RED Scarlet-X

November 4, 2011 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras | 1 Comment |
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RED Digital Cinema has officially released the Scarlet-X, a professional-grade hybrid digital stills and video camera that takes interchangeable lenses. Featuring a “Mysterium-X” Super 35 sensor, the Scarlet-X is a relatively compact, modular camera that can record true 4K video at 1-30fps and also allows users to simultaneously capture motion footage and still content. As a stills camera, the Scarlet-X can take 13.8-megapixel photographs with an aspect ratio of 19:10, at frame rates of up to 12fps. The camera comes standard with a Canon EF or PL mount, which can be swapped easily using Scarlet-X’s interchangeable lens mount system. In addition Panavision, Anamorphic, and Nikon lenses are also compatible with the camera. The EF-mount version (pictured, with an aluminium lens mount) will be available for $9,750 (if ordered before 31st December), while the PL variant - featuring a titanium mount - will be $1,500 dearer. Availability is slated for 17th November for the PL-mount model and 1st December for the Canon version.

RED Digital Cinema Press Release

SCARLET. ALL GROWN UP

RED STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD, Hollywood, Calif., November 3, 2011 – RED Digital Cinema has officially released its third industry-changing camera, the Scarlet-X. With burst modes up to 12 fps at full 5K resolution alongside 4K motion capture from 1-30 fps, the camera allows professional photographers and cinematographers to simultaneously capture motion footage and still content. Never miss a shot. Ever. Scarlet-X’s compact design, endless modularity and advanced feature set provide a future-proof solution catering to every shooter’s needs, leaving one-dimensional DSLRs and 1080p camcorders in its wake. Priced at under $10,000, Scarlet-X advances RED’s vision to democratize superlative cinema and professional photography.

Scarlet-X comes standard with a Canon EF or PL mount, which can be swapped easily using Scarlet-X’s interchangeable lens mount system. Panavision, Anamorphic, and Nikon lenses are also compatible with the camera, providing ultimate freedom when it comes to creative decision-making. The addition of HDRx reaches up to 18 stops of dynamic range, bringing digital images closer than ever to the natural perception of the human eye.

With the innate ability to capture 5K REDCODE RAW stills and true 4K motion footage, Scarlet-X produces visually lossless files that can easily be graded and finished. Combining all of the finest qualities of cinema and photography into one camera, Scarlet-X allows the customer to have the best of both worlds. Compromise nothing. Shoot everything.

“The future is dependent on those who push… not those who react,” said Jim Jannard, founder of RED Digital Cinema.

RED is now taking orders on RED.com for Scarlet-X.

Since delivering their first camera – the RED ONE – in 2007, RED Digital Cinema has jumped ahead of the pack over camera companies that had dominated the market for decades. Feature films shot with RED cameras such as the Academy Award-winning movie “The Social Network” and the more recent “Contagion” have contributed to a lineage of cinematic success. Since the 2011 introduction of DSMC (Digital Still & Motion Camera) technology, photography icons like Bruce Weber, Greg Williams and Inez + Vinoodh have used RED cameras to shoot covers and spreads for the some of the most influential fashion magazines in the world.

Follow the announcement at REDUSER.net/SCARLET.



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#1 JWise

I'm astonished that Red delivered just what they said they would, and that Canon dropped the ball in such a massive way. Two new camera's announced 3 hours apart, the Canon shoots half the resolution and costs twice as much. While on the other hand, I'm not sure I want to take on the costs of dealing with the pipeline requirements regarding data storage and processing power to render clips that are 4k, it does appear that Canon's historical event could ultimately be seen as one that was representative of the day they handed over innovation and a lot of market share to a true innovator.

3:11 pm - Friday, November 4, 2011