updated 05:05 pm EDT, Thu April 1, 2010
Red bringing EPIC 5K camera prototype to NAB show
Red founder Jim Jannard announced on the Red User forum that a working model of the long awaited and delayed EPIC camera will be displayed at the NAB show in mid April. The high-end camera, according to specs first released nearly two years ago, is expected to be capable of capturing images at near 5K resolution thanks to a full-frame sensor the same size as traditional 35mm film while still retaining the benefits of a digital sensor.
The resolution will let professional photographers shoot at the industry standard 4K and leave room for the cropping of images. Red has also promised in the past that the camera will be very upgradable, with a sensor that can be replaced to keep the camera current as formats change.
The EPIC is said to be capable of shooting at 100 frames per second and will require the company's custom flash storage and either HDMI or special, dual-link HD-SDI for video out. The Epic has the same Wi-Fi control, FireWire 800, and USB2 interfaces as the Scarlet camera, and is expected to cost around $30,000 when it finally does ship, which remains unknown but may be revealed at NAB in a few weeks. While the price seems expensive, it falls significantly below the price tag of competitors' 4K cameras.
Jannard also promises to show off accessories for the camera, but cautions the camera will either be demonstrated by Red staff or secured behind glass due to the expected large turnout.