The RED cameras have always been synonymous with higher resolutions while staying ahead of the competition in that particular regard since the introduction of RED One back in 2007.
The company continues to push the envelope even today with the release of Firmware v7.3.0 update that unlocks 6K recording capabilities on the DSMC2 Dragon-X 5K S35. It’s also worth mentioning that this is a free upgrade for Dragon-X owners to take advantage of the full sensor already inside their cameras.
Introduced back in November 2018, the DSMC Dragon-X has quickly become one of the RED’s best selling offerings this year. The Dragon 5K S35 sensor addition to the DSMC2 lineup marked the 4th option cinematographers have when choosing a sensor for the simplified, and unified DSMC2 family, which also includes the Gemini 5K, the Helium 8K S35, and the top-tier Monstro 8K VV.
As of now, the RED Dragon-X 5K S35 can shoot 75 fps at 6K (6144 x 3160) Full Format as well as 100 fps at 6K (6144 x 2592) 2.4:1. When recording in 6K Full Format (6144 x 3160), users can choose from the following REDCODE RAW formats – 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x, 1.25x.
Before the release of this particular update, the 13.8-megapixel Dragon-X Super 35 sensor topped out at 5K/96fps using the full sensor, or 5K/120fps if using the 2.4:1 mode. Now, it officially joins the 6K camera realm with rivals such as the Pocket 6K, Panasonic S1H, Z-CAM E2 S6, just to name a few.