I thought that basic primer articles about the RED digital camera happened a couple of years ago and now we’re on to bigger and better things. Nonetheless, here’s an 8.18 Wired aticle by Michael Behar that reads like one of those “hey, have you heard about this?” run-downs. There must be something new about it that I’m missing.
I’ve seen a Red Cam up close and it didn’t have this metal insect look with the extensions and doohickeys.
“It’s the first digital movie camera that matches the detail and richness of analog film,” Behar writes, by “recording motion in a whopping 4,096 lines of horizontal resolution — 4K in filmmaker lingo — and 2,304 of vertical.
“For comparison, hi-def digital movies like Sin City and the Star Wars prequels top out at 1,920 by 1,080, just like your HDTV. (There’s also a slightly higher-resolution option called 2K that reaches 2,048 lines by 1,080.) Film doesn’t have pixels, but the industry-standard 35-millimeter stock has a visual resolution roughly equivalent to 4K.
“And that’s what makes the Red so exciting: It delivers all the dazzle of analog, but it’s easier to use and cheaper — by orders of magnitude — than a film camera. In other words, Jim Jannard‘s creation threatens to make 35mm movie film obsolete.”