Red Digital Cinema has revealed further details about its planned new digital stills and motion cameras (DSMC) but has stopped short of providing actual shipping dates. 

The much-anticipated announcement revealed that the high-end Epic-X will be the first camera to be released. It will be made available in four stages – depending on whether a customer is upgrading or buying from scratch - and will sell for around $28,000.

Epic-X will feature a new Mysterium-X sensor that is capable of capturing 5k resolution images at up to 100 frames per second (fps).

Scaled down 1080p at between 1 and 60 fps will also be possible along with time-lapse recording and wireless remote control.

A beta version will be made available before the end of 2009.

However, details about Scarlet, a new ‘budget’ 2/3-inch sensor camera, were limited to suggested improved specs.

Founder Jim Jannard (CK) said: “The good news is that the Epic/Scarlet project is better than ever expected and the images coming out of the new Mysterium-X sensor have exceeded expectations.”


EPIC-X selected features

New MYSTERIUM-X 5K sensor

  • 5K (2:1) at 1-100fps
  • 4K (2:1) at 1-125fps
  • Quad HD at 1-120fps
  • 3K (2:1) at 1-160fps
  • 2K (2:1) at 1-250fps

1080P (scaled from full frame) at 1-60fps

Increased Dynamic Range, reduced noise

Time Lapse, Frame Ramping


ISO 200-8000

New FLUT Color Science

Completely Modular System, each Module individually upgradeable

Independent Stills and Motion Modes (both record full resolution REDCODE RAW)

5 Axis Adjustable Sensor Plate

Gigagbit Network interface and 802.11 Wireless interface