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.
Tom Lowe (of Timescapes and Dreamcore fame) is someone you could call a fan of RED cameras, being a huge advocate of their system and producing some truly jaw-dropping work with their beyond-HD capabilities. Over the past week Tom has been using a prototype RED Dragon camera on location in Sri Lanka to see what it can do with regard to dynamic range. Tom has been sharing his results so far with the RedUser forums, and we’re sharing some of that information with you; head on past the break for more.
Our jaws haven’t dropped like this in the cinema world for a while; but RED has managed to do it. They recently released a demo video showing off what their new Dragon sensor is capable of. Previously, they noted that it is capable of working with 20 stops of dynamic range. Though CEO Jannard has been known to toot his own horn quite a bit, it’s actually try. In the video below, the company metered the skies to something around f32 while the shadows were around f4.5 and they were able to attain an extremely usable image.
Mark Tola, the shooter, states that the files are cleaner than his Sony F65–and that’s really saying something as it was one of the best sensors on that market.
I really have to say: it’s nice to see a smaller American company take a jab at the big guys every so often. The demo video is after the jump.
A while ago, we reviewed Pentax’s K-30 and awarded it an Editor’s Choice for Entry Level DSLR. And while the camera only came in a select few colors before, Pentax is letting you match it with your favorite outfit now–we’re vouching for the yellow to match you’re raincoat since the camera can survive being run under a sink. The company is giving consumers nine new colors and three new finishes, including shiny, crystal, and matte. Depending on your current mainstay in your closet, you can choose from Crystal Black, Crystal Bordeaux, Crystal Green, Crystal Red, Crystal Silver, Crystal Yellow, Crystal Orange, Silky Blue, Silky Bordeaux, Silky Green, Silky Red, Silky Silver, Silky White, Silky Yellow and Silky Orange.
The color options are available now for pre-order and cost $799 with the 18-55mm WR kit lens. Kai from Digital Rev may be a tad disappointed that there is no pink option.
It’s not photography related per se but it does have a lot to do with the future of imaging. NoFilmSchool has a great writeup on the most recent release of the new Dragon Sensor by RED. Some of the basic specs and numbers are that the sensor is capable of 6k resolution, which is 10x the amount of pixels than 1080p and less than half the noise of the Mysterium-X. When looking at the sensor in 16:9 format the sensor has more pixels than a Canon 5D Mk III at 6144×3160. I’m quite impressed with the few frames that are available and the level of detail is incredible.
If you would like to see the images at full resolution without sharpening, head over to RED’s forum and peep the images which are full compressed unsharpened JPGs here. It hasn’t been that long since the birth of RED, but they have been producing some incredible tech. The future is now.
Today’s exciting announcement from Lomography about Lomochrome Purple is bound to get some people excited and others totally confused. First off, know that it is based off of Kodak Aerochrome–an old infrared film developed for government surveillance. Since it is infrared, that means that there are no real purple fields in the Congo. So we’re here to answer a couple of big questions that you may have about the new film. Check out more information after the jump.