Broadcast News

Bookmark and Share
30/01/2017

RED Have Done It Again With The RED EPIC-W 8K

News Image
With the largest inventory of digital cinemas in the world, it's always hard to purchase every new camera release and still turn a profit. After all, we are a rental house so we need to stock cameras that productions need. RED now boasts a rather inflated and confusing line up, but the RED EPIC-W 8K was something we couldn't wait to get our hands on.

We now own over 50 ALEXA Mini's, the world has gone mini mad it seems! But it's clear why; its compact modularity and picture quality are something cinematographers in past decades could only have dreamt of.

But this is what RED does; it changes the market and the rest have to keep up. With EPIC-W they have done it again.

EPIC-W has a native 8K S35 sensor – HELIUM is completely new technology and will in future replace RED's current Dragon sensor. Rather than create bigger pixels, RED created more pixels. This has created RED's cleanest sensor to date, in fact it just achieved the highest DXOMARK score ever.

Anyone who has used a RED previously will know that going beyond 1280 ISO creates almost unusable footage, but on EPIC-W the native ISO is around 1600, 2500 ISO or even 3200 is now an extremely viable option. Furthermore, the DSMC2 body in which it is housed allows PRO-RES and DNX-HD recording. You can either record in .R3D on its own, with the other file options as a proxy or simply just in PRO-RES/DNX-HD for a quick turnaround.

So to conclude, RED EPIC-W 8K has a higher resolution than any other camera on the market; it's RED's smallest and lightest form factor ever; it has ability to record PRO-RES and AVID DNX-HD; it has built-in scratch mics and it's available right now Unlike previous RED releases there's no 18-month wait. The sensor yield on HELIUM is so much more efficient than DRAGON that this camera was available the day after being announced.

On paper it's added a lot of the features people always thought were missing, but specs are one thing and end user usage is another. The EPIC-W has only been out a couple of months at the time of writing this, but the uptake already has been impressive.
Article contributed by Video Europe Ltd.

videoeurope.co.uk
Solidmate Ltd Memory Card Hire London

More Broadcast Cameras and Camera Equipment Stories

06/10/2017
RED Digital Cinema Unveils MONSTRO 8K VV
RED Digital Cinema has unveiled the MONSTRO 8K VV – a new cinematic full frame sensor for WEAPON cameras. With enhancements in image quality (includin
22/08/2017
HITACHI Z-HD5000 Cameras Elevate Tsongas Center At UMass Lowell
Furthering its commitment to delivering high-quality entertainment experiences, the Tsongas Center at the University of Massachusetts Lowell ("UMass L
22/08/2017
Ikegami Launches UHK-435 Camera At IBC2017
Ikegami has announced that it has launched the latest addition to its UNICAM XE series the UHK-435. Alongside this Ikegami will exhibit a range of upd
26/07/2017
'The First Real Measurement Tool You Have Been Waiting For'
Having "caused a sensation" with its 3D depth measurement system with touch screen, Qinematiq, have announced the second generation of the focus pulli
26/07/2017
KOWA Anamorphic Evolution Lenses By P+S TECHNIK
P+S TECHNIK have announced the remake of the vintage KOWA Anamorphic lenses, with sample lens to be displayed at NAB Show. The P+S TECHNIK Anamorphic
31/05/2017
Canon Europe Launches EOS C200
Canon Europe has launched the EOS C200, the latest addition to the Cinema EOS range. Offering exceptional creativity and flexibility, the new 4K compa
22/05/2017
A New Breed Of High-Speed POV Camera Optimized For Live Sports
High-speed cameras are exciting tools for adding production value to live TV broadcasts, particularly for sports, says Edd Bonner, VP of Engineering a
27/04/2017
NASA Produces First-Ever Live 4K Video Stream From Space
NASA has produced the first-ever live 4K video stream from space during the 2017 NAB Show. 'Reaching for the Stars: Connecting to the Future with NASA
05/04/2017
Check Your Lenses With LensChecker
Designed to fit in a trolley case for easy transportation the LensChecker is still offering the maximum options for lens evaluation of cine, stills an
06/03/2017
Blackmagic Design Announces New URSA Mini Pro 4.6K Camera
Blackmagic Design have announced URSA Mini Pro 4.6K, a new professional camera that combines high end digital film quality with the ergonomics and fea