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RED One Mysterium X cameras now widely available

updated 09:00 am EDT, Mon September 13, 2010

RED One MX made available to everyone

RED this weekend finally began wider distribution of its first next-generation camera. After the earlier upgrade program, the Red One MX is now available to everyone. The camera still shoots at the same 4K resolution as the original but uses a modern Mysterium-X sensor with much better low-light performance and other image quality improvements.

The camera uses a typical P/L mount for lenses and has full pro connections through mini XLR, HD-SDI, Genlock and timecode ports. It revolves around a modular system that can add a CompactFlash card module, specialized viewfinders and stands, and other extras to customize it to a particular form of moviemaking. Videos are still produced in the native Redcode format used in Apple's Final Cut Studio and other pro editing apps.

A RED One MX costs $25,000 for the body, or still well under the prices of many other greater-than-HD pro video cameras. Payment needs a 10 percent deposit and is backlogged by seven to 10 days due to demand. Old models using the original Mysterium sensor aren't available except for those who already have a deposit down and intend to continue through the process.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    How much?

    Does Jannard have a share in MacNN? What's with the free advertising? $25,000 gets you nothing, a black box without even a viewfinder and the CF Card recording costs another $500. So, for $25,000 you get a camera that you can't see through and can't record anything with. Will Red ever become more honest and open about their pricing? It's like the old car salesman trick where metallic paint is an extra $1500 but there are no cars that come without metallic paint. Get real guys! In spite of how it may appear, I have nothing against the Red per se. but I have a BIG problem with how it is marketed and sold. It would still be a good value proposition compared with other systems if Jannard and company were more forthcoming with the facts. It doesn't have to appear to be half or a quarter of the price of other systems. It only needs to appear to be better value overall than other systems. It's not a cheap pair of sunglasses and doesn't need to be marketed as such. I hope we never see "buy one get one free!"

  1. scottnichol

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: How much?

    thing to keep in mind is that this is NOT a consumer level camera. at this point, most consumers would not have much of a use for 4K video camera. there's nothing to display it on in its native resolution. add to that the fact that you're not going to be able to edit video from this on your iMac or MacBook. you'd have to purchase a MacPro tower that's probably going to cost you $5000-8000.

    this is a camera meant for professionals who are making serious motion pictures and have the budget to support a camera system like this.

  1. erics

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    speaking of buy one get one free, we got a free xdcam body with the uber expensive lens from Sony.
    what a deal :P
    spite of it all, were moving to the new Red system.
    kraft dinner for the next decade I guess ;)

  1. byRyan

    Joined: Dec 1969


    how it appears...

    "In spite of how it may appear, I have nothing against the Red..."

    really - cuz every report I have seen for Red, correctly filed under electronista, the gadget news site, has a comment from you lambasting it. Whether its the latest news on the scarlet/epic development or updates on the original - there you are talking about it being vaporware or worse. I have often wondered what crawled up your butt when it comes to Red - because no other camera comes close to the quality this camera offers at its price.

    But yes - the $25,000 gets you the Brains of this unit and not much else - thats the whole concept of its modular design - only ship you what you need. If you are unsure of what accessories they need, you can contact them and they will advise you. Unlike used car salesmen, They have always been clear in their marketing that you are only buying an engine, and the body cost more, and at its price point - I think it only appeals to professionals who research things before they buy them, so they know what they are getting into.

    Perhaps your biggest grip about the RED is that you can't afford one, and even you could buy a body - you couldn't afford the lenses to use one. And because I'm going to assume you have no previous movie camera that you could use parts from - there may be additional accessories lacking... heck - this thing doesn't even come with a tripod either!

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