RED Epic Dragon camera got an epic DxOMark sensor score of 101

DxOMark tested the RED Epic Dragon and for the first time they broke the 100 points sensor score barrier by giving the camera an overall score of 101. Next are few comparisons - RED Epic Dragon vs. Nikon D800 ($29,000 vs. $2,800):

DxOMark low light camera ranking:

DxOMark dynamic range ranking:

DxOMark conclusion:

While the results and quality of output from this specially-adapted Epic Dragon are awesome, it’s all the more extraordinary, considering the sensor size and pixel pitch. It’s hard to imagine anyone being disappointed by the Dragon’s performance (except maybe at extremely high ISO).
Given the Epic Dragon’s price tag, this camera isn’t for everyone, but it will appeal to those that demand the most nuanced color and with widest possible dynamic range.

More importantly, the ability to choose a high quality still photo from a movie sequence will be invaluable to time-pressured imaging professionals, in the studio or elsewhere. While this will take some time to filter down to consumer level HD-DSLRs, this new technology just may forever change the way both footage and stills are shot in the future.

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  • Neopulse

    Barely beats it in my opinion. Nonetheless cool to see something beat the 100 point mark.

  • Eric Calabros

    RED mentioned 16.5+ stops of dynamic range, but this shows its almost equal to D800 which has near 13.5 stops. good to see DxO busted their DR myth

    • Nejko

      that´s in “HDRx” mode – records a normal exposed and a under exposed video at the same time.. add a hint of post production and you easily reach 16.5+ stops of dynamic range with a somewhat natural look to it 🙂

      • Anónimo

        Can you please elaborate a bit on your post production methods to improve DR over the range covered by the sensor? I assume you don’t mean HDR to ask for it, obviously. This vm.

    • lamazn

      Hasselblad will make a remix of the Red Epic callin it “purple epic super nova” in gold and shiny silk… price = your mom

    • Alex

      And who is making sensors for them?

  • 19 megapixels on a video camera! Pretty damn impressive. Is this the end of the stills camera and the birth of hot lights and frame grabs?

    • lord eels

      no you idiot. frame rate. google it.

      • Shutter speed or frame rate?

        Always constructive.

    • Eric Calabros

      not really. unless you accept to have a huge heatsink and fan in your D800.

      • Yeah, and I understand shutter speed implications.


      • regular

        caplock issue, bro’.

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    • AM

      If you and anybody else are ready to shell out $29K then yes, it will be the end.

    • waterengineer

      Because I want to look through 20,000 frames for one image.

  • MB

    Strange how small low volume company like RED can beat entire Japanese world leading industry …

    • A

      At $29k, yes?

      • zev

        anyway, the red should be compared with other cinema cameras, not photo consumer stuff.

        • AM

          No way the D3s, D4, D800, and D800E are consumer products.

          • alreadyupsidedown

            35mm was intended as a ‘consumer’ format for still imagery…. Not that it really matters though, the definition of ‘professional’ these days is pretty blurred. Plenty of pros use consumer stuff, plenty of consumers use ‘pro’ stuff. The D800/E is very consumer.

            But surely you can see the marketing divide between a camera that costs under $3000, and a camera that costs nearly $30,000? It’s another league.

          • jvossphoto

            35mm intended as a consumer format……really. I doubt you would say that to the face of Galen Rowell, Art Wolfe or the 100’s of photo journalists that covered wars, famine and countless other disasters all of whom shot with 35mm. If a person can earn a living shooting images with their phone; than yes they are a professional.

          • alreadyupsidedown

            Yes I would, and those you mention would probably agree. 35mm film WAS originally introduced as a compact, reasonably priced format for all photographers, in comparison to what we now call large and medium format. It just so happens that technology has come a long way since then, and 35mm digital cameras are some of the best you can buy.

            Labelling 35mm or an specific camera as ‘consumer’ is neither an insult, or a criticism of the artists or professionals you mention. You need to put aside the idea that a type of camera defines who you are as a photographer, which is most certainly does not. Your tools do not validate your work, no matter how excellent or poor they are, nor do they hold you down.

            The fact is, nearly all cameras these days are ‘consumer’ devises. Even top quality digital SLRs are intended to be bought, used for several years, and then replaced with a new and improved model. That is the definition of a consumer electronic devise, regardless of whether the camera is being used to earn money. Ever wondered what the circular ’10’ symbol, printed on the bottom of most cameras means? It designates that said devise contains components and materials that are designed and intended to last about 10 years before failure. This does not mean that the product will actually fail, or that it is in any inferior, it’s just a reminder that many of the products we use are intended to be consumed, not to last indefinitely like we might imagine.

          • Bobby B Bomber

            Does anybody else in the entire world share your definition of “consumer”? I think not, lol.

          • alreadyupsidedown

            Alright, I’ll bite. Please explain how a digital camera is not a consumer electronic devise.

  • Ernesto Quintero

    $29,000 Red Epic Dragon or a $27,500 Hasselblad H5D-50C, decisions , decisions.

    • That is a very good question. The RED has half the resolution of the Hasselblad, but is virtually silent (yes, it has a fan) and shoots about 96fps at maximum resolution.

    • Anónimo

      You should also add the cost of a lens, or lenses if you can afford them.
      On the other end, if your interest is mainly still photography you must start building your super hero capabilities to carry the weight around, 2.26 Kg is just the lighter part as the lens will ben even heavier…funny when people talks about the end of DSLRs because of weight when compared to mirrorless new kids in the block…

      • Ernesto Quintero

        I”m joking, pure sarcasm. Sorry if you thought otherwise.

  • George Kalogeris

    Ok the sensor is great.
    What about the darkroom box surrounding the sensor

  • Eric Brighteyes

    actually i dont believe DXO mark!!!!!!!!

  • bigjim

    This test only looks at the amount to color depth, NOT resolution. The RED cameras (like all video cameras) have anti-aliasing filters the size of nerd glasses in front of the sensor to stop moire. The result = soft imagery. You compare a Canon 7d (same megapixel) to the RED and the Canon womps on it. Then compare a Nikon 800E to the RED dragon and it slays both the red dragon and canon, but makes the red look like a crappy cel phone photo. I know this cause I have used both cameras.

  • Alex

    Who is making sensors for Red?

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