Red Ranger Monstro 8K VV Cinema Camera

in this review, I’m gonna be doing a very special uncovering of a popular camera from red digital cinema and its red ranger.

So a big riding what makes it so special is some of the accessories that come with it.

If you didn’t know it comes in a pretty small case because there isn’t a lot of other accessories and build-outs for it.

the camera itself has everything that you need you don’t have to worry about attaching your own IO ports.

you can add extra audio or control this has extra battery ports for accessories like P tap 12 volt and 24 volts.

RED Ranger Monstro 8K VV

Camera Specs

  • Wide input voltage from 11.5 to 32V
  • 12V and 24V power out plus A 12V P- Tab
  • 3 SDI outputs allowing 2 different looks to be output simultaneously
  • Compact and lightweight design with integrated I/Os
  • Two optional configurations V- Lock
  • Unified body for an all in one camera system
  • More efficient temperature management
  • Mini Mag Side Module
  • Two optional configurations Gold Mount

It has a couple more SDI options if you want to send a monitor and signal out.


  • Vistavision Sensor (40.96 x 21.6mm) CMOS
  • Monstro 8k full frame sensor
  • LDS-PL Mount
  • 17 Stops of Dynamic Range
  • Rolling Shutter
  • 8K up to 60fps in REDCODE RAW
  • 2K up to 240fps in REDCODE RAW


  • No Build in ND Filters
  • EVF not included

It has an AC I built-in or assistant camera interface where you can control a complete camera through that.

so if you don’t want to use the red monitor you don’t have to you can use your own monitor on top of it.

And on the top side, you have a cheese plate that is built into the camera this is an extra cage that is added on.

So you understand why I love this camera so let’s go on you have a ton of mounting points from quarter-twenty and three-eighth.

I also include it with the 15-millimeter lightweight rails that I’ll get into a little bit underneath that cage.

One thing I must mention is that on the DSM c2 bodies it also comes in with a built-in gold mount battery plate or a V mount depending on what you want to get on the front of the camera.


  • 1 Red Ranger Monstro 8K VV Camera Body S/N: 00034 (Hours: 33)
  • 1 LDS PL-Mount
  • 1 Ranger Cheese Plate
  • 1 Ranger Riser Plate
  • 1 Ranger Production Top Handle 4″
  • 2 Ranger Production Top Handle End Mount
  • 1 Ranger Tape Hook
  • 1 Ranger Handle End Cap
  • 1 Ranger Top Handle Extension 3″
  • 2 Ranger 15mm Light Weight Mini Rod Mount
  • 1 Red Pro Touch 7.0″ LCD Monitor
  • 1 DSMC2 Lemo Adapter
  • 1 DSMC2 Lemo Flush-Mount Adapter
  • 1 DSMC2 OLED EVF Optics
  • 1 Oni/Arri Red Ranger Mount for DSMC2 OLED EVF
  • 1 Arri MVB-1/VMB-3 EVF/MVF Arm w/ 19mm Rod
  • 1 19mm Rod End Cap
  • 1 MVB-1/VMB-3 15mm Rod – Black 4″
  • 1 MVB-1/VMB-3 15mm Rod End Cap
  • 1 MVB1-VMB-3 EVF/MVF Attachment Bracket (VAB) 15mm to 19mm
  • 3 LCD/EVF Cable 16PML-16PMLRT 18″
  • 1 Ranger Monstro OLPF – Standard
  • 1 Ranger Monstro OLPF – Skin Tone Highlight
  • 1 Ranger Monstro OLPF – Low Light Optimized
  • 2 Ranger 12v PC 4PFL-4PMX, 9′
  • 2 Ranger 24v PC 4PFL-4PMX, 9′
  • 1 Red Station Mini Mag USB-C 3.1 Card Reader
  • 1 USB-C 3.1 / Thunderbolt 3 Cable, 2′
  • 4 RedMag Mini 512GB SSD Drives
  • 1 Custom Cut Mastercase

Camera Sensor

there is a shimmed PL mount and then inside that is the Monstro Vista vision sensor.

This sensor is 46.3 millimeter and it’s larger than anything else out there at least on the width in terms of full frame and the only other digital sensor.

this is the alexis 65 with the 8k resolution that red offers some quick specs and highlights of the processing of this camera.

you can do 60 frames a second in 8k you can do up to 240 frames a second in full 2k.

or if you wanted to drop from 4 to 1 ratio you can do 300 frames a second in 2k.

With this, you can get 17stops of dynamic range with the sensor to really retain those highlights and the shadow areas.

Camera Body

I want to cover more of these specs and detail about the body all the different port switches and knobs so let me dive into all of the accessories that come with this kit.

It has gold mount battery plate on the back as well as the PL mount on the front of the camera.

There is a couple of buttons on the side pretty standard for a red touch monitor to plug that monitor in.

screen red monitor has a bunch of mounting points on the back from core 20 and 3/8 as well as the port for your LCD.

Camera Performance

This camera has red manual that comes in a cool digital format that auto-plays a video when you open it up.

Another thing about this camera that it allowed you to have music in the background.

Red Ranger Monstro 8k
Photo by ShareGrid on Unsplash

some of the hardware that builds on and adds to the camera is the red production handle.

It has a bunch of quarter-twenty and 3/8 mounts all along with it and this just mounts directly to the top of the cage.

it also has 2 lightweight 15-millimeter rod supports that again mount to that top cage of the camera.

If you need to do anything with rods there is also a 9-inch articulating red arm that is used for the monitor and this is the 7 inch Pro touch.

I found that it doesn’t use the Quick Connect so you need to have one of these adapters either.

it also has a couple of tools that come with it a three-sixteen this ballpoint driver as well as the classic red Sidewinder tool which has a bunch of things from Phillips’s head to flat head.

I realized that it comes with AC power brick which goes 3 pin XLR into a 4 pin into the camera also has a universal power cable that just plugs directly into the wall.

If I compare Red Monstro with Sony Venice I was able to shoot both cameras at up to 3200 ISO with no problem in a pinch you can even stretch it to 6400 ISO if you’re willing to do some color correction and noise reduction.

One cool feature the Sony Venice has over the red monstro is it has built-in IR ND filters and I tested it from 800 ISO all the way to 10,000 iso which is the upper limit.

as far as ISO s are concerned the red monstro goes up to 12,800 ISO but the Venice goes up to 10000 ISO and both those ISOs are unusable in my opinion too much color, noise, and the color shifts as well.

the other advantage the monstro has over the Venice is it’s a true 8k camera and you can do up to 60 frames per second in 8k in the anamorphic mode as well you all get is about 60 frames per second with the Venice.

red ranger 8k
Photo by ShareGrid on Unsplash

another advantage the Sony Venice has is when a new sensor comes you just have to take it out and replace the sensor while keeping the rest of the body as it is because Sony has a track record of changing cameras camera designs completely.

So at the end the red monster and Sony Venice are better low-light performance that’s why I tested Venice against the monster specifically for low-light the Sony Venice has great image quality.

Item Weight 7.5 lb / 3.4 kg
Item Dimensions 8.12 x 6.32 x 6″ / 206.36 x 160.6 x 152.35 mm
Material Aluminum
Manufacture Red Digital

Except all this, it has another cable that comes with the LCD cable which just goes into those lemo adapters and then right into the back of the monitor.

and lastly, I need to mention there are two little cases the first one is just for the standard olp and it fits just a storage case.

Release Date2017
Sensor typeFull Frame CMOS
Sensor pixels35.4
Sensor resolution8192 x 4320
Sensor size40.96 x 21.6 mm
Color FilterColor Filter
Shutter Type Rolling Shutter
Dynamic Range17 Stops
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 80 dB
Lens Mount PL Mount
Interchangeable Lens Mount Yes
Storage type1 x RED MINI-MAG Card Slot
Raw recording8192 x 4320 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/48/50/59.94/60 fps
7168 x 3780 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/48/50/59.94/60 fps
6144 x 3240 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/48/50/59.94/60 fps
5120 x 2700 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/48/50/59.94/60 fps
4096 x 2160 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/48/50/59.94/60 fps
3072 x 1620 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/48/50/59.94/60 fps
2048 x 1080 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/48/50/59.94/60 fps
Recording modesProRes 422HQ 4:2:2:
4096 x 2160 at 23.98/24/25/29.97 fps
2048 x 1080 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/48/50/59.94/60/120 fps
ProRes 4444XQ 4:4:4:
2048 x 1080 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/48/50/59.94/60/120 fps
DNxHR 4:2:2 12-Bit:
4096 x 2160 at 23.98/24/25/29.97 fps
2048 x 1080 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/48/50/59.94/60/120 fps
DNxHR 4:2:2 8-Bit:
4096 x 2160 at 23.98/24/25/29.97 fps
DNxHD 4:4:4 10-Bit:
1920 x 1080 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/48/50/59.94/60/120 fps
DNxHD 4:2:2 10-Bit:
1920 x 1080 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/48/50/59.94/60/120 fps
DNxHD 4:2:2 8-Bit:
1920 x 1080 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/48/50/59.94/60/120 fps
Connections2 x BNC (3G-SDI) Output
1 x BNC (SDI) Monitor Output
1 x 3-Pin XLR Mic/Line Level (+48 V Phantom Power) Input
1 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm Stereo Headphone Output
Video8K/75 fps resolution 3190 x 3456
2K 240 fps resolution 2048 x 1080
Display type LCD touchscreen
Screen size 7.0
Screen resolutions1920 x 1136
Battery type V Mount
Temperature2 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
-4 to 122°F / -20 to 50°C
Body MaterialAluminum
Dimensions8.12 x 6.32 x 6
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the red ranger is very special it’s a new flagship high-end camera and I’m excited to get into some of the highlights of this camera.


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