How much more democracy do you want? You can buya 4k raw motion camera from RED for a $14,000 and you wont need black hole or whatever it's called to fix the footage.
We've shot all week with the Scarlet, the R1 and Stills with our 1ds3's.
The stills work like the stills always do, other than two sets are lit with HMI's one a mixture of HMI and flash.
The Scarlet, once we've set the menus is much easier than I thought, probably as easy as the 5d2. It shoots a cleaner file, and is in a much smaller form factor and I like the camera very much.
We've manually focused all of the footage, tried auto for one set up and auto focus does some hunting, but I'm sure it will be upgraded in RED's firmware.
I gotta admit the Scarlet is a lot easier than I thought and unlike the R1, starts easily, works fast, and has a cleaner file, though without going into grading, I still like the look of the R-1 file a little better, mainly because it has a little more grit and of course I'm much more familiar with the R1 than the Scarlet.
Anyway, just about anything other than slo-mo can be shot with the Scarlet and if you have Canon lenes, $14,500 is not that much for a raw shooting camera that is a smaller form factor.
Heck is wasn't but a few years ago, every professional was almost eager to drop 30 to 40 grand on a medium format back, so in comparison, the R1 and the Scarlet are cheap.
Take act of Valor. It could have easily been shot on the Scarlet, though destroying 6 of them vs. 6 5d2's is a 84 grand vs. 18 grand, but with the R1 or the Scarlet 200 hours would not have taken 1000 hours of transcoding and color grading processing like the 5d2, so there is a huge tradeoff in time.