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RED Introduces V-Raptor ST with 8K/120p 16-bit RAW Capability
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, September 1, 2021 @ 07:30 PM (EST)
Source: No Film School

RED has unveiled its newest flagship 8K cinema camera, the V-Raptor ST, housed in a new modular body called DSMC3, which features an adaptable Canon RF lens mount like that found on the RED Komodo 6K. The V-Raptor is capable of recording up to 8K/120p and capturing over 17 stops of dynamic range. Like the Komodo, the camera features “phase detect autofocus” (PDAF).

The V-Raptor sensor is an 8K VV 35.4-megapixel CMOS affair—similar to that found in the RED Monstro—that can record at up to 120fps at 8K 17:9 (8192 x 4320 pixels) using RED’s 16-bit REDCODE RAW codec. CFexpress media cards capture data at up to 800MB/s. It’s also possible to record 6K Super 35 at up to 160fps as well as 2K (2.4:1) at an impressive 600fps.

V-Raptor ST (right) versus Komodo 6K
 

Aluminum alloy is used for the body, and the camera initially launches in a limited run of white versions, with black versions shipping in the fall. There’s an integrated 2.4-inch LCD display for navigating menus and the camera can also be controlled wirelessly or via USB-C with an Android or iOS device. As well as a DC-IN connection, the V-Raptor comes with a V-Lock battery interface designed for REDVOLT Micro-V battery packs. There are two 4K 12G-SDI outputs and an XLR audio interface, and the camera can transmit a 1080p live preview over Wi-Fi.

The V-Raptor ST costs $24,500 for the body only, and there’s a $29,580 “starter kit” available that bundles the body with the following accessories: DSMC3 RED Touch 7-inch LCD display, RED Pro CFExpress 660GB card and reader, two REDVOLT Micro-V batteries, RED Compact Dual V-Lock charger, two V-RAPTOR Wing Grips and RED EXT-to-Timecode cable (3 feet).

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