Product Review: Red Scarlet-W Dragon 5K

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Red Scarlet-W Dragon 5K

Red Digital Cinema

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4.9/5

4.9

Based upon1 review from Wedio members

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Effectiveness

5

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Usability

5

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Value for money

4

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Overall rating

4.7

What creators like

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RED Scarlet 5k modularity and small size make it a perfect gimbal or drone camera. Lots of lens options, maybe compatible with your existing gear.

What creators don't like

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No built-in NDs, which is bad for those doing run-and-gun shooting or branded content work where you are moving fast with a small crew.

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Is it worth it?

Yes

The DSMC² modularity allows you to upgrade your kit on an ongoing basis whenever your improved skills or budget warrant it. RED offers a range of cinema cameras suited to just about any purpose. Compatible with several popular lens mounts like the Canon-EF, Arri PL, Nikon, and Leica M.

No

RED cameras are made for scripted drama and feature films where the built-in ND filter wouldn’t be much use. However, for documentaries or shooting outside the lack of it quickly becomes blatantly clear. The Dragon 5K is excellent value at a reasonable price for its specs. However, that price is out of reach for many creators.

Quick Red Scarlet-W Dragon 5K review

RED cinema cameras are renowned for their stunning color and outstanding performance. Does the Scarlet-W live up to the expectations?

Learn all you need to know in this RED Scarlet-W Dragon 5K review by reading on.

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Pros

Upgradeable system

Lots of lens options

Cheap for a RED

Cons

No built-in ND filter

RED price tag

Red Scarlet-W 5K vs. Canon EOS C200

Red Scarlet-W 5K

Canon EOS C200

Sensor

25.6 x 13.5 mm (Super35)

24.6 x 13.8 mm (Super35) CMOS

ISO

100 to 12,800

160 to 25,600

Dynamic range

16.5 stops

15 stops

Mount

EF and PL mounts

EF

Video

5K/60P and 5K Full Frame/48P

4K/50P or 120P Full HD

Screen

HDMI with DSMC2 expander

Rotating 4" Touch-Panel

Built-in WiFi

Yes

Yes

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