RED Digital Cinemahas announced the 8K, global-shutter next generation V-Raptor, the RED V-RAPTOR X. The camera is available for order from RED’s website for $29,995, with a Starter Kit package available for $34,250.
V-RAPTOR X Brings the Best of Both Worlds
The following is quoted in part from the RED Digital Cinema website.
The V-RAPTOR X 8K VV combines the strengths of RED’s two families of cameras into one powerful all-purpose workhorse. The frame rates, lowlight performance, and resolution of the V-RAPTOR line combined with the global shutter advancements of KOMODO, the V-RAPTOR X 8K VV sensor is the culmination of the latest advancements in digital cinema image making. Using RED’s newest 8K VV sensor, V-RAPTOR X leverages the benefits and flexibility of large format, global shutter, high framerate, 8K acquisition, all inside of a compact and feature rich body weighing just over 4 pounds, or roughly 1.8 kilograms.
THE NEW STANDARD
V-RAPTOR X is the first large format global shutter camera available. Built off the same platform as the original V-RAPTOR, the V-RAPTOR X is built with two 12G SDI’s capable of unique monitoring views, the Canon RF lens locking mount, and CFexpress Type B media for up to 800MB/s formats such as 8K 120P. In addition, improved in-camera audio pre-amps as well as a redesigned sensor cavity designed to mitigate stray light and improve contrast performance only further builds upon the V-RAPTOR legacy.
The global shutter on this camera captures the entirety of the image at once, allowing for crisp, solid movement capture, minimizing bending and aberrations. Global shutter cameras until 2023 were hard to come across or were expensive beyond most buying ranges, but now the trend seems to be aiming for the adaptation of global shutters across all platforms.
V-RAPTOR X 8K VV is pushed to new limits with the introduction of RED Global Vision, a new suite of tools that use the global shutter sensor to provide even more flexibility and ease of use throughout the production process. Global Vision’s Extended Highlights allows the camera to see even further into highlight detail, providing more detail for HDR finishes, or softer and more subtle highlight roll-off for SDR. RED Global Vision also includes Phantom Track to streamline any Virtual Production environment employing GhostFrame™ or Frame Remapping, capturing distinct R3D clips per each sub-frame slice, as well as allowing for monitoring of either slice live on-set over each SDI.
Additionally, the V-RAPTOR X and the DSMC3 platform features advanced connectivity solutions which enable applications such as remote control and monitoring, in-camera Frame.io integration, AWS direct upload, RED Connect for live 8K R3D video over IP or live 4K over SMPTE ST 2110, and more.
RED V-RAPTOR X Technical Specifications
Sensor: V-RAPTOR [X] 8K VV 35.4MP Global Shutter CMOS
Effective pixels: 8192 x 4320
Sensor size: Diagonal 46.31mm
Dynamic range: 17+ stops
Mount type – Canon RF mount. Support for i PL and Canon EF with adaptors
Construction: Aluminum alloy
Dimensions: 149.63 x 115.5 x 108 millimeters, length-width-height
Weight: 1/83 kg
Media Type: CFexpress Type B
Battery: V-lock battery optimized for Micro V-lock battery