RED brings out a new sensor for WEAPON. MONSTRO 8K VV

RED Digital Cinema has a beast of a new sensor and it’s called MONSTRO 8K VV .

“It’s a new cinematic Full Frame sensor for WEAPON cameras. MONSTRO is an evolutionary step in sensor technology, capturing 8K full format motion at up to 60 fps, producing ultra-detailed 35.4 Megapixel stills, and incredibly fast data speeds up to 300 MB/s.”


Key features of the WEAPON BRAIN with MONSTRO 8K VV sensor:

  • MONSTRO 35.4 Megapixel CMOS
  • Dynamic range up to 17+ stops
  • 8K up to 60 fps full format
  • 4K up to 30 fps and 2K up to 120 fps using ProRes or Avid
  • Up to 300 MB/s write speeds
  • Interchangeable lens mount Full modularity and a small, lightweight design
  • Ships with RED’s new image processing pipeline (IPP2)”

All new Pixel Design. 2/3rds of a stop greater dynamic range than Dragon VV. In Camera IPP2. Increased color accuracy. Starts shipping to existing VV reservation holders today.

This video demonstrates the noise performance of RED’s MONSTRO 8K VV sensor compared to DRAGON 8K VV for a challenging low-light scene with deep shadows. Each lens was also stopped down to f/8 to further reduce the amount of light hitting each sensor. For the most accurate results make sure to view the video at full resolution in order to minimize any online video compression.

The video first shows how each sensor depicts the scene at ISO 3200 without any cropping, where you will notice subtle noise differences in the shadows on the top left and far right. However, since both sensors capture at 8K resolution, these images benefit greatly from supersampling to produce a very clean image overall. The second phase of the video then zooms in by 200%, which reduces the benefit of supersampling and the noise improvements with MONSTRO become more apparent. The third phase of the video maintains the 200% zoom but increases the ISO speed to ISO 6400, which begins to show a dramatic noise improvement with MONSTRO. Then the last phase of the video maintains ISO 6400, but zooms in again by another 200%, and you can see how MONSTRO sets an all-new standard for shadow detail and noise performance. Note that the last phase of the clip is the equivalent of viewing pixels from the camera at 1:1 if viewed on a 2K monitor.


Looks like RED has been very busy this year developing new products and pushing the WEAPON further. Pricing is $79,500.00.


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