NEW: RED V-RAPTOR DSMC3
Unparalleled flexibility in a compact package.
The Multi-Format Sensor
While the ability to crop a camera’s sensor can ease media management and offer a higher frame rate options is nothing new, what’s worth being excited about is the particular way the V-Raptor does it.
Starting off with the 8K 17:9 mode which uses the full sensor (40.96mm x 21.60mm, 43.61mm diagonal) - which comes in slightly larger than the Arri Alexa Mini LF’s sensor (36.70mm x 25.54mm, 44.71mm diagonal) - this mode offers all the classic hallmarks of large-format photography that DP’s are looking for, such as a wide field of view and shallower depth of field. For a slightly punched in look and some smaller files, a 7K option is the next largest. Going down to 6K, the sensor is cropped to Super 35 for a classic Hollywood look, as well as access to lenses that were built for Super 35 coverage. There are 5K and 4K options as well, but when you hit 3K, the sensor is cropped to the dimensions of Super 16mm film, which gives DPs the unique ability to more faithfully recreate a vintage/indie aesthetic while still retaining some versatility in post-production if you were planning to release in 2K or 1080p. The new sensor also features improved low-light performance, plus RED’s highest-ever advertised dynamic range at 17+ stops.
High Frame Rates
Something that has set RED cameras apart from the competition for quite some time now is their high speed capabilities, and the V-Raptor continues to push the envelope: up to 120fps in full 8K 17:9! For many run-of-the-mill slow motion shots, 120fps is probably about as fast as you’d likely be shooting, but if you need to shoot faster, you can shoot up to 240fps in full 4K, 480fps in 2K, and a staggering 600fps in 2K 2.40:1 mode. All of this to say, the V-Raptor has your slow-mo needs covered for practically everything short of a dedicated ultra-high speed camera, like the Phantom VEO 4K.
Bonus: part of what allowed RED to achieve these increased frame rates is improving their sensor scan times, which are now 2x faster in the V-Raptor than any previous RED camera. This means fewer artifacts, better resistance to flicker/strobe, and an overall cleaner image.
Wireless Control via RED Control App
In a world with increased needs for remote production and wireless control capabilities, it’s always good to see when new options arise, and with the V-Raptor, RED has introduced onboard WiFi and the free RED Control app that lets you access full menu function and monitoring from an iOS or Android device. If you want to monitor via a smartphone but the latency that comes with WiFi is a concern, you can also connect your device straight to the camera via USB-C for a much lower latency video feed.
If you have a room full of people who need to see a live video feed, you can connect the V-Raptor to your local WiFi network, and then anyone connected to that network can connect to the camera’s feed with their own device. Alternatively, if you want to monitor and/or control via a computer rather than a smartphone, you can type in the camera’s IP address into your web browser and have remote access to full menu control, metadata, and a live video feed.