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Header image for article At the Bench: Exploring the RED DSMC2 Lineup

At the Bench: Exploring the RED DSMC2 Lineup

In this video, I go over the full lineup of DSMC2 cameras from RED: MONSTRO 8K, HELIUM 8K, GEMINI 5K, and DRAGON 5K. I talk about the features they have in common as well what differentiates each model. Check out the video for all the info, including which camera you might want to use for particular kinds of projects.
Andy Shipsides
Chief Technology Officer, AbelCine

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