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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 12:03 am    Post subject: EPIC vs. Alexa Reply with quote

Posted online by RED's Jim Jannard:

"There is a lot of controversy about the Alexa vs. EPIC. Rightly so.

(This post was done in response to misinformation that seems to be spreading... I'd probably do a more elegant take if I could wind back the clock)

Here is the official RED take on the subject.

The Alexa makes great images. No question about it.
The EPIC makes great images. No question about it.

The Alexa is a small camera.
The EPIC is a smaller camera... about 1/3 the size of an Alexa.

EPIC has 6 times the resolution of Alexa. (as normally shot). EPIC has 5 times more measured resolution comparing best case for each cameras.

Alexa has a stop more native dynamic range than EPIC. Good on them.
EPIC has 3 stops more DR than Alexa using HDRx. Good on us.

EPIC is mostly ownable.
Alexa is mostly rentable.
(probably not a necessary point to post)

EPIC is modular. You can upgrade parts and pieces of EPIC. Even the just announced RED Dragon sensor is an upgrade.
Alexa is modular (Alexa-M). You can split apart the sensor and tether to the electronics. A different type of modular... and this is a different model Alexa than everyone owns so far.

Arri is a 70 year old company. RED is a 5 year old company. RED is scary. Arri apparently is not.

Alexa shoots 1080P Prores to a flash card or 2K uncompressed RAW to a Codex box.
EPIC shoots 5K to an SSD.

Alexa shoots 1080P at 60fps.
EPIC shoots 5K @ 120fps.

EPIC can shoot high res stills at 5K.

It should be noted that Sony has announced a new 4K camera... the F65. While I'm not sure how 8K x 2K outputs to 4K, this is a serious introduction to the industry and should be considered as a real alternative. We especially like that Sony has acknowledged the importance of 4K. Coupled with Sony's 4K projectors... it appears that 4K is here as the new standard. Rightfully so. Film would be proud."

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