RED Hydrogen One maker teases Lithium, a 3D camera for elitists

RED Hydrogen One maker teases Lithium, a 3D camera for elitists
Although RED managed to sign partnerships with two major U.S. carriers for the distribution of its premium smartphone, the Hydrogen One, the device was among the biggest disappointments of 2018.

The RED Hydrogen One is a very expensive smartphone, but the main problem is the promised top-tier camera features don't justify the $1,300 retail price. Even so, it appears that RED has another surprise for those who could afford to buy the Hydrogen One or plan to purchase one in the future.

During the last day of 2018, RED teased its next product related to Hydrogen One, a 3D camera called Lithium. The camera is quite large, but RED Hydrogen One owners will be able to use the smartphone as a monitor and controller when taking pictures.

Engadget has the scoop on the Lithium camera, which apparently weighs around 6 pounds (2.7kg) without battery. According to RED, “Lithium is designed to create very high-quality H4V images. It's a lightweight stereo rig featuring two digital cinema sensors. It features zoom lenses and is one of the most compact and flexible ways to shoot high-quality stereoscopic motion pictures ever.”

Lithium is clearly not meant for the consumer market, but neither is the expensive RED Hydrogen One. However, if you've bought the smartphone for whatever reason, Lithium shapes up to be a great accessory if you're into filmmaking.



1. vasra

Posts: 130; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Not 'elitists' but for film makers. You know professionals who rent their equipment, instead of buying them. Professionals who actually use the devices to create something for sale, rather than just taking vanity-selfies to be posted on IG.

2. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I am disappointed that tech blogs tend to just follow each other around article for article. If you paid any attention, you'd have known about this device months ago. RED has been talking about it via some channels since before the Hydrogen's release, and they showed it to us in person when they handed us our early Hydrogen units at the end of August. 99% of people calling the Hydrogen "one of the biggest disappointments of 2018" don't even know the full story, what's in the pipeline. Hydrogen is the basis of a platform, not the end goal in itself. Still to come are: 2D cinema module with a brand new sensor aimed at competing with high end mirrorless and dSLR cameras, an enthusiast "beamsplitter" 3D module, and the professional 4V module, to name a few.

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