Hey guys. I was just rereading Jim's earlier post about DSMC being a DSLR killer, and I have a few thoughts on the subject:
It seems to me that to get a still camera that can compete with a high end Nikon or Canon, you have to buy the S35 Scarlet at least. At $7000, this is more than double the cost of the Nikon D700. And unlike the Nikon which only needs a lens to start shooting, the Scarlet SLR will require at least an LCD or EVF, a media recording module, the DSLR handles with the batteries in it, etc. So now we're looking at somewhere in the realm of $10,000 MINIMUM to take stills with this system, while I can go pick up a Nikon D90 at Best Buy today for $1000.
"But the Scarlet records badass video!". I hear you. And to all of us here on REDUSER, that's a critical difference. But let's face it, everybody here is excited about a mind-blowing video camera at a cheap price, with the bonus that it also shoots great stills. But the average still photographer has ZERO use for 5K video, and I doubt they would be willing to pay ten times more to have that capability. Not to mention the computer investment they would have to make just to mess around with the footage. Even seasoned professionals have had a learning curve to mess with Red footage. What makes you think the guy who takes portraits in the mall would want to deal with that? It's like telling me that for $10,000 more I can upgrade my Honda Civic to a 700 horsepower engine that gets 3 miles/gallon. Cool, but no thanks.
So in conclusion, SCARLET/EPIC is an incredible achievement and I plan on picking one up as soon as possible, but I don't think it is as revolutionary for the still market as the RED ONE was to the video world. The RED ONE offered videographers a camera with more/better features for much less money. The DSMC offers still photographers a camera with more features for much MORE money. I predict the release of Scarlet next year will completely eliminate future purchases of the HVX200, the Sony EX1, the Varicam, and let's be honest, the RED ONE.