Today, RED announced that the previous Dragon sensor would be getting the DSMC2 treatment with internal IPP2.
The Dragon-X sensor is now available as an option for the DSMC2 brain for $14,950.
- 13.8 Megapixel CMOS Sensor
- 25.6 mm x 13.5 mm (Diagonal: 28.9 mm)
- 96 fps at 5K Full Format (5120 x 2700)
- 120 fps at 5K 2.4:1 (5120 x 2160)
This now brings the DSMC2 line up to four sensors, with the Dragon-X sensor sitting underneath the Gemini 5K sensor and adds a new lower cost option to the DSMC2 cameras.
The Dragon-X Camera Kit has also been introduced at $19,950 which has the same bundled items as the previous Raven kits.
Upgrade Paths & Price Changes
In typical RED fashion, they have provided an upgrade path to current cameras which are detailed on RED’s help article.
Jarred Land has this to say in REDUSER.
“The math wont make sense right now. Don’t try and make sense of it. You can goto a dealer right now and buy a Scarlet-W from them and pay the upgrade to DSMC2 Gemini but buying a DSMC2 Gemini new outright is cheaper. There are some other examples that won’t make sense.. but 99% of them are in your favor so don’t ask questions 🙂
So… onto the good stuff.
$12,500 for an upgrade from Scarlet-W to DSMC2 Gemini.
$14,500 for an upgrade from DSMC1 Dragon cameras to DSMC2 Gemini.
$4,950 to upgrade Epic-W internals to the new unified DSMC2 ( Weapon
To upgrade to the Dragon-X sensor from the Scarlet-W will cost $4,950.
RED Armor-W is also available at the time of upgrade for $5,900 which adds a 2-year warranty and ability to do a sensor swap later down the line.
What about the RED Raven
The RED Raven started shipping early 2016, priced at $5,950 for the brain only. It has a 4K Dragon sensor and a fixed EF mount. Once you packaged it with the Jetpack or I/O module, you had a 4K camera for under $10K.
In the RED RAVEN Camera group on Facebook, Jarred Land also teased a small window of opportunity for those looking to upgrade from the RED Raven. If you look at the help article, you’ll find that the Raven is not eligible to be upgraded so this will be offered for a limited time only.
The upgrade path for Raven to Dragon-X will cost $8,500 but will only be available for one week in January.
Can I upgrade to one of the new cameras?
Yes, most cameras are eligible to be upgraded to the DSMC2 cameras. Cameras eligible for upgrade include:
- WEAPON HELIUM 8K S35
- EPIC-W HELIUM 8K S35
- WEAPON RED DRAGON 6K
- EPIC-W GEMINI 5K S35
- SCARLET-W RED DRAGON 5K
- EPIC DRAGON
- SCARLET DRAGON
The list above includes any Monochrome versions, and any construction materials (Magnesium, Carbon Fiber, etc.) of those cameras.
What cameras cannot be upgraded?
The following cameras are NOT eligible to upgrade to the DSMC2 cameras:
- RED ONE
- EPIC MYSTERIUM-X
- SCARLET MYSTERIUM-X
- RED RAVEN
- WEAPON MONSTRO 8K VV: This camera does not need to be upgraded, since it has the same sensor and specs as the DSMC2 MONSTRO.