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Gear Rumors

RED’s Newest Camera Body Starting at $5950

By Joseph Cha on September 22nd 2015

Ready for RED?

When discussing RED cameras, affordable is hardly an associated adjective (unless you’re talking with Arri shooters), but that could all change with their newest camera.


Early this morning, RED’s CEO Jarred Land subtly added in a forum that the new RED Raven Brain will start at $5950. That puts this camera in direct competition with the Canon C100 Mark II and the Sony FS5.


Here are a few more things we know about the RED Raven based on leaks.

  • 4K at 5:1 Compression
  • Up to 120FPS
  • Dragon Sensor “20.48mm wide, a bit shy of Academy 35mm and APS-C. All your APS-C / S35 lenses should cover”
  • Weapon Style body
  • Built in Wifi
  • Fixed Canon mount (possibly others)
  • Fixed RED Media SSD bay (you will need Mini Mags)
  • Claims of sub $10,000 shooting kit


This camera is perfect for cinematographers that want to step up their game to a 4K workflow. Or maybe for current RED shooters to have a nice B camera. This also means that RED quality cameras will be available for rent at an even more affordable price.


So what are your thoughts? Is this camera going to significantly change the industry? Or is it just another camera that’s priced too high for consumers?

[Source: User lordpetts from Reddit]

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Dave Haynie

    I don’t think this is where consumers go for 4K video quite yet… betwen the Panasonic GH4, several Sonys A7, the Back Magic Production Camera, and various prosumer models like the Panasonic HC-X1000, the basic 4K market for videographers is good and getting better, right at the usual price-point for HD camcorders.

    But moving into to under $10K market, it’s definitely going to be an option for small-production-house professionals who might be looking at the Black Magic Ursa, Canon 1D X, the Canon EOS C100 in particular. Or looking to step from a conventional fixed-lens pro model.

    I don’t see this as being revolutionary. Unlike the original Red Camera, there’s lots of competition in a fairly wide ring around this price point. If I were Canon, on the other hand, I’d start to be nervous about not offering any 4K system camera under $10K when practically everyone they compete with does. But that’s Canon, always more worried about competing with themselves than the other guys.

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  2. fotosiamo

    Oh, but not having PL Mount option really stinks, though. EF Mount is ok for the low end, but PL Mount is a must for more serious production that requires higher end cinema glass.

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  3. fotosiamo

    It’s not really made out for consumers, but professionals with indie budget or one looking for a B cam or crash cam to work with their RED workflow.

    Sure, the proprietary accessories and media will still costs just as much as the Brain (body), but even URSA Mini’s CFast cards and EVF are not that cheap either.

    Still very exciting news from the RED camp, though.

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  4. Lauchlan Toal

    An interesting move. Probably more for b-roll for people who already have a RED workflow with all the accessories and want to add in another camera without adding a new system or buying a high end RED. I think the Blackmagic Ursa might still be a more compelling camera for people looking to step up to a good 4k system that doesn’t break the bank, with the GH4 and others like it holding the entry level 4k position. Thanks for sharing the news, definitely good to have options like this.

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