RED is releasing a entry-level camera body: DSMC2 Dragon-X

RED’s known for its expensive professional cameras, but the company is reaching out to entry-level filmmakers with its new DSMC2 Dragon-X option.

A couple of months ago, RED made a few price cuts to its product line. They were hopeful that would make it easier for videographers to actually use their cameras. However, RED didn’t have an entry-level RED camera that had the power of the DSMC2. Now, the company has the DSMC2 DRAGON-X 5K S35.

DSMC2 Dragon-X

The Dragon-X version of the RED DSMC2 retains the original sensor but updates the set up with an IPP2-compatible processing system. This allows for IPP2 in the camera. IPP2 will give the camera a simpler interface through new controls and a cleaner image with improved low light sensitivity. And this is with the same sensor!

At the same time, the camera still offers 16.5 stops of dynamic range and can write simultaneously to ProRes and DNx.

It’s “entry-level”

The DSMC2 Dragon-X’s kit is priced at $19,500, which certainly is a lot lower than what RED cameras typically run for. However, this price really isn’t realistic for entry-level filmmakers. How many beginners do you know who have $20,000 to spend on a camera? Not many.

This is what you’ll get with the kit:

RED's DSMC2 Dragon-X kit
RED’s DSMC2 Dragon-X kit
  • 480GB RED MINI-MAG
  • Canon lens mount
  • RED DSMC2 Touch LCD 4.7” Monitor
  • RED DSMC2 Outrigger Handle
  • RED V-Lock I/O Expander
  • Two IDX DUO-C98 batteries with VL-2X charger
  • G-Technology ev Series RED MINI-MAG Reader
  • Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art Lens
  • Nanuk heavy-duty camera case

Go to RED’s site to learn more.

1 COMMENT

  1. RED is a good company, but they need to realize the difference between “entry level” and “affordable”. This package is great for smaller productions that don’t have the budget for the really nice cameras. Now if they really took a hard look at their camera, and downsized some components and kept the image quality and got the price down under $10k, they would make a sizeable ripple in the market. They could reach into the consumer base that have been arguing over the C200/C300mii, Ursa Mini, FS5, and EVA-1. That would be interesting to watch.

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