RED Raven Camera Has a 4K Dragon Sensor, Pricing Starts at $5,950! #4K4ALL

If you recall, over the weekend we told you about the new entry level camera that RED are working on. The new camera is to be called RED Raven and in a very RED fashion the promotional campaign prior to the official announcement started with a few teaser photos shared by none other than the RED Fire Chief and President – Jarred Land. From the early photos we learned the name of the camera and that it also will feature on-board Wi-fi and some form of 4K recording (presumably REDCODE Raw) at 120fps.

red raven front sensor

Earlier yesterday we got a few more glimpses and reveals courtesy of the man in charge of RED over at The forum thread dedicated to the the new camera release entitled #4K4ALL was literally on fire last night and grew exponentially to about 133+ pages at the time of writing of this article after Jarred revealed quite a few juicy details about the RED Raven camera. We’ve sifted through all of it so  you don’t have to.

Here is a summary of what we know for about the RED Raven far:

  • WEAPON style body – RAVEN is part of 2nd generation DSMC platform
  • Red Raven uses a 4K DRAGON SENSOR and its size is 20.48mm wide. Size is bigger than Micro 4/3, but smaller than APS-C and Super 35
  • Full-frame crop factor is 1.87x. EF-S and Super 35 lenses will cover the image circle of this sensor
  • Fixed Canon EF mount – so forget about Speed Boosters
  • It will not shoot 5K
  • REDCODE Raw 5:1 compression
  • 4K at 120fps
  • Wi-fi on board
  • Records onto MINI Mags – 120GB (coming October), 240GB, 512GB and 1TB
  • Weapon accessories and modules will work (most of not all, exactly which ones is TBD)
  • Body price – $5,950 Brain Only! 
  • Targeting sub-$10K market
  • Minimum Shooting Kit just below $10K
  • Lightest camera RED has ever made – lighter than 3.27 lbs (CF Forged Weapon)
  • Not a replacement for the Scarlet

The Raven doesn’t replace Scarlet, It’s a new category in our line up. Raven is a younger, hungrier, more “spirited” member of the RED family with a bit of a chip on his shoulder ready to take on the entire sub-$10k market with images that you will be incredibly proud of.

red raven wifi2

The RED Raven is shaping to be a hell of a camera and priced very aggressively even by RED standards. After all this is to be their entry level camera and in 2015 unlike in prior years when the Scarlet was announced as a lower priced companion to the more expensive EPIC, there’s cameras like the URSA Mini and Sony FS7, which are the two most sought after sub-$10K cameras at the moment. Of course, the URSA Mini is yet to ship, but that’s another story.

So there you have it – the RED Raven Brain alone is $6K – and that in itself is tremendous value to get into the RED ecosystem, however as well all know the brain alone is nothing without the bits around it that make it work – such as media, batteries and monitor, which are not exactly what most of us would call affordable. According to the current pricing from the RED US store, here’s what we get for a bare minimum shooting package:

  • RED Raven Brain – $5,950
  • RED Mini MAG 120GB – $850 x 1
  • RED Station Mini MAG reader – $195 x 1
  • RED Touch Weapon 4.7″ LCD – $1,450 x 1 (early 2016)
  • Weapon REDVOLT XL Module – $1,150
  • REDVOLT XL Battery (2 Pack) – $675

Total: $10,270

Now, it is not known yet if there will be more cost effective shooting kits with bundled media, or batteries, so the above list is just compiled from the current pricing. In either case, the RED Raven is certainly going to stir things up and be a cost effective option for those who have always wanted to get into shooting RED. Looks like the Raven is shaping up to be one awesome 4K beast, and may very well be the first RED camera for many shooters.

The official announcement will be this Friday 25th and we can’t wait to share all the details here on the blog with you guys.

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  • Eno

    It has roughly the same crop factor as Gh2 in video mode. 🙂

  • Alois Herrmann

    I wonder how it will compete to the URSA Mini, as it also boasts An EF mount, internal 4k recording AND a super-35-sensor. But will the extra .6k version top RED ?

  • Magnus Wake

    It’s not just about 4k though it’s about how the image falls off in the highlights etc. That’s a dragon sensor and so regardless of resolution which will give the better image quality, URSA Mini or the Dragon sensor, I’d suspect Dragon but would be good to see a comparison.