by Michael D. SellersAs technology marches on, we come to expect great things but it all generally increases incrementally, so it’s really rare when something comes along and seems to take a huge leap past all the competition. That’s what’s happenig now with the revolutionary Red Digital Cinema Camera system which seems almost too good to be true — but is true, and is now becoming available. Without getting too technical — what it is, is a Ultra HD professional camera system that has 5 times as much information per second as a “regular” HD camera, plus it operates without tape directly to a hard disk with all kinds of other things built into it that make it super-exciting for film-makers. Steven Soderbergh is using it; Peter Jackson is using it; the next Angeline Jolie picture is using it. Oh … and the price ..for comparison, the Sony Cinealta top of the line HD Digital Cinema camera sells for $220,000 and the Panisonic Varicam is about $90,000 — and this is really light years ahead of either of them…..and it’s selling for $17,500. That’s right — not a typo. There’s a four month waiting list but it’s really quite a revolutionary system…Anyway, for those interested in this sort of thing, here’s a paragraph to ponder:
Typical high-end HD camcorders have 2.1M pixel sensors and record with 3:1:1 color subsampled video at up to 30fps. We deliver 11.4M pixels at up to 60fps and record RAW, or 2x over-sampled HD in 4:4:4 or 4:2:2 – your choice. That’s more than 5 times the amount of information available every second and a vastly superior recording quality. Don’t need all that data for your workflow? Dial it back, and keep all the other advantages of the Mysterium Super 35mm cine sized (24.4 x 13.7mm) sensor. You get the same breathtaking Depth of Field and selective focus as found in film cameras. Mysterium boasts a greater than 66db Signal to Noise Ratio thanks to its large 29 sq. micron pixels. And 11,480,800 pixels deliver resolution that can only be called Ultra High Definition.