RED ONE and ARRI ALEXA Footage Side-by-side
When it comes to shooting a DIY feature, one of the foremost questions for DSLR owners will be, “rent a camera or shoot with what I own… and know?” I own a 5D Mark II and I’m honestly not sure if I’d rent a RED, even if the latter came in at the same cost. I happen to think that the importance of resolution is overstated; that is, similar to the megapixel war with still cameras, people tend to focus on resolution because it’s a simple metric. One number is larger than the other, so it must be better, right? But there are many characteristics more important in a moving image than just resolution, and while RED is offering greater resolution than the forthcoming ARRI ALEXA, does the latter camera offer advantages that aren’t measured in resolution? Here’s a quick side-by-side video:
Honestly, I can’t really tell the difference. Neither camera’s footage is particularly beautiful, which says more about the setup than it does about the cameras. Still, ARRI vs RED is definitely an interesting battle to keep an eye on, given we’ll be seeing a lot of features shot on both going forward — at all different budget levels. What’re your thoughts — how do you think these same scenes would look on your DSLR?