RED upgrades the Ranger camera systems with Helium and Gemini sensor options

RED DIGITAL CINEMA® announced that its HELIUM® 8K S35 and GEMINI® 5K S35 sensors will be incorporated into the RED RANGER® camera ecosystem. The RANGER HELIUM 8K S35 and RANGER GEMINI 5K S35 is available now via RED’s global network of resellers, participating rental houses, and directly through RED. The cameras will be on display for the first time at IBC in the RED meeting room on the fourth floor of the Elicium at the RAI Amsterdam, from September 13-17. Designed to meet the needs of high-end productions, the RED Ranger Monstro 8K VV has been well received by cinematographers since its launch earlier this year, according to the press release. Nonetheless, it remains a rental house-only product.

The RED Ranger camera system consists of three SDI outputs (two mirrored and one independent) allowing two different looks to be output simultaneously; wide-input voltage (11.5V to 32V); 24V and 12V power outs (two of each); one 12V P-Tap; integrated 5-pin XLR stereo audio input (line/mic/+48V selectable); as well as genlock, timecode, USB, and control. Both V-Lock and Gold Mount battery options are supported.

As with all current RED cameras, the RANGER can simultaneously record REDCODE RAW plus Apple ProRes or AVID DNxHD or DNxHR at up to 300 MB/s write speeds. It also features RED’s end-to-end color management and post workflow with the enhanced image processing pipeline (IPP2).

All three sensor variants of the RED RANGER camera system include the same benefits of the compact, standardized camera body, weighing around 7.5 pounds (depending on battery). The system can also handle heavy-duty power sources to satisfy power-hungry configurations, and boasts a large fan for quiet, more efficient temperature management.

“In collaboration with rental houses to bring the RANGER MONSTRO to market, we have heard great feedback from customers, inspiring these two new variants,” said RED Digital Cinema President Jarred Land. “We’re excited to offer the Ranger line-up to a wider variety of professional productions and look forward to seeing the amazing images that are created.”

Ranger Helium and Ranger Gemini ship complete with:

  • New Production Top Handle
  • Shimmed PL Mount
  • New LCD/EVF Adaptor D with improved cable routing when used on the left side of the camera
  • New 24V AC power adaptor with 3-pin 24V XLR power cable, which can also be used with 24V block batteries
  • Lens mount shim pack
  • Compatible Hex and Torx tools

RED now offers two separate product lineups: the DSMC2 ecosystem provides a modular cinema camera for users who value flexibility, allowing a variety of configuration options. RED Ranger is suited for a less complex and more standardized operations.

Additionally, RED plans to introduce Canon EF Mount versions of both Ranger Helium and Ranger Gemini later this year.