RED Announces MONSTRO 8K VV Full Frame Sensor

October 6th, 2017 Jump to Comment Section 21
RED Announces MONSTRO 8K VV Full Frame Sensor

 RED Digital Cinema have just announced their new full frame sensor for WEAPON cameras called MONSTRO 8K VV.

As RED stated, “MONSTRO is an evolutionary step in sensor technology, capturing 8K full format motion at up to 60 fps, producing ultra-detailed 35.4 Megapixel stills, and incredibly fast data speeds up to 300 MB/s”.

As posted by Jarred Land, the President of RED Digital Cinema Inc., on his Facebook page: “MONSTRO 8K VV. All new Pixel Design. 2/3rds of a stop greater dynamic range than Dragon VV. In Camera IPP2 and increased color accuracy”.

Lower Noise Levels

Furthermore, an impressive example, emphasizing the noise performance of RED’s MONSTRO 8K VV sensor compared to DRAGON 8K VV for a challenging low-light scene with deep shadows is shown on the RED’s Vimeo channel.

As seen on video (screenshot below – please click here see the video), the third phase maintains the 200% zoom, but increases the ISO speed to ISO 6400, which begins to show a dramatic noise improvement with MONSTRO.

Dramatic noise improvement with MONSTRO is shown in high ISO 400% scaled

According to Jarred, MONSTRO 8K VV starts shipping to existing VV reservation holders from today.

It will be interesting to test this sensor against the Helium.

It seems like RED is trying to outpace Sony after their VENICE full frame high-end cinema camera announcement. The VENICE is expected to be shipped in February.

*UPDATE: According to RED’s website, The new WEAPON will be priced at $79,500 (for the camera BRAIN) with upgrades for carbon fiber WEAPON customers available for $29,500.

What do you think? Is there such thing as too many sensors for a digital cinema company? Comment below.

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