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RED Camera Specifications

The RED camera, even though it could be a year before it’s delivered, has been a hit of NAB 2006 with 15-20 cameras being "sold" every hour on the first two days. (They are taking $1000 deposits with a guaranteed position in the delivery queue, refundable at any time.)

The basic specifications on the camera:

  • magnesium alloy camera body weighs less than 7 lbs without lens, battery or any recording module;
  • body alone will cost US$17,500;
  • a port for RAW recording but that will be an optional module – no details on the specifics of what will come out that port;
  • High resolution LCD viewfinder, with on screen display, focus assist and exposure assist;
  • XLR for audio (at least)
  • single CMOS sensor with 4520 x 2540 pixels (11.5 Mpixels);
  • 29 square micron pixels – lots of light per pixel to help signal to noise and light sensitivity;
  • 24.4mm x 13.7 mm, which is a big sensor about the size of Super 35mm film;
  • wide dynamic range that exceeds 66 dB – about 11-15 stops;
  • depth of field equivalent to using Cine lenses;
  • windowing down to 2K to use Super 16mm lenses; and
  • frame rates up to 120 fps.

Acquisition formats:

  • Native resolution (exceeds 4K);
  • 4K resolution;
  • 2K resolution;
  • 1080p;
  • 1080i; and
  • 720P.

Frame Rates:

  • Variable from 1 to 60 fps for 2540P, 4K, 2K, 1090P, 1080i and 720P;
  • Variable from 1 to 120 fps for 2K, 1080P, 720P by windowing sensor to use only a smaller part with 16 mm lenses;
  • plus all the regular "legacy" frame rates.


  • HD-SDI;
  • dual HD-SDI
  • HDMI for vision
  • 2K 4:4:4 RGB;
  • 1080p 4:4:4 RGB;
  • 1080p 4:2:2;
  • 1080i 4:2:2;
  • 720p 4:2:2; and
  • 4 channel uncompressed 16 or 24 bit at a minimum of 48KHz.


  • Digital Magazines will have FireWire 400 and 800, USB 2.0 and eSATA ports to plug into computer and copy files off, or play from, the magazine;
  • RED-DRIVE will contain hard drives from 40 to 160 GB (2.5" drives);
  • REDFLASH will use flash memory from 32-128 GB; and
  • anything that will record HD-SDI output, like a Wafian drive.

REDCODE codec;

  • Variable bitrate wavelet-based;
  • 10 bit 4:2:2 1080P, 1080i or 720P; and
  • 10 bit log 4:4:4 at 2K resolution.


  • RED-RAID, which is a high speed serial interface capable of carrying 2540P RAW data recorder running off 12v;
  • UHD lenses by Oakley;
  • RED 35mm and 16PL Cine Lenses;
  • Optional B4 mountining kit coming;
  • UHD viewfinder to see out of frame like an optical viewfinder;
  • and the obvious camera bags, mount points, etc.

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