Red Unleashes MONSTRO - a New 8K Camera Brain That You Can't Afford

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(Red Monstro's Giant new sensor - Photo by RED)

Red's evolution is interesting. Like GoPro, RED came out of nowhere. A company formed out of a necessity. Quality digital cinema cameras were too expensive and out of reach of most independent filmmakers. 

RED now enters the space they once thought to take down with their new $80,000 8K Monstro Brain. To be fair to RED they still produce highly affordable cinema cameras that can be purchased by independent filmmakers. This is more to stay relevant in the ever competing production landscape. 

The Monstro's massive 8K VV sensor is a Red 35.4 Megapixel CMOS sensor that measures 
40.96 mm x 21.60 mm (Diag: 46.31 mm). This is much larger than their other 8K brain, the Helium, which has an 8K super 35 35.4 Megapixel CMOS Sensor 29.90 mm x 15.77 mm (Diag: 33.80 mm). 

This camera is made to take on the Alexa 65, which is taking a lot of film business away from RED. Here's a confusing short shot with the new Monstro of man on a horse watching as a man on a motorcycle makes his way through the old west by road, while the old man sticks to trails and gets left behind. I say confusing as it'd be a more fitting short fifteen years ago when they were trying to take down film. Old tech vs new tech. I have no idea who the man on the horse is supposed to be. Maybe I'm missing the point, maybe they're trying to say that if you're making a movie of a man riding a motorcycle it will look just as good if he was riding a horse with the new Monstro sensor, you decide. 

It's hard to judge the quality of this on my computer. The latitude of the camera is really impressive as the sky and the foreground both look great. The color timing is weird and I don't know what happened there.

So, if you happen to have 80k lying around and want to make a movie of man on either a motorcycle or a horse, you can now do it. 

Full press release follows:

Today RED announced a new cinematic Full Frame sensor for WEAPON cameras, MONSTROâ„¢ 8K VV. MONSTRO is an evolutionary step beyond the RED DRAGON 8K VV sensor with improvements in image quality, including dynamic range and shadow detail.
This new camera and sensor combination, WEAPON 8K VV, offers Full Frame lens coverage, captures 8K full format motion at up to 60 fps, produces ultra-detailed 35.4 megapixel stills, and delivers incredibly fast data speeds of up to 300 MB/s. Like all of RED's DSMC2 cameras, WEAPON shoots simultaneous REDCODE RAW and Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD/HR recording and adheres to RED's dedication to OBSOLESCENCE OBSOLETE--a core operating principle that allows current RED owners to upgrade their technology as innovations are unveiled as well as move between camera systems without having to purchase all new gear.
"RED's internal sensor program continues to push the boundaries of pixel design and MONSTRO is the materialization of our relentless pursuit to make the absolute best image sensors on the planet," says Jarred Land, President of RED Digital Cinema. "The Full Frame 8K VV MONSTRO provides unprecedented dynamic range and breathtaking color accuracy with full support for our IPP2 pipeline."
The new WEAPON will be priced at $79,500 (for the camera BRAIN) with upgrades for carbon fiber WEAPON customers available for $29,500. MONSTRO 8K VV will replace the current RED DRAGON 8K VV sensor in RED's lineup, and customers that had previously placed an order for a RED DRAGON 8K VV sensor will be offered this new sensor beginning today. New orders will start being fulfilled in early 2018.

Source: RED