The ARRI ALEXA and RED EPIC (and RED ONE M-X) are cameras that we'll be seeing hundreds of features shot on over the next several years. What's the difference between the two? Check out this amusing video from Inspiration Studios, whose comparison of the ALEXA and RED cameras includes a none-too-subtle suggestion about the fading utility of their DSLR rental package:
Click the image at left for a nifty virtual simulation of the ALEXA's menu, which is very straightforward indeed. It does make one wonder about the conspicuous lack of many physical buttons on the RED EPIC, which relies on an extensive menu system and/or touch screen controls. For cameras that are priced well above $50k (once you included lenses and required accessories), it certainly makes sense to design a menu system that's friendly to renters (who may or may not have adequate time to explore everything in-depth prior to the first take).
Also, since the video creators have gone to the trouble of explaining the difference between how each camera handles reel numbering, here's another humorous video on the Subtleties of the Slate: