RED Confirms Its $5950 4K Raven Camera Can Be Used as a Drone

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RED Confirms Its $5950 4K Raven Camera Can Be Used as a Drone.

Red, the company best known for professional cameras used on films like The Hobbit, has just launched a camera for producers with more modest budgets. Weighing in at 3.5 pounds, RED RAVEN is RED’s lightest and most compact camera, making it an ideal choice for a range of applications including documentaries, online content creation, indie filmmaking, and use with drones or gimbals.

Red Digital Cinema today announced full specs for the forthcoming Red Raven, its first sub-$10,000 camera package, which features 4K Redcode Raw and 2K Apple ProRes recording. The aluminum alloy camera body will weigh 3.5 pounds (including media bay and Canon EF lens mount), and will be available by itself or packaged with accessories — including a “Jetpack” package specifically designed for mounting the camera on gimbals, drones, jibs and cranes. Professional cameras rarely get into the hands of non-professionals and this, not because enthusiasts don’t know how to use them, but because prices are generally too high for the lay public. You’ll get the same Red Dragon sensor that’s on the company’s $29,000 Epic, albeit a smaller version that’s between APS-C and Micro Four Thirds sizes.

In fact, Red is offering a $9,750 “Jetpack” package that will work for handheld shooting, gimbals and drones, along with a $9,950 package for documentary, TV and online producers. This camera packs the same dynamic range and color science as the RED Scarlet, Epic, and Weapon. “RED RAVEN is a new category in our line up,” says RED president Jarred Land. “It’s a younger, hungrier, more ‘spirited’ member of the RED family with a bit of a chip on its shoulder, ready to take on the entire sub-$10k market with images that users will be incredibly proud of.” The RED RAVEN will begin shipping in February 2016, and the company is taking deposits starting today.

The people involved, their passion and drive to push digital cinema technology beyond the limits imposed by large, slow moving corporate behemoths is what makes RED, and its various personalities so loved by its advocates. Jim Jannard was and is still a genuine hero to many, and Jarred is now leading the company, its team, products and dream forward into ever deeper uncharted technological territory.

Importantly for shooters who want to create a high-quality camera original while also acquiring in an edit-friendly format, the camera can record Redcode and 2K ProRes (422, 422 LT, and 422 HQ) simultaneously. If you haven’t caught this interview with Jarred Land yet by Jon Fauer over on Film and Digital Times, it’s well worth the read: Jarred Land, Pres of RED.

You’ll get to keep your current user name (as long as it doesn’t contain invalid characters, in which case you’ll have to go through a few extra steps to make the transfer), and all your old comments will eventually (not immediately) migrate with you. The Raven will have integrated two-channel stereo mics recording uncompressed 24-bit/48kHz audio, with two more channels available through the previously mentioned Base I/O expansion module. While we have all watched every new sensor, every new camera body and iteration with longing, ordering a RED package remains for many of us as unachievable as driving a brand new Ferrari out of the showroom. With the Raven brain only at $5,950 and two packages, the “Jetpack” package and “Base I/O” package at $9,750 and $9,950 respectively there’s still a massive part of the digital cinema camera market that won’t be submitting an order. The Jetpack package, including the camera body, Jetpack, battery belt clip, 120 GB Red Mini-Mag, 4.7-inch LCD, AC power adapter, and DSMC2 Outrigger Handle, is $9,750 with a $1,000 deposit required for preorders.

The developer recommends the new camera to all low-budget filming crews, which cannot afford to pay more than $10,000 for a professional filming device. While many will criticise RED about its expensive proprietary media and accessories, I believe Raven represents fantastic value considering RED’s position as one of the main pillars of digital cinema.

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