And the Varicam. Probably the only one competing in resolution and beating Red in DR, colors and lowlight capabilities.
Many still wonder "who needs 8K"?
Arri/Panasonic/Sony users do wonder probably. As a Red owner, I don't. It's a way to fix the ugly noise @4K/5K. Some fixing again .... like the interchangeable OLPF burden, the never ending blackshades, the long wait before the camera reach the good temperature and so on. And now the extra data and ND requirement with Helium 8K .... I mainly wonder when Red will release a simple reliable camera, and not patchy computers in a box for hardcore technicians.
Not even a word about the Varicam LT & Pure, probably the most interesting cameras of 2016?
You can now shoot Raw through the Odyssey 7Q etc. But the weird thing is that I have more freedom in post with the internal codec than I had on my Reds with Raw. Cleaner, sharper, better.
"All purchases of a VariCam LT camera (AU-V35LT1G) between 20 October 2016 and 31 December 2016 or while stocks last, will be rewarded by Panasonic with two 256GB expressP2 cards (AU-XP0256BG) free of charge".
Cheaper and better than a $30 Epic-W: the Varicam LT. Same colors as the Alexa, almost the same DR, crazy 5000 iso lowlight, super solid codec and it's 4k (I was a Red owner not so long ago and my Red Dragon was shit in comparison). That's why the Varicam is taking over Netflix little by little. Apart from Orange Is The New Black where they switched from the Alexa to the Varicam, or Master of None, some upcoming Netflix productions like The Deuce, The OA, Death Note are shot on Varicam. In the same time, Red is losing big names like Ridley Scott who went back to Arri and a lot less movies are being shot on Red in favor of the Alexa mini/standard/65.
As long as we don't need shallow DOF shots.
Anyway, seeing the depreciation of any Red camera on the SH market, I guess you can have a used Red camera for almost the price of a iphone 7+.