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Finished RED Scarlet shown: 4K for $9,750 on November 17

updated 10:10 pm EDT, Thu November 3, 2011

RED Scarlet shown in final form at event

RED at its own camera event showed its long-delayed, finished version of the Scarlet. The new version has gone from a complete camera to a central body and sensor that fits into the RED modular system. While not ambitious as the Epic system, it's now one of the least expensive 4K cameras, costing $9,750 despite shooting at its full 4096x2160 at a slightly more than film-grade 25FPS.

The camera can also shoot 3K at 48FPS, 2K at 60FPS, and an unusual 1K at 120FPS. Still photos are possible at 5K at a continuous 12FPS speed. In spite of the cost trimming, it still has a Super 35-level sensor. Redcode video streaming at 50MB per second also virtually eliminates bitstream artifacts. Its sensor use the same basic Mysterium-X technology derived from current Epic cameras and should be relatively adept at low-light and high dynamic range shooting.

Shipments will start as soon as November 17, although these will require buying a version with a titanium PL mount for lenses. Those who want to get the Canon mount will have to hold two weeks, until December 1.

At its price, the Scarlet potentially outperforms the Canon Cinema EOS C300, as it shoots at a higher resolution and still has some resilience to low light. Compared to most conventional pro video camera producers, RED is pricing itself several times lower, including versus its own $57,000 5K-capable Epic X.

by MacNN Staff



  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No it doesn't

    "the Scarlet potentially outperforms the Canon Cinema EOS C300, as it shoots at a higher resolution."

    They are both 4K cameras.

  1. gudin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Yes it does.

    According to this article, the Scarlet can shoot stills at 5K, and the 4K resolution is actually higher than Canon's. Not that I am likely to be buying either of these.

  1. byRyan

    Joined: Dec 1969


    not 4k

    the Canon 3C does not record a 4k image. it has a 4k sensor, but because it records RGB separately on each pixel, it only makes a 1080 final image.

    scarlet is a way better deal

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