The Red Dragon


The team at Red have taken a new turn in their range of cinema camera’s. They have now released their new camera the Red Dragon, with a 6k sensor and a carbon fibre body, not much else is different to one of its predecessor’s the Red Epic Monochrome, except for the price tag and gaining another 1k in the sensor.

Yes this is a full cinema camera and an indie film makers dream, but not many people have an extra $50,000 lying around to buy a camera body alone. Battery packs, lenses, anything else you’d need or want to make a film, is an additional cost to the original 50k. So sadly, a lot less small time film makers that could maybe afford the Red Epic Monochrome for a slight price drop of around $25,000 can continue making glorifying short films that could be in the same category as maybe The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Robocop or the new Transformers 4, that were also filmed on cameras from the Red Epic range. But hold on, it’s not all grim news: all over the world there are companies that have thought ahead, that rent out Red cameras such as Bens Hire, so people like you and I can have our own fun in the sun with some great hardware, as long as you have at least a thousand dollars PER DAY to hire yourself a decent set up plus someone that knows how to actually use the camera. So for the non Hollywood film makers, Red releasing a new camera means what for the everyday student studying film or media? achieving that “cinema” or “Hollywood” look for your masterpiece with a DSLR isn’t as simple as knowing your camera inside and out or a decent colour grade as many people may hope.

Red. 2014.  [online] Available at:[Accessed: 12 Feb 2014].

1 comment

  • gcmedia 4 years ago

    Hi Mick,
    Yes, the RED Dragon is awesome (as it should be for 50k!). Unfortunately, as you point out, it’s very expensive, even to rent one. And yes, there’s more to the ‘cinema’ look than just colour grading, though excellent results can still be achieved using a DSLR with a good knowledge of frame rates and colour-grading. There is a step between the two however, which I think is interesting – one example is from the company Black Magic, which currently have three ‘cinema’ cameras, that shoot in RAW (very important for that film look, with great control over light and dark areas of the image). They currently have three models and the results are very impressive. There is the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (full HD, $1,239), the Blackmagic Cinema Camera (2.5k, $2,475) and the Blackmagic Production Camera (4k, $3,659). Great results and more affordable for indie film makers. For more info check out: