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Red Launches Helium 8K Sensor

ASC Staff

Red Digital Cinema recently visited the ASC Clubhouse in Hollywood to showcase the newly unveiled Red Epic-W and Red Weapon cameras with the company’s Helium 8K S35 sensor, which allows for higher resolution in an S35 frame while maintaining the dynamic range found in the Red Dragon sensor. Both cameras feature the compact DSMC2 form factor.

The Epic-W 8K S35 camera captures 8K full-frame motion at up to 30 fps, produces ultra-detailed 35.4 megapixel stills, and offers Super 35 lens coverage; the camera is capable of fast data speeds up to 275MB/s. The camera Brain is priced at $29,500.

The Weapon 8K S35 is the latest option in Red’s Weapon line of cameras. The Weapon 8K features data speeds up to 300MB/s, the ability to capture 8K full-frame motion at up to 60 fps, and a sensor upgrade path to the Red Dragon 8K VV. It is available for the same price as the Weapon 6K with Red Dragon sensor, at $49,500 for the Brain.

Red also announced special pricing on these new cameras for registered Red camera owners — as well as those that have placed a deposit for Red Raven and Scarlet-W — starting at $14,500. Full eligibility details are available at

Additionally, Red has announced an improved image-processing pipeline, including new color science. These improvements will be available in-camera on all Brains with a Helium sensor, and will be available in postproduction to all footage shot on Red cameras. The new image-processing pipeline will be made available via free firmware and software upgrades.    

All of Red’s DSMC2 cameras offer excellent dynamic range with the ability to record simultaneous Redcode Raw and Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD/HR. The cameras also adhere to the company’s dedication to “obsolescence obsolete,” a core operating principle that allows current Red owners to upgrade their technology as innovations are unveiled and move between camera systems without having to purchase entirely new gear.

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