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Shooting a film or video spot with high-end equipment just got cheaper. Red just revealed the
$9,950 Scarlet-W and Scarlet-W Monochrome cameras that shoot 5K RAW video and 2K ProRes utilizing
Dragon sensor. For slow motion, the 3.5-pound camera can handle 60 fps in 5K widescreen, 150 fps at 4K, and 300 fps at 2K resolutions. The model sits between the highend ($29K) 6K Epic model and the recently launched ($6K) Raven. While Raven is intended for drone work, the Scarlet-W is an entry-level main camera model. All of Red’s cameras share Dragon sensor, so intercutting footage between the entire line of cameras is almost seamless.
Previous Scarlet cameras can’t be upgraded to the Scarlet-W. However, owners will get a $2,500 reduction
on the entry-level shooting package with a Canon mount (Nikon is also available), paying $12K instead of
the regular $14.5K, and will still get to keep the old camera. This price should make it a hit with indie producers and rentals, although Arri’s Alexa and other models will likely stay more popular in mainstream films.
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