I just wrapped up a short interview with Ted Schilowitz from RED, in which he told us (and all our live stream viewers) all about the new RED Scarlet digital cinema camera. I got to hold the thing and revel in its 3K glory; and while RED devices are notoriously never “final,” this felt about as final as it gets.
I don’t want to repeat what’s already out there regarding the resolution, accessories, dates, and so on, which are all googleable (and some not final), so I’ll stick to general impressions and you can watch the video as soon as it’s live for specifics. In the meantime, here are a couple new pics to tide you over.
What I took away was that this is indeed a professional camera for filming real big-boy movies, packed into an extremely compact body. It’s heavy: six pounds according to Ted, and it felt like more to me. And of course, with an extra battery pack, storage, and (if you choose) a larger lens on the front, it’s definitely not something you want to one-hand. Make no mistake, this is a professional camera for people who have limited space (or money), or need to do on-the-run stuff. I’ve watched people do moving handheld with full-size cameras and it’s hard on both the camera and the cameraman. The Scarlet is small enough that many of those problems are alleviated, and I suspect they’ll be used in a lot of cars, chase and action scenes, and on-location stuff.