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:
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.
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.
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.
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.