The Red Camera is essentially a gadget you build yourself. A number of different main units or ‘brains’ form the core of the camera, including a CMOS sensor and decoding hardware.
Depending on which ‘brain’ you choose, the Red camera can shoot incredibly high quality footage and up to 24MP stills. The Red Scarlet basic model (under £2000) can shoot 3K but can be upgraded to 6000x4000 pixels, while the Epic can go up to 5K. That’s incredible detailed shots that’ll make full HD look like the bad old days of CRT.
Once you choose the ‘brain’, it’s up to you to mix and match. Red cameras are based on a modular system, meaning individual lenses, batteries, viewfinders and storage can be bolted on or taken off depending on your needs and budget. At the crazy end of things, there are attachments for creating a 3D camera or 261MP stills. No, that’s not a typo.
Hotshot Hollywood auteur Steven Soderbergh shot his recent flick, Che, on Red cameras. He went as far as to say ‘this is the camera I’ve been waiting for my whole career. Red will change everything…We wanted the Red or we wanted nothing’.
Watch footage from Che part two (out 20th Feb) and interviews with Benicio Del Toro and Soderbergh below and check out the latest issue of Stuff magazine for an In Detail on the Red camera and our feature on the future of HD.