RED Gemini Cameras – Why this is the most exciting RED release yet

The RED Gemini 5K S35 has been kicking up quite a storm in the world of cinematography over the past few months, and for a great reason too.

Rumoured to have been designed to shoot in outer space for NASA, this innovative sensor and camera brain works fantastically in low light shooting situations, whilst also adapting to bright light too.

That’s just one of the high-performance features that makes the Gemini one of RED’s most versatile and exciting releases yet.

Let’s find out more about what makes the Gemini one of the most talked about RED releases for some time…

Lightweight and easy to use

Made from aluminium alloy, the Gemini 5K S35 looks durable and robust, yet it’s surprisingly lightweight at just 1.5kg (3.35 lb.).

Granted- you will be adding various attachments to the brain which will add to the weight, but it’s still lighter and easier to handle than you’d expect.

Boasting the same easy-to-use intuitive menus as other RED cameras, you can usually start shooting great footage using the Gemini 5K without needing to pore over the user manual.

It also offers many 1/4″-20 mounting holes around the body into which you can fix the attachments you need such as a V-Lock Expander Module, output HDMI and SDI and LCD.

Dual-sensor for a range of shooting conditions

The Gemini 5K S35 sensor is RED’s highest sensitivity sensor yet that works effectively in a range of different shooting conditions.

At 30.72 x 18mm, the 5K S35 sensor is taller than RED’s regular super 35mm sensor which makes it great to use with anamorphic lenses (6:5 aspect ratio!).

Tall enough for full 2x anamorphic capture, it offers greater anamorphic lens coverage than with the HELIUM or RED DRAGON sensor and you won’t need to do any cropping.

As you’d expect, it also works brilliantly in low light conditions so boosts that retro cinematographic feel and produces cleaner imagery with less noise and better shadow detail.

The dual ISO-mode allows you greater flexibility when it comes to brightness, allowing you to shoot in brighter settings such as outdoors where you want to include lots of detail in the frame.

The result is clean, crisp images, whether you’re shooting in low-light conditions or in standard mode.

Larger and more sensitive pixels

The Gemini also offers up to 17x more resolution than HD to help achieve a crisper, brighter, higher-quality image.

With 5K rather than 8K resolution, the Gemini has been designed with larger, more sensitive pixels than the Monstro, Dragon and Helium sensors to provide optimal results in low light conditions, as well as smooth, organic looking skin tones.

Using Full Format, you can shoot in 5K at a speed of up to 96 frames per second or 120fps @ 4K or 240fps @ 2K.

Fast data transfer rates for greater productivity

When it comes to data transfer rates, the Red Gemini 5K S35 shines yet again. Capable of write speeds of up to 275 MB/S, and you can record in REDCODE Raw and Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHR/HD at the same time.

Easy editing

And when it comes to editing, it’s also compatible with all the mainstream editing software, including Adobe Premiere Pro, AVID Media Composer, DaVinci Resolve, Edius Pro, Final Cut Pro and Vegas Pro.

The RED Gemini 5K S35 is RED’s highest sensitivity sensor yet and offers incredibly high-quality images with better shadow detail, less noise and an impressive dynamic range.

So, if you’ve been thinking of trying something new but love the Dragon sensor, we recommend you give this one a try.

TheLight’s Velvet Light 1

All you need to know about our rainproof 1×1 light! (yes rainproof)

It’s not a camera and it’s not even that new but we’re always on the look out for technology that can really benefit our clients. At the end of 2014 we invested in TheLight’s Velvet 1 for a shoot that was off to film in the Costa Rican jungle! Well they’re back and they survived to tell the tale. Here is a run down on our latest light.

  • It’s RainProof (IP54)
  • Bi‐Colour (2700‐6500K)
  • Built in Dimmer
  • Flicker Free to 3000fps
  • 100% Aluminium Shock Proof Body
  • Built in Diffusion to give a perfect soft light but with a hi output of 210 LUX at 3m
  • CRI over 90.

Like all the latest toys it’s also modular, so you can bolt more than one together and create a bank of light. It’s important to note that TheLight’s Velvet 1 holds its colour temperature as it is dimmed down and has a silent fan operation. It’s not as lightweight as some of the other 1x1s we stock but if you are travelling to and filming in tough locations, then it’s hard‐wearing body and ability to work in all weathers might be worth the extra weight.

We send the Velvet 1 out with BlueShape V‐lock batteries, charger, stand and sand bag. (The BlueShape batteries are also IP54 rainproof) £70 per day, ex VAT.