Sunday, July 10, 2016

RED Introduces 'Helium', a New 8K 35mm Sensor for the Weapon & Epic-W

Have you seen the Dragon RED built for Michael Bay? Though it has a lime-green custom housing, what's most impressive about it is what is on the inside.

RED Digital Cinema's CEO Jarred Land and Chief Design Officer Matthew Tremblay have announced a new sensor line that might get RED fans excited. Dubbed Helium, the first in the line is an 8K Super 35mm sensor, which has 3.65 micron pixels. It differs from RED's current 8K VistaVision sensor in size; according to cinema5D:

To squeeze 8K into a smaller super 35mm chip necessitates new (smaller, denser) pixels. I've been told that smaller does not mean any compromise in imaging performance, quite the opposite, these are “better” pixels.

Cinematographer Phil Holland shared a graphic on the RedUser forum that illustrates how the Helium sensor compares to those in other RED cameras.

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