RED’s New RAVEN Is a Lightweight, Drone-Ready 4K Camera

26 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

RED Announces Lightweight & Small $6000 RAVEN 4K Cinema Camera.

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 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.Weighing in at 3.5 pounds, the Red Raven is billed as Red’s lightest and most compact camera, suitable for documentaries, online content creation, indie filmmaking, and use with drones or gimbals. 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.

With pricing that starts at $5,950 for the camera BRAIN only, and complete packages under $10,000, RED RAVEN reflects RED’s ongoing commitment to the belief that cinema-quality creative tools should not be in the hands of a few—they should be available to all professional shooters. 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. 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.

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). 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. You get one of the best imagers on the planet right now, a 4096 x 2160 Super 35mm 4K Dragon sensor promising the same 16.5+ stops of dynamic range and color science as the Dragon in Scarlet, Epic and Weapon.

The Raven is scheduled to begin shipping in February 2016 (at press time the listed availability for the I/O package had slipped to March), and deposits are being taken today at or through Red’s dealer network. Where some relative newcomers are still proving their worth, stumbling over features, design and reliability to get into the game, RED pretty much invented it and have proven themselves over and over again.

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