Camera manufacturer Red Digital Cinema has announced a new cinematic full frame sensor for Weapon cameras called the Monstro 8K VV. 

Red says the Monstro is an “evolutionary step beyond” the Dragon 8K VV sensor with improvements in image quality including dynamic range and shadow detail.

The new camera and sensor combination, Weapon 8K VV, offers full frame lens coverage, captures 8K full format motion at up to 60 fps, produces 35.4-megapixel stills, and delivers  data speeds of up to 300 MB/s.

Like the rest of the DSMC2 cameras, it shoots simultaneous REDCODE RAW and Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD/HR recording.

“Red’s internal sensor program continues to push the boundaries of pixel design and Monstro is the materialization of our relentless pursuit to make the absolute best image sensors on the planet,” said Jarred Land, president of Red Digital Cinema. “The Full Frame 8K VV Monstro provides unprecedented dynamic range and breath-taking colour accuracy with full support for our IPP2 pipeline.”

The new Weapon will be priced at £70,785 (for the camera Brain) with upgrades for carbon fibre Weapon customers available for £26,265. Monstro 8K VV will replace the Dragon 8K VV in Red’s line-up, and customers that had previously placed an order for a Dragon 8K VV sensor will be offered this new sensor. The cameras will start shipping in early 2018.

Jon Creamer

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