Digital cinema’s favorite color coded company is now taking orders for the Mysterium-X equipped RED One cameras. Mysterium-X sensors were previously only available as an upgrade and in the forthcoming Epic and Scarlet cameras. The sensor’s main draw is it’s ability to be more sensitive to light and handle color better, as Pete Jackson found out. But while the Mysterium-X being up for purchase is good news, it doesn’t come without a price…
Now that the RED One is shipped with the Mysterium-X, that means the company’s original Mysterium sensor is dead in the water. It is no longer being offered with the cameras unless you have already ordered one. That shouldn’t be a problem for most, however, as the new sensor is certainly a much needed upgrade to an older camera and basic functionality will remain unchanged.
This news comes at a time when digital cinema filmmaking is becoming an increasingly competitive market. The Arri Alexa has hit the ground running and is upping the ante with it’s recent 2.0 software update. That camera boasts a dynamic range that is bigger than even the Mysterium-X, though Red holds the resolution advantage with it’s 4K and will grow even bigger after the release of it’s Epic camera.
While RED certainly got the party started, digital cinema production is getting crowded with some unwelcome guests (DSLR), some unexpected ones, (iPhone), and some from another dimension. Now that the Mysterium-X is ready to hit the prime-time, it should be interesting to see if RED holds the market it helped create.