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RED's Digital Still and Motion Camera is not cheap

RED's Digital Still and Motion Camera is not cheap - Death to the DSLR? With a $28,000 price tag...maybe not!

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RED's Digital Still and Motion Camera
RED's pre-production camera.
The specification and price of RED's Digital Still and Motion Camera has been released.

There's no release date yet, but from what Jim Jannard the founder of Red Digital Cinema Company said in the RED forums, the $28,000 EPIC-X will come first. The EPIC-X will be released in four stages, beginning with a pre-production model called Tattoo.

In the RED Forums, Jim said the EPIC-X will feature:
  • New MYSTERIUM-X 5K sensor
  • 5K (2:1) at 1-100fps
  • 4K (2:1) at 1-125fps
  • Quad HD at 1-120fps
  • 3K (2:1) at 1-160fps
  • 2K (2:1) at 1-250fps
  • 1080P (scaled from full frame) at 1-60fps
  • Increased Dynamic Range, reduced noise
  • Time Lapse, Frame Ramping
  • REDCODE 250
  • ISO 200-8000
  • New FLUT Color Science
  • Completely Modular System, each Module individually upgradeable
  • Independent Stills and Motion Modes (both record full resolution REDCODE RAW)
  • 5 Axis Adjustable Sensor Plate
  • Multiple Recording Media Options (Compact Flash, 1.8in SSD, RED Drives, RED RAM)
  • Wireless REDMOTE control
  • Touchscreen LCD control option
  • Bomb-EVF, RED-EVF and RED-LCD compatible
  • Multiple User Control Buttons
  • Interchangeable Lens mounts including focus and iris control of electronic RED, Canon and Nikon lenses (along with Zoom data)
  • “Touch Focus Tracking” with electronic lens mounts and RED Touchscreen LCDs
  • LDS and /i Data enabled PL Mount
  • Rollover Battery Power
  • Independent LUTs on Monitor Outputs
  • Independent Frame Guides and Menu overlays on Monitor Outputs
  • Monitor Ports support both LCD and EVF
  • True Shutter Sync In/Out and Strobe Sync Out
  • 720P, 1080P and 2K monitoring support
  • Gigagbit Network interface and 802.11 Wireless interface
  • 3 Axis internal motion sensor, built in GPS receiver
  • Enhanced Metadata
  • Full size connectors on Pro I/O Module. AES Digital Audio input, single and dual link HD-SDI
  • Support for RED, most Arri 19mm, Studio 15mm, 15mm Lite, Panavision and NATO accessories
  • Dimensions- Approx. 4x4inx5.5in
  • Weight (Brain only)- Approx. 6 lbs (2.72kg)

RED's other camera, the Scarlet 2/3in doesn't have a price or release date but here are some of the camera's features:
  • Increased REDCODE data rates
  • New FLUT Color, Gamma and Sensitivity Science. Now same as EPIC.
  • More extensive modular system integration.
  • Interchangeable Lens mounts including focus and iris control of electronic RED, Canon and Nikon lenses, along with Zoom data (Scarlet 2/3" Interchangeable)
  • "Touch Focus Tracking" with electronic lens mounts and RED touchscreen LCD's (Scarlet 2/3in Interchangeable and 8x Fixed)
  • Two independent microphone level channels, balanced input circuits, 48V Phantom Power, digitized at 24-bit 48KHz.
  • GigaBit Ethernet port
  • Scaled 1080P at 60fps

So, do you still think RED can change the DSLR industry forever? Let us know your thoughts.
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walkerr 15
2 Nov 2009 12:18PM
Starting to sound like the non-event of the century, except for the segment of pro's who need the crossover of stills and motion and can afford the price tag.

Nice that the earlier comments on taking Canon and Nikon via adapters seems to be there - but at this price, how relevant is that

When they first talked about this in Sep 2008 - there were some bold words:

Jim Jannard the founder of Red Digital Cinema Company made a post in his companies forums that could make DSLR makers sweat.

I really can't see how Nikon or Canon will be sweating one drop - this isn't anything close to their main market, unless I am totally missing something.

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StuartAt 13 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2009 12:31PM
Doesn't look very ergonomically friendly, does it?
2 Nov 2009 5:30PM
Perfect for a Star Wars convention
cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
3 Nov 2009 11:50AM

Quote:unless I am totally missing something

LOL...Smile Yep! by my rough reckoning about $23,000 ....Wink

Then some serious contracts for a couple of years, To justify it.

Great for the elite muppet brigade though....
walkerr 15
4 Nov 2009 1:52PM

Quote:Yep! by my rough reckoning about $23,000 ....

Haha - now that is the truth! Smile
Goggz 11 2.3k 72 Wales
4 Nov 2009 9:31PM
I bet they go bust...

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