Red has been teasing the photography and videography world for along while before the release of their new Epic camera sporting the Dragon sensor. Right from the beginning there was word that this new sensor would be revolutionary in terms of image quality, especially concerning dynamic range. And indeed, when first footage taken with the Red Dragon surfaced, we were stunned by the quality it delivered. It seemed as though Red hadn’t promised too much.
Now that the latest-generation modular cinema camera is nearing availability, everybody wants to know how it really performs. Lucky for us, the people over at DxOMark had the chance to play with a prototype unit and put it throught their regular testing procedures–with amazing results. Usually, DxOMark only tests still cameras, so for testing the Red Dragon’s performance, they had to extract stills from the 6K raw footage the Red Dragon records.
What they then found when they analyzed the resulting images is nothing short of spectacular. DSLR fanboys hold your breath, because what comes now might totally shatter your beliefs. The Red Epic Dragon’s sensor scored an overall 101 points in DxOMark’s test, the highest score any camera tested by DxOMark has ever achieved. But it’s getting even better. In both dynamic range and color depth, the Dragon sensor managed to outperform the both the Nikon D800 and D800E, while in color depth it even managed to outperform top-level medium format models from Phase One.