ARRI ALEXA XT M Digital Cinema Camera - The Specialist


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The ALEXA XT M is ideal for helicopter, underwater, car, action, Steadicam and handheld shots, as well as 3D rigs. A thin fiber optic cable connects the compact camera head to the body, allowing extremely flexible configurations. 

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The ALEXA platform is the most complete digital camera system ever built, with different camera models for everyday shooting as well as specialty applications. The ALEXA XT M (XT = Xtended Technology, M = Modular) is a flexible solution consisting of a separate camera head and body; it is tailored for action and aerial photography, tight corner shots and 3D productions, and any application or environment that would challenge a full-sized ALEXA. Based on cutting edge ARRI technologies, the M model features the same sensor, image processing, build quality, efficient workflows and exceptional image quality that have made ALEXA such a worldwide success. The head and body of the M are connected with a fiber optic cable, which in a hybrid form can also be used for powering the head. Weighing well under 3 kg, the compact front end offers multiple mounting points and versatile maneuverability. Meanwhile the body provides various options for recording images, sound and metadata, accommodating all workflows of the standard ALEXA XT.

Like all ALEXA XT cameras it has in-camera ARRIRAW recording, internal ND filtration, a 4:3 Super 35 sensor, integrated CDL capture, LDS PL mount, included anamorphic de-squeeze and high speed licenses as well as a new, super silent fan.


Separate camera body and light weight head

  • up to 50 m/160 ft operating range with hybrid SMPTE cable.
  • up to 1 km/0.6 miles operating range when head is powered separately.
  • controls and media can be kept in easy reach.

Highest flexibility on the set

Small form factor and low weight of head for lightweight and size-critical camera and 3D applications

Built-in ND filter option (ALEXA XT, ALEXA XT M and ALEXA XT Plus)

  • neutral color balance at all densities
  • anti-reflective multi-coating maintains high contrast
  • precision polishing preserves image sharpness
  • internal filter holder reduces weight, reflections and hassle
  • 8 full-spectrum neutral density (FSND) filters available from ND 0.3 to ND 2.4

Features for all ALEXA XT Cameras

  • Faster, lighter and more affordable ARRIRAW recording
  • Faster and longer ProRes/DNxHD in-camera recording
  • 4:3 Super 35 sensor
  • Open Gate sensor mode (2)
  • Built-in Lens Data System (LDS)
  • Integrated CDL capture
  • Included anamorphic de-squeeze and high speed licenses
  • Viewfinder Mounting Bracket VMB-3
  • Super silent ALEXA XT fan
  • Quick switch BNC connectors

(2) Open Gate sensor mode is available now for ALEXA XT, ALEXA XT Plus and ALEXA XT Studio. Open Gate sensor mode for ALEXA XT M is planned for a future software upgrade.


Weight ALEXA XT M head: 2.9 kg/6.4 lbs. ALEXA XT M body with XR Module: 5.8 kg/12.8 lbs.
Color Color Correction, While white balance changes the red/blue hue of the image, color correction changes green/magenta. Adjustable range from -12 to +12 CC. 1 CC corresponds to 035 Kodak CC values or 1/8 Rosco values.
Lens Fit & Mount ARRI Exchangeable Lens Mount (ELM); ships with Lens Adapter PL Mount with LDS contacts, 54 mm stainless steel PL mount, Super 35 centered. 52.00 mm nominal flange focal depth without FSND filters.
Dimensions Head: Length: 212 mm/8.35”, width: 129 mm/5.08”, height: 149 mm/5.87” Body: Length: 323 mm/12.72”, width: 161 mm/6.33”, height: 158 mm/6.22
Shutter Speed Electronic rolling shutter, 5.0º - 358.0º up to 60 fps; 5.0° to 356° above 60 fps. Shutter angle adjustable with 1/10 degree precision.
Sensor Type 35 format ALEV III CMOS sensor with Dual Gain Architecture (DGA) and Bayer pattern color filter array.
Recording Frame Rate 16:9, 4:3 - some limitations based on recording media or codec settings apply.
Camera Type 35 format film-style digital camera with separate camera head and body, an electronic viewfinder, a 4:3/16:9 switchable active sensor area, built-in filter holder, Lens Data System.
Filters Built-in Internal Filter Module (IFM-1) filter holder. Accepts one of eight Full Spectrum Neutral Density (FSND) filters, manual insertion/removal. Permanent filters in front of the sensor: optical low pass, UV, IR
Playback Playback of ARRIRAW, ProRes or DNxHD (1) from XR Capture Drive or playback of ProRes or DNxHD (1) from SxS PRO card visible on EVF-1, MON OUT and REC OUT. Playback audio available over headphone jack and embedded in the MON OUT and REC OUT signal.
Audio 1x XLR 5 pin AUDIO IN for 2 channel, line level, balanced audio. 24 bit/48 kHz A/D conversion. Uncompressed PCM audio recording to ARRIRAW, ProRes, DNxHD (1) and embedded in all HD-SDI outputs. Only available with same project/sensor speed at 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97 and 30 fps. Max of 2.5 dBm output from AUDIO OUT headphones connector.
Connectors 1x media slot for XR Capture Dive or SxS adapter, 2x BNC recording out HD-SDI, 1.5G/3G (REC OUT 1 and REC OUT 2), 1x BNC monitoring out HD-SDI, 1.5G (MON OUT), 1x XLR 5-pin analog audio in (AUDIO IN), 1x BNC return video in HD-SDI, 1.5G (RET/SYNC IN), 1x LEMO 16-pin external accessory interface (EXT), 1x Fischer 2-pin 24 V power in (BAT), 2x Fischer 3-pin 24 V remote start and accessory power out (RS), 1x LEMO 2-pin 12 V accessory power out (12 V), 1x LEMO 5-pin timecode in/out (TC), 1x TRS 3.5 mm headphone mini stereo jack (AUDIO OUT), 1x custom LEMO 10-pin service Ethernet with 24 V power (ETH), 1x LEMO SMPTE 304M hybrid fiber connector (OPTICAL LINK), BNC connectors designed for fast exchange without camera disassembly. These connectors require a special tool.
Recording Outputs 2x 1.5G or 3G REC OUT BNC connectors for uncompressed 1920 x 1080 4:4:4 RGB or 4:2:2 YCbCr HD video at 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, or 60 fps. Recording other speeds requires a recorder with Variflag support. Legal or extended range signal mapping. Embedded audio, time code, metadata and recording flag. ALEXA XT models do not offer ARRIRAW T-Link output.
Viewfinder Optional electronic viewfinder: Low latency (=1 frame delay) electronic color viewfinder ARRI EVF-1 with 1280 x 784 F-LCOS micro display (image: 1280 x 720, status bars: 1280 x 32 above and 1280 x 32 below image) and ARRI LED illumination, both temperature controlled. Image can be flipped for use of viewfinder on camera left or right. Viewfinder Mounting Bracket allows movement of viewfinder forward/backwards, left/right, up/down, 360 degree rotation and placement on camera left or right. EVF-1 controls: viewfinder and basic camera settings, ZOOM button (2.25x pixel to pixel magnification), EXP button (false color exposure check) and jog wheel.
SD Card For importing and storing ARRI Look Files, camera set up files, frame line files, feature license keys, user pixel masks and custom lens tables for the Lens Data Archive (LDA). Stores captured stills from the REC OUT image path in TIFF (.tif, 16 bit), DPX (.dpx, 10 bit) or JPEG (.jpg, 8 bit) format (1). Stores log files. Also used for installing Software Update Packets (SUPs).
In-camera Recording In camera body: Uncompressed and unencrypted ARRIRAW, compressed and unencrypted QuickTime/ProRes or compressed and unencrypted MXF/DNxHD recording onto XR Capture Drives. With SxS Adapter: QuickTime/ProRes or MXF/DNxHD onto SxS PRO cards. With CFast 2.

Item Includes

  • Standard Manufacturer's Warranty.

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