08 Jun 2018

This is RED's vastly simplified line-up at a glance

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This is RED's vastly simplified line-up at a glance RED

RED has rationalised and simplified its camera range, bringing them all to the same level as the Weapon and distinguished only by their sensor choice. Prices have dropped too. Here's Phil Holland's helpful breakdown, all in one convenient chart.

RED's camera range was getting complicated. The cameras themselves were excellent, but understanding the differences between them was a challenge. So, two weeks ago, RED announced that it has consolidated all its models into one camera body (and one set of electronics) with three sensors to choose from. 

These are: 

Monstro 8K VV

The top model with a VistaVision-sized 8K sensor

Helium 8K S35

A camera with an S35 8K sensor and impressive 8K performance

Gemini 5K S35

A camera with dual ISO sensitivity with excellent low light performance

The new line-up has advantages for everyone. For users, it's easier to make a choice, knowing that all cameras have the same higher level of electronics. For RED, we assume that it's going to simplify its manufacturing operations and raise its margins, at the same time as allowing it to lower prices across the board. 

It goes without saying that support will be easier too. 

Here's Phil's comparison chart. Thanks, Phil, for this useful summary. Visit Phil's website. We've had to reduce the image for RedShark, but you can click here to view the full size version.


David Shapton

David is the Editor In Chief of RedShark Publications. He's been a professional columnist and author since 1998, when he started writing for the European Music Technology magazine Sound on Sound. David has worked with professional digital audio and video for the last 25 years.

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