RED introduces 4K $5950 RAVEN Camera, arriving Feb 2016

27 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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. Red Digital Cinema is a big name in the professional camera market, and the company’s cameras have been used in films like Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic World, and the upcoming Matt Damon-helmed flick, The Martian.

But not every producer can afford Red’s mega-expensive cameras to shoot films that will end up grossing hundred of millions of dollars at the box office. Coming with a price tag of $5950, it is one of those professional-rated cameras that is right on the budget and is light enough to be carried on a quadcopter.

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. So the company has announced the Raven, which is a much more affordable camera that while still out of reach for most consumers, is within reason for indie filmmakers. 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. The newly-unveiled RED RAVEN is a lightweight, portable and powerful 4K, Canon EF-mount camera which will be priced at $5,950 for the ‘Brain only’ package; and for less than $10,000 for complete packages comprising the camera as well as additional tools and accessories.

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. However, the new RED’s 4K shooting camera carries all of the professional video producing capabilities and is a perfect choice for the budding videographers to experience such quality shots. 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 is apparently one of the most compact models the company or the industry has ever seen, and the RAVEN is going to inspire other professional camera manufacturers to launch such products in the market. If we talk about the specifications, then we have an 8.8 megapixel RED Dragon sensors capable of shooting 2K and 4K videos at the 240 fps and 120 fps respectively.

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. 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. Red President Jarred Land had indicated the Raven would be the lightest camera body the company had ever produced, but it turns out the lightest carbon fiber Weapon body weighs in at just a hair less (3.27 pounds).

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.

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