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.

Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.