ARRI’s new ALEXA SXT (Super Xtended Technology) cameras represent the next exciting step in the continuing evolution of the ALEXA family. Retaining the rock-solid foundation on which ALEXA is built, ALEXA SXT cameras additionally offer ProRes 4K recording, improved image quality, powerful color management and three fully independent HD-SDI outputs.
The first ALEXA SXT cameras are planned for release around mid-2015; the full range will comprise ALEXA SXT EV, SXT Plus and SXT Studio models, replacing current ALEXA XT cameras (though the ALEXA Classic EV model will remain in the line-up). ALEXA XT cameras (except ALEXA XT M) shipped between 1st Jan. 2015 and the first shipment of SXT cameras will be eligible for a full SXT upgrade, free of charge.
Ever since its launch, the ALEXA system’s fundamental advantage has been its unique combination of the highest overall image quality with the most efficient workflows on set and in post. Based on extensive market feedback, the ALEXA SXT line of cameras further improves upon those qualities, raising the widely-accepted gold standard set by ALEXA still higher.
ALEXA SXT Main New Features
Easy in-camera ProRes 4K recording
*ProRes 4K UHD (3840 x 2160)
*ProRes 4K Cine (4096 x 2637)
Improved image quality
*Completely overhauled image processing chain
*Advanced pixel correction
*Optional noise reduction
New Looks and smoother workflow
*3D Look-up Tables, ASC Color Decision List, Rec 2020 gamma
*Matches current ALEXA images, but provides basis for radically different looks
*Improved on-set preview, more efficient dailies and faster final grading
*Same tools for ALEXA SXT, ALEXA Mini & AMIRA
Super flexible on-set monitoring
*Three fully independent HD-SDI outputs