November 3, 2011

RED's SCARLET-X Camera Shoots 5K Stills and 4K Motion, Ships December 1st for $10K

I guessed RED's 2/3" SCARLET was dead, and now it's confirmed. RED just announced the SCARLET-X, which more than backs up their claim that they were bringing a Bazooka to tonight's knife fight with Canon. The SCARLET X is not the low-cost "3K for $3K" SCARLET announced years ago, but is instead the interchangeable lens camera formerly known as the EPIC-S, and it looks like an amazing deal. It is very, very close to being the same Camera as the $28,000 EPIC-X -- it's the same size and weight, has the same large sensor, takes the same accessories, and maxes out at the same 5K resolution -- except the SCARLET-X starts at under $10K. Canon C300, we hardly knew ye.

The SCARLET X will do 5K resolution at 12 FPS (for still shooting), 4K at 1-25FPS, 2K at 60FPS, 1K at 120FPS, and also does Quad HD (which is popular for downsampling to 1080P since it's precisely double the resolution in both dimensions). It uses REDCODE RAW at 50MB/sec (which is 440 megabits/sec), comes with a side SSD slot, Canon lens mount, and will ship December 1st. Pricing will be $9,750 for the Canon mount version and $11,250 w/ a PL mount lens (and the mounts are interchangeable).

Here's the breakdown of the ordering options at present:

There's also supposed to be a $15k PL mount package, but I haven't spotted it yet. If, like me, you want one, you can place a deposit at the link below (if their site is working, that is...).

Links:

Also, given REDUSER is down, if you can't access this FAQ, here are the contents for now:

The Bomb Squad will be buried for the next week or so… so please expect delays. We would encourage you to read the FAQs (we will update) and try and resist the temptation to call in unless you have a question that we can't answer here.

When will Scarlet-X begin shipping?
Dec 1st, 2011 for Scarlet with aluminum mount. Orders for Scarlet with a Ti PL mount will ship earlier. Add $1500.

Are there any considerations or discounted packages for RED ONE owners on Scarlet-X?
No. RED ONE owners have special consideration for EPIC upgrades only.

How can you offer Scarlet-X at this price when EPIC is so much more?
Data rates and processing power. ASICs that weren't fast enough for EPIC… just became a gold mine for Scarlet. This, and board component reduction, allows us to lower the data rate throughput and significantly reduce our costs over volume.

Why can't I shoot 24fps 4K HDRx?
Data rates and processing power. We are working on a future version of HDRx with modified compression to enable this possibility. It will be a firmware upgrade and free.

Can Scarlet-X be upgraded to the new Dragon sensor when it is released?
Yes. However the upgrade will be more expensive than upgrading an EPIC due to the necessity to change several primary boards. There will still be data rate limitations to Scarlet after the upgrade as compared with EPIC.

When will the Dragon sensor upgrade be available?
2nd half of 2012.

Will I be able to get RED Armor extended warranty for SCARLET-X?
Yes, RED Armor will be available for SCARLET-X for $1500.

Will firmware upgrades be free for Scarlet-X as they are for EPIC?
Yes.

Does Scarlet have the same native dynamic range as EPIC?
Yes.

Will all features be enabled in Scarlet-X when it ships?
No. We will continue to add features as time goes on, some of which were never expected. Scarlet-X feature additions and improvements will happen simultaneously with EPIC.

Will there be a different REDCINE-X Professional for Scarlet?
No. REDCINE-X Professional works both EPIC and Scarlet-X files seemlessly.

Will all EPIC Modules work on Scarlet-X?
Yes.

Are there any modules that are specifically for Scarlet-X?
No. EPIC and Scarlet share exactly the same accessories.

Since Scarlet-X has a lower data rate, does it burn less power and have greater battery life?
Yes. More than slight and less than a lot.

Does Scarlet-X have the same user-interface as EPIC?
Yes. They are brother and sister.

Is the side SSD module on Scarlet the same as the one on Epic?
Yes.

Will the Ti PL Mount and Ti Canon Mount work on Scarlet?
Yes. All mounts for EPIC work with Scarlet. Everything in the EPIC/Scarlet system is interchangeable.

Can I upgrade to the Ti Canon mount or Ti PL mount instead of buying the Aluminum Canon mount?
Yes. You just pay the difference in price. And it will not hold up your order. Actually, it will ship 1st because we have a supply of Ti PL mounts.

Will anything be is short supply when I order my Scarlet?
Yes. Side Handles, REDmote and EVF. Any delay in Scarlet is most likely to be caused by the Canon aluminum mount.

When will you get production of all parts up to reasonable levels?
February. We have spent a ton of energy to get out of back order status. The team has targeted February as the "end of pain" month.

How much does Scarlet weigh?
Exactly the same as EPIC.

Will Scarlet have Playback enabled?
Yes. Playback is being released before shipping.

[image via @DanielxHicks]

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84 Comments

This washes out the bad taste left in my mouth by the C300.

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Jacques E. Bouchard

holy shit. 10k with a EOS lens mount...I think i just came all over myself. Where is some footage?!

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Nate

Indeed. Canon are assholes. What are they thinking? Red will outsell them like crazy

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AAAAAWWWWWWWWWEEEEEEESSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMEEEEEEE. Sorry Canon, it's been fun.

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McBlakewich

I feel a tinge of pity for Canon right now

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Joey

I do too. Geez, they flew in all the bigwigs from Japan. But what were they thinking? I said just before the announcement that they wouldn't bring a knife to a gunfight, but it looks like they did.

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Shenan

FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Avoidohio

Wow! All I can say is wow! I am pumped with adrenaline. Red just made Canon look stupid.

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Joe

I used to be faithful to Canon. But I would actually consider embarking on the RED path with this camera for high-end corporate videography, advertising and filmmaking, and keeping my respectable XHA1 for event videography. This is actually a feasible investment.

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Jacques E. Bouchard

love the XHA1, that'll be good for a while I reckon

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Max

Especially with the Datavideo flash recorder, I never use tape anymore.

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Jacques E. Bouchard

Canon need not even bother releasing. Amazing!

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Lucas Adamson

three years late at three times the price. Wow thanks so much. WTF RED.

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twin

Well you got the 3K for 3K thing, it's now 3 years for 3x :)

It's half the price of the C300, and is a considerably better camera. It's the best $10K camera. It's what I had hoped Canon might do. Canon's release really makes this look better than it is - we should have expected this of RED. Canon really have disappointed me tonight.

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Lucas Adamson

I'm guessing Martin Scorsese is kicking himself tonight for picking the wrong party. :-)

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Jacques E. Bouchard

Actually, thinking about it, I think the Canon will sell - they will just have to drop the price CONSIDERABLY which I'm sure they can (must?) do. But how low would they need to go? I mean, it records sound, is 422, highish bitrate, but not so much as it eats hard drives - you could make an Indie feature with it - I'd buy it for $7K, at a push, maybe, as realistically, the RED is $13K once its got it's bells and whistles. The RED is too much for me to own - I just can't afford it, and many won't, but I would LOVE a RAW video camera!

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Lucas Adamson

This will be a great camera to buy in a year or two when they have all the bugs fixed.

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mike

You know that with all those bugs great directors have shot great films with the RED ONE? And it still running right now. You can try this yourself with SCARLET, if you do not succeed do not blame the camera though!

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Andrea

This almost seems unreal. Holy shit, holy shit! I still can't get on reduser.net. Only Red...

November 3, 2011

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Joe

This is more interesting to me, simply because of the price. And it appears to have better features too, waddayaknow

November 3, 2011

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Max

Canon have made an awful mistake. Good lord.

Canons pricing is madness.

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Guess I'll just have to take out another college loan haha

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Robert

Its not your next camera anymore, koo?

November 3, 2011

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^^haha what he said!

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stevep

damn that was supposed to go under the college loan comment..lol

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stevep

Oh it is! Got lost in the edit, back in!

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Ryan Koo
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man-child?

November 3, 2011

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Yes!!

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Ryan Koo
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go forth, you have my blessing

November 3, 2011

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WOOOOW Holy Sh... that is what I am talking about .. There is an other history that has just begun ... and it is in RED

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Menelikk

What about the fixed lens version?

November 3, 2011

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touché

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Leaf

Seriously, This is kind of annoying, We spend a year or so planning for the announcement of a fixed lens version and then all of a sudden we get a curve ball with specs on a totally different product. WTF?

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Why in the hell would you plan for a fixed lens model? Scarlet died years ago. The spec on this wasn't strongly hinted at, was it?

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Lucas Adamson

They have been showing it for years in the wild, talking about it, and showing footage from the "fixed version". The newest footage released was from the fixed version just a few months ago. In fact this version is news to me as i thought they had delayed the canon/PL versions.

November 3, 2011

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Whoaw , I really don't like red marketing, been very critical of it, but this time he is right, they did bring bazooka to a knife fight. They are launching a 4k raw camera for under $ 10 000, full package for $ 14 000, when Canon is giving us 50 mbit 8 bit 1080p camera for $ 20 000. November 3 will be remembered as RED day and not Canon day.

When Jim said it was the most important launch date, in fact he was right, this is the biggest day in red history. I was always saying that they should rationalise their production. They were always putting more and more features and spec that made the thing costlier and out of reach of many, and we are not talking about delays. They just needed to give what 90 % of users would need at a more affordable price. Not everyone needs to shoot at 90 fps 5k.

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Daniel

That was a hell of a day... RED guys are really awesome. We shouldn't forget that Canon does some great stuff for us poor, aspiring filmmakers, but RED definitely brought it to the next level. Holy shit.

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Youssoup

not to mention they are promising firmware upgrades with improvements something Canon has difficulty to do, you gotta rely in no official ones, moreover, market prices for Canon cameras drop way more than Red's

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Marc

It looks like the RED probably wins handily, but I'd still be interested in a side-by-side comparison with the Canon. Do we yet know anything about how the dynamic range, low light performance, and effective resolution compare between the two?

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cows

Just found out the Canon is, according to their own PDF spec sheet, 8-bit. That doesn't bode well for it, but I'd like to see the side-by-sides as well.

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Ryan Koo
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That is sooo lame. 8 bit is not a revolution. 8 bit is a massive drag from the days of miniDV!

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Lucas Adamson

Didn't Canon come out with a camera as well, forgot all about it...don't even remember the name

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pixel wiz

So are we, therefore, paying for Canon c300's low-light capabilities and not much else, or does this Scarlet X beat the new Canon camera out as well in that field?

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Cinema lives.

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Cee

True.

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Youssoup

Wow, looks impressive. I wonder if many people will still be keen to pony up the extra cash for the Epic? This seems to have basically all the important features at a fraction of the price....

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Michael

This is why i love RED canon stay out of motion picture

November 3, 2011

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Now all it needs is an iPad app.

November 3, 2011

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Yes!!!!

November 3, 2011

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or if we could use the ipad as a HD monitor that would be sick

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