Today RED has announced a new Dragon sensor upgrade for its Epic and Scarlet cameras. The new next generation upgrade provides 6k resolution, 15+ stops native Dynamic Range, together with full 5K video recording at 120 fps, all for a $6,000 price tag for the Epic.
Due to the way RED has designed its cameras using a modular system, upgrading an existing camera to 6K is a fairly painless process, once you have parted with your cash.
Once installed the new 6K modules will provide both Epic and Scarlet cameras with a massive 6,000 x 4,000 resolution. Making the existing HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 look a little pitiful. RED’s Jim Jannard explains that the Dragon Sensor:
“is slightly larger than the Mysterium-X sensor and the pixel size is slightly smaller. The pixel design and sensor design makes all the difference in the world … Most all of your current lenses will work.”
A price for the Scarlet upgrade has yet to be decided, but the new upgrades will arrive late in 2012 for the Epic camera, with Scarlet upgrades shipping sometime in 2013.