RED RAVEN: 4K DRAGON Sensor, Up To 120 FPS, $6000

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

The RED RAVEN is officially announced, and we have details on the latest in RED’s camera line. It has a DRAGON 4K sensor that can shoot up to 120 frames per second (FPS) at 4K (4096 x 2160), and 240 FPS at 2K resolution. RED is pricing the RAVEN at $5,950 (brain only), with shipping expected in February 2016.

RED RAVEN brings RED sensor technology to aspiring shooters everywhere. Capturing images using a 4K RED DRAGON® sensor, RED RAVEN reinforces RED’s commitment to its core principles. RED was founded on the belief that cinema-quality creative tools shouldn’t be in the hands of a few—it should truly be 4K for all. – RED

Here are just a few of the details:

  1. Sensor: RED DRAGON 8.8 megapixel (MP) – 4K (4096 x 2160) REDCODE RAW at 120 FPS, 2K at 240 FPS
  2. Dynamic Range: 16.5+ stops
  3. REDCODE RAW: 4K (4096 × 2160), 2:1 (4096 × 2048), 2.4:1 (4096 × 1728), UHD/16:9 (3840 × 2160), 3K (3072 × 1620), 2:1 (3072 × 1536), 2.4:1 (3072 × 1296), 16:9 (2880 × 1620), 3:2 (2880 × 1920), 2K (2048 × 1080), 2:1 (2048 × 1024), 2.4:1 (2048 × 864), 16:9 (1920 × 1080), 3:2 (1920 × 1280)
  4. Apple ProRes: Apple ProRes 422 HQ up to 2K (2048 × 1080) and up to 60 fps, Apple ProRes 422 up to 2K (2048 × 1080) and up to 60 fps, Apple ProRes 422 LT up to 2K (2048 × 1080) and up to 60 fps
  5. Digital Media (SSD): RED MINI-MAG, 140 MB/s max data rate
  6. Audio: Integrated dual channel digital stereo microphones, uncompressed, 24-bit 48 kHz; Optional 2 additional channels with Expander Module, uncompressed, 24-bit 48 kHz
  7. Monitor Options: 3G-SDI (HD-SDI) and HDMI with Expander Modules; 1080p RGB or 4:2:2, 720p RGB or 4:2:2; 480p RGB or 4:2:2 (HDMI Only); SMPTE Timecode, HANC Metadata, 24-bit 48 kHz Audio
  8. Weight: 3.5 pounds (brain)
  9. Cost: $5,950 (brain only) — $500 deposit

Check out all the details for the RED RAVEN (brain only), and to put a deposit down, right here. There are two other options available, which raises the price a bit:


  3. Battery Belt Clip
  5. 4.7-inch LCD, AC Power Adaptor
  6. DSMC2 Outrigger Handle
  7. $9,750 with a $1,000 deposit
  8. Ships February 2016


  2. Base I/O V-Lock Expander
  4. 4.7-inch LCD
  5. AC Power Adaptor
  6. DSMC2 Outrigger Handle
  7. $9,950 with a $1,000 deposit
  8. Ships March 2016

On its face, this seems like a marvelous deal, a 4K RED for under $6,000. And by RED’s standards, it is. But the devil is in the details. It’s kinda like getting a great deal on a new car, only to find out you have only bought the engine and the transmission, but the gas tank, fenders, power steering, windshield wipers, air conditioning, etc., are all add ons.

Shooters looking to move into the RED realm are still going to have to buy the must have items in the associated JetPack packages, which amounts to another $10,000, so suddenly, that $6,000 RAVEN is in reality closer to a $15,000 camera. Still a bargain by RED standards, to be sure, and that’s how it’s always been.

So from an entry-level point of view, buying into the RED Universe, I’d have to say that low budget shooters may find the Blackmagic URSA over there for under $5K a more viable option. With the money you save, you can even spring for the 4.6K sensor and still not have to worry about a 2nd mortgage.

Now sure, the REDheads are going to argue about frames per second and other details as well. My argument is, how often will the entry-level shooter use them? Still, if you’re looking for a low cost secondary camera to go along with your existing Dragon or Weapon rig, and you already have all the add-ons, then, why the heck not?

Check out the RED RAVEN here.



Press Release:


IRVINE, CA – September 25th, 2015. Today, RED Digital Cinema unveiled the latest addition to its line of professional cameras, RED RAVEN. Weighing in at only 3.5 pounds, RED RAVEN is RED’s lightest and most compact camera, making it the ultimate choice for a range of applications including documentaries, online content creation, indie filmmaking, and use with drones or gimbals. With pricing that starts at $5,950 for the camera BRAIN® only, and complete packages under $10,000, RED RAVEN reflects RED’s ongoing commitment to the belief that cinema-quality creative tools should not be in the hands of a few—they should be available to all professional shooters.

RED RAVEN is equipped with a 4K RED DRAGON sensor, and is capable of recording REDCODE RAW (R3D) in 4K at up to 120 fps and in 2K at up to 240 fps. RED RAVEN also offers incredible dynamic range, RED’s renowned color science, and is capable of recording REDCODE RAW and Apple ProRes simultaneously—ensuring shooters get the best image quality possible in any format.

“RED RAVEN is a new category in our line up,” says Jarred Land, President of Red Digital Cinema.  “It’s a younger, hungrier, more ‘spirited’ member of the RED family with a bit of a chip on its shoulder, ready to take on the entire sub-$10k market with images that users will be incredibly proud of.”

RED RAVEN will begin shipping in February 2016, and deposits will be accepted beginning today. Customers will be given a choice of purchasing the BRAIN only and building a kit that best fits their needs, or choosing a complete package. The RED RAVEN Base I/O Package offers everything content creators need to take their productions to the next level of image quality and professionalism, while the RED RAVEN JETPACK Package is specifically designed for use with handheld gimbals, drones, jibs and cranes.

RED RAVEN BRAIN ONLY – $5,950 ($500 deposit) – ships February 2016

RED RAVEN JETPACK PACKAGE – $9,750 ($1,000 deposit) – ships February 2016
Includes a RED RAVEN BRAIN, JETPACK, Battery Belt Clip, RED MINI-MAG 120GB, 4.7” LCD, AC Power Adaptor, and DSMC2 Outrigger Handle.

RED RAVEN I/O PACKAGE – $9,950 ($1,000 deposit) – ships March 2016
Includes a RED RAVEN BRAIN, Base I/O V-Lock Expander, RED MINI-MAG 120GB, 4.7” LCD, AC Power Adaptor, and DSMC2 Outrigger Handle.

Deposits can be made online at, or through a RED Authorized Dealer.

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