The RED Hydrogen One was introduced again in May 2018. The Hydrogen was marketed as a standalone, full-featured, unlocked multi-band smartphone working on Android OS.
Perhaps the important thing characteristic that was attractive lots of people to order was the longer term promise of modularity. At the time RED mentioned:
HYDROGEN ONE is the muse of a future multi-dimensional media system. The HYDROGEN SYSTEM incorporates a brand new high-speed knowledge bus to allow a complete and ever-expanding modular element system, which is able to embody future attachments for taking pictures larger high quality movement and nonetheless pictures
They went on to say “What we can have is a modular system that provides picture high quality nicely past another digital camera wanting our skilled cameras. Remember that we now have lots of elbow room on this entrance. Our Weapon Helium sensor scored 108 on DXOMark.com That beat the Sony A7RII by 10 full factors.”
Well, it appears that evidently modularity could or could not nonetheless be occurring. Over on
This induced nothing wanting a panic from Hydrogen house owners. There was a lot speak on the discussion board that Jim Jannard needed to reply. Below is what he mentioned:
Some have seen that we now have taken down the photographs of the 2D module from our web site.
The cause for that’s as a result of we’re at present in the midst of radically altering the HYDROGEN program. As I’ve mentioned earlier than, every thing can and can change.
A collection of obstacles after which new discoveries have given us the chance to considerably enhance the complete program, not just for HYDROGEN but additionally for RED.
The modifications create new alternatives to raised fulfill the skilled picture seize prospects in addition to the informal shopper for the HYDROGEN program.
The RED group, led by Jarred Land, as of now will now be totally accountable for the skilled picture seize program for HYDROGEN and the HYDROGEN group is totally engaged on the brand new in-device picture seize system. Both are main developments to what was beforehand posted.
We are excited to share particulars as quickly as we file the patents and lock down the modifications and are all fairly enthusiastic about what’s coming…
As a aspect observe… all HYDROGEN prospects might be “obsolescence out of date” when shopping for into the brand new skilled picture seize program.
While I perceive the put up is a bit cryptic, there are a couple of misnomers on the market already.
The HYDROGEN group is precisely as earlier than. The major distinction is that as an alternative of the HYDROGEN group operating the professional digital camera for HYDROGEN, RED is.
HYDROGEN One is alive and nicely… with extra updates frequently making it extra highly effective and higher with every replace. In reality, you possibly can count on one of the crucial important 4V updates within the subsequent two weeks.
In the absence of clear messaging, the group goes loopy attempting to fill within the blanks. We will put up extra information after we can, however we now have issues to scrub up (patents for one) earlier than we give out any extra information.
One extra clarification… “obsolescence obsolete” for HYDROGEN house owners signifies that your H1 is NOT out of date when the Pro digital camera model comes out. Not positive how this received tousled…
Jim Jannard- RED
As standard, the response was fairly cryptic, however RED nonetheless appears to be pushing forward with modules. The solely actual information right here is that the Pro digital camera modules at the moment are going to be dealt with by the RED group and never the group that appears after the Hydrogen.
Just what these Pro digital camera modules will encompass and be able to continues to be an enormous unknown.
Some of the unique patents talked about that the picture sensor is contained inside a mind module and could also be comprised of a wide range of video sensing units, together with
The patent utility goes on to say that in some configurations the digital camera may be configured to output video at 2K, 3K, 4K, 4.5K, 5K, 6K, 8K, and even better resolutions. The sensor can vary from as small as about 0.5″ (8mm), 2/3″, S35 (cine), 35mm to full body stills and 645 sized. In one collection of mind modules, sensors are contemplated having sizes of 10.1×5.35mm, 24.4×13.7mm, 30x15mm, 36x24mm, 56x42mm and 186x56mm. Additionally, the picture sensor may be configured to supply variable decision by selectively outputting solely a predetermined portion of the sensor.
Delays and disappointment
The Hydrogen not solely didn’t ship on time, nevertheless it was additionally met with combined critiques.
The Verge mentioned, “RED HYDROGEN ONE REVIEW: ALL HYPE
It’s apparent that is RED’s first cellphone.”
Digital Trends mentioned, “The Red Hydrogen One’s ambition outpaces its quality.”
Mashable went so far as to say “RED’s Hydrogen One was the worst tech product of 2018”
Where does RED go from right here?
Despite the crucial critiques and delays, I feel the Hydrogen One nonetheless has a future, simply not as a smartphone. I didn’t personally suppose it ever would take off as a smartphone various to Apple or Samsung. The Hydrogen One needs to be checked out for what it may be, not what it at present is.
The Hydrogen One, when and if it ever will get the Pro digital camera modules, may grow to be a really fascinating product. Being capable of connect Pro digital camera modules to a smartphone base is just about why it was invented within the first place, the smartphone performance is admittedly simply an add on.
As everyone knows RED is at all times continuously altering issues and dealing at their very own tempo. The hassle with know-how lately is that should you take too lengthy to convey one thing to market then your product can simply be bounce frogged by another person.
Will this occur to the Hydrogen One? Who is aware of.
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