RED 4k or Cinealta F900
Posted 11 May 2008 - 04:02 PM
I am actually a new member. We have production house and we start shooting a series. The main producer wants to buy new camera and i am making a small research.
I compared red 4k to Cinealta and i can not understand why Sony /HD/ is more expensive than Red /4k!/?
I think you will ask what is the final product? And the answer is: HDTV
So can you help me what to choose for our production?
Thanks in advance
Posted 11 May 2008 - 05:25 PM
The RED uses a 35mm sized sensor that outputs RAW, while the f900 uses 3 x 2/3" chips recorded as HD video. In a PAL country you've also got the option of the cheaper Sony HDVW750 or 790. If you require immediate delivery, the Sony is the camera to go for, there's a delay of delivery on REDs of a few months. Remember also the $17,500 often mentioned is only part of the cost, $30,000 appears to be closer, plus the lenses.
Other cameras to consider would be the SI-2K, the new Sony XDCAM HD 4:2:2 camera, plus the Panasonic offerings.
I think you should also decide on the type of post workflow you need, because these cameras are different. The RED is currently still a work in progress with upgrades happening all the time.
Posted 11 May 2008 - 06:20 PM
But even so, the fact that the F900 has a built-in pro HD tape VTR is part of the price difference -- the RED is a data camera, not a videotape camera.
First question is really what do you need the camera for, a one-time shoot of limited duration or a long-term shoot or multiple shoots over a long duration? If all you need is a camera over the weekend for rental, then the price of ownership is less of an issue compared to the deal you can make for renting the item.
And then the next question is what are your deliverables and how fast do you need them? Is this a commercial spot where you are expected to turn over a tape at the end of the day? A short film to be posted over a couple of months? How do you plan on doing the post production?
You say "HDTV" but what does that mean specifically? What HDTV market is this for? Either camera makes HDTV pictures if you need that, but the RED footage requires a conversion step in post.
Posted 12 May 2008 - 04:35 PM