This weekend RED cut down the prices on all their camera bodies. The Scarlet-X’ price has been reduced to $7950 and the Epic now costs almost half. Is this a result of Sony’s massive camera announcement last week?
RED’s Jim Jannard doesn’t seem to call Sony’s announcement the cause for their pricedops. About the F5 and F55 he says: “These two camera announcements are significant. While I do not see them as a threat to EPIC or Scarlet… I do see them as a threat to the conventional and outdated thinking of the industry that tried so hard to cling to “1080P and 2K are good enough”.”
and says that they have lowered their “assembly costs, found better suppliers and fully paid off our NRE.” (…) “Since our costs are now significantly lower we are re-pricing our cameras as of now.”
The timing of RED’s price drops is still an interesting one and raises some questions concerning how well RED is armed against the wave of competitive large sensor cameras that are flooding the market right now.
Here are the exact price changes:
Image below is a 100% crop of image above. (open image above in new window for full res.)
Is it the 5D mark 5? No, it’s a framegrab from the RED Epic-m camera that Vincent Laforet took at 96 frames per second, ISO 800. It’s 5K. That’s about 14 Megapixels.
Why? You go ahead and answer that question in the comments.
And if you’re as impressed as I am let us not forget that these cameras push the resolution, but don’t necessarily keep the quality and sharpness there as some others do.
See the detailed article by Vincent Laforet on this framegrab and the Epic-m via Vincent’s blog
And here’s another reason: HighDynamicRange Video
Come on Canon, we need an update to our cameras already.
via the local hero blog