Announced back in September, RED's new RAVEN camera got a bump in specs from 4K to 4.5K even before release.
While it does start at $6,000, shooting packages will be up around $10K or more since that's just the body-only price (and you need some accessories and media to get it going). We had a good idea of what to expect as RAVEN shares the same sensor tech as DRAGON, so dynamic range and color will be essentially the same as other cameras with the 6K DRAGON sensor. It will also come with RED's new Standard OLPF, which as we've seen can have a major effect on color. Here's our first clip from RAVEN, shot by RED's people on the new Zeiss Milvus lenses:
“Carrion" unveils footage from the 4.5K RED RAVEN™—RED's most compact camera to date. Shot completely on a RED RAVEN fitted with the new Zeiss Milvus lenses, “Carrion” showcases the versatility and capture capabilities of the camera through stunning images shot in an array of lighting conditions and frame rates. Boasting the incredible dynamic range and color science of the RED DRAGON® sensor, RED RAVEN empowers shooters to achieve best-in-class image quality without having to compromise.
The major specs on RAVEN if you've missed it, with some details on the aspect ratio and crop factors (from full-frame/Vista Vision 35mm) for 4.5K and 4K:
- 4608 x 2160 DRAGON Sensor
- Sensor size: 23.04mm x 10.8mm, Diagonal: 25.44mm
- Fixed Canon EF Mount
- REDCODE Compression: 3:1 at 4.5K 24fps, 8:1 at 4.5K 60fps, 15:1 at 4.5K 120fps
- 4.5K up to 120fps, 4K (4096 × 2160) up to 120 fps, 3K (3072 × 1620) up to 160 fps, 2K (2048 × 1080) up to 240 fps
- 4.5K Full (2.13:1) — 1.62x crop, 4608 x 2160, 23.04mm x 10.8mm
- 4.5K WS (2.37:1) — 1.73x crop, 4608 x 1944, 23.03 x 9.72 mm
- 4K DCI (1.9:1) — 1.87x crop, 4096 x 2160, 20.48mm x 10.8mm
- 4K HD (1.77:1) —1.96x crop, 3840 x 2160, 19.19mm x 10.8mm
- 2K ProRes HQ, 422, LT up to 60fps
- Weight: 3.5 Pounds stripped down
- Price: $6,000 body only, packages including media coming in around $10,000
Similar to the RED ONE MX, this camera is limited to wider aspect ratios at 4.5K, so you won't be able to shoot anything like 16:9 using the entire sensor area. I would expect that we will see more footage over the coming months, but as I said above, it should essentially share the same image quality as DRAGON with a smaller sensor in a lighter package. RAVEN is expected to be released sometime in the first half of 2016, but you can put down a deposit right now if you'd like to get in line early.