updated 10:00 pm EST, Thu March 5, 2009
RED sneak peaks
RED has provided a few sneak peeks of its upcoming Digital Still and Motion Camera (DSMC) systems, EPIC and Scarlet, along with the new Pro series of lenses. The EPIC and Scarlet "brains" can be configured with a wide variety of options and accessories, each built upon the Mysterium-X and Mysterium Monstro sensors capable of resolutions well beyond standard 1080p HD.
Scarlet can be used to shoot 3K at 120 frames per second, while also supporting up to 6K at 30 frames per second, with different lens mount options including Canon and Nikon.
EPIC offers "master professional" shooting of 5K at 100 frames per second, 9K at 50 frames per second and all the way up to an astounding 28K at 25 frames per second, while stills can be captured with resolutions up to 261 megapixels.
The new Pro series of ultra-high-end components will include an 18-85mm T2.9 zoom, with prime lenses ranging from a 300mm T2.9 to a 25mm T1.9. The Pro program features all newly designed, machined accessories with a number of new base plates, top and bottom mounts, BombEVF and more.
"The bench testing is beyond our widest dreams," said the company's leader, Jim Jannard. "As you know, we have lots of lenses here for testing. These new primes outperform them all... especially wide open... and it isn't close."
The company had anticipated the first Scarlet devices to begin shipping sometime this spring, while the EPIC systems would hit the market later in the summer. Pricing for Scarlet should range between $2,500 to $12,000, while basic EPIC configurations carry prices from $28,000 to $55,000. Pricing and a timetable for the Pro lenses has yet to be announced. [via Engadget]