When I hear the phrase "Digital Stills and Motion Camera" (DSMC), I usually think of stills as being Full Frame 35mm Film, and I usually think of motion-pictures as being S35. Since FF35 can envelope S35 and 16mm, B4, etc, I think of DSMC as FF35.
The announcement by Red Digital Cinema to release Scarlet DSMC's in 2/3" and S35 is great, as is the announcement to release Epic S35's -and I'm not criticizing; however, I'm wondering if what really makes "obsolescence obsolete," with respect to a DSMC, is only the FF35.
Although there seems to be pools of manifested interest isolated around each of these smaller sensor sizes, I wonder if what filmmakers want most is an FF35 sized sensor, which could use any of their lenses from FF35 on down to B4, as the base DSMC, with the option to upgrade their base DSMC with a module (ASIC) that would grant them the processing power for higher framerates, datarates, and higher resolution (Epic size it).
From my own studies in ASIC design, I've come to respect anyone up to the task, so if RED has deemed such an idea impractical, then I'm sure they know best. I do however think that if they were to only focus on designing one sensor size, it could save them a lot of effort and money. If it wasn't practical to modularly separate the extra processing power (ASIC), RED could even just sell the Epic FF35 (at the 2/3" price) and allow users to purchase, or even rent (temporarily unlock) extra processing power (via expiring firmware updates), and thereby RED could dominate not only sales of professional cinematography tools (because everyone would buy one [or more]), but control rental in that respect also (because everyone would have bought one and rentals would go through RED without hardware transactions). While some may wince at the idea of giving Epic FF35's away at the price of a 2/3" Scarlet (with the Epic sized framerates, datarates, and resolution locked out), when it comes to research and development, it's often said that the first ASIC cost one-hundred million to make, and the second one cost less than a buck. The latter idea would clearly have its own set of issues (firmware hacks, etc), which is why the former would appear better (Epic Size ASIC Module).
I don't expect this to make any waves over at RED as I'm sure they'll do what they think is best; however, I am interested to hear from Redusers on whether this is what they really want, or if the currently proposed smaller sensor sizes happen to be what they really want, why? The floor is yours-