RED is building an 8K 3D camera for its holographic phone

It will allow users to see 3D content live on the Hydrogen One.

RED is partnering with a company called Lucid on an 8K, 3D prosumer camera that will work with its incoming Hydrogen One smartphone, Lucid announced. The device -- shown above in prototype form at RED's Hydrogen One party -- has two synced 4K cameras that capture and convert video and images to 8K 4V (.h4v) files. Those can then be displayed in 3D on the Hydrogen One's "holographic" display, and later uploaded to YouTube, Facebook and RED's own content hub.

Lucid is best known for its LucidCam consumer camera that can shoot 180-degree 3D VR video and photos. Now, it's putting some of that tech into RED's camera and the Hydrogen One smartphone.

The new camera will use RED's hardware and camera design chops, and carry the same look as other RED models, Lucid notes. At the same time it will pack Lucid's real-time 3D Fusion tech to stitch the images together into files compatible with the Hydrogen One. The smartphone can be dropped into the new camera to act as a display for it, letting users "view the content immediately in 3D/4V without headsets," said Lucid CEO Han Jin.

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Not a ton is known yet about RED's Hydrogen One smartphone (shown above), other than that it will produce a 3D effect without the need for glasses. When you rotate the display, people, buildings, trees and other objects will appear to project from the screen. However, RED hasn't allowed anyone to photograph the screen yet, as it said that regular photos can't do the 3D effect justice.

We also know that it packs a 5.7-inch, QHD screen, Snapdragon 835 chip, 4,500 mAh battery, USB Type-C port and headphone jack. The industrial design is unique, to say the least, and it comes in aluminum for $1,195 or titanium for $1,595. If all goes well, it'll arrive this summer at Verizon and AT&T, and you'll also be able to buy it directly from RED.

Image courtesy of Phil Holland