Well, I happened to wander around in Fry's Electronics today and I saw an unfamiliar video camera on display. I picked it up and played around with it and was surprised to see that it had 24p at 1920x1080. It records in AVCHD onto SD memory cards and it has full manual controls. On top of everything it was incredibly tiny and weighed practically nothing.
Here it is:
Granted it doesn't have an audio input jack, but most will record audio seperately anyway and, at $800, it's a decent trade off as it at least has Dolby 5.1 surround sound to make up for it. This is what the Scarlet SHOULD be. Yep, I said it! It was just an incredible experience to hold such a small inexpensive camera and realize that it had every digital filmmaking feature that I could ask for. I had been considering fully the Canon HF10 or HF100 ever since I saw them at CES but I can't believe I missed this little gem at the Panasonic booth.
So, I guess what I'm trying to say with all of this is that we shouldn't fear the term "pocket professional". I've just seen what the Scarlet could very well be today and now I'm more excited than ever about NAB this year!:sorcerer:
P.S. What I could see RED doing is adding interchangeable C-mount lenses, and along with REDCODE as the recording option, that would be perfect.