The Red One is a 12-megapixel camera that weighs in at just under seven pounds (without lens). A 35mm PL lens mount allows users to take advantage of high-end optical lenses and the unit's modular, upgradeable design makes it more or less a future-proof acquisition system.
While typical high-end HD camcorders have 2.1-megapixel sensors and record with 3:1:1 color subsampled video at up to 30fps, the Red One delivers 12 megapixels at up to 60fps and records raw or 2x over-sampled HD in 4:4:4 or 4:2:2. That equals more than five times the amount of information available every second, greatly improving recording quality. Users who don't need all that data can dial it back while keeping all the other advantages of the Mysterium Super 35mm cine sized (24.4 x 13.7mm) sensor. Mysterium boasts a greater than 66dB signal-to-noise ratio thanks to its 29 square micron pixels.
Acquisition formats the camera is capable of capturing include: 2540p (4K+), 4K, 2K, 1080p, 1080i and 720p. Frame rate can also vary from 1fps to up to 120fps, depending on the format.
Red hopes to ship the One camera early this year as a suggested price of $17,500.