'IMAX Performance in Your Pocket": Specs Released for Limited Edition RED 8K HELIUM WEAPON

RED finally releases more information about their new, all-white 8K HELIUM WEAPON camera. 

As we talked about earlier today, RED Digital Cinema’s President Jarred Land announced that a limited amount of these cameras would be available for purchase yesterday afternoon for one day only, and within 15 minutes every unit was snatched up. And, as most of you probably predicted, more questions would be answered about the new RED WEAPON with HELIUM 8K S35 Sensor once it made it out into the wild.

Not only did RED released some beautiful images of the limited edition 8K camera, but a full list of specs was made available in the camera's product description. Except for the expected boost in resolution, thanks to the HELIUM sensor, the other features are comparable to those of the original WEAPON.

Naturally, RED included some product photos in the camera's description as well.

"IMAX performance in your pocket is now."

It should only be a matter of days when we get to see test footage and reviews popping up online—but the real insight will come in October when the Helium sensor makes its way into a select number of RED camera models, including the Weapon Magnesium and the new Epic-W. However, director Mark Toia shared his initial thoughts after receiving a HELIUM WEAPON to test:

This completely new sensor design with half sized pixels squeezed down into S35 ( which is only unique to this camera ) gives image attributes far greater than I thought possible. Clean!!!! is the word—It's like going from HD to 4K for the very first time. This is as close as I can describe the gap between 6K to 8K. This is game changing as much, if not more than the VV in some aspects. As these tiny pixels have taken this camera into a zone that complete kills dead professional stills cameras. Put it this way: shooting at 1600 - 2500 ASA is like as clean as 800 in 6K. Most of my tests so far have been low light at 3200 and upwards in mixed lighting. I'm trying to find the weak point. Short answer is. This thing will shake the world probably more than its big brother. Especially knowing that all your favourite S35 cinema glass that you thought you may have to throw out just got turbo charged. IMAX performance in your pocket is now.

Mark ToiaCredit: Facebook
Credit: Facebook
So again, we'll have to wait a little while longer to see some more footage. (If you haven't already seen the short film Underdog that was shot on the HELIUM WEAPON, check it out here.)     

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July 30, 2016 at 4:08AM


Love the look of it, hope they release some Ravens with this look. Preferably as an option in general rather than a limited release as some people have to save up for these cameras.

July 30, 2016 at 9:09AM

Mike Tesh
Pro Video / Indie Filmmaker

Don't care what it looks like on the outside, more curious what the non "limited edition" models will cost to buy/upgrade to

July 30, 2016 at 9:46AM


I realize sensor size is different in this comparison, but it's pretty similar and really overshadowed by IMAX 15-perf 70mm(which has the resolution of 36k/ more stops of DR/better highlight falloff) BTW the 16.5 + stops claim needs to stop. But I guess with way more power comes way bigger bodies which can be a burden. haha http://www.flixist.com/ul/212249-imax-35mm-the-dark-knight-rises-and-you...

July 30, 2016 at 10:24AM, Edited July 30, 10:28AM


nick is a red hater hehe

July 30, 2016 at 11:16AM


Stating facts bruh ;) cheers. Have a good weekend!!!!

July 30, 2016 at 12:52PM, Edited July 30, 12:52PM


Nick, word

July 31, 2016 at 9:03AM, Edited July 31, 9:04AM

Nicolas Gril

I gotta say, that paint job is a real game changer! I can't tell you how many times I've lost my camera in the dark or wished it would show up more in car or window reflections while shooting. After all, if you're going to pay far too much for a limited edition camera with far too many pixels crammed into it, you gotta show it off every chance you get, right?

July 31, 2016 at 9:52AM, Edited July 31, 9:52AM


July 31, 2016 at 6:02PM

You voted '+1'.

I don't need 8K, but I need that white Red. Fuck.

August 2, 2016 at 9:53AM

Terma Louis
Photographer / Cinematographer / Editor

Can't you get it at a discount? since you work for RED. ;P

August 2, 2016 at 3:44PM


Still not 4-perf 35mm motion picture film sized...why?

August 5, 2016 at 7:06PM

Daniel Mimura
DP, cam op, steadicam op