The first demo footage from the upcoming Red Dragon shows off an incredible amount of dynamic range
The Red Dragon is currently the top of Red's lineup, capable of capturing a whopping 6k of resolution at 1-100fps. As impressive as it sounds on paper, we haven't seen any of the actual footage — until now.
Over on the Red forum, cinematographer Mark Toia spent two days playing with the Dragon, and put together an extremely praise filled first impressions. You can check out the video below, which looks mighty impressive, but keep in mind it's scaled down and compressed for web viewing, so won't give the full feel for how the footage turns out.
Toia is especially impressed with the dynamic range of the footage, saying:
The Red Dragon sensor has 3 F STOPS more than before. 1 in the hight lights which rolls over wonderfully !, 2 solid extra stops in the darks…. maybe 3 once the colour science has been perfected.
But there is still noise, but nothing like before. I ran some 250d 2k film rushes next some of my 4000asa stuff, And silly as it sounds, it looks like film grain, not noise. Don't ask me how, as I wouldn't have a clue. But it looks great !
Red Dragon now has the best highlight fall off I have ever seen from any digital camera. Beating film! Big call I know, but after shooting film and pushing it around in telecine chains for more than a decade, I can categorically say that this new sensor has a better range than film ever had.
He also claims that the footage looks better than his Sony F65 or Red Epic-MX, and that the stills are equal or better than a 35mm DSLR.
If you're interested in shooting with a Red Dragon, prices start at $29,000 for just the "brain", and reach up to just under $60,000 for a full kit.