Red teases Helium sensor with 8K resolution, incredible pixel density

red helium 8k s35 camera dxomark sensor score record
High-end camera manufacturer Red has casually announced that it will soon introduce a new 8K Super 35 image sensor under the Helium name.

Not much technical information about the sensor has been shared by the American camera manufacturer, but it appears as though the new Helium sensor will be a more compact version of the company’s 8K Dragon sensor.

The new sensor measures in at 29.9 by 15.77 millimeters, a great deal smaller than the 40.96 by 21.6 millimeter Dragon sensor. Despite the smaller size, the Helium sensor will offer the same resolution of 8,192 by 4,320 pixels, meaning an increase of roughly 35,000 pixels per square millimeter — approximately twice as dense with each pixel being only 3.65 microns.

Although the Helium sensor comes in a bit larger than the Super 35mm format, the smaller size will enable cinematographers and photographers to use a much wider range of lenses. This should make it more enticing for creatives who don’t mind exchanging a bit more pixel density for versatility.

Red will also benefit from the new sensor. According to CEO Jarred Land, the Helium will help “take pressure off our Dragon sensor lines and allow those lines to completely focus on Raven and Scarlet-W sensors.” Red’s VistaVision-sized 8K Dragon sensor has proven challenging to produce and deliver in a timely manner, so offering a secondary 8K option should help lighten the manufacturing load.

No exact date was given for the official release of the sensor, but Land noted in the company’s July update on the Red User Forums that it will be available in the “coming weeks for those that know where to look.”

Mobile

Taking shots in the dark with Night Sight, the Pixel’s newest photo feature

The Google Pixel range has always been the home of some of the mobile world's best phone cameras. That performance is now getting even better with the introduction of the low-light Night Sight mode.
Mobile

Leak shows a third, budget Google Pixel 3 with a Snapdragon 670, headphone jack

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are considered to be two of the best Android smartphones, but it looks like Google could be prepping a third. A budget Pixel 3 device that boasts some of the best features of the other two has been leaked.
Product Review

With outstanding image quality, the ‘basic’ Sony A7 III excels in every way

Replacing the four-year-old A7 II as the new entry-level model in Sony's full-frame line, the A7 III is an impressively capable camera that gives more expensive models a run for their money.
Product Review

Mediocre battery and a big notch slight Google's otherwise perfect Pixel phone

Google’s Pixel 3 XL has two big flaws: The gigantic notch on the front, and mediocre battery life. That being said, this is the best Android experience you can find in a smartphone today.
Photography

Alpha Female: Sony awards five women grants to support artisan diversity

Women can face several challenges in launching a photography career -- Sony's latest initiative aims to help propel women in the industry forward. Sony recently announced the winners of the Alpha Female program.
Emerging Tech

The best drone photos from around the world

Most of today's drones come equipped with high-end cameras, which are quickly revolutionizing the world of aerial photography as we know it. Here are some of the best drone photos from around the world.
Product Review

Fewer pixels, better camera? The Nikon Z6 shows the beauty of restraint

The Nikon Z6 is the sibling to the new mirrorless Z7 -- but for some photographers, the cheaper Z6 may be the better option. Read where the $2,000 camera beats the $3,400 one (and where it doesn’t) in our Nikon Z6 review.
Social Media

Build a wish list and shop videos with Instagram’s latest shopping update

Eyeing a product on Instagram? Now there are more ways to shop from the social network. Instagram just rolled out options to save products in a collection as users can also now shop from videos.
Photography

See the National Forests like never before in these awe-inspiring drone videos

What's the difference between a National Park and a National Forest? Drones. With no ban on drones in National Forests -- at least, not yet -- filmmakers have a way to capture the immensity of these locations with stunning results.
Social Media

Addicted to Instagram? Its new ‘activity dashboard’ is here to help

Ever get that nagging feeling you're spending too much time on Instagram? Well, a new "activity dashboard" has a bunch of features designed to help you better control how you use the addictive photo-sharing app.
Photography

Photography news: Best spot for fall photos, new firmware from Fuji and Nikon

Where's the best spot to take fall photos? Michigan, according to social media and a Nikon contest. The results and more in this week's photography news, including significant firmware updates for the Fujifilm X-T3, X-H1, and GFX 50S.
Mobile

How to take great photos with the Pixel 3, the best camera phone around

You’ve scored yourself a new Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL, and you want to take advantage of that incredible camera. We’ve got everything you need to know right here about how to snap the best photos with your Pixel 3.
Emerging Tech

DJI Mavic 2 Pro vs Mavic 2 Zoom: What’s the real difference?

DJI's Mavic 2 series drones are ready to fly -- but which one is right for you? The Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom are nearly identical save for their cameras. Here's what you need to know about these powerful new UAVs.