RED Scarlet-W Camera Announced – 5K 60fps, 4K 150fps, 2K ProRes

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Last night RED announced the new RED Scarlet-W camera, featuring a 5K RED Dragon sensor they introduced two years ago and implemented with the new higher end RED Weapon and lower end RED Raven cameras earlier this year. The new RED Scarlet-W can shoot 5K 60fps and 4K up to 150fps RAW for about $16,000 – $17,000 (working package). The camera brain alone is priced just under $10,000.

After a few years of silence it’s exciting to see RED hasn’t been sleeping and release so many new cameras this year. With this third announcement RED presents a completely new line-up of cameras surrounding the new RED Weapon Design and powerful Dragon sensor that has a reputation in cinema productions to offer high dynamic range and high resolution, organic RAW footage, imitating the look and feel of analogue film. This has been and continues to be the strength of RED cameras.

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In comparison to the RED Raven, announced in September, the RED Scarlet-W features a 30% larger active sensor area (10% wider) and shoots at 5K vs. 4.5K maximum resolution. The frame-rates at different resolutions are the same. The RED Scarlet-W body itself is 40% more expensive than the RED Raven ($10k vs $6K), but has some of the features of higher-end models, for example an interchangeable mount, and a minimum of 4:1 RAW compression, and a physically larger sensor. Another difference between the two is that the RED Scarlet-W has an interchangeable Optical Lowpass Filter which can be used to enhance the image at higher ISO’s and prevent image degradation.

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RED Scarlet-W Camera fully equipped.

The more expensive high-end RED Weapon camera has the same sensor as the Scarlet-W , but uses the full 6K sensor area and shoots up to 120fps in 5K and 100fps in 6K.

On top of natively recording RED RAW, which is a compressed RAW file format, the RED Scarlet-W, just like the RED Raven and RED Weapon, can also record ProRes 422 HQ in 2K at up to 60fps, but uses a smaller portion of the sensor in that mode [Update: Though not stated in the press release, proRes 2K seems to have the full frame option]. It records RAW simultaneously.

Alongside the normal RED Scarlet-W they are also introducing a Scarlet-W Monochrome, that gives you a monochrome-only sensor with higher actual resolution and higher dynamic range.

RED Scarlet-W Brain

RED Scarlet-W Brain

While the RED Scarlet-W Camera Body itself will only cost $10,000, the accessories needed to get a full working package will cost $16,000 – 17,000. I know this from my experience reviewing the RED Scarlet-X back in 2012. Here’s what you need to get started:

RED Scarlet-W Basic Package – $14,500
2 V-Mount Batteries and Charger – $1450 (you can always save here and get third party v-mounts)
At Least One Additional 120GB SSD – $850 (because the camera shoots RAW)
The SSD Reader Mini Mag Station – $195 (to transfer your footage to a computer)

The new RED Scarlet-W is scheduled to ship in March of 2016.

more info on the RED Scarlet-W Promo Page

 

 

 

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Chris Lombardo Reply
Chris Lombardo December 11, 2015

Global shutter?

Danny Kim Reply
Danny Kim December 11, 2015

Doubtful. They would be advertising it up front if it had one.

Chris Lombardo Reply
Chris Lombardo December 12, 2015

Yeah, I figured that too. But with Ursa Mini offering it (global shutter) for half the price I was hoping they would try and at least match that feature.

 Reuben Evans Reply
Reuben Evans December 12, 2015

The Dragon sensor is virtually global. I’ve never seen any rolling shutter issues from it.

Oscar Goldman Reply
Oscar Goldman March 22, 2016

Ursa Mini won’t have it now either.

Michael Ferrara Reply
Michael Ferrara December 11, 2015

Wouldn’t this just undermine the market for the Raven?

Bryan Fusco Reply
Bryan Fusco December 11, 2015

Probably not, the Raven is 7 grand cheaper

Michael Ferrara Reply
Michael Ferrara December 11, 2015

For some reason I only $6,000-7,000 not $16,000-17,000…

Andreas Prohart Reply
Andreas Prohart December 11, 2015

Wozu?

 Florian Hoehlich Reply
Florian Hoehlich December 11, 2015

I think 2K prores is downsampled, mit cropped.

 Florian Hoehlich Reply
Florian Hoehlich December 11, 2015

…not cropped.

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber December 11, 2015

Thank you for that hint Florian. I checked the press release again and there is no word of it there, but several other websites also say it’s full frame. I updated the article with this information.

 Ryan Davis Reply
Ryan Davis February 9, 2016

this was my big question too as I was just shooting w/ and Epic Dragon and the crop was a huge bummer. This alone could be a HUGE space saver.

Ramy Daniel Reply
Ramy Daniel December 11, 2015

Still over priced compared to BMC, if RED drops their prices by half which is reasonable compare to SONY and BMC the’ll sell.. they’ll sell a lot. and probably sell more than both companies combined. but RED of curse being RED they’ll always have thier prestiges price tag.

Tim Fok Reply
Tim Fok December 11, 2015

Bench marking with a bottom of the market camera isn’t always the best way of determining whether another camera is over or under priced.

There’s a reason why one camera package costs more than another sometimes.

Danny Kim Reply
Danny Kim December 11, 2015

It’s a different market. You can get an old Red One MX package for about 4K on EBay these days.

Ramy Daniel Reply
Ramy Daniel December 11, 2015

Filmmakers don’t invest in a URSA or FS7 to make youtube videos or weddings films.. nethier gonna spend it on an outdated MX with lowlight capabilities of a smart phone. ;)

 Andreas Öberg Reply
Andreas Öberg December 16, 2015

Yea, that shot Prometheus and The Hobbit…

Oscar Goldman Reply
Oscar Goldman March 22, 2016

The Red One didn’t shoot either of those. That’s just ignorant.

Ramy Daniel Reply
Ramy Daniel December 11, 2015

Don’t be too attached to a company like RED mate, remember how they promised you 4k 4 4k$ which got delayed 4 4years and and sold 4 4x the price.

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Mel Feliciano December 11, 2015

Last time I checked RED cameras were made in the USA. I’m sure the manufacturing cost is higher compared to overseas. Look how expensive the new Mac Pro (also made in USA) is compared to the previous Mac Pro (made in China).

Danny Kim Reply
Danny Kim December 11, 2015

I pre-ordered an Ursa Mini 4.6K, so you’re preaching to the choir. I don’t own any Red cameras. I’ve shot on the Red, but as rentals. Since I’m shooting in black and white, the Scarlet-W Monochrome looks appealing since there is no bayer filter on it, resulting in increased sharpness, dynamic range. 25k less than the Epic Dragon Monochrome.

Oscar Goldman Reply
Oscar Goldman December 15, 2015

Last I checked, Sony didn’t make anything competitive to Red or BMC.

Sony is still pushing crap that requires an OUTBOARD RECORDER to capture raw.

You’d think Sony would eventually learn, but decade after decade they continue to set new standards for rip-offs and undermining standards.

Sean Conley Reply
Sean Conley December 11, 2015

4K 150fps? Damn.

Danny Kim Reply
Danny Kim December 11, 2015

That was what jumped out at me.

Sean Conley Reply
Sean Conley December 11, 2015

I love my slow mo.

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Jim Cullen December 11, 2015

can you get it without the skull?

 Philip Fanovsky Reply
Philip Fanovsky December 11, 2015

Cullen: My thoughts exactly. I’m into romantic drama lozlzlz, the adolescent rebellion thing is a little silly when you’re lucky enough to be buying $10k+ cameras for art films or commercials you charge x for, it’s disingenuous to pretend you’re a “rebel.”

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Mark London December 11, 2015

But that’s their Cali roots.
In LA (where I live) you’d be stunned how many young guys – always male- own an EPC or DRAGON for kicks. Who are at most only part-time filmmakers. Two people I know have them because ‘someone owed me some money so gave me this instead’.
Its a very strange home market for them. Entitled, very rich by global standards, and into ‘extreme’ branding.
Here no-one talks about the RAVEN for example. That’s a camera for elsewhere :-)

Danny Kim Reply
Danny Kim December 11, 2015

Red Scarlet-W Monochrome is $25,200 cheaper than the Epic-M Dragon Monochrome! ? Is it basically a Dragon sensor?

Jorn Archer Williams IV Reply
Jorn Archer Williams IV December 11, 2015

I was talking about the Red Raven which is cheaper, but damn this is cool too.

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Tim Naylor Naylor December 11, 2015

I used to own R1 and Epic packages with Arri and O’Connor accessories since 2009. It was a good run. They all paid their rent and then some. But then I unloaded it all right before Red drastically reduced their prices across the board. Dodged a financial bullet. That set the standard for things to come – low cost high quality acquisition. Epics have become so ubiquitous in my market, that I wouldn’t call them a great return on investment for the owner but great for DP’s like me who try to get production to rent the most bang for the buck.

As cameras seem to be edging closer to the “expendable” line item, outdating themselves every 18 months or less, I only now buy low cost run and gun gear that pays itself off quickly (ie. A7s, FS5, etc). For higher end work, with all the Reds and F55’s, I find it easier to get a custom package per job with a rental house in NYC. The camera cycle has become so short, as a business proposition you really need to do your homework so you don’t end up with the next F65. I just got rid of my A7s after a year of putting it through its paces. Paid itself off in two months. While I find the Scarlet W tempting, the back of my mind wonders, when the next big announcement is going to come that’ll render it yesterday’s camera.

What I’m really hoping for is for someone to make a proper full frame low cost camera with an efficient codec and built in ND’s. For all of Red’s chip tech, they drop the ball on usability. No built in ND’s, no lock on the touch screen (can’t tell you how many times…..), awkward in/outs, etc. Something tells me Sony has something big up its sleeve for 2016. The silence on their pro camera front is deafening.

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Derek Olson December 11, 2015

Cameras aren’t as disposable or necessary to upgrade as manufacturers would have you think. We obsess over pixels, DR, bit depth etc, but the people who actually consume the stuff we create wouldn’t care or know the difference if you shot on a Canon 5D II or a Weapon Dragon. We as creatives always want the best, but 99 percent of people don’t care. Yes, there’s a place for 4k and 6k etc., the Multiplex and maybe Nature/sports documentaries, anywhere else and you are mostly just pissing in the wind.

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Tim Naylor Naylor December 15, 2015

You got a point there. A friend of mine is doing plates for Netflix series on a process trailer with ten cameras all capturing different street angles. There using all Red 1’s MX. The camera’s over six years old and I’d still shoot a feature on it in a heartbeat. It’s color science is still beyond any Sony flavor 2015 and you can grab one on eBay for 4 grand.

Where the new cameras budge the old ones out are usually when a client needs high frame rates and certain broadcast specs.

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niky narchos January 13, 2016

+1 on the red mx..great camera and cheap

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niky narchos January 13, 2016

…but my favorite camera best bang for the buck…35mm moviecam …also out on jobs

Oscar Goldman Reply
Oscar Goldman December 15, 2015

“What I’m really hoping for is for someone to make a proper full frame low cost camera”

Do you mean full STILL frame? Because that’s not what we want for motion-picture acquisition. Have fun with your ridiculously fussy DOF, making pictures that look like indie 5D productions.

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Tim Naylor Naylor December 15, 2015

Still Full Frame. You know, the same frame size Vista Vision classics such as One Eyed Jacks, War and Peace, Ten Commandments, the Man Who Knew Too Much to name a few. I wouldn’t say those looked like indie 5d productions. Regarding fussy DOF, there’s solution, good AC’s.

There’s a reason, Arri rolled out 65mm and Red’s new 8k will be roughly the same size as Stills Full Frame. To look like a 5d indie film – not.

All I’d like to see is a 10 bit minimum, 4k, Full Frame, with built in ND’s, that won’t be as pricey as the Red 8k. Until then, Speed booster and an Fs7 will do.

Oscar Goldman Reply
Oscar Goldman December 17, 2015

“Regarding fussy DOF, there’s solution, good AC’s.”

You’re on the wrong site for that.

 Florian Hoehlich Reply
Florian Hoehlich December 16, 2015

push buttons 1+2 at the same time at the touch and it’s locked! ;)

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Tim Naylor Naylor December 16, 2015

Thanks. Wish I knew that two years ago.

Sebastian Roland Reply
Sebastian Roland December 12, 2015

nice

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Tim Naylor Naylor December 15, 2015

So the Raven is less. The 4000.00 dollar question is which one would work more? If I were in the market for a new camera it’d be a touch call but I’d think the extra 4k for 5k, bigger frame size, higher frame rates, would pay itself off rather quickly.

 Bilal Haidar Reply
Bilal Haidar January 20, 2016

black Magic all in