The first video showing the Red Scarlet
(recently renamed to “EPIC Light”) out in the wild is here! This is the first public showing of a working Red Scarlet 8X fixed camera!
UPDATE: Adam (@misterPerry) straightend me out on the RED naming scheme for Scarlets (I obviously haven't been keeping track). The model shown below is the Scarlet 2/3″ sensor. RED has since changed the EPIC Light name (which was for the s35 sensor model of the Scarlet (which is much bigger than the 2/3 sensor)) to EPIC-S (see this post). See the sensor size chart at the bottom of the post that we added.
This is the very first public footage of a working Red Scarlet Fixed Lens camera. I'm currently at Red Studios helping with the Santa Fe 3d Workshop with Geoff Boyle. Just as I am sitting there…in comes Jarred with a WORKING Red Scarlet 8X fixed camera! Naturally I was dying to hold the camera. As Jarred passed it to me, he told me I was the first public person to hold a working Red Scarlet. Let me tell you folks, it is real and is working. The Scarlet I was holding had the 5inch lcd touchscreen. The lens gear ring which can be set to zoom, iris or focus is buttery smooth. QUALITY. The electronic zoom works like a charm. I used the up-down rocker on the camera to zoom in on a Jeep in the parking lot (though I was “Mr. Shakey” due to the sheer excitement of finally getting to hold the Red Scarlet.) Justin O'Neill and I got to see it for a mere brief moment and off it went back to the vault. This should be comforting to those who may fear that RED wouldn't have time for the Scarlet with all the Epic buzz going on. This gives me more confidence that the Red Scarlet is definitely around the corner. I have been really lucky to have held both the Epic and Scarlet. The Scarlet is lighter in weight than the Epic even with the fixed lens. This is due to the Scarlet body being more narrow. The weight felt very good and the camera felt rugged. Touch screen controls were functional. Enjoy!
Why do we care?
Well, tho it isn't an HDSLR, the Canon HDSLRs are often compared to the RED One (tho they sure don't match in price). The Scarlet (not sure I can go with the Epic Light name LOL) was targeted as more of a ‘consumer' camera when it was originally announced (our first post was about the first video that was shown from a scarlet) back in June 2009.
Anyway, tho not really a direct HDSLR comptetitor, from the video you can see that this is something that can be handheld like an HDSLR and I'm sure the HDSLR manufacturers are keeping an eye on developments over at RED HQ so we should be aware of what's on the market (or coming) as well.
What are your thoughts? Let's discuss in this thread on planet5D forums!
Source: We first saw the video on this Vincent Laforet post
UPDATE: this is the sensor chart – note that the names are wrong – they've since renamed the SCARLET S35 to EPIC-S
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(Photo credit: snap from the video)