If you’re a DSLR or mirrorless ILC shooter, the name RED conjures up images of übermensch camera operators and well, magic (“What about Blackmagic,” you ask? Hold that thought.). A new “affordable” 4K RED – the RAVEN at $6,000 – was news-worthy when we posted about it in September, but now they’ve upped the sensor resolution to 4.5K. What does this mean?
First thing’s first: a $6K RED RAVEN is, according to folks much more knowledgeable than me, really $10K when you add the necessary bits and bobs.
But that might be OK, because this new RAVEN not only shoots in 4K, it shoots all the way up 120fps in 4K with a purported 16.5 stops of dynamic range– and records in RAW or Apple Pro Res. What other camera with Canon EF lens mount touches these specs at the price?
What other camera with any mount touches those specs at any price?
On the OTHER hand, like every camera, it has its limitations including the absence of internal neutral density filters and resolution only up to UHD at a 16:9 aspect ratio, even with the newly-spec’d 4.5K sensor.
But the real issue is: who is this for, since like beauty, affordability is in the eye of the beholder.
If you’re a DSLR or ILC shooter, an easier and more affordable step up might well be the (here it comes) Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K at $4995 with EF mount (also without internal ND however, nor the high frame rates, but it can shoot true Cinema 4K at 16:9), Sony FS5 at $5,599 (with neither full 4K – UHD only – nor the RAVEN’s higher 4K frame rates or EF mount, but hey, it’ll shoot up to 240fps in HD, matching the RAVEN; you can adapt just about any lens to its e-mount; it DOES have ND filters – a cool, electronic infinitely variable ND filter at that; and it has built-in 802.11N WiFi) or the FS5’s bigger brother FS7 which shoots Cinema 4K at 16:9, records at up to 60fps in full 4K and 180 fps in HD, and has as many options as an F22 Raptor.
OK, maybe not that many.
Then again, if you’re already shooting with a higher-end RED or ARRI looking for a B-cam – or you want to to move beyond Blackmagic – well, the RED RAVEN must be a fascinating proposition indeed.
Learn more at www.red.com.
RED RAVEN Will Now Be a 4.5K 120fps Camera Starting at $6K
Via No Film School:
Apparently RED's Jarred Land and Jim Jannard came together and worked out a way to squeeze just a bit more resolution out of the camera, by increasing the sensor size from 20.48mm to 23.04mm (a little over 2.5mm wider in the horizontal direction):
So Jim and I just had one of those Epic all-nighters working away in Stage 4…
Now it is morning.
and now Raven has become 4.5k.
23.04mm x 10.8mm
No additional cost to you…. just to us.
Brought to you by the wonderful engineers @ RED.
There's no point going over everything the RAVEN can do as it's already been written in detail in the previous posts (including the fact that this is really a camera costing well over $10,000 when all is said and done), but here are just some of the resolutions that we can expect now with updated specs (there are many more variations possible, including 3K and 2K):
- Sensor size: 23.04mm x 10.8mm, Diagonal: 25.44mm (Previous RAVEN spec was 4K DCI and 20.48mm x 10.8mm)
- Max Resolution: 4608 x 2160 (this is roughly correct based on 4.5K 2:1 of the DRAGON sensor)
- 4.5K up to 120fps
- 4.5K Full (2.13:1) — 1.62x crop, 4608 x 2160, 23.04mm x 10.8mm
- 4.5K WS (2.37:1) — 1.73x crop, 4608 x 1944, 23.03 x 9.72 mm
- 4K DCI (1.9:1) — 1.87x crop, 4096 x 2160, 20.48mm x 10.8mm
- 4K HD (1.77:1) —1.96x crop, 3840 x 2160, 19.19mm x 10.8mm
- Price: $6,000 body only, packages including media coming in around $10,000
Read full article at No Film School “RED RAVEN Will Now Be a 4.5K 120fps Camera Starting at $6K”
(cover photo credit: snap from No Film School)
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