RED's big surprise: the new 5K SCARLET-W

Written by Patrick Jong Taylor

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RED surprises with news of the Scarlet-W, a 5K 60fps camera, arriving soon at under $10K for the body.

At around 1:30 AM in London we learned that RED is announcing a surprise new camera, the Scarlet-W, that suddenly makes much more sense of the RED camera repertoire, in that it seems to complete the range, and put the other cameras in perspective.

The new RED SCARLET-W captures 5K at 60 frames per second, 4K at 150 fps and 2K at 300 fps with REDCODE RAW. ProRes recording is limited to 2K. The "BRAIN" is $9,950 and a complete package is around $14,500. (The RED RAVEN, for comparison starts at $5,950 for the BRAIN, and $9,750 for full packages.

So it seems that the new camera sits in between the WEAPON and the RAVEN, with the WEAPON offering even higher resolutions - effectively the top-end camera, and the RAVEN with it's recently-upgraded-to-4.5K sensor being pitched and use with drones and motorised, stabilised gimbals (although not exclusively so).

The new camera uses DSMC2 accessories that are compatible with all the current generation of cameras.

With characteristic modesty, Jarred Land, President of Red Digital Cinema, says of the new camera:

“When we began shipping the 4K RED ONE in 2007, it did nothing short of disrupting the camera industry with an unheard of blend of performance and price,” says Jarred Land, President of Red Digital Cinema. “And we are doing it again—meet the 5K SCARLET-W. It is a perfect storm of image quality, intuitive design, and accessibility."

Of course, shock announcements like this can change the plans for people who have already ordered other cameras, but RED says that "Customers who have placed RED RAVEN pre-orders can easily change to a SCARLET-W pre order. "

Shipping: estimated shipping date is February 2016, with pre-orders with deposits starting today.

More details and opinions to follow.

Meanwhile, read RED's full press release after the break

RED DIGITAL CINEMA ANNOUNCES THE INDUSTRY-CHANGING 5K SCARLET-W CAMERA SCARLET-W, THE NEWEST ADDITION TO THE RED DRAGON® FAMILY, DEMONSTRATES RED’S ONGOING COMMITMENT TO MAKING SUPERIOR IMAGE QUALITY ACCESSIBLE TO PROFESSIONALS EVERYWHERE
IRVINE, CA – December 10, 2015. Today, RED Digital Cinema unveiled the latest addition to its line of professional cameras, the SCARLET-W. Joining the RED RAVEN and WEAPON® in the latest generation of RED cameras, the SCARLET-W is a versatile, feature-rich, and intuitive option for professional shooters.

SCARLET-W offers a RED DRAGON sensor, interchangeable lens mounts, simultaneous recording in REDCODE® RAW and Apple ProRes formats, an intelligent OLPF system, and in-camera 3D-LUT outputs. At just $9,950 for the camera BRAIN® and $14,500 for the complete Base I/O V-Lock Package, SCARLET-W delivers unparalleled flexibility, accessibility and performance.
SCARLET-W captures 5K at 60 frames per second (fps), 4K at 150 fps, or 2K at 300 fps with REDCODE RAW; and its wide dynamic range produces cinema-quality images rich with natural color. SCARLET-W also offers an upgrade path to WEAPON and uses the DSMC2TM line of accessories— compatible with both RED RAVEN and WEAPON cameras—giving shooters the option to move between camera systems without having to purchase all new gear.

“When we began shipping the 4K RED ONE in 2007, it did nothing short of disrupting the camera industry with an unheard of blend of performance and price,” says Jarred Land, President of Red Digital Cinema. “And we are doing it again—meet the 5K SCARLET-W. It is a perfect storm of image quality, intuitive design, and accessibility."

SCARLET-W comes on the heels of the recent 4.5K RED RAVEN announcement, and is the latest example of RED’s ongoing commitment to the belief that cinema-quality creative tools should not be in the hands of a few—they should be available to a wide spectrum of content creators. RED RAVEN is RED’s most compact and lightweight camera priced at $5,950 for the BRAIN only, with full packages starting at $9,750. Customers that have placed RED RAVEN pre-orders can easily change to a SCARLET-W pre-order.

SCARLET-W is estimated to begin shipping in February 2016, and deposits will be accepted beginning today. Customers will be given a choice of purchasing the BRAIN only to build a kit that best fits their needs or choosing the SCARLET-W Base I/O V-Lock Package, which offers everything content creators need to start taking their productions to the next level.
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RED DIGITAL CINEMA 34 Parker | Irvine, CA 92618 | 949.206.7900 | Red.com ! SCARLET-W BRAIN ONLY - $9,950 – estimated to ship February 2016 ! SCARLET-W BASE I/O V-LOCK PACKAGE - $14,500 – estimated to ship March 2016 o Includes a SCARLET-W BRAIN, AI Canon Mount, Base I/O V-Lock Battery Mount, RED MINI-MAG® 120GB, DSMC2 RED Touch 4.7” LCD, DSMC AC Power Adaptor, and DSMC2 Universal Handle.

 

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