With the popularity of large sensor digital cinema cameras in full swing, recently re-stoked by the release of the RED Scarlet-X and Canon C300, I got to thinking how the proverbial “gap” would look if it was represented visually. Go back a couple of years and you basically had four choices. Film, RED One, ARRI Alexa & DSLR’s. It is amazing how much the gaps between all of these cameras has closed.
The infographic that emerged is a collection of cameras that are at the forefront of the large sensor market, placed in order of the cost of the “body only” option. Right off the bat I am going to say that this is not comprehensive in any respect, but should hopefully paint a broad picture of the price distribution for these cameras. I will also point out that things get a little tricky with pricing the RED cameras due to their modularity. All of the RED packages are priced with the brain, media module, and lens mount. Take all this with a grain of salt.
My hope is that this chart can, at a glance, allow you to see where some of the most popular cameras shake out when it comes to their cost. Please leave a comment below with suggestions or discrepancies.
On a side note, I am a huge fan of RED and it is amazing to see what you get out of their camera systems when you compare them to cameras in the same price bracket. They truly are revolutionary.
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EDIT: ARRI Alexa+ Price corrected.