Is it a coincidence that RED released their Scarlet-X 4K on the same day that Canon announced their new C300? Probably not. But its price tag, which starts at $9,700, hasn't prevented it from already going on backorder. RED is going big with their newest camera, which boasts professional-grade 4k video recording (or 4096 x 2160) at 25FPS or 5k stills at a 12FPS continuous capture speed using a Super 35-level sensor. The Scarlet-X is capable of writing 50mb/second of data to the SSD card using RED's own "Redcode RAW" format and is constructed of a tank-like body capable of holding a range of additional titanium mounts.
If you have some cash left over from the holidays (of if you want to get a start on next year's list), check out Engadget's review and demo by Cinema5D after the jump as well as some samples taken from this one-of-a-kind hand-held.