


#2 Mark Kenfield

Mark Kenfield
  • Basic Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 1003 posts
  • Cinematographer
  • Australia/Wherever The Wind Takes Me

Posted 16 October 2016 - 09:43 PM

What's more popular in your local market for the scale of productions that you generally work on?

That's the metric to choose by.
  • 0

#3 Dominik Bauch

Dominik Bauch
  • Basic Members
  • PipPip
  • 24 posts
  • Director
  • Palo Alto

Posted 16 October 2016 - 09:47 PM

I tend to shoot a lot of my own stuff so for me it's just getting the best overall package with an emphasis on a filmic image. Red tends to need more grading but new Helium sensor plus coming updated color science might close the gap. Also form factor of Red is great but the Alexa image...


  • 0

#4 Mark Kenfield

Mark Kenfield
  • Basic Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 1003 posts
  • Cinematographer
  • Australia/Wherever The Wind Takes Me

Posted 17 October 2016 - 01:01 AM

Well if it's for your own projects that simplifies things a great deal, as you're operating outside of the regular market, and the camera only needs to appeal to you and suit your needs.

If raw HFR is essential, then you're going to have to go with the Red, if things like internal NDs are essential, look to the Arri. They're very similar cameras in a lot of ways - both produce lovely pictures, and both are small boxes that need to be heavily customised and accessorised in order to suit your personal shooting style.

 

As far as yielding a 'filmic' image, the greater highlight latitude on the Arri definitely gives it an edge there (over both the red and everything else out there). But again, if it's mostly just for your own projects, then you know best what your particular needs are. Personally, I don't think anyone needs to worry about the Alexa Mini becoming 'obsolete' any time soon - it'd be close to being the most popular camera on the market right now (for higher-end work at least).


  • 0

#5 Guy Danieli

Guy Danieli
  • Basic Members
  • PipPip
  • 16 posts
  • Cinematographer

Posted 06 February 2017 - 05:43 AM

I shoot on flim and I do not have that problem and I will never get any problem in the future !


  • 0

#6 Rakesh Malik

Rakesh Malik
  • Basic Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 108 posts
  • Cinematographer
  • Tacoma, WA

Posted 07 February 2017 - 12:57 AM

The results I'm getting with my Helium have been making me very happy. I haven't been doing much color grading on my Helium footage. And photographs.

 

http://www.pixoto.co...583754027171840

 

Of course, it helps that in my area Reds are quite popular, a lot more popular than Arris... plus I could afford a Helium, but not an Alexa Mini.

 

Either is probably a winner. Arris re still quite popular for a reason.


  • 0


FJS International, LLC

Visual Products

The Slider

Metropolis Post

Gamma Ray Digital Inc

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS

CineLab

Paralinx LLC

Broadcast Solutions Inc

Tai Audio

Aerial Filmworks

Willys Widgets

Ritter Battery

Rig Wheels Passport

CineTape

Glidecam

rebotnix Technologies

Abel Cine

Technodolly

Abel Cine

Ritter Battery

Glidecam

Tai Audio

Metropolis Post

Gamma Ray Digital Inc

FJS International, LLC

The Slider

CineLab

Willys Widgets

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS

Broadcast Solutions Inc

Technodolly

CineTape

Aerial Filmworks

Visual Products

rebotnix Technologies

Paralinx LLC

Rig Wheels Passport