With all the hype surrounding the RED Hydrogen One, RED’s entry into the smartphone market we haven’t seen what it actually looks like other than as a computer rendering. Well that’s no longer the case. YouTube creator Marques Brownlee was invited to RED to take a sneak peek at three prototypes. Marques wasn’t allowed to show the screen but was impressed by what he saw.
Technical information about the Hydrogen One hasn’t changed but just seeing it I have to say it looks pretty darn cool!
This view shows what looks like a lens with manual controls on it. I’m assuming it’s more of a mock up than a working piece of hardware. Your guess is as good as mine on this but what it does show is the modular aspect of the design. Below is an image that was part of the patent filed. This shows how the Hydrogen One could be built out, adding different modules to the base system.
As far as what modules are in the works I believe a battery, sensor and lens module are safe bets – plus if the codec is beefy some added storage will be needed as well.
The Hydrogen One is a little bigger than the latest from Apple. And as you can see in this shot it has several contact points on the back for – you guessed it – modules.
Building out a working cinema camera with modules will likely not be inexpensive. RED claims they will rival all cameras except the ones RED currently makes. That’s a big claim but I believe what they make will be of high quality.
Does this new info, and seeing a working prototype, change your opinion on the Red Hydrogen One? Let’s talk in the comments section.