Earlier this month, RED announced that the lime-green, custom-built WEAPON camera they made for Michael Bay had a little something special included on the inside: their brand new HELIUM 8K S35 sensor. And for almost three weeks we've been waiting for something—anything—that could show us the new sensor's capabilities. Now it's time. RED Digital Cinema has released a short film entitled Underdog that was shot on a WEAPON with the HELIUM 8K S35 sensor. Check it out below:

According to a Facebook post by RED Digital Cinema’s President Jarred Land, Underdog was the result of Land lending filmmaker Jonny Mass his personal 8K HELIUM WEAPON to him for just 24 hours.

13895266_10153851185415415_8585651828253698045_nMass shot, edited, colored, and finished 'Underdog' in just 2 days.Credit: Facebook





Details about the sensor are still limited, but here are a few new ones that have surfaced:

  • 3.65 micron pixels
  • Sensor size: 29.90mm x 15.77mm (33.80 diagonal)
  • 8K (8192 x 4320) at 60fps, 8K 2.4:1 (8192 x 3456) at 75fps

But if you're bummed about still not having specs to really sink your teeth into, Land made an announcement in the wee hours of the morning today that might interest you. He mentioned in the RedUser forums that for one day only, the limited white 8K HELIUM WEAPONS would be available for $59,000 on RED's website. Unfortunately, these things sold out in a matter of hours, which means anyone who wants one will have to wait until October to get it.

The limited white Helium Weapons 8K s35 will be $59K, but that is a one day only thing tomorrow and they will ship tomorrow. No deposits, no reservations, and no waiting. They will likely go fast at which point all the rest of you can all just pretend this didn't happen and forget about all this Helium nonsense till October.


RedUser member Björn Benckert shared a photo of these white HELIUM WEAPONS.

White_heliumCredit: RedUser

Not getting a chance to buy one of these HELIUM WEAPONS up during this crazy, last minute, middle-of-the-night sale might be a little disappointing for those of you with access to lots of cash, but the silver lining in all of this is that now that there will be more of them out in the wild, we can expect to see plenty of test footage, as well as a full list of specs. So stay tuned!

Source: RedUser