DXOMark Rates the RED Helium 8K Camera Sensor The New King

You thought that the Sony a7r II had a great sensor? Well, DXOMark thinks there is a new king. According to the company’s newest test, the king is now the RED Helium 8K. This also goes on to dispel a number of big myths, such as a full frame sensor always having the best image quality no matter what. The sensor at the heart of this camera has an APS-H sensor–a format that was popular with Canon years ago in one of their 1D series cameras and which made a recent comeback with Sigma.

In fact, this sensor outdoes everything that Sony can do in every way. It also outdoes the Nikon D810 and the Pentax K-1 sensors. Of course, it’s mostly a video camera, but the sensor is incredibly capable.

It’s also a whole lot more expensive.

Specifications for the RED WEAPON with HELIUM 8K S35

  • 35.4MP CMOS sensor
  • 75 fps 8K capture at 2.4:1 (8392 x 3456)
  • 60 fps RAW full 8K resolution
  • 120 fps at 4K resolution (240 fps at 2K)
  • 300 MB/second data readout
  • Captures in 16-bit RECODE RAW or Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHR/HD
  • Super 35-format sensor (29.90 mm x 15.77 mm)
  • Integrated dual-channel audio
  • Integrated REDLINK WiFi antenna
  • Upgrade path to WEAPON 8K VV (when available)

You can see the results and comparison on DXOMark’s website.