RED’s Hydrogen will get the hands-on remedy


If RED piqued your curiosity with its obscure guarantees of a holographic pocket digital cinema cellphone (what does that even imply?!), you’ll have an interest to listen to that YouTuber Marques Brownlee (AKA MKBHD) has gotten his fingers on a prototype and was favorably impressed.

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It’s a beast of a cellphone, with a ridged, industrial design like that of the corporate’s cameras and equipment. In fact, being a prototype, it doesn’t actually work — this one is extra of a mock-up to indicate the cellphone in its bare state. And though it is probably not for everybody, I admire that its creators are doing one thing aside from a featureless lozenge.

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After which there’s a second prototype that reveals what the gadget may seem like when it’s truly prepared for some video-takin’:

Wait, you didn’t suppose you had been going to shoot your subsequent film with only a straight-up cellphone, did you? Hell, even these “shot with iPhone” photos use all types of stuff, like lens attachments, lighting setups and all that. No, the Hydrogen might be a giant, chunky mom when it’s truly doing its digital cinema stuff. I’m shocked they put a 1/eight″ headphone jack and never a tripod mount on the factor.

A 3rd prototype, geared up with the so-called holographic show, is proven principally off-camera, and Brownlee, although he says he was merely perplexed, doesn’t appear significantly blown away. It’s simple to think about why: small glasses-free 3D shows got here and went not as a result of they didn’t work however as a result of they aren’t compelling. If that is only a high-fidelity model of a know-how that failed for a dozen causes, it’s exhausting to muster any enthusiasm.

Brownlee’s a RED fan, although, so I believe he’s conserving the religion. He says we are able to anticipate extra concerning the Hydrogen within the subsequent month or so.


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Désiré LeSage


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