Product Review: ARRI ALEXA Classic

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ARRI ALEXA Classic

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4.3/5

4.3

Based upon1 reviews from Wedio members

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Effectiveness

5

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Usability

3

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Value for money

5

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Overall rating

4.3

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Is it worth it?

Yes

If you’re a professional filmmaker, this camera is worth a shot. Any ARRI camera will perform better than its rivals in the crucial areas of dynamic range and color rendering. The camera's settings for film production, such as highlight roll-off, can make a huge difference.

No

Keep in mind that the Alexa Classic’s resolution doesn’t exactly handle the competition. The Alexa Classic's top speed is 2.8K, which seems extremely constrained given that a typical mirrorless camera can capture at least 4K and even 8K on flagship versions. Also, if you’re a solo camera operator, this is a no, as the Alexa Classic is heavy and bulky.

ARRI ALEXA Classic Review

Would you give a try to a cinema camera that was released more than a decade ago? Well, if it’s an ARRI camera, you sure should!

Whether it’s your first encounter with the Arri Alexa Classic, or you just need a reminder of this camera’s capabilities, read our full review to discover its key strengths, how it compares to a newer Alexa Mini LF, and if you should get it in 2022. The camera world is immense - there’s always so much to discover. Check out our guide to camera equipment to freshen up your knowledge.

Image of ARRI ALEXA Classic for the review — by Wedio member, Sam.
Image of ARRI ALEXA Classic for the review — by Wedio member, Sam.


The first item in the Alexa line and Arri's major entry into digital cinematography, this film-style digital camera was introduced in 2010. Known as "Hollywood's Camera of Choice," the Classic model has won the hearts of numerous cinematographers. Even after 12 years since its initial release and great competition, the Alexa Arri Classic is still a camera that delivers decent features and performance and remains a choice among filmmakers even today.

Pros

Sturdy build

Ergonomic design

Modular architecture

Easy to operate

Top cinematic look

Cons

Pricey

Quite heavy

Power hungry