RED recently announced the EPIC-W, a DSMC2-based brain with the new HELIUM 8K S35 sensor. At 29.9mm x 15.77mm, the HELIUM 8K is slightly smaller than the DRAGON 6K sensor found in the EPIC or WEAPON, so lens choices should be very straightforward. Previously, the HELIUM 8K was only found in a limited quantity, special-edition body with a unique white finish (affectionately dubbed “Storm Trooper” models). Only a handful were available for sale on reduser.net, but they were never meant for general release. With the release of the EPIC-W, the HELIUM sensor is the fourth and latest evolution of RED sensor technology. What’s important to remember is that although HELIUM 8K offers the same 8192 x 4320 resolution as the previously announced WEAPON DRAGON 8K Vista Vision upgrade, the HELIUM is an all new design. It does use smaller photosites (3.65 micron compared to the DRAGON’s 5 micron), but the image processing has evolved as well, and lends itself to some remarkable footage – Mark Toia’s footage is a great example.
RED also announced that WEAPON bodies can be updated with the HELIUM 8K S35 sensor, as well as a comprehensive upgrade path for all RED owners. Check here for more information on upgrade options.
Watch my video above to learn more about the EPIC-W and be sure to view our full list of upcoming REDucation workshops in all our locations!