by Ollie Kenchington | 12th January 2017
RED’s 8K Helium Sensor wows DxOMark with a whopping score of 108, which is the highest score the camera and lens image quality review site has ever awarded. It is quite staggering when you dig in to the details of this review and you see just how good this sensor is according to them. In particular, its score of 4210 in the low light test was so good, that the authors of the review were stumped as to how RED had achieved it. To pack so many photosites (about 3.65 microns each) onto a 29.90mm x 15.77mm sized wafer (only 2/3 the size of a full frame sensor) is amazing. To do that and still produce clean images, with a dynamic range that is “higher than the best of the full-frame sensors in our database”, is just mind-boggling. We can’t wait to put the Helium 8K sensor through our own lab test as soon as possible, and of course we will share all the results with you. Over the past few years, Sebastian Woeber’s lab tests at cinema5D HQ in Vienna have received a widespread reputation of being completely unbiased, and we do not shy away from putting ourselves in hot water when manufacturers’ claims don’t live up to our results. You may wonder why a stills camera review like DxOMark would bother to test a digital film camera at all, particularly one that costs $49,500. Indeed, a quick look at the comments section of the review itself reveals several disgruntled readers who want to know why DxOMark have found the time to review a non-stills camera like the ‘Weapon’ and yet haven’t got around to scoring the behemoth that is the Pentax 645Z, which would surely be a shoe-in for a 100+ score. Still Photography from 8K Video I know several RED owners who use their cameras to capture high resolution stills, opening up incredible flexibility and new creative options to them. The very fact that a camera designed for film capture can churn out sixty 8192×4320 16-bit raw stills every single second is frankly a massive slap in the face for Canon, Nikon and Sony. RED used to be perceived as a pixel pusher who considered image quality of lesser importance to raw power, but with the Helium sensor, even the most ardent ARRI fan must admit that RED have come a long way with their sensor technology. Read the full review by clicking here. Specifications for RED WEAPON 8K S35 35.4 Megapixel CMOS 29.90 mm x 15.77 mm (Diagonal: 33.80 mm) 60 fps at 8K Full Format (8192 x 4320), 75 fps at 8K 2.4:1 (8192 x 3456) 16-bit REDCODE RAW + Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHR/HD 16.5+ stops of dynamic range (DxOMark pegged it at 15.2 Evs in their tests) 300 MB/s data speedsRead more
by Graham Sheldon | 12th October 2016
RED Cinema is currently shipping not one, but two 8K Helium sensor cameras dubbed the RED Epic-W and RED Weapon. All the details, including footage, price, and information on how to upgrade your current RED camera below: Picture: RED Cinema My colleague Richard Lackey reported on the gorgeous new Helium 8K sensor back in July, and it seems RED Cinema has been busy working to expand their customer base for 8K beyond director Michael Bay. The Helium 8K sensor has spawned two great looking cameras, each with unique features, so let’s break down both. The RED 8K Helium Sensor itself is identical for both cameras with the following specifications: 35.4 megapixel CMOS Pixels: 8192×4320 Size: 29.90mm x 15.77mm 16.5+ stops dynamic range Here is the official RED Cinema EPIC-W intro video complete with footage out of the camera: Both cameras sport the user friendly DSMC2 form factor we first saw introduced with the RED Raven earlier this year. The DSMC2 form factor has prompted many wonderful third party accessories and it’s great to see that coming back. Both cameras also capture edit-friendly Apple ProRes 4K or Avid DNxHD/HR up to 30 fps. Beyond the sensor and module compatibility, each camera is a little different under the hood when it comes to data rate and frames per second options in 8K. RED Epic W: The RED Epic-W 8K S35 is built from black magnesium and aluminum alloy and shoots 8K (8192×4320) up to 30 fps, with a data rate of 275 MB/s and 6:1 REDCODE RAW at 8K 24 fps. Here is an unboxing video of the RED Epic-W from Marques Brownlee: Price: $29,500 for the Brain. Friendly reminder: you will need additional accessories beyond this before you have a shoot-ready rig, so budget accordingly. RED Weapon: The 8k S35 Weapon becomes the new flagship for RED with the capability to shoot 8K (8192×4320) up to 60fps at 300 MB/s, or 8K 75fps at 2.4:1. You can also get 5:1 REDCODE RAW 8K out of the camera at 24fps. The body is made from carbon fiber for an increased cool factor/protection and a slight reduction (0.5 lbs) to overall weight. There is also an anamorphic-capable Weapon shipping soon complete with upgrade path for existing Weapon owners. Price: $49,500 for the Brain. Friendly reminder: You will need additional accessories beyond this before you have a shoot ready rig, so budget accordingly. Picture: RED Cinema Upgrade Path: I’m a RED Epic Dragon owner/operator myself, and RED Cinema is working hard to keep me and other operators in the fold with a fantastic upgrade program. All the details for Epic, Scarlet and Dragon owners are below, but this upgrade program means some RED Dragon owners are looking at a price tag as low as $14,500 for upgrading to 8K. A few other manufacturers could take note of this program and follow suit; looking at you, Arri, Sony and Canon. Find out more information on RED owner pricing here. Picture: RED Cinema/Jarred Land Ready for 8K? Pick up a RED Epic-W or Weapon here. There will always be people out there asking a simple question: “Do we really need 8K?”. For me, the answer is clear: I’m always going to want to push the limits of what is possible with the tools I am given. 8K looks gorgeous and I’ll continue shooting higher and higher resolutions until my computer graphics card catches fire like a Samsung Galaxy note 7. Side view of the upcoming RED Weapon Anamorphic. Picture: RED CinemaRead more
by Richard Lackey | 8th July 2016
Image courtesy of Red Digital Cinema The mist is lifting on a brand new RED Helium 8K Sensor, this time in a super 35mm format. RED Digital Cinema’s CEO, Jarred Land and Chief Design Officer, Matthew Tremblay have released some pictures on social media of their latest creation for none other than Michael Bay. Back in May, RED shared details of a custom housed Dragon sensored beast of a camera, the Xenomorph, built for David Fincher. This time Michael Bay gets the royal RED treatment with an out-of-this world camera for Transformers: The Last Knight. Image courtesy of Matthew Tremblay, Jarred Land and RED Digital Cinema. New Super 35mm RED Helium 8K Sensor This time it’s not “just” a custom bodied Dragon. Michael Bay gets a new sensor too in the form of an 8K super 35mm sensor known by the moniker “Helium”. What makes this sensor different from the 8K VistaVision sensor, is its size. To squeeze 8K into a smaller super 35mm chip necessitates new (smaller, denser) pixels. I’ve been told that smaller does not mean any compromise in imaging performance, quite the opposite, these are “better” pixels. It goes without saying that RED have a lot of secrets, and despite nudging the right people for more information, this is all I’ve got so far. If you aren’t following Jarred and Matt on Instagram and Facebook, you’re missing out some cool updates. What is clear is these guys have way too much fun building cameras. UPDATE: Jarred has confirmed in a recent Reduser post that “Helium” is in fact an entirely new 3.65 micron sensor line, the first of which will be the 8K super 35mm sensor, which will also soon be available for Weapon sensor upgrades. Oh, and it looks like there will be a new Epic-W, which will also be Helium equipped. All images courtesy of Matthew Tremblay, Jarred Land and RED Digital Cinema. Image courtesy of Matthew Tremblay, Jarred Land and RED Digital Cinema. Image courtesy of Matthew Tremblay, Jarred Land and RED Digital Cinema. Image courtesy of Matthew Tremblay, Jarred Land and RED Digital Cinema. Image courtesy of Matthew Tremblay, Jarred Land and RED Digital Cinema.Read more
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