High-end cinema camera manufacturer Red has announced the new Monstro 8K VV sensor for its Weapon series of cameras. The Monstro 8K VV will replace the previous Dragon 8K VV sensor announced last year.
The new Monstro 8K seems similar on paper, with 8K 60fps full format recording, 35.4 megapixel still capture, 300MB/s data speeds, and simultaneous Redcode RAW and Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD/HR recording ability. However, the new sensor boasts of improved image quality, with wider dynamic range and shadow detail. It also gets Red’s enhanced image processing pipeline (IPP2) in-camera, which Red claims offers “a completely overhauled workflow experience, featuring enhancements such as smoother highlight roll-off, better management of challenging colors, an improved demosaicing algorithm, and more.”
The new Red Weapon with the Monstro 8K VV sensor is priced at $79,500 for the brain (camera body), with a carbon fiber upgrade for an additional $29,500. As usual, all other accessories, including the lens mount, battery, display, storage, handle, I/O expander, and more will have to be purchased separately through either Red or third parties. It will replace the Red Dragon 8K VV in the lineup and customers who ordered the Dragon will get will be offered the Monstro. The new orders will be delivered in Q1, 2018.