It seems I missed getting my 2 cents worth in early on the NAB announcements. I've been out on a shoot all day with a pair of Sony EX-1s.
It's amazing how fast the HD technology is moving. Considering just a year ago we were shooting on DV intercut with occasional bit of Beta SP, the fact that the EX1 gives us full raster 1080P on our (small) budgets is quite incredible.
However, the pictures still don't look quite as they should - to my eye anyway. I'm not expecting a 35mm lookalike or anything - Just a quality picture would be fine. Yet apparently thats too much to ask. Despite promises of 'cine-like gamma curves' and a 'cinealta' badge on the side everything we shot today looks, for want of a better word, 'plasticy'.
The thing that most impresses me about the RED ONE footage is that it doesn't seem to be trying to fool me into imagining I'm seeing something which I'm not. It's 'simply' a very high quality digital image. If this same approach can be scaled to a low budget system, I think the Scarlet could well be the camera for a generation of aspiring and indie film makers.
Cheers for the effort Red.