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.