There has been a lot of negative press from big media outlets and high profile Content Creators on the web regarding the new Hydrogen One phone from the RED camera company. After doing some research I chose to purchase the Hydrogen One phone over the iPhone XS Max which was my initial choice. I am totally happy with the Hydrogen One phone after 3 weeks of owning it and so I wanted to share my experience with the phone.
I like to create content, I write and take pictures and make videos. I have 360-degree cameras, point, and shoot cameras and, more recently a 180-degree camera. To me, the Hydrogen One was an addition to my arsenal of content creation tools that just happened to be a phone. I think the negative reviews on the web came from people who wanted a phone or a small tablet first and an easy, automatic camera second. For those people, the Hydrogen One may not be the best choice. For people like me though I think it is the best choice.
In this video I take you through a review of the features (manual and automatic) that are included with the Hydrogen One’s still camera. IT has amazing things like a bokeh tool that works really well, the ability to set color temperature in Kelvin and the ability to save color settings (LUTs).
Video Exploration of the Hydrogen One Camera
Immediately below are the specs of the cameras on the Hydrogen One taken directly from the phone itself. There is probably a lot of unnecessary information included but different people look for different information so I included it as is. It is public information available to anyone who has one of these phones,
Below the images with the phone specs I am going to include some additional information that my research provided. In the end I think this will be the best portrait of exactly what the cameras on the Hydrogen One are. I made the specs as complete as I could.
A Well Designed Phone
I was curious as to where the camera sensors themselves came from. Unlike iPhone and most other dual camera phones the Hydrogen One dual cameras are (I believe) two sets of twin cameras front and back. This would make it easier for the cameras to capture stereo images that could be rendered as 3D or h4v (the RED/Leia format).
The RED Hydrogen One features a
an integrated graphics card in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC for smartphones. It was introduced in early 2017 and can be found in high-end Android smartphones.”
It also mentions the Vulkan API which is; “a low-overhead, cross-platform 3D graphics and computing API. Vulkan targets high-performance realtime 3D graphics applications such as video games and interactive media across all platforms”.
The RED Hydrogen One is then, as expected, a
An insider at RED told me that the camera sensor module itself was produced by a Chinese company called Sunny. I found the company and emailed them asking which of their camera modules was used in the Hydrogen One but they declined to comment. The only dual lens module I could find on their site was this one. I have no way of knowing if this is indeed the one used or if it was another. At least I feel like I have a little bit more insight into the camera.
The software behind the dual lens camera was created with the help of the Lucid Camera company. Their Lucid Cam, 180 degree/3D camera was one of the first to use two 180 degree lenses to simulate human eyes and thereby give natural depth to their images. This article goes into a little bit of detail about where the Lucid software came from and how they applied it to the Hydrogen One camera. It also talks a bit about the 8k camera module that Lucid has created for RED and which will be controlled by the Hydrogen One phone.
I plan on doing another video and article about the video capabilities of the camera on the Hydrogen One and another on the h4v/3D abilities of the phone. For now let me point you to the page of Leia, the company that has the nanotech that makes the revolutionary h4v screen of the Hydrogen One work.
I am really excited about this camera phone and where it can go from here. I am happy to be one of the early owners and am busy creating images and video on the phone. I am also using the Hydrogen One to control my other cameras like my Lucid Cam and my Yi 360. I think that the Hydrogen One is a great investment for Content Creators.