Object of Desire: RED Scarlet W

March 11, 2016

By Greg Scoblete

RED is known for pushing the technological envelope with high-resolution sensors for cinematographers who need the highest quality obtainable. The company’s cameras hit 6K resolution while most cameras were happily recording in HD. With its new 5K Scarlet W, RED didn’t skimp on the pixels but didn’t go overboard either. Instead, they’ve created an entry-level camera system (entry-level by RED standards, mind you) to complement its heavy-hitters. At the heart of the camera is the 13.8-megapixel Dragon CMOS sensor that’s found on both the RED Weapon and RED Raven. The sensor delivers a whopping 16.5 stops of dynamic range. Armed with the W, you can record 5K video at up to 60 frames per second, 4K video at 150 fps or 2K at 300 fps. The W can simultaneously record Apple ProRes 422 and REDCODE RAW format video, though ProRes recording is only available for 2K footage up to 60 fps. It features in-camera 3D LUTs and has an integrated two-channel stereo mic. For output, you’ll find a 3G-SDI and HDMI output. Like all RED cameras, the Scarlet W has a modular design that lets you swap lens mounts, monitors, handles and more. The camera can ship with one of three optical low-pass filter options including standard, skin-tone highlight and low light optimized to perfect your look.

PRICE: $9,950 (body-only); $14,500 (Base I/O V-Lock package)


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