Is buying a used RED ONE camera worth it?

Is buying into the RED ONE really worth it at any price? With televisions and the Internet taking a firm hold to 4K resolution this past year, the camera that lensed great films like “The Social Network” and “The book of Eli” is available to the video professional at a fraction of the original cost. But does the 10lbs camera body without a lens compare to the new DSLR and micro four-thirds cameras that also shoot in 4K?

First, the argument against: The support gear and accessories needed to keep the RED ONE in working order are harder and harder to find as the RED does not fully support or make most of the parts for their original flagship camera system anymore. Buying into RED’s first generation beta tested tech could prove to be more trouble than it’s worth.

The REDCODE raw format is above and beyond amazing as the camera was the choice of so many Hollywood films. 

However, the RED ONE has a pedigree of films and productions under its belt to make any video enthusiast or first time feature filmmaker consider buying a RED ONE camera package to shoot their upcoming project. The REDCODE raw format is above and beyond amazing as the camera was the choice of so many Hollywood films. The affordability of quality camera packages, storage for the media and computer processing for the post production has finally hit a price that makes artistic visual storytelling affordable.

RED ONE camera with accessories
RED ONE camera with accessories

The RED ONE camera works best on a stage or studio setting. While the run and gun options for this camera exist they are very limited and cumbersome. Stage and studio work with this camera can compete with and sometime surpass 35mm film as proven in the several Hollywood pictures made with the camera system over the past 8 years.

The RED ONE is a professional camera and now is priced at a point that makes it worth looking into for your upcoming video production needs. If you’re an up-and-coming studio looking to go to the next level on a limited budget there has never been a better time to buy Hollywood studio quality 4K cameras at less than $5,000. For the right situation, the RED ONE could be the ideal camera for you, at the right price. Remember to check out all the options and make sure you are getting what’s best for your budget and longevity of the gear. Always use caution when buying online and register and maintain the camera through when you receive it.

“ is a network of Red camera owners users and tech heads that can offer support and navigation to purchasing a used 4k RED ONE package that can assist you with technical questions you might have about the camera.

John La Tier used Red One camera system as a video artist since its inception. Having worked with great cinematographers like Vilmos Zsigmond and Peter Hyams John introduced 4k to a generation of master filmmakers that always knew the digital age would come.

Susan Schmierer
Susan Schmierer
Susan is the Art Director at Videomaker and Creator Handbook Magazines.

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