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RED cameras are notoriously known as the Crème de la Crème of cinema cameras. And although RED camera price tags tend to be in the higher range, they’re absolutely worth every penny. And if you’re looking to make one of these cameras your own, you’re most likely wondering what the best model is.

Here we will guide you through a few camera models and sensors to give you a thorough RED camera comparison. From the DRAGON-X to the MONSTRO, we’ll feature them all. So here is our complete RED camera comparison:

RED Camera Body Comparison

RED EPIX-W Camera

The first EPIC model was introduced to the market in 2011. The EPIC-W hit the market in 2016 incorporating the HELIUM 8K sensor. In 2018, the EPIC-W incorporating the GEMINI sensor was introduced. RED EPIC-W can shoot up to 8K and is compatible with a variety of cinematic lenses.  

The RED Epic-W camera uses REDCODE RAW, ProRes, and DNx recording with high-speed recording up to 300 fps in 2K. You can find these beautiful camera bodies for about $19,500.

RED SCARLET Camera

RED SCARLET incorporates a 5K DRAGON sensor with an fps capability of 50 fps in 5120 x 2700 and 300 fps in 2K. Using REDCODE RAW, ProRes, and DNx recording this camera provides a beautiful picture and great opportunities for flexibility. The RED SCARLET camera will cost you about $12,500.

RED Camera Sensor Comparison  

RED DRAGON-X Sensor

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RED DRAGON-X is the cheapest RED sensor offered out of the DSMC2 brain series. This model is more affordable compared to the models we’ll discuss later - offered new at $14,950. This sensor uses a 13.8-megapixel CMOS sensor and can shoot 96 fps at 5K full format. This sensor, sized at 25.6mm x 13.5mm, is a great beginner model if you’re just getting into RED camera gear.

RED GEMINI Camera Sensor

The RED GEMINI is one of RED’s greatest advancements. The GEMINI sensor is one-of-a-kind and is RED’s highest sensitivity sensor ever. This sensor uses dual sensitivity modes to provide great performance in low-light environments giving you ultimate freedom as a filmmaker. This new design also provides advanced performance with shadows.

GEMINI can shoot 96f fps at 5K full format and up to 300 fps at 2K (2048 x 864). This sensor is sized at 30.72mm x 18mm making it RED’s third-largest sensor. GEMINI truly gives filmmakers a freedom that not many cameras can provide today. This RED camera price will cost you about $19,500.

RED HELIUM Camera Sensor

The RED HELIUM sensor is one step up from GEMINI. The HELIUM sensor is designed to create the most HD picture possible - with resolution strength up to 17x higher than HD. This camera has 8K capabilities and a 35.4-megapixel CMOS sensor sized at 29.90mm x 15.77mm. You can capture 60 fps at 8K full format and create some of the most cinematic pictures possible. This sensor will cost you a hefty price though with new models starting at $24,500.

RED MONSTRO Camera Sensor

The RED MONSTRO sensor is one of the newest and by far the most advanced models from RED. It uses the ultra-advanced DSMC2 Brain processor, the best in the business, and is by far the most expensive RED model. The MONSTRO 8K VV sensor delivers a vivid, crystal clear picture for the ultimate cinematic picture quality. At full format 8K, this camera can shoot 60 fps and at 8K 2.4:1, it will shoot 75 fps. It’s RED’s biggest sensor to date at 40.96mm x 21.60mm.

This 35.4-megapixel CMOS sensor is designed to help your ideal resolution with no limitations whatsoever. This is the most expensive model that RED currently has. A new model will cost you around $54,500.

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