The ability to shoot in the dark while producing usable clean, low-noise images at higher ISOs is something that filmmakers and cinematographers have been craving for since the dawn of digital. Manufacturers like Canon, Sony, and Panasonic continue to push the envelope with their latest camera sensor developments reaching new heights with each and every iteration.
It seems that RED are now also joining the party with the recently unveiled custom S35 low light sensor called Gemini. According to Jarred Land, the President of RED Digital Cinema, the new RED Gemini is 2 stops more sensitive than Helium, has bigger pixels and can shoot 5K RED Raw at 96fps. The new chip is slightly larger than the RED EPIC-W Helium but smaller than the RED WEAPON Monstro with its size of 30.72mm x 18mm.
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to find the DMSC2 bodies with the Gemini sensor installed on board in the RED stores or on RED.com (at least for now) since initially the unit was developed for a “very special customer” for filming in space, plus only five Gemini sensors were made by RED. Nevertheless, you could still email RED President Jarred Land for further details, especially if you are someone “who shoots mostly in the dark and wants to get a little piece of something special (and “subsidized”).
Meanwhile, if you want to learn more about how to shoot a dark scene by leveraging RED’s exposure tools as well as when to target a specific ISO, and how to manage exposure extremes, you can check out the following video produced by RED TECH that explains both types of exposure tools, RAW and IRE, that are built in to the RED camera systems.
Back in October 2017, RED announced their latest Full Frame MONSTRO 8K sensor capable of shooting motion and stills in 8K 2.4:1 at up to 75fps, or 8K Full Format at 60fps delivering exceptional cinematic image quality with a sensor size of 40.96 mm x 21.60 mm.
Like all of RED’s DSMC2 cameras, WEAPON shoots REDCODE RAW and Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD/HR recording simultaneously and it’s already available to purchase at RED.com as well as a sensor upgrade option for carbon fiber WEAPON customers.