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RED’s New Raptor Full-Frame Cinema Camera Can Shoot 8K at 120 FPS

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RED has announced the V-Raptor, a new 35.4-megapixel full-frame camera that can shoot 8K at up to 120 frames per second and 4K at a blistering 240 frames per second.

The company claims that its new Raptor camera features a “groundbreaking” multi-format 8K sensor that is able to shoot “large format” 8K or 6K in super-35 and allows filmmakers to shoot in high resolutions. The point of many of these high-resolution cameras — and the Raptor is no exception — is not to deliver in 8K or 6K, but to have enough extra resolution so that editors have more wiggle-room in post and can still deliver finished films in 4K.

RED claims that its sensor boasts the highest recorded dynamic range of any RED camera and the fastest ever cinema-quality scan time. While it is a rolling shutter sensor and not a global sensor, it boasts 17 stops of dynamic range and can scan twice as fast as any previous RED camera which allows it to capture up to 600 frames per second at 2K resolution for those intending to deliver content in Full HD 1080p.

The Camera has multiple framerate options and aspect ratios available from 2K through 8K, though the most impressive are perhaps the aforementioned 8K at 120 frames per second in 17:9 aspect ratio or 240 frames per second at 4K in 17:9 aspect ratio. The camera is capable of jumping a bit higher to 150 frames per second at 8K, but the aspect ratio tightens a bit from 8,192 x 4,320 to 8,192 x 3,456 pixels.

The Raptor ships with a locking Canon RF mount which the company says is similar to the one found on the RED KOMODO and is compatible with third-party lens mount adapters as well to allow the use of PL or EF lenses with electronic control support. The camera records to a CFexpress 2.0 Type B card, which can record RAW R3D and ProRes files to up to 800 MB/s. There are three main recording modes, including REDCODE HQ with up to 360 MB/s at high frame rates for high-end VFX usage, MQ for standard cinematic shooting up to 300 MB/s, and LQ mode that shoots up to 180 MB/s for standard web streaming applications and long takes.

The RED Cinema V-Raptor 8K camera is set to retail for $24,500 and will be available later this year.

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