Learning About RED Video Cameras
Shoot amazing cinema-quality footage with high-end RED video cameras. RED cameras are available in different configurations, and users can build custom models by choosing from different image sensors. There is also a wide selection of accessories including lenses, storage media, and post-production software for film editors.
What's a RED Camera?
RED cameras are modular, large format cinema cameras that captures ultra-high-resolution videos. They are considered to be digital cine cameras, but RED units function like traditional film cameras by using film lenses and giving users complete control. The first model released is the RED One. It has 4K resolution that's equivalent to 35mm film. The current lineup includes models that can shoot still images and up to 8K videos. In addition to its top-end resolution, RED cameras offer incredible dynamic range.
Types of RED Digital Cameras
Following the RED One, the company switched to DSMC (Digital Stills and Motion Capture) systems. The DSMC platform broadened the scope of the brand's offerings to include shooting high-quality photos. The current generation models use the DSMC2 platform. Across both generations, the brand maintains multiple product lineups including Epic, Scarlet, Raven, Dragon, and Weapon models.
RED Raven cameras top out at 4.5K resolution, while the most powerful Scarlet unit offers 5K resolution. These entry-level models are ideal for new filmmakers who might not have a giant budget. For bigger budgets, consider RED Dragon cameras with Helium 8K (Super35) and Monstro 8K (full-frame) sensors.
What's a RED Epic Camera?
There are two RED Epic cameras. The first one is Epic-X, the first DSMC model released with a 5K imaging sensor. The second unit to carry this name is the Epic-W. This is a DSMC2 BRAIN usually equipped with the Helium 8K Super35 sensor.
Difference Between a RED Camera BRAIN and Kit
The BRAIN is the main module that contains the image sensor and image processing electronics. It also includes a slot for recording media, as well as connectors for different hardware that you can mount on the module. A kit includes the BRAIN and essential gear like modular accessories, such as a touchscreen display, an interchangeable lens, and a lens mount. RED cameras use proprietary batteries and media drives. Users may also need RED camera handles and grips to carry, operate, and build custom rigs for their digital cinema cameras.