Little RED

By Jeremy / On Mar.01.2012 / In cameras gear red scarlet / Width

Well I received my RED scarlet camera the other day. And I have to say I'm pretty damn excited.  RED digital cinema is at the forefront of a revolution to put the power into the working man's hands, literally.  By power I mean 4K of yummy pixel goodness. That's 4096 horizontal pixels per frame for all you non techie types.  And it's not just about the resolution, the beauty of shooting with RED is that all the images are RAW which means you don't have certain settings baked in on set. Meaning you have a ton of option in post when you want to give your film a "look".  And the bottom line is that the images look amazing.  Now I'm super excited to have a camera which is almost identical to their EPIC model except for a couple of elements like being able to shoot faster frame frates (for slow motion) at higher resolutions.  Other than that, this is the exact same camera that is being used by directors like Peter Jackson to shoot "The Hobbit" and Ridley Scott to film "Prometheus".  So basically we're in good company.

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And not only that, but the build on this thing is amazing. It feels so solid in my hands even though it's so compact. I've owned a lot of cameras, but this one feels the best of all. I can't wait to get started using it. Right now I'm still waiting on the SSD memory I need to record, and the batter to portably power it, not to mention a lens, but for now, me n' Little RED are content to just be with each other.