RED Announces New Scarlet-W 5K Camera in a Weapon Body

In a true RED fashion, less than 24 hours ago, RED announced not one, but 2 new cameras – the Scarlet-W and the Scarlet-W Monochrome. According to RED boss Jarred Land in a forum posting over at, the new cameras were originally supposed to be released at NAB 2016, but they’ve decided to announce them earlier before Christmas and before early spring in March when the Raven is supposed to be shipping as to not keep Scarlet Dragon owners in the dark.

In short, at the heart of the new Scarlet-W lays a 5,120 x 2,700 Super 35 13.8 Megapixel RED DRAGON sensor capable of recording resolutions including 5K (Full Sensor readout) at 48fps, 5K in 2.40:1 aspect ratio up to 60fps as well as super-slow motion at 4K in 2.4:1 up to 150fps.

The two new camera systems are part of the DSMC 2.0 line of camera bodies and accessories started with the Weapon and its various models, as well as the other newly announced entry-level RAVEN, which was announced back in September this year.

Scarlet-W Weapon Body with V-Lock

As part of the “Weaponised” DSMC 2.0 RED bodies, the Scarlet-W does get built-in Wi-Fi capabilities, 3D LUT support (17 x 17 x 17) and also simultaneous REDCODE RAW (.r3d) and Apple ProRes HQ 422 recording. Similar to the Raven, the ProRes recording is limited to 2K at 60fps and is scaled, not a crop from the sensor, which is a good thing. Unlike the RED RAVEN, the Scarlet-W has interchangeable mounts (Canon EF, Nikon, PL and more) and also interchangeable OLPF system – you get a choice of Standard, Skin tones & Highlights, or Low Light.

RED Scarlet-W Base Pack

The Scarlet-W does have more resolution (5K vs 4.5K) than the Raven, which has always been considered as the entry-level camera designed for drone/gimbal use and to also get first time RED owners into the RED ecosystem, but more importantly it does have a full Super 35 Dragon Sensor (25.6 x 13.5mm), not a smaller cut of it like the Raven. This means that users who require full S35 lens coverage will need to go for the Scarlet-W instead of the Raven. The new Scarlet-W cameras, in both price point and feature set, sit above the Raven and below the basic Weapon Magnesium.

Scarlet W 5K camera RED

Scarlet-W Features & Specs

Maximum Frame rates

  • 48 fps at 5K Full Frame (5120 x 2700) and 8:1 REDCODE
  • 60 fps at 5K 2.4:1 (5120 x 2160) and 8:1 REDCODE
  • 120 fps at 4K Full Frame (4096 x 2160) and 13:1 REDCODE
  • 150 fps at 4K 2.4:1 (4096 x 1728) and 13:1 REDCODE
  • 160 fps at 3K Full Frame (3072 x 1620) and 10:1 REDCODE
  • 200 fps at 3K 2.4:1 (3072 x 1296) and 10:1 REDCODE
  • 240 fps at 2K Full Frame (2048 x 1080) and 7:1 REDCODE
  • 300 fps at 2K 2.4:1 (2048 x 864) and 7:1 REDCODE

REDCODE Compression

  • 4:1 REDCODE for 5K (5120 x 2700) at 24 fps
  • 8:1 REDCODE for 5K (5120 x 2700) at 48 fps
  • 3:1 REDCODE for 4K (4096 x 2160) at 24 fps
  • 7:1 REDCODE for 4K (4096 x 2160) at 60 fps
5K Full Frame (5120 x 2700), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Anamorphic 2x, 1.3x
4.5K Full Frame (4608 x 2412), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x
4K Full Frame (4096 x 2160), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x
3K Full Frame (3072 x 1620), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x
2K Full Frame (2048 x 1080), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x
APPLE PRORES Apple ProRes 422 HQ up to 2K (2048 × 1080) and up to 60 fps
Apple ProRes 422 up to 2K (2048 × 1080) and up to 60 fps
Apple ProRes 422 LT up to 2K (2048 × 1080) and up to 60 fps
5K (5120 x 2700) at 24 fps and 11:1 REDCODE: 41 minutes
5K (5120 x 2700) at 48 fps and 14:1 REDCODE: 26 minutes
4.5K 2.4:1 (4608 x 1944) at 120 fps and 15:1 REDCODE: 17 minutes


WEIGHT 3.5 lbs (BRAIN with Integrated Media Bay)
OPERATING TEMPERATURE 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
STORAGE TEMPERATURE –20°C to 50°C (–4°F to 122°F)




Supports 17×17×17 3D LUTs
Variable number of 3D LUT outputs with Expander Modules
User programmable shaper 1D LUTs
Tetrahedral interpolation, 16-bit processing
AUDIO Integrated dual channel digital stereo microphones, uncompressed, 24-bit 48 kHz
Optional 2 additional channels with Expander Module, uncompressed, 24-bit 48 kHz


Built-in Wireless.
Ethernet, RS232, and GPI Trigger with Expander Modules.


3G-SDI (HD-SDI) and HDMI with Expander Modules
1080p RGB or 4:2:2, 720p RGB or 4:2:2
480p RGB or 4:2:2 (HDMI Only)
SMPTE Timecode, HANC Metadata, 24-bit 48 kHz Audio


DSMC² RED Touch 4.7″ LCD, DSMC² RED Touch 7.0″ LCD and
DSMC² RED EVF (OLED) with cable-free connection.
RED Touch 9.0″ LCD, RED Touch 7.0″ LCD, RED Touch 5.0″ LCD,
compatible with DSMC² LEMO Adaptor and LCD/EVF cable.

This time around, RED is not offering a trade-in program for Scarlet Dragon owners, but instead they get a $2,500 discount on the Scarlet-W Base I/O V-Lock package. Pricing starts at $9,950 for the bare-bones Brain (no mount, just media bay), and $14,500 for the Base I/O Package, which includes:

  • SCARLET-W BRAIN w/ integrated media bay
  • DSMC Canon Mount – Aluminum
  • DSMC² OLPF w/ Case
  • DSMC² Base I/O V-Lock Expander
  • RED MINI-MAG – 120GB
  • DSMC² RED Touch 4.7″ LCD
  • DSMC² Universal Handle

The Scarlet-W is expected to ship in March 2016. You can place your deposit directly from RED here.

[via NFS / RED]

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