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RED EPIC-W with Helium 8K S35 Sensor

Abel Code: RedEpicW
Mfr. Code: 710-0263-STD
Powered by the HELIUM 8K S35 sensor, RED EPIC-W captures 8K at up to 30fps with REDCODE RAW. This camera boasts improved low-light sensitivity and high dynamic range. Comes with a Standard OLPF Filter.
Key Highlights
  • 8K at up to 30fps
  • Low-light sensitivity & 16.5+ stops
  • Cable-free peripherals


Powered by the HELIUM 8K S35 sensor, RED EPIC-W (based upon the original EPIC which debuted in 2010), captures 8K at up to 30fps and is compatible with Cine lenses. It records REDCODE RAW as well as proxy 4K Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHR simultaneously all with improved low-light sensitivity and high dynamic range. You can also use this versatile camera to capture still photos. 

This camera BRAIN is part of the DSMC2 lineup (DSMC is RED's acronym for Digital Stills and Motion Camera).

The EPIC-W offers cable-free peripherals, an integrated mounting plate, yet still delivers modular options, and wireless control options due to its integrated REDLINK WIFI antenna. Audiophiles can rejoice due to integrated dual-channel audio. Many third-party accessory products exist to pair with this camera.

HELIUM 8K & Dynamic Range

Boasting 16.5+ stops of dynamic range, the HELIUM 8K Super 35mm Sensor produces pixels twice as dense as the sensors in DSMC BRAINs (3.65 microns per pixel). While that will increase your processing time and add to your post production file storage, it also delivers a quality, sharp image with less noise. 

DSMC2 cameras incorporate Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD/DNxHR and also offer improvements in image processing. Here are some tech specs for your review. You can find more under the Specifications tab.

  • REDCODE RAW up to 8K FF 17:9 (8192 x 4320) and 30 fps
  • REDCODE RAW up to 8K 2.4:1 (8192 x 3456) and 30 fps
  • Apple ProPres 422 HQ up to 4K (4096 x 2160) and 29.97 fps
  • Avid DNxHR HQX up to 4K (4096 x 2160) 12-bit and 29.97 fps


The HELIUM supports ISO up to 3200 and produces natural skin tones even in low-light conditions. The EPIC-W captures RAW images in 16-bit color. Some bloggers state that a slight overexposure yields good results when graded due partly to the higher resolution. With in-camera LUTs and color tools you can make modifications prior to sending your footage to post, too.

When configuring a monitor with your RED EPIC-W, you have the choice to either apply a graded gamma space to the monitor output (Graded mode) or not (Neutral mode). 

Choose to set your color temperature using the presets in the camera:

  • Incandescent: 2800 K
  • Tungsten: 3200 K
  • Fluorescent: 4500 K
  • Flash: 5500 K
  • Daylight: 5600 K (default setting)
  • Cloudy: 7500 K
  • Shade: 9000 K

Using REDCINE-X PRO, which is a professional coloring toolset, you can create and export .RMD Look files which can then be imported as camera monitor path color processing presets. The EPIC-W stores this information as reference metadata so you can use them as default values in post production. 

Lens Mounts

Like all RED cameras, DSMC2 cameras do not come with a lens mount; you need to purchase one separately. The good news is you can fit a host of lens mounts onto RED cameras. The two most popular mount options: DSMC Titanium PL Mount (Captive, 725-0022) for your Cooke S4/i lenses or DSMC Aluminum Canon (EF) Mount (Captive, 725-0026).

Interchangable OLPFs

The DSMC2 Standard OLPF (optical low-pass filter) is suited for most shooting environments to balance light and offer protection. It offers optimal colorimetry, IR protection, and optical glare reduction. The OLPFs ship inside an individual, protective case.

The Standard OLPF filter is compatible with RED WEAPON 8K S25, WEAPON 6K, RED EPIC-W 8K, and SCARLET-W 5K cameras.


RED EPIC-W and the other DSMC2 camera BRAINs can pair with a variety of RED and third-party accessories which are sold separately. RED's LEMO Adapter A will help you use your pre-existing EPIC or SCARLET displays (like the RED Touch, RED Pro, and RED PRO Touch which use LEMO Adapter A) with the newer DSMC2 body of the EPIC-W. 

Compact & Reinvented

The body of the DSMC2 BRAIN includes an exhaust vent in place of the ports at the bottom rear of the DSMC cameras. The body is lighter and more compact than the original, despite the addition of added functionality inside. You will need to add accessories or modules on the DSMC2 to replace the removal of the timecode and Genlock ports, but this modular camera makes up for that. The EPIC-W includes a V-Mount plate for your batteries.

Unlike the DSMC, the DSMC2 BRAIN in the EPIC-W offers near silent fan operation. Feel free to cheer now.

Keep a lookout for firmware updates so you'll obtain the latest functionality.

NOTE: EPIC-W 8K S35 is not compatible with 8K VV lens mounts.

ALSO NOTE: EPIC-W also does not include a DC IN power pot. A port expander or power module is required to power the camera.

What's in the Box

  • 1 x RED EPIC-W with Helium 8K S35 - Standard


Key Highlights

  • 8K at up to 30fps
  • Low-light sensitivity & 16.5+ stops
  • Cable-free peripherals
  • Wireless control
  • Interchangeable OLPFs & lens mounts
  • Magnesium & Aluminum Alloy
  • ISO up to 3200

Camera Lens System

Interchangeable Mount:


Supports 3D LUTs:
Yes - Variable number of 3D LUT outputs with DSMC2 expander module
LUT Details:
Any 3D LUT applied to an output is saved to the SSD.
Compatible with these 3D LUTs - DaVinci Resolve® 3D Cube LUT (.cube); IRIDAS/Adobe® 3D Cube LUT (.cube); Nucoda CMS 3D LUT (.cms)
User programmable shaper 1D LUTs
You cannot use exposure tools with a 3D LUT
Color Temp Range:
Select from several presets described in the EPIC-W product overview.
Color Gamut:
REDlogFilm - RAW

Compatibility - Monitor (not recorder)

RED PRO 7" LCD - compatible with DSMC2 LEMO Adaptor A and LCD/EVF cable.
DSMC2 RED Touch 4.7" LCD
DSMC2 RED Touch 7.0" LCD
RED Touch 9.0" LCD - compatible with DSMC2 LEMO Adaptor A and LCD/EVF cable.
RED Touch 7.0" LCD - compatible with DSMC2 LEMO Adaptor A and LCD/EVF cable.
RED Touch 5.0" LCD - compatible with DSMC2 LEMO Adaptor A and LCD/EVF cable.

Compatibility - Viewfinder

RED BOMB EVF (OLED) - compatible with DSMC2 LEMO Adaptor A and LCD/EVF cable.
RED BOMB EVF (LCOS) - compatible with DSMC2 LEMO Adaptor A and LCD/EVF cable.


Output Connector/Port:
Ethernet - RS232
Monitor - 3G-SDI (HD-SDI), and HDMI with DSMC2 expander module
Timecode - SMPTE

Inputs & Outputs

Timecode In/Out:
A DSMC2 REDVOLT Expander is required to output timecode from this camera. - Compatible Expander options include: DSMC2 Base Expander, DSMC2 V-Lock I/O Expander, DSMC2 Jetpack Expander, DSMC2 Jetpack-SDI Expander, or DSMC2 REDVOLT Expander.


Recording Max Frame Rate:
Up to 60fps - 4:1 REDCODE for 4K FF 17:9 (4096 × 2160)
Up to 30fps - 7:1 REDCODE for 8K FF 17:9 (8192 × 4320)
Up to 24fps - 6:1 REDCODE for 8K FF 17:9 (8192 × 4320)
Recording Format:
Avid DNxHR 444 - at 2K (2048 × 1080) 12-bit up to 120 fps
Avid DNxHD 444 and HQX - (1920 × 1080) 10-bit up to 120 fps
Avid DNxHD HQ - SQ and LB (1920 × 1080) 8-bit up to 120 fps
Apple ProRes 442 HQ - at 4K (4096 × 2160) up to 29.97 fps
Apple ProRes 4444 Regular and XQ - at 2K (2048 × 1080) up to 120 fps
Avid DNxHR HQX - at 4K (4096 × 2160) 12-bit up to 29.97 fps
Apple ProRes 422 LT - at 4K (4096 × 2160) up to 29.97 fps
DNxHR HQ - SQ and LB at 4K (4096 × 2160) 8-bit up to 29.97 fps
Apple ProRes 422 - at 4K (4096 × 2160) up to 29.97 fps
REDCODE RAW - 8K FF 17:9 (8192 × 4320), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x, 1.25x
Playback Frame Rate Notes:
Project Timebase - 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 47.95, 48, 50, 59.94, 60 fps, all resolutions

Recording / Media

Media Type:
RED MINI-MAG - SSDs. An optional RED STATION connects your media to your computer for offloading and editing.

Sensor Specifics

Sensor Size:
Super 35
Sensor Type:
CMOS - HELIUM 35.4 Megapixel
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:
80 dB
Sensor Width:
33.8mm - diagonal
Sensor Dimensions:
29.90 mm x 15.77 mm


Recording Formats:
4K - 120 fps (4096 × 2160); 150 fps at 4K 2.4:1 (4096 × 1728)
2K - 240 fps (2048 × 1080); 300 fps at 2K 2.4:1 (2048 × 864)
5K - 96 fps (5120 × 2700); 120 fps at 5K 2.4:1 (5120 × 2160)
3K - 150 fps (3072 × 1620); 200 fps at 3K 2.4:1 (3072 × 1296)
7K - 30 fps (7168 × 3780); 40 fps at 7K 2.4:1 (7168 × 3024)
6K - 75 fps (6144 × 3240); 100 fps at 6K 2.4:1 (6144 × 2592)
8K - 30 fps (8192 × 4320); 30 fps at 8K 2.4:1 (8192 × 3456)
Anamorphic Option:
Yes - Anamorphic settings depend on your camera type. The camera supports anamorphic 1.3x and 2x with each format. The camera also supports anamorphic 1.25x for 6K and 8K.
WiFi Interface:
Yes - WiFi antenna & Integrated RED COMMAND PROTOCOL (R.C.P.) for remote control
Camera Weight (Body):
2.5-5.0lbs - 3.35 lbs (BRAIN with Integrated Media Bay)
Camera Features:
White Balance
Color Bars
False Color
USB - While the Expanders provide USB power out, they do NOT support USB communication.
OLPF - Standard Included
On-Camera Controls
Ethernet Interface:
RS232 - and GPI Trigger with DSMC2 expander module
Image Capture Notes:
Camera Settings include - Display, Look, Project, Audio, Recording, Setup, and Maintenance
Camera Autofocus:
Yes - Camera lenses must support AF
Continuous Shooting:
This is default or "normal" recording mode. - Limit Recording with settings. Continuous Record is unavailable in Stills mode.
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