RED EPIC Dragon Footage Released


If you haven’t been sleeping under a rock during the past year, you’ve probably heard quite a bit about the new EPIC Dragon offering from RED DIGITAL CINEMA. At first glance, it is a big brother to the original RED EPIC, adding 3 stops of dynamic range, clean ISO 2000 and increased stability over previous EPIC MX builds. Originally planned for release in late 2012, delays in sensor development pushed the release date into 2013 and RED shooters should be able to upgrade come September.

There are a handful of upgraded EPIC cameras out there with Dragon sensors and they’ve made their way to DPs around the world for testing. Some of the first real world images from the sensor came courtesy of Mark Toia. The images below are beautiful and really show off the extra 3 stops of dynamic range the EPIC Dragon camera boasts over earlier EPIC MX cameras.

The RED EPIC-M Dragon will be available as an upgrade for current EPIC owners at $9,500.00 (USD). New RED customers will have their chance to get their hands on an EPIC Dragon for a mere $29,000.00 USD (body only). New customers will have their orders fulfilled after existing EPIC-M owners execute their upgrades. In order to get a camera in your hands that can actually shoot (power, media/recorder, monitor/viewfinder) expect to pay about $40k. At the time of any EPIC Dragon purchase, one can purchase the new RED ROCKET-X card for $4,495.00 ($6,750 regular price), which is essential for real time playback of ultra high definition 4k/5k/6k files. RED camera financing is available through qualified equipment financing companies.

If the images from the Dragon look this good on a standard HD computer monitor, imagine the detail when watching on a 4K display. The team over at RED continue to push the bar in the digital cinema world and have given filmmakers the latest and greatest sensor capable of capturing amazing imagery, with dynamic range usually reserved for 35mm film. Of course there will be debate comparing the EPIC DRAGON vs. the Arri ALEXA vs the SONY F55 vs (insert camera name here), but that’s all for passing time at work behind your computer. When it comes down to it… just get out there and shoot with the best camera you and your budget can afford. There will certainly be a big rental market for the latest camera from RED, and you can expect RED DRAGON rental prices to be comparable to current RED EPIC packages.

What do you think? Is the $29k+ price tag make this a camera you might be interested in? Is the $9,500 upgrade for current EPIC owners worth the extra dynamic range and increased sensitivity? Full specs below:

EPIC-M Dragon Specs



PIXEL ARRAY: 6144 (h) x 3160 (v)


S/N RATIO: 80db


DYNAMIC RANGE: 16.5+ stops


MAX IMAGE AREA: 6144 (h) x 3160 (v)


LENS COVERAGE: 30.7mm (h) x 15.8mm (v) x 34.5 mm (d)




  • 6K RAW (2:1, 2.4:1)
  • 5K RAW (Full Frame, 2:1, 2.4:1 and Anamorphic 2:1)
  • 4.5K RAW (2.4:1)
  • 4K RAW (16:9, HD, 2:1 and Anamorphic 2:1)
  • 3K RAW (16:9, 2:1 and Anamorphic 2:1)
  • 2K RAW (16:9, 2:1 and Anamorphic 2:1)
  • 1080p RGB (16:9)
  • 720p RGB (16:9)


  • Compression choices of 18:1 to 3:1
  • 12 and 16-bit RAW : Compression choices of 18:1 to 3:1
  • 1-100 fps 6K
  • 1-120 fps 5K, 4.5K 

  • 1-150 fps
  • 4K 
1-200 fps
  • 3K 
1-300 fps 2K

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