If you’re discouraged with the lack of 8K content to view on that new 8K OLED or Mini-LED TV, you can always try making your own. RED Digital Cinema, the maker of professional digital video cameras, recently introduced its latest 8K offering — the RED V-Raptor XL 8KVV.

The camera is available to pre-order now for a cool $39,500 (a mere bag of shells to a movie studio).

As with previous “XL” versions of RED’s camera systems, the V-RAPTOR XL 8K VV uses the same 8K Vista Vision (VV) sensor (40.96mm x 21.60mm) inside the standard V-Raptor’s unified body with more ports, connections and interfaces for high-end productions and studio-oriented shooting.

The V-RAPTOR XL 8KVV camera incorporates an “8K full-frame” Vista Vision CMOS sensor, like that used in the company’s standard V-RAPTOR model, measuring 40.96mm x 21.60mm with a resolution of 8192 × 4320 pixels. By comparison, standard full-frame digital cameras use sensors measuring 36mm x 24mm. The RED full-frame camera brings a larger crop factor, which is important for editing shots for finished 4K video productions, which is a common practice these days.

The camera sensor is said to offer 17+ stops of dynamic range. The XL version of the camera adds a 6K Super35 mode and an integrated electronic ND system (2–7EV compensation).

The V-RAPTOR XL 8KVV camera uses a PL-type interchangeable lens mount, which is a change from the native RF mount used in the standard V-RAPTOR, in case you have a lot of RF mount lenses in your collection.

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For I/O connections, the RED V-RAPTOR XL 8KVV offers three 12G-SDI ports (capable of outputting DCI 4K/60), USB-C ports, a genlock port, a Control port, a gigabit ethernet port, an array of audio inputs/outputs and three power ports including a 19.5–34V DC input, a 12V input and a 24V input. It also features wireless timecode and genlock for remote production.

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By Greg Tarr

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