Red has begun shipping the new Dragon-X 5K S35 camera, an extension of its DSMC2 line-up. The new model puts a Red Dragon sensor in a camera body that conforms with Red’s standardized DSMC2 design, which includes the in-camera hardware for Red’s vaunted IPP2 image processing system.
Red rates the Dragon-X at 16.5 stops of dynamic range. It can shoot 5K at up to 96fps in full-format acquisition mode or up to 120fps in (top-and-bottom-cropped) 2.40:1 mode. Data transfer speeds can reach 300 MB/sec and simultaneous recording of Redcode Raw and Apple ProRes or Avid DNx is supported.
The Dragon-X is now the least expensive DSMC2 option, selling for $14,950 on its own or for $19,950 in a special kit including a 480 GB Red Mini-Mag and G-Technology ev Series Red Mini-Mag Reader, a 4.7-inch LCD monitor, IDX batteries and charger, Canon lens mount, Sigma 18–35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art lens, and more.
An upgrade path is open for Scarlet-W owners, who can trade up to the Dragon-X for $4,950.
In other Red news, shooters will get new configuration options early next year, the company said, when it ships the just-announced DSMC2 Production Module. Mounting on the back of a Red camera, the module provides a V-Lock battery mount and P-Tap along with a range of connections including video, XLR audio, three-pin 24V power, and communications.
The new Production Module is said to be smaller and more lightweight than the existing $3,950 Redvolt Expander, which has now disappeared from the company’s online store. Red says it should ship in mid-January for $4,750, with a gold-mount version slated for later in the year. A DSMC2 Production Kit will also be available, adding a Production Handle and Production Top Plate to the module at a price of $6,500.