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RED DIGITAL CINEMA V-RAPTOR 8K VV DSMC3 Camera (Canon RF, Black)

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RED DIGITAL CINEMA V-RAPTOR 8K VV DSMC3 Camera (Canon RF, Black)
Key Features
  • 35.4MP Full-Frame, Rolling Shutter CMOS
  • Lightweight & Compact DSMC3 Design
  • Canon RF Lens & CFexpress Type-B Support
  • Up to 8K120 17:9, 6K198 S35 & 4K240 17:9
Compact, fast, and full-frame—the black V-RAPTOR 8K VV Camera is an impressive introduction to RED DIGITAL CINEMA's new DSMC3 platform. Sized only slightly larger than the KOMODO but boasting a new sensor, the V-RAPTOR offers multi-format capture in 8K VV, 6K Super35, 4K, 3K Super16, and anamorphic options. This versatility enables you to adapt your format from project to project to suit your choice of a variety of pro cine or still photo lenses. The V-RAPTOR's RF lens mount can be used with numerous lens adapters, and it has a locking ring that provides additional security for use with heavier lenses and steady, wide-open capture.
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RED DIGITAL CINEMA V-RAPTOR Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2
  • 3Versatile Production Options
  • 4Full-Frame Multi-Format Sensor
  • 5Assistant Interface
  • 6High-Speed and REDCODE Options
  • 7CFexpress Card Capture
  • 8DSMC3 Form
  • 9Compact Micro-V Batteries
  • 10Input and Outputs
  • 11RED Connect
  • 12DSMC3 Accessories
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Compact, fast, and full-frame—the black V-RAPTOR 8K VV Camera is an impressive introduction to RED DIGITAL CINEMA's new DSMC3 platform. Sized only slightly larger than the KOMODO but boasting a new sensor, the V-RAPTOR offers multi-format capture in 8K VV, 6K Super35, 4K, 3K Super16, and anamorphic options. This versatility enables you to adapt your format from project to project to suit your choice of a variety of pro cine or still photo lenses. The V-RAPTOR's RF lens mount can be used with numerous lens adapters, and it has a locking ring that provides additional security for use with heavier lenses and steady, wide-open capture.
Versatile Production Options
Dual 12G-SDI outputs, resolutions including 16-bit REDCODE Raw at significantly higher frame rates, wired USB-C 1080p preview video, 17+ stops of dynamic range, and phase-detection autofocus (PDAF) further boost the V-RAPTOR's suitability for a range of production styles.
Full-Frame Multi-Format Sensor
  • The new 35.4MP full-frame sensor at the heart of the V-RAPTOR provides 17+ stops of dynamic range that enable it to excel at low-light capture while offering the lowest noise floor of the RED lineup.
  • This versatile sensor offers both 8K VV + 6K35 capture options.
  • While the V-RAPTOR does not employ a global shutter, its rolling shutter with high-speed readout is almost twice as fast as that of the MONSTRO, all but eliminating motion artifacts.
  • This sensor also enables phase-detection autofocus (PDAF), a boon for single operators grabbing fast-paced or unpredictable action. To accompany the new sensor, a new fixed OLPF (optical low-pass filter) enables you to capture RED's signature color quality and sensitivity.
Assistant Interface
  • In response to user feedback, RED has added a right-side user interface that brings control to 1st and 2nd ACs positioned at that side of the camera.
  • Physical buttons eliminate accidental selections that can occur with touchscreens, and the ability to save user pages lets you customize the interface to your liking.
  • The interface also helpfully only displays the resolutions and frame rates available with your chosen format.
High-Speed and REDCODE Options
  • When slow-motion is your thing, the V-RAPTOR delivers with high-speed frame rates options, including 8K 17:9 at 120 fps, 6K S35 at 198 fps, 4K 17:9 at 240 fps, and 2K 2.4:1 up to a blazing 600 fps.
  • REDCODE Raw options have been simplified with HQ, MQ, and LQ selections equaling the more popular choices available in RED DSMC2 cameras. Because the 8K sensor captures such massive detail, RED recommends trying MQ or even LQ for most uses, with HQ being ideal for F/X work. Data rates range from 180 MB/s in LQ to 360 MB/s in HQ, so you can plan your media needs accordingly.
CFexpress Card Capture
Capture to CFexpress 2.0 Type B cards will enable V-RAPTOR users to avail themselves of more widely available media, although currently, only the RED/Angelbird 660GB card is RED approved. This 660GB card will soon be joined by a 1.3TB card version.
DSMC3 Form
The DSMC3 form features several improvements over DSMC2 but offers only limited compatibility with DSMC2 accessories. For example, the KOMODO Outrigger handle is compatible, but POGO-connector compatibility is limited to the new V-RAPTOR version components. One update is a larger fan system with two intake valves that provide better thermal heat exchange (TEC), enabling a wide ambient temperature operating range.
Compact Micro-V Batteries
In keeping with the V-RAPTOR's smaller footprint, power is obtained using RED and Core SWX-developed Micro-V mount batteries or RED-approved batteries from Anton Bauer, bebob, FXlion, Hawk-Woods, IDX, and SWIT. Measuring less than 3" wide, the 98Wh RED Micro-V batteries will power the camera for about one hour, with one battery charging in about 2.5 hours and two in 4 hours on the dual charger. Full-size V-mount and Gold-mount adapters will be available as well for users who already have a supply of those batteries or want longer runtimes.
Input and Outputs
  • Dual 12G-SDI ports enable you to output mirror feeds to two displays, or individual feeds with or without focus peaking, timecode, or other displays, or with two different looks.
  • A USB-C port outputs up to 1080p wired preview video.
RED Connect
Connect the V-RAPTOR to a camera control unit with an Ethernet cable to stream full-resolution, live R3D video over an IP network.
DSMC3 Accessories
Separately available, upcoming V-RAPTOR accessories include a dedicated 7.0 TOUCH monitor, a new expander module, a top plate, a top handle with extension, an Arca-Swiss compatible quick release baseplate system, side handgrips, cage-type side accessory arms, and a 5-pin to dual XLR audio adapter.

RED DIGITAL CINEMA V-RAPTOR Specs

Key Specs
Lens Mount
Canon RF
Sensor Resolution
Effective: 35.4 Megapixel (8192 x 4320)
Image Sensor
40.96 x 21.6 mm (Full-Frame) CMOS
Image Stabilization
None
Internal Recording Modes
REDCODE HQ
8192 x 4320 up to 59.94 fps
6144 x 3240 up to 96 fps
4096 x 2160 up to 240 fps
2048 x 1080 up to 480 fps
REDCODE MQ
8192 x 4320 up to 59.94 fps
6144 x 3240 up to 160 fps
4096 x 2160 up to 240 fps
2048 x 1080 up to 480 fps
REDCODE LQ
8192 x 4320 up to 120 fps
6144 x 3240 up to 160 fps
4096 x 2160 up to 240 fps
2048 x 1080 up to 480 fps
REDCODE RAW
8192 x 4320 up to 120 fps
8192 x 3456 up to 150 fps
7168 x 3780 up to 140 fps
7168 x 3024 up to 175 fps
6144 x 3240 up to 160 fps
6144 x 2592 up to 200 fps
5120 x 2700 up to 192 fps
5120 x 2160 up to 240 fps
4096 x 2160 up to 240 fps
4096 x 1728 up to 300 fps
3072 x 1620 up to 320 fps
3072 x 1296 up to 400 fps
2048 x 1080 up to 480 fps
2048 x 864 up to 600 fps
External Recording Modes
SDI/BNC
4096 x 2160 at 24.00/25/30.00/60.00 fps
2048 x 1080p at 24.00/25/30.00/60.00 fps
Media/Memory Card Slot
Single Slot: CFexpress Type B (CFast 2.0)
Video I/O
2 x BNC (12G-SDI) Output
Mobile App Compatible
No
*As of June, 2023: Check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
Battery Type
Micro V-Mount
Imaging
Lens Mount
Canon RF
Lens Communication
Yes
Sensor Resolution
Effective: 35.4 Megapixel (8192 x 4320)
Image Sensor
40.96 x 21.6 mm (Full-Frame) CMOS
Image Stabilization
None
Built-In ND Filter
None
Capture Type
Stills & Video
Exposure Control
Shutter Type
Electronic Rolling Shutter
Advertised Dynamic Range
17 Stops
Video Capture
Internal Recording Modes
REDCODE HQ
8192 x 4320 up to 59.94 fps
6144 x 3240 up to 96 fps
4096 x 2160 up to 240 fps
2048 x 1080 up to 480 fps
REDCODE MQ
8192 x 4320 up to 59.94 fps
6144 x 3240 up to 160 fps
4096 x 2160 up to 240 fps
2048 x 1080 up to 480 fps
REDCODE LQ
8192 x 4320 up to 120 fps
6144 x 3240 up to 160 fps
4096 x 2160 up to 240 fps
2048 x 1080 up to 480 fps
REDCODE RAW
8192 x 4320 up to 120 fps
8192 x 3456 up to 150 fps
7168 x 3780 up to 140 fps
7168 x 3024 up to 175 fps
6144 x 3240 up to 160 fps
6144 x 2592 up to 200 fps
5120 x 2700 up to 192 fps
5120 x 2160 up to 240 fps
4096 x 2160 up to 240 fps
4096 x 1728 up to 300 fps
3072 x 1620 up to 320 fps
3072 x 1296 up to 400 fps
2048 x 1080 up to 480 fps
2048 x 864 up to 600 fps
External Recording Modes
SDI/BNC
4096 x 2160 at 24.00/25/30.00/60.00 fps
2048 x 1080p at 24.00/25/30.00/60.00 fps
Recording Sensor Crop
Crops to Output Resolution in All Recording Modes
Fast-/Slow-Motion Support
Yes
Gamma Curve
RED IPP2
Built-In Microphone Type
Mono
Audio Recording
2-Channel 24-Bit 48 kHz
IP Streaming
None
Interface
Media/Memory Card Slot
Single Slot: CFexpress Type B (CFast 2.0)
Video I/O
2 x BNC (12G-SDI) Output
Audio I/O
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output
1 x LEMO 5-Pin Mic/Line (+48 V Phantom Power) Input
Power I/O
1 x LEMO 6-Pin (11 to 17VDC) Input
Other I/O
1 x USB-C Control/Data/Video
1 x 9-Pin Control/Data Input/Output
Wireless
2.4 / 5 GHz Wi-Fi Video Output
Mobile App Compatible
No
*As of June, 2023: Check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)
None
Monitor
Display Size
2.4"
Display Type
Fixed LCD
Viewfinder
Type
Optional, Not Included
Focus
Focus Type
Auto and Manual Focus
Focus Mode
Automatic, Continuous-Servo AF, Manual Focus, Single-Servo AF
Environmental
Operating Temperature
32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Storage Temperature
-4 to 122°F / -20 to 50°C
Storage Humidity
0 to 85%
General
Battery Type
Micro V-Mount
Tripod Mounting Thread
1/4"-20 Female (Bottom)
3/8"-16 Female (Bottom)
Accessory Mounting Thread
28 x 1/4"-20
Netflix Approved
Yes
Material of Construction
Aluminum
Dimensions (W x H x D)
6.1 x 4.3 x 4.3" / 155.5 x 108 x 108 mm
Weight
4 lb / 1.8 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight
8.58 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
12.6 x 9.1 x 6"

RED DIGITAL CINEMA V-RAPTOR Reviews

Two steps forward, one step back

By John
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2023-05-07

I own a Raptor and use it almost daily. The camera produces a nice image but using it is often infuriating. For example, the hole to plug in the monitor cable is recessed deeply inside a tube (why?!!) so it takes about 60 seconds of fishing around with the cable before it slides in. The old RED just had a regular port that you could see with your eyes. This one requires a flimsy $100 proprietary cable (of *course*) and is buried. Want to adjust the tint? On the old REDs this feature was right on the main touch screen. Not any more. Now it's buried in a menu behind lots of clicks. Want to playback your slow-motion footage at 2x, 4x, 8x or 16x? NOPE. You used to be able to do this on old REDs but RED deliberately took the feature away because the unions asked for it to be taken away so that only the VTR department can playback footage on set. Lame. Owner/operators on small sets get screwed. Not everybody can afford VTR. Want to loop your playback? NOPE. Not allowed. RED took that feature away too on purpose. So if your director wants to review footage with a client and needs the footage loop then you have to MANUALLY LOOP THE FOOTAGE, which is just asinine. It is stupid beyond all comprehension that they removed this perfectly useful feature. They're team was either unwilling or unable to find a solution to loop the footage without changing the files metadata. That's the official excuse they give. The touch-screen is glitchy and fidgety. Feels much less solid than DSMC2 and even DSMC1 monitors. The menu system is kind of janky and wack. Not as bad as Sony menus but nowhere near as good as Blackmagic. I mean even the pocket cinema cameras have tint right on the home screen and quick access to all the main features. The RF lens mount solution is flimsy and convoluted. It's annoying that shooting lower resolutions crops the sensor instead of downsampling. RED still overcharges for their official media even though it's just rebranded. RED still sits on their stupid patent to prevent all other companies from using RAW videos. Basically just be aware that you're buying into an ecosystem where the company you're beholden to will not treat you well. It doesn't feel good to be a RED client. It's an abusive, exploitative relationship. But alas, the images are pretty and high res and so we tolerate the abuse. If I didn't have clients requesting high res I would buy an Alexa Mini or 35 instead. If I didn't have clients asking for name recognition with camera brands then I would buy a Blackmagic 12k which basically does everything the Raptor does except it isn't a RED or ARRI. I do appreciate that the Raptor has a higher ISO sensitivity than previous REDs and I do like the RED CONTROL app since you can customize it to basically make the menu that the camera should have had. But until RED fixes their firmware with these critical features and stops price-gauging its customers then it's a 3 star camera. Love it and hate it.

Great step up from the Komodo!

By steve
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-12

This camera was a perfect upgrade from the Komodo. The size and functions are so similar but you gain all the other benefits of a full frame sensor. Get the DSCM3 monitor, it's a perfect compliment! No need for an SDI or power cable, it makes it so easy to use. You can also do a magnify zoom in on actual pixels unlike a standard monitor.

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