Getting geared up to shoot a feature length horror film in the spring. We're looking to purchase a new camera to handle it. Most of my experience is with XDCAM and P2. I've been looking at the F900 series cameras (specifically the HDW), but have also been wondering how it stacks up compared to the RED.
Personally I don't know RED cameras very well, and haven't had a chance to observe one up close. It doesn't sound very necessary to get it. Not sure if it's the way to go, but if it's just a hop up from an F900, I'd wonder why not just go RED.
I don't know if you speak of personal experience or just rumors, but I've had 40+ gigs this year with the RED ONE and had never a heat related problems with the RED, and I cannot say the same with the cinealta 750, since I witnessed 2 of them get fried in a Spanish major tv series on a hot location.
These 'gel packs' stories appeared after Che, but these were prototypes cameras.
The RED has the higher resolution, latitude, color, versatility of raw and 35mm depth of field, but both the shooting and postproduction needs a film-stle crew and mindset.
The Cinealta has much lower resolution and color space, 2/3inch dof, but a more 'ENG' style operation and straightforward post.
Thank you for your replies (mine was a delayed response there, I know). To answer your question Richard, it's not really my decision but the studio I am a part of needs a better camera before we move to a feature and we have the investors to make it happen. I assume you meant why are we buying as opposed to renting?