RED recently announced the DSMC2 Dragon-X 5K camera. Since the RED Raven 4.5K camera and the Dragon-X both use the RED Dragon sensor, what’s the difference? Is it worth upgrading from the RED Raven to the Dragon-X?
If you are looking to up your cinematography game, the Dragon-X can certainly help you. The interchangeable lens mount means you can attach your favorite lenses even if they are something odd like a Nikon mount. You can also change out the Optical Low-Pass Filter or OLPF on the Dragon-X. This allows you to change how Infrared and Ultra Violet light are blocked from the sensor. The Skin Tone-Highlight OLPF has the best color rendition, while the Low-Light Optimized OLPF has the least amount of noise in low-light situations.
We also found that the larger size of the sensor on the Dragon-X meant overall smaller noise and a wider image on the same lenses when compared to the RED Raven.
Perhaps the biggest upgrade to the Dragon-X over the Epic Dragon is the ability to create color graded dailies in-camera. This means you can use with RED’s new IPP2 color pipeline for your camera originals, and can also record ProRes or DNxHR 2K proxies in Rec. 709 with the director of photography’s creative LUT applied directly to the footage.
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