RED's New Raven 4K Camera Is Right Under $6,000

RED Digital Cinema has announced the latest addition to its line of professional cameras, the RED RAVEN priced at $5,590. RED RAVEN is the lightest and cheapest camera among the RED Cinema lineup. This camera is capable of capturing 4K resolution footage at up to 120fps or 2K resolution at 240fps.

I can see this camera being suitable for handheld shooting and gimbal applications. RED RAVEN has the ability to record in REDCODE raw (R3D) and Apple ProRes. This is huge for indie filmmakers. Capturing 4K at 120fps at a somewhat affordable price is now in the market. Now, I know most of us don't have this kind of money in our bank account, but being priced at $5,590, the daily rental on this camera will be much cheaper than any other RED camera has been before. The only downfall is that you have to buy or rent an external monitor along with the camera. I am really excited to try this out and I'm sure many others are as well.

Product Highlights

Sensor: 8.8 Megapixel RED DRAGON

Pixel Array: 4096 (h) x 2160 (v)

Sensor SIze: 20.48 mm (h) x 10.8 mm (v) x 23.2 mm (d) (Approximately equivalent to APS-C and Academy 35mm formats) 

Dynamic Range: 16.5+ stops

Recording Frame Rates:

  • 4K (4096 × 2160) up to 120 fps
  • 3K (3072 × 1620) up to 160 fps
  • 2K (2048 × 1080) up to 240 fps  

Typical Max Recording Time:

  • 4K (4096 × 2160) and 24 fps at 11:1 REDCODE: 64 minutes
  • 4K (4096 × 2160) and 60 fps at 14:1 REDCODE: 33 minutes
  • 4K (4096 × 2160) and 120 fps at 14:1 REDCODE: 16 minutes
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Lee Morris's picture

This is actually getting affordable. I wonder how much it costs with all necessary accessories

Pranam Gurung's picture

around $10k for a basic shooting setup

Lee Morris's picture

quickly getting a little less affordable

Pranam Gurung's picture

And that is just for the barebones setup.

Joakim Drake's picture


Prefers Film's picture

Not to be the party pooper, but how much was that system you put in your truck? ;)

Lee Morris's picture

Not 10k!

Prefers Film's picture

Fair enough. I've got a ten mile commute, and ride a Harley when the weather is nice. No stereo. But I just realized I got more for my $8k custom MTB than I did for my $11k RB67 system. I guess everything is relative.

Justin Haugen's picture

Just when I think it's affordable, I think about all the computer upgrades I'd have to make to handle the footage lol

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Justin Haugen's picture

I use their memory and SSDs. I'm just talking about the overall upgrades to handle RAW footage from the Red at 4 and 2k. Currently running an Ivy bridge i7 quad core, 32gb of pc1600, Crucial's m500 SSD, and a gtx660 video card. It's still plenty computer for my photo and video editing, but I think it would show it's age if I ever worked with Red footage.

filmkennedy's picture

Should be fine for most if not all r3d files.

Can't think of too many people who actually playback/edit the 6k-4k files from the camera anyway. At least in Premiere Pro by lowering your "playback resolution" you'd easily be able to edit 4k+ footage on your rig.

Justin Haugen's picture

that's good to know, thanks!

Dr. Dominik Muench's picture

I'm using the 5K IMac for my personal work and it handles 6K raw files fine in FcpX and Premiere. These days with editing and grading software its a lot more about GPU power than it used to be so a beefy graphics card helps a lot.

Jonathan Kischel's picture

It's a fixed Canon EF mount!

filmkennedy's picture

Already preordered it-should be perfect for gimbal use/b camera. It may be a bit pricey for most, but figure $10k for the dragon sensor at 4k 120fps is a hell of a deal

Just really wish it wasn't a fixed canon mount...

Dr. Dominik Muench's picture

will be great for gimbal and aerial use as the body is smaller and lighter than the Epic/ Scarlet. and you still get 4K at a decent frame rate, not to mention the built in Wifi works wonders with the foolcontrol app when the camera is on a gimbal/ drone.

Samir Patel's picture

It's an eco-system. Once you are in the eco-system - $6000k for a brand new body with the latest sensor tech and the advances in processing speed and high frame rates it's an amazing deal. If you're outside, I get it, you wish it was cheaper.

Lee Morris's picture

Can it film the depth of your comments?

Adam T's picture

When they announced the red scarlet they said the same thing. I wonder if this will actually happen.

Hamad almuftah's picture

well I added it to my cart with all the essential accessories total of $7,548.69.
Umm expensive however, I still can handle the price