As promised, Jim and Red revealed a new incarnation of Scarlet tonight, Scarlet X. Gone (for good it seems) is the fixed-lens, 2/3” sensor configuration. Instead, Scarlet X is basically an Epic, but with innards that didn’t quite pass muster for Epic’s heavy data throughput. The result? A camera that looks like an Epic, feels like an Epic, and shoots like an Epic—but with reduced resolution and frame rate capabilities. Specifically:
- 1–25 fps at 4K
- 30 fps at 4K “quad HD” (presumably 3840x2160?)
- 48 fps at 3K
- 60 fps at 2K
- 120 fps at 1K
Those are windowed resolutions, so they change your lens’s Angle of View as well as your pixel count.
Here’s how it’s priced. (Al means an aluminum Canon mount, as Epic X was slated to use; Ti means a titanium mount, which Epic M shipped with and now Epic X as well.) And you can order it now—if you can get through over at red.com.
There’s an FAQ post here with many details.
By all indications, Scarlet X does more than Canon’s C300, for less money. But things are rarely that simple.
Engadget, who have been inexplicably covering all this very well (as if these cameras were “gadgets”), has a nice clear shot of the frame-rate/data-rate/resolution matrix.