RED DRAGON-X 6K S35 Camera Upgrades over 5k with the Latest Firmware

RED recently launched a firmware that unlocks the support for 6k resolution on the DRAGON-X 5K S35 camera with a DSMC2 Brain. Now, this RED camera is capable of shooting 6K videos with data rates up to 300MB/s. Supporting a Super 35 format DRAGON-X 19.4 MP CMOS sensor, this camera boasts RED’s IPP2 (Image Processing Pipeline 2) color science.

At 6K Full Format (6144 x 3160) resolution, RED Dragon-X 6K S35 is capable of supporting frame rates of 75 fps. To capture slow-motion shots, this camera can capture a maximum of 300 frames per second at 2K 2.4:1 (2048 x 864). For a complete list of supported frame rates at all resolutions, you can take a look at the chart below.

Frame Rates Supported By RED DRAGON-X 6K S35

ResolutionFrame Rate
6K Full Format (6144 x 3160)75 fps
6K 2.4:1 (6144 x 2592)100 fps
5K Full Format (5120 x 2700)96 fps
5K 2.4:1 (5120 x 2160)120 fps
4K Full Format (4096 x 2160)120 fps
4K 2.4:1 (4096 x 1728)150 fps
3K Full Format (3072 x 1620)150 fps
3K 2.4:1 (3072 x 1296)200 fps
2K Full Format (2048 x 1080)240 fps
2K 2.4:1 (2048 x 864)300 fps

Frame Rates for Apple ProRes Format

Apple ProRes FormatResolutionFrame Rate
422 HQ, 422, and 422 LT4K (4096 × 2160)30 fps
4444XQ, 44442K (2048 x 1080)120 fps
422 HQ, 422, 422 LT2k (2048 × 1080)120 fps

Frame Rates for different REDCODE Settings

REDCODE SettingsResolutionFrame Rate
3:16K Full Format (6144 x 3160)24 fps
7:16K Full Format (6144 x 3160)60 fps
2:14K Full Format (4096 x 2160)24 fps
6:14K Full Format (4096 x 2160)120 fps

Frame Rates for Avid DNxHR Codecs

AVID DNxHR CodecsResolutionFrame Rate
HQX4K (4096 × 2160) 12-Bit30 fps
HQ, SQ, and LB4K (4096 × 2160) 8-bit30 fps
4442K (2048 × 1080) 12-bit120 fps
444 and HQXFHD (1920 × 1080) 10-bit120 fps
HQ, SQ, and LBFHD (1920 × 1080) 8-bit120 fps

Supported REDCODE RAW Acquisition Formats

6K Full Format (6144 x 3160)2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x, 1.25x
5K Full Format (5120 x 2700)2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x
4K Full Format (4096 x 2160)2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x
3K Full Format (3072 x 1620)3K Full Format (3072 x 1620), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x
2K Full Format (2048 x 1080)2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x

Thanks to the DSMC2 Brain that allows this RED 6K camera to capture both REDCODE RAW and Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHR/HD simultaneously.

Dragon-X supports 16.5+ stops of dynamic range. As a benefit, you get a lot of room to play with colors in post-production.


Along with the brain, this camera ships with a DSMC2 S35 Standard OLPF (Optical Low-Pass Filter) that will prevent the glares and reflections from entering into the sensor.

Additionally, you have the option to purchase two separate OLPFs. One of them is DSMC2 S35 Low Light Optimized OLPF that aims to preserve colors and tones in dark environments. And the other one is DSMC2 S35 Skin Tone Highlight OLPF that preserves skin tones.


Just like other RED cameras, DRAGON-X 6K S35 will capture uncompressed 24-Bit 48 kHz audio via integrated dual stereo channel microphones. For additional connectivity, you can make use of the DSMC2 expander module that will provide 2 more audio channels with the same settings.

Software Compatibility

Up to date, only a few major NLE applications seamlessly support R3D files. Some of these video editing software are Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, DaVinci Resolve, Edius Pro, Final Cut Pro, and Vegas Pro.

Pricing and Availability

RED DRAGON-X 6K S35 Camera costs $14,950 USD and is available to ship now. Bear in mind that you will need additional accessories such as lens mount, display, expanders, and more, which will drive the price up.

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Ishaan Sarna

Founder of AUDEMPIRE (Pro Audio Equipment Store), SOUNDELICIT (Music Industry & Pro Audio Blog), TECHNOISER (Tech blog), and ISOLAPSE (Motion Industry & Photography Gear Blog). Music Producer by profession and also a Tech Enthusiast.