Tuesday March 12, 2019

RED Removes References to Hydrogen One Modular Components

Ultra high end camera manufacturer RED recently launched an Android smartphone with an ultra high end price (which Apple and Samsung nearly matched with recent releases), but the phone's reception was mixed. Users summed up the integrated 3D display as "neat," but note that most Android apps can't take advantage of it, and the built-in camera is conspicuously mediocre for a product that comes from one of the world's premiere camera designers. Many reviewers insisted that the promised modular expansions would justify $1300+ price tag, but Reddit user /u/ReipasTietokonePoju just noticed that RED has removed all references to the addons from their website. Project lead Jim Jannard already responded to the controversy on the Hydrogen One's user forums, claiming that the RED team is now responsible for the "professional image capture program," and that "you can expect one of the most significant 4V updates in the next two weeks." My corporate speak is a little rusty, but I don't see any references to the promised storage expansion and battery modules. Fortunately, it would appear that the camera module is alive in at least some form, and we'll presumably learn more about it in the coming weeks. Thanks to T4rd for the tip.

Some have noticed that we have taken down the images of the 2D module from our website. The reason for that is because we are currently in the middle of radically changing the HYDROGEN program. As I have said before, everything can and will change. A series of obstacles and then new discoveries have given us the opportunity to significantly improve the entire program, not only for HYDROGEN but also for RED. The changes create new opportunities to better satisfy the professional image capture customers as well as the casual consumer for the HYDROGEN program. The RED team, led by Jarred Land, as of now will now be fully in charge of the professional image capture program for HYDROGEN and the HYDROGEN team is fully engaged on the new in-device image capture system. Both are major advancements to what was previously posted. We are excited to share details as soon as we file the patents and lock down the changes and are all pretty excited about what is coming... As a side note... all HYDROGEN customers will be "obsolescence obsolete" when buying into the new professional image capture program.

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