The ARRICAM System

Innovative, Modular & Functional


Innovative, Modular & Functional

The ARRICAM System is a complete 35 mm film production system with modern features including Super 35, dual pin registration, optional 3 perforation movements, brilliant viewfinders and high quality video assists. The system consists of two camera bodies, the ARRICAM Studio and the ARRICAM Lite, which are accompanied by a full range of electronic and mechanical accessories.

All basic functions as well as an electronically adjustable mirror shutter are available. Expanded function modules with innovative possibilities are fully integrated in the streamlined design. For the first time, a lens control system has been integrated into the camera that reads and controls all data of the lens.

The ARRICAM Studio is distinguished by its low noise level and many advanced features.

The ARRICAM Lite is particularly useful when low weight, small camera size and operating freedom are required i.e. remote, steadicam or shoulder operation.

Together, these cameras represent a perfectly coordinated system that provides an unprecedented level of functionality and economic viability.

Modular Finder System

All viewfinders can be used on the ARRICAM Studio and the ARRICAM Lite. The bright Studio Finder with its unprecedented image quality is complemented by the lightweight Lite Finder 2. The Studio Universal Viewfinder and the Lite Universal Viewfinder feature an anamorphic element in the viewfinder arm that allows switching between spherical and anamorphic viewing. The viewfinder arm telescopes to move the eyepiece away from the camera. All systems offer maximum flexibility with their swing-over design.

For the Studio and the Lite Universal Viewfinder a medium and a long finder extension are available.

Frameglow modules complete the viewfinder systems: standard and custom formats can be used with the Studio- and Lite Mask Frameglow modules. For the Studio camera an additional LCD Frameglow module is available.

Speed Control Box

The acceleration or deceleration of camera speed, known as a speed ramp, always confronts the camera operator with technical problems, because changing the camera speed also means an alteration of exposure time. This alterations must be compensated by either adjusting the shutter angle or the iris. A similiar problem is caused when the depth of field needs to be changed. Adjusting the iris alters the depth of field but at the same time also the exposure. This exposure deviation must be compensated with the shutter angle.

The ARRICAM Speed Control Box enables the user to programme and operate speed ramps with or without exposure compensation via the shutter angle or iris. Furthermore, the Speed Control Box (SCB) makes it possible to synchronize the camera with external signals (for example video monitors, generators or film projectors for back-screen projection). It takes over functions which, in other ARRI systems, were carrieded out by the Remote Control Unit (RCU), the Iris Control Unit (ICU) and the External Syncronisation Unit (ESU). The Speed Control Box can be attached to the ARRICAM Studio, or can be used with the Lite as a handheld remote unit.


Newly developed, lightweight carbon fibre magazines complete the design of the ARRICAM Camera System. A 400 ft. as well as a 1000 ft. magazine can be attached to the ARRICAM Studio in top load, rear load, and in an angled position via adapters, allowing a flexible adaptation to application requirements. With a magazine adapter the ARRICAM Studio magazines can also be used on the ARRICAM Lite in rear load position.

For steadicam- and shoulder operation, two 400 ft. active displacement magazines in compact design have been developed exclusively for the ARRICAM Lite.

Video Assist

A high speed, high-resolution 1/2" video camera and a specially designed video optic module with an aperture of 1.2 provide an extremely high quality video image. Even under low light conditions, editing-quality is achieved. Easy operation and compact design

LDS Ultra Prime Lenses

A completely new development are the Ultra Prime lenses with integrated contact-free sensors. Via an electrical interface in the PL-mount, these sensors transmit the actual set values of focus, zoom and iris to the camera. The Ultra Prime lens range is the most comprehensive and most advanced set available on the market.

LDS - Lens Data System

With a quick-lock mechanism, the Lens Data Box (LDB) perfectly fits into the camera design. This box reads all the lens data and makes it available for other external systems, such as the Lens Data Display (LDD), motion control or lens control systems, which in turn can remotely control the lens via cable or wireless. Time consuming cabling is considerably reduced.

A large variety of functions is provided: The Lens Data System, using the lens