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RED Scarlet 2/3 Priced & Detailed

Gordon Kelly


RED Scarlet 2/3 Priced & Detailed

RED is, well... a law unto itself - but this is its closest compromise for the 'mainstream' yet...

The company has detailed the 'Scarlet 2/3' and it has received both spec and price bumps since it was originally teased late last year. Consequently we have a model with an ASIC and four additional boards capable of shooting 3k REDCODE RAW video at 120fps (up to 150fps in burst mode) and scaled down 1080p and 720p HD footage at 60fps.

Lens compatibility incudes RED, and 'most' Arri 19mm, Studio 15mm, 15mm Lite, Panavision and NATA accessories. While other features include a five-axis sensor plate, three-axis motion sensor, GPS receiver, Wi-Fi control and a raft of outputs such as HDMI, eSATA, USB, FireWire and CompactFlash.

Two versions will be available: the $4,750 Scarlet 8X Fixed package which bundles the body (or 'brain' as RED likes to call it) plus a fixed 8x zoom lens, side CF module, REDmote, 2.8-inch touchscreen with touch focus tracking, REDVOLT battery and travel charger. There is also the body only kit at $2,750.

On the downside this is RED so expect delays, dithering, further spec changes and more before the Scarlet 2/3 allegedly lands in May/June. Being superficial for a minute, I'd say that just like every single product RED makes the Scarlet 2/3 keeps up the tradition of being hideously ugly, but then again no-one complains when Wayne Rooney pulls on an England shirt...



via Engadget


December 2, 2009, 4:12 pm

I complain when Rooney pulls on an England shirt - but then I'm not English.... :-)


December 2, 2009, 4:19 pm

A friendly remark. Why are you assuming that all TR readers know what this product does or who is it useful for? I understand that this is just a news flash, but it misses the point of being informative in my humble opinion. I like TR's catchy style -that's why I visit it daily- so please don't become inaccessible!


December 2, 2009, 4:49 pm

Rooney who?

I opened this item because I didn't know what "Red" was, apart from a colour. I admit I read it & am none the wiser.


December 2, 2009, 5:22 pm

Well, just to clear things up. RED is a producer of ultra high-end digital video and stills cameras. They use a highly modular design that enables hundreds of different combinations of sensors, bodies, lenses, etc. Suffice to say, if you haven't heard of them, you probably don't need one.


December 2, 2009, 5:38 pm

I've heard of RED and appreciate the article. Thanks TR.


December 2, 2009, 5:52 pm

Dear Ed. Thank you for your reply, but I'm not sure I agree with "if you haven't heard of them, you probably don't need one". One of the great things about TR is that you introduce a cornucopia of new gadgtes and technologies to a wider audience. I have recently started to make video -amateurishly- and maybe one day I'll take a step further!


December 2, 2009, 8:03 pm

I was of course joking. That said, even if you 'take a step further', you're still unlikely to require a device of this level. Something like the Canon XH-A1 would be a muich more sensible option. http://www.bhphotovideo.com...


December 2, 2009, 8:04 pm

Thanks, & you are quite right, I don't need one.

Mind, just to say that I enjoy reading about lots of things I don't want or need, so keep up the good work.


December 3, 2009, 1:48 am

@mark and gadgetmania.

District 9, Knowing, Angels and Demons, Ché, Coraline were all shot on Red Cameras. They are cinema quality digital video cameras priced super cheap, relatively speaking. Peter Jackson is a big proponent of them and has just shot the Lovely Bones on Red.

The Scarlet will be aimed at fledgling film makers who want to make a proper film and need to be able to change lens' on the camera. Something not possible with the likes of the "pro-sumer" camcorders made by Cannon, Sony etc. Red also use sensors which are much larger than those camcorders, closer to an SLR digital still camera. So the image quality is much better.

The other camera they are releasing to replace the 'Red One' camera that has been used to shoot all those movies I listed above, is the 'Epic'. The Epic will have sensor module that goes up to a ridiculous 28K or 28000x9334 or 261MP in digital camera speak, That's makes a mockery of even IMAX which is around 8K.

The reason why these are "ugly" is because they are designed to be modular and tough enough to be used alot in a professional environment. The Epic and Scarlet line can be pulled apart, the batteries, sensor section, mounts, lens, handle, eyepiece, recording module are all interchangeable so you could buy a cheaper sensor or lens now and then upgrade as and when needed.


December 3, 2009, 12:31 pm

The tradition of being hideously ugly belongs to Apple & Co. not to normal and beautiful products like RED.

Sorry Gordon and TR.


December 3, 2009, 1:29 pm

Thanks @jopey; I do understand better now, & was right in my comment that I don't need one.But interesting to hear how where & what they are used for.


December 3, 2009, 4:36 pm

I'm with stranded on this one... these cameras look amazing. I'm firmly in the camp where tech design should embrace what it is, rather than try and hide itself behind bland plastics and metals. Everything at the moment seems to be trying ever so hard to look futuristic (read bland) - which ironically is going to make it date all the more rapidly. On the other hand I reckon this camera will look great 5, 10 or 20 years from now, even though it will be obsolete.

James Morris

December 3, 2009, 5:02 pm

The article I wrote about all this last year might help explain why the RED and its ilk are so important:



December 3, 2009, 6:34 pm

Thanks a lot to all of you enlightening the masses. It's been a pleasure, Ed and Jopey!

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