After some rather negative reviews of the RED Hydrogen One smartphone earlier this year, the company’s revealed an accessory of sorts. The RED Lithium Camera is a 3D camera for video professionals, and one that uses the Hydrogen One as a viewfinder and controller. The Hydrogen One wasn’t meant for consumers, clearly – now it’ll be a part of something far more expensive.
Assuming you’re going to work on a big-budget movie project and you’re looking for the newest way to shoot said film in 3D, this is it. Earlier reports from a Hydrogen One party in May of 2018 showed a device made in collaboration between RED and Lucid.
Lucid is a 3D camera-focused business that shifted focus from hardware to software in June of 2018. Their focus is on AI-driven 3D software. They license their 3D Fusion AI-based depth-sensing technology to device makers. We very recently reported on Lucid working with Sony’s new 3D Time-of-Flight camera sensors tech. The 3D depth-sensing tech of 2019 smartphones aplenty seems to be coming to a RED 3D camera (with a $1,300 controller) in the RED Lithium.
In a set of comments this week, RED collaborator Phil Holland suggested that Lithium will use two digital cinema sensors, zoom lenses, and a very light body. Holland suggested that the most recent build he’d heard about weighed in at around 6 pounds (without a battery). The price of this device will likely be a bit out of range of the average consumer, as it’s meant for professional film sets and such, on that assumption you can probably rely quite easily.