The RED Ranger is Here and Ready to Rent (But Not Buy)

RED Ranger
RED's new Ranger includes the 8K Monstro Sensor and a complete kit buildout.

Teased early this year, RED looks to be finally releasings its latest camera offering - the RED Ranger. Yet, unlike most of their current line of cinema cameras, the RED Ranger will only be available to rent from RED certified rental houses.

Designed around RED’s 8K Monstro sensor, the RED Ranger is an all-in-one camera system with its own power distribution, integrated I/Os, audio, timecode and other features. It looks like it will effectively become the “go to ready to go out of the box” RED camera setup option.

Let’s take a look at the RED Ranger and its complete kit buildout to see if it might be a good rental-only option.

Introducing the RED Ranger

As mentioned in its initial announcement on REDUSER, the Ranger was custom built for the high-end rental house needs. With the 8K Monstro sensor, it should definitely be a beast comparable to the DSMC2 Monstro 8K VV.

A quick look at the RED Ranger features:

  • Integrated I/O’s

  • Three SDI outputs (two mirrored and one independent)

  • Support for wider input voltage (11.5-32V)

  • 24V & 12V power outs (two of each)

  • 12V P-Tap port

  • Integrated 5-pin XLR stereo audio input (line/mic/+48V selectable)

  • Genlock, timecode, USB, and control

  • Shimmed PL mount

  • Large diameter fan provides improved thermal performance

  • Available in V-Lock or Gold Mount variants

And everything included in a complete kit buildout:

  • Production Top Handle

  • PL Mount with supporting shims

  • Two 15mm LWS rod brackets

  • RED Pro Touch 7.0″ LCD with 9″ ARM and LCD/EVF cable

  • LCD/EVF Adaptor A and LCD/EVF Adaptor D

  • 24V AC Power Adaptor with 3-pin 24V XLR Power Cable

  • Compatible Hex and Torx tools

To rent the RED Ranger, you can find the nearest authorized rental house here     

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Either rent this or an Alexa Mini. I’ll go with the Alexa hands down.

I’ve used the Helium sensor on several project and still don’t think it on par with the Alexa. I’m not expecting much more from the Monstro VV. The fact that you can’t use S35 lenses is also a no go for me.

March 20, 2019 at 6:32PM

Senior Producer / Graphic Design Artist

I’m as much as an Arri fan as anybody, but I can tell you first hand that the Monstro blows the Helium out of the water, and it is a serious contender against the Mini. Amazing color science, crazy resolution, and the low light is much friendlier than the Alexa.

You can use s35, just crop in. I shot a spot on s4s at 5k and it looked incredible. Full frame is becoming the norm, and as soon as that Alexa Mini LF comes out (I’m fully expecting an announcement this year), that norm will greatly accelerate, and you will find fewer places for your s35 lenses to fit.

March 22, 2019 at 11:14AM


Neat package. Great sensor. Not worth $4,500/week vs. Alexa package though.

I'd probably be way more interested in buying the Red Ranger than renting it if I was going to shell out $55k just on the body alone.

March 20, 2019 at 7:59PM

Film Voltage

PTL! a 3pin XLR 24v camera. I love that. Now if that 3pin lemo can be used as R/S we're in business. Would love to give one of these a try especially because I haven't worked with a red camera in probably 3 years now, excluding the DXL.

March 23, 2019 at 11:31PM, Edited March 23, 11:32PM