RED has teased the already announced lithium camera www.slashcam.de/news/single/RED-Hydrogen-ONE-Houdini-ist-da---Infos-zu-speziel-14576.html via Facebook and Instagramm. The RED Lithium is a 3D camera that records two stereoscopic 4K videos in parallel via beam splitter and automatically converts them into RED&s H4V format.
Two more images are calculated from the two recorded views to finally have four images from different perspectives (i.e. H4V video), which can then be viewed in 3D via RED&s Hydrogen One smartphone. It owes its special appearance to the fact that it records 3D/H4V using a mirror, i.e. the incident light is divided by a semi-transparent mirror attachment and directed onto two different sensors.
RED Lithium is a stand-alone camera, i.e. it is not an extension/module of the RED Hydrogen One. However, this is used as a 3D monitor for the recording in order to be able to better evaluate the 4-View images live and at the same time serves as a user interface for controlling the camera functions. According to RED CEO Jim Jannard, the RED lithium camera will have a fixed lens with 6x zoom as well as AF, manual focus, aperture and zoom.
The resolution of the lithium is not entirely certain - but if the information from presentation of the prototype in September is correct, then it can record 4K at up to 60fps and is intended for close-up shots. Ultimately, however, H4V video is exported, which has a resolution of 640 x360 pixels for each of the four viewing angles. However, he has not yet mentioned a concrete date for the market launch or a price. Originally announced was also further H4V camera which should take pictures in the side-by-side procedure in larger distances, to this however no new information or pictures are known.
RED Lithium H4V/3D camera
How successful RED Hydrogen was in the important Christmas business cannot yet be said. Whether the enthusiasm of some RED Hydrogen owners or the demonstration of the H4V 3D-effect convinced people to buy it or the mostly negative reviews on the net including the recent award as Worst Tech Product of 2018 by Mashable rather discouraged people, cannot be said due to missing sales figures.
RED&s plans for an own H4V ecosystem depend on the fact that there are a large number of RED Hydrogen One owners who can consume the new H4V content produced by Hydrogen ONE or later lithium camera - otherwise the production is not worthwhile, especially since the market for 3D videos is otherwise rather dead. And Hydrogen One owners won&t be completely satisfied with the 30 Dollar H4V versions of Hollywood movies like "Wonder Woman" or "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".