RED’s new Weapon 8K and Epic-W cameras – which feature Helium sensors – are now shipping. Both feature the compact design of the DSMC2 form factor as well as new Helium 8K S35 sensor. Helium, Red’s latest sensor tech, allows for the higher resolution in an S35 frame while maintaining the dynamic range found in the Red Dragon sensor.
The Weapon 8K allows recording video in 8K at 60 frames per second with high resolution 35.4 megapixel stills. It offers data speeds up to 800MB/s and also supports recording in Red’s RAW format as well as Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD/HR simultaneously. What’s more, the Weapon 8K is eligible to be upgraded to the upcoming Red Dragon 8K VV (Vista Vision) sensor, so as with Weapon 6K customers can just send over their Weapon 8K and also have it swapped to the newer sensor (for a price, of course).
The EPIC-W makes the most affordable 8K camera made by RED at the moment with a maximum frame rate of the 30fps in 8K and a Magnesium alloy body, that weighs only 3.35 lbs (Brain and media bay only); while the Weapon Helium 8K S35 sits above EPIC-W in the RED hierarchy with its ability to shoot at the mind-blowing 8K/60fps and stealthier Carbon Fibre body option.
Helium 8K S35 sensor:
The Helium 8K S35 sensor is a big leap forward in terms of the image resolution, with twice as many pixels as a 6K sensor and also four times that of a 4K sensor. But 8K sensor doesn’t mean you’ve to publish in 8K because no one is publishing in 8K yet. The 8K sensor allows you to have super high quality 4K content as well as gives you the incredible room to crop and pan your shot in post. The sensor also carries forward the incredible image quality and also a dynamic range that Red cameras are known for and for the first time, gains usable high ISO performance, and something Red cameras we never known for. Then there’s also Red RAW workflow that people swear by, that gives you a huge amount of freedom in post and also option to export in modern standards such as HDR due to wide dynamic range captured by the sensor. All of that makes it a very attractive option for cinematographers and serious video producers.