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The A-Minima is a Super 16 movie camera that was introduced by Aaton in 1999.[1][2] Touted as the smallest reflex viewfinder movie camera at the time, the camera is distinguished by its low-profile form-factor.[citation needed] It has a size comparable to a small prosumer video camera, and weights 4.4 pounds (2.0 kg) including film and battery.[1] The A-Minima was the first Super 16 only camera.[3]

In order to accommodate the camera design, Aaton worked with Eastman Kodak to create a specially designed flexible flange 200 feet (61 m) daylight spool.[citation needed] Because of the spool's particular design and the fact that the camera requires A-wind 16 mm film, the A-Minima can only use Kodak film stock, manufactured specifically for use with the A-Minima.[citation needed] The 200 foot length (approximately 5.5 minutes at 24 frame/s) and slightly noisy sound rating of 29 dB make it convenient as a B-camera or second unit camera; however, the small size and ease of use, along with an integrated AatonCode timecode unit, allow for less conspicuous and cumbersome shooting on Super 16.[citation needed] The camera is aimed at documentary filmmakers.[4]


  1. ^ a b "A-minima". Aaton. 2010-05-29. Archived from the original on 2011-09-26. Retrieved 2011-09-27.
  2. ^ "Pink Skies and Poetic Artifacts: DP Linus Sandgren on La La Land".
  3. ^ "A-Minima".
  4. ^ "Looking for a Buyer, Aaton Enters Receivership".

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