updated 10:55 am EST, Mon January 3, 2011
RED Scarlet becomes EPIC-S with details
RED started the new year with details of the EPIC-S, the newly christened production form of the Scarlet. The name shift reflects a change from the cheaper original body to the same body as the EPIC-M and has the promised upgrade to HDRx (high dynamic range) recording. EPIC-S is focused on "pro, not prosumer," company founder Jim Jannard said.
Most of the cost-cutting will come through the sheer bandwidth available to the camera, which should be about half as larger as on the EPIC-M and EPIC-X. The cut will lower the price but also drop the maximum available frame rate. Different kits will be available, although RED was already known to be dropping the fixed-lens version.
It will still represent a significant upgrade over the originally promised 3K camer and should shoot at 5K resolution with RAW, SSD recording and many of the other features reserved for larger cameras.
The EPIC-S could be in production as soon as May but has had its price boosted to about $12,000. Jannard warned the production would hinge on how many orders were taken for the fully professional EPIC-X, whose manufacturing starts in late February and could cut into available resources at the US-based factory. EPIC-M is already being produced and will step up slightly this month.