RED is working on a new “pro camera version” of its Hydrogen One smartphone, after the original model fell short in a number of ways. RED founder Jim Jannard revealed some basic details last night in a forum post, writing that for this new model, RED’s camera team will be “fully in charge” of the camera system. It’s a move that makes a ton of sense. RED’s biggest strength has always been cameras, and it was downright odd that the original model used off-the-shelf components that lacked the power and image quality that the RED brand is known for. A fresh start could be a really interesting upgrade, one with a more focused professional model that better leverages RED’s hardware prowess and drops the gimmicky “holographic 4V” nonsense in favor of actually shooting RED-quality photos and videos on a smartphone. Plus, new hardware would also give RED the chance to update some of the Hydrogen One’s more dated specs, like the Snapdragon 835 processor. Where the new device leaves current Hydrogen One owners is a little more unclear. RED had originally promised that this kind of professional level photography would be coming to the phone through a modular attachment system that would have included a larger, RED-made sensor and a lens mount with support for real camera lenses. But the RED website has been scrubbed of any mention of the module system (along with the accompanying illustrations), and Jannard’s post regarding the changes to the Hydrogen program doesn’t make any… [Read full story]
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