I’ve been raving about the amazing RED camera for the last month. It stole NAB2006 with its revolutionary resolution.
Mike Curtis has added new info about the RED camera, including a target release date – April 2007. Here’s a summary of the timeline:
- Redcine – more info about it in November
- Final info on RED lenses, again in November
- 20 to 30 cameras put together in December for shakedown testing
- Shipping cameras in March/April 2007
If you’re still now blown off by the RED specs, just imagine having RED instead of your poor USB web cam.
A while back I posted that Rambo 4 will be directed by Rambo himself, i.e. Sylvester Stallone. I checked IMDb today and I see the project info has been updated – Rambo 4 will be out in 2008.
Update: Make that early 2008. The official title has been changed to Rambo 4: Pearl of the Cobra.
There are numerous discussions about Stallone being too old for this, Afghanistan being anything but an adventure zone. I liked this comment in particular:
If he can do Rocky he can do Rambo. A 60 year old Ex-Vet is more believable than a 60 year old boxer.
Well, I doubt a lot of people have their expectations too high. I liked the original Rambo but the sequels were not as impressive.
The RED camera has been in development since 1999. Its claim to fame is the record-breaking resolution: roughly 11.4 Mega pixels. That’s 4520 by 2540 pixel resolution which is about five times the resolution of a $100,000 Sony F950 camera, by far the leader in the field.
Another major advantage is the size of the sensor. It’s 24.4 x 13.7 mm which is equivalent to a Super 35mm film frame. This means you get simmilar (if not identical) depth of field and you can probably use a lot of the 35mm lenses as well.
The camera was presented at NAB2006 and stole the show – got a Best of Show vote. I still haven’t found anyone who’s actually done some shooting with it. Once I do, I’ll post it here. Overall, all great news for indie producers.
Update: RED camera will likely be released in April 2007. Units will be available for testing starting December though.