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RED DIGITAL CINEMA SCARLET-W BRAIN with DRAGON 5K Sensor (Standard OLPF, Compatible with DSMC2 Accessories)

RED DIGITAL CINEMA SCARLET-W BRAIN with DRAGON 5K Sensor (Standard OLPF, Compatible with DSMC2 Accessories)
Key Features
  • 5K Super 35 CMOS Sensor
  • 5120 x 2700 Recording up to 50 fps
  • REDCODE RAW, ProRes, and DNx Recording
  • High-Speed Recording up to 300 fps in 2K
Designed for cinema and high-resolution video production, the RED SCARLET-W DSMC2 cinema camera features the DRAGON 5K Super 35 CMOS sensor and REDCODE RAW imaging pipeline. Shooting in 5K gives the production an edge in the post process, even in 4K deliverables, as the greater-than-4K resolution
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  • 1Description
  • 25K DRAGON Sensor
  • 4Apple ProRes and Avid DNx Formats
  • 5DSMC2 Form Factor
  • 6Color Management

Designed for cinema and high-resolution video production, the RED SCARLET-W DSMC2 cinema camera features the DRAGON 5K Super 35 CMOS sensor and REDCODE RAW imaging pipeline. Shooting in 5K gives the production an edge in the post process, even in 4K deliverables, as the greater-than-4K resolution

REDCODE RAW is the format of choice for the SCARLET-W. RED's versatile raw codec uses wavelet compression to reduce data rates while maintaining a visually lossless image rendering. This efficient codec can be edited on many available NLE software programs without transcoding, though if you prefer a proxy workflow, ProRes or DNx files can be recorded simultaneously to the MINI-MAG media.

Lowering the recording resolution allows the sensor to capture higher frame rates for dramatic slow-motion footage. The SCARLET-W's DRAGON sensor windows to record slow motion, requiring wider lenses to compensate for the additional crop.

All of the SCARLET-W's power is enclosed in a relatively small body constructed out of aluminum. The BRAIN's size, or lack thereof, makes it very versatile. From studio tripod configuration to handheld and gimbal, drone, or vehicle mounted situations, the SCARLET-W can handle it all, providing cinema-grade footage that punches above the camera's weight. The camera BRAIN is compatible with DSMC2 accessories.

5K DRAGON Sensor
As the successor to the stalwart 5K Mysterium-X sensor, the 5K DRAGON CMOS sensor brings extra resolution, dynamic range, and color depth to the table. The DRAGON design is not a rehash of a previous fabrication. Working from the ground up, the team at RED developed this sensor with an updated color science, while making additional improvements in dynamic range and sensitivity. Different separately available OLPFs (Optical Low-Pass Filters) can be exchanged for the included standard OLPF for more creative options that can improve highlight handling, skin tone rendering, or low-light performance.
The cornerstone of RED's workflow is the robust REDCODE RAW file format. Using wavelet compression with ratios ranging from 2:1 to 22:1, REDCODE RAW offers the versatility of raw files without the overwhelming storage requirements of uncompressed image data. Since REDCODE RAW has been around since the days of the RED ONE cinema camera, many common NLE software programs including Adobe Premiere Pro, Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve, Apple Final Cut Pro, and Avid Media Composer can import and edit REDCODE RAW footage without transcoding, saving production time in the edit suite.

Note: Not all compression ratios are available at all resolutions and frame rates
Apple ProRes and Avid DNx Formats
For projects requiring proxy files or quicker turnaround times than raw files permit, Apple ProRes or Avid DNx formats can be recorded at 4K and 2K resolutions directly to the onboard MINI-MAG media. Since these debayered video files can be recorded alongside the raw files, no extra time is required for transcoding the proxies. Bring the debayered files straight into your NLE and begin editing.
DSMC2 Form Factor
Like the preceding DSMC cameras, RED designed the DSMC2 camera line to be modular to fit a wide range of production workflows. Smaller and lighter than the original DSMC design, when stripped down to the BRAIN itself, the SCARLET-W becomes a gimbal workhorse. Likewise, add DSMC2 modules to the rear to gain professional I/O connections and battery power. Many other parts of the DSMC2 design are meant to be interchangeable. Swap out the lens mounts to open up new libraries of lenses. You can also mount an EVF without cables that can get snagged, or use a separately available adapter to attach RED LCDs via LEMO cable.
Color Management
Supports 17x17x17 3D LUTs
Variable number of 3D LUT outputs with DSMC2 expander module
User-programmable shaper 1D LUTs
Tetrahedral interpolation, 16-bit processing


Built-In ND Filter
Advertised Dynamic Range
16.5 Stops
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
80 dB
Built-In Microphone
Audio Recording
2-Channel 24-Bit 48 kHz
Other I/O
1x RED Cable-Free Monitor Connection
Wi-Fi Control
Operating Temperature
32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Storage Temperature
-4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
Operating Humidity
0 to 85%
Battery Type
Accessory Mounting Thread
1x 1/4"-20
Packaging Info
Package Weight
10 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
12.7 x 12.3 x 12.2"


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What's the production year of this camera?

What's the production year of this camera?
Asked by: Ola
This camera was announced in late 2015 and first started shipping in mid to late 2016. B&H has been selling this camera since 2017.
Answered by: Mark
Date published: 2019-07-11

how much does it weight?

how much does it weight?
Asked by: Yordy
This weighs 3.5 pounds.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2019-02-18


dose this thing have anamorphic desqueeze?
Asked by: Nachiketh
Yes, this has anamorphic de-squeeze available.
Answered by: Joseph P.
Date published: 2018-08-27


is it pl mount or ef mount ?
Asked by: Asad M.
Camera is modular pl or ef mount is up to you.
Answered by: jason k.
Date published: 2018-08-27


RED has some reputation of enforcing the user to use Red accessories (thus, you cannot put a different SDI monitor, a different SSD, and so on), is that true ? I'd love to use a SDI Atomos inferno , or a 500+ MB/s ssd, and so on, but I'm concerned if we purchase RED brains, we'll be stuck with RED 'pricy-yet-somewhat-regular' accessories. Please clarify how open is the platform. Thanks.
Asked by: Luciano G.
All camera manufacturer's work hard at designing complete eco-systems meant to work in harmony and like mindedness to most efficiently produce for you the desired result. Therefore be aware if you use 3rd party devices that are not of that eco-system, you may not get a completely satisfying work flow. In this case, you can use a different SDI monitor if you choose however, be aware the touch screen will not control the camera like RED's monitor can. While most batteries can work with RED, know that only some 3rd party batteries allow you to see the battery level in the viewfinder while powering the camera. Lastly, you must use RED's SSD's.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2019-03-11


What mount does this come with equipped? Cannon EF or?
Asked by: Edgar O.
This is just the SCARLET-W Brain, it does not come with a Lens Mount. You will need to add a lens mount, with B&H # REDSMCTCM being for an EF Mount. You may want to look in to B&H # RESSUKEF which is a Start-Up Kit with Titanium EF Mount, Media, Reader, Batteries and a Charger.
Answered by: Joseph P.
Date published: 2018-08-27


In which country the camera was made in?I know there are some made in Mexico, USA and others
Asked by: Marietta O.
The County of Origin for this product is the United States of America.
Answered by: Joseph P.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Does this camera have internal (built in) ND filters? Thanks
Asked by: David
Answered by: Gunther M.
Date published: 2018-08-27
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