Dragon: a large, scaly mythical creature that breathes fire and guards castles. Right?
Wrong! Dragon is the name that’s been given to the newest version of the Red Epic, which was already ground-breaking in its field. Tim is one of the first cinematographers in Australia to obtain one, and he is eager to put it through its paces.
The Red Epic Dragon camera takes things up a notch from the previous Red Epic; offering dynamic range once thought impossible, the Red Epic Dragon has impressive low light capabilities, increased resolution and new colour science. In particular, the new colour science makes a huge difference to the end result; primary colours appear brighter, while skin tones are softer and colour variations are more noticeable than ever.
Other stand-out features include:
- Dynamic range around 16 and a half stops
- Highest colour sensitivity ever measured
- Exceptionally low noise levels
- Can film hi-speed at hi-resolution, clocking 100fps at 6k resolution
The Dragon has had rave reviews from those lucky enough to have tested it.
It has already been used to shoot several high profile films, including Thor, Payne and Redemption, Bad Neighbours, Walking with Dinosaurs 3D, The Expendables 3 and Gods of Egypt, which Tim has been on set at with his new gear.
Red’s latest camera, the Epic Dragon, is on the way to us in Sydney. We are going to have one of the very first Dragon Epic cameras in Sydney.
The new camera has a whole range of improvements over the current Epic camera. These improvements include a increased dynamic range and increased resolution. The dynamic range of the camera is now around 16 and a half stops, with a new colour science which takes advantage of the vastly improved dynamic range and low-light capabilities. Skin tones are softer, primary colors are more vibrant, and subtle color variations are discernibly remarkable. EPIC DRAGON cameras capture images that are true to life, with colors that can only be described as “brilliant”.
The RED DRAGON offers dynamic range that was once thought impossible for a digital sensor. Such a wide latitude provides the ability to take on challenging lighting conditions more easily. Improved low-light capabilities let you shoot at ISO 2000 and still produce a clean image. The wide dynamic range and improved sensitivity makes it easier to take on the unpredictable and capture the unbelievable.
The EPIC DRAGON can clock 100 fps at full 6K resolution, merging the worlds of hi-speed with hi-resolution. For even faster speeds, simply drop your resolution and take advantage of maximum speeds of up to 150 fps. With blazing fast hi-speed capabilities, there’s nothing that gets past a EPIC DRAGON.
For more about our latest camera feel free to contact us.
The folks over at DXOmark, who have become the bible of camera testing , have tested the Dragon and the results are pretty incredible. The Dragon rose above all still cameras tested before it, including the best full frame and medium format cameras. Combining the best imaging sensor with the ability to shoot 100 frames per second opens up a whole new world of imaging to photographers.
DXOmark went on to praise the Red Epic Dragon camera –
– As the new leader in this category, the prototype Epic Dragon surpasses the Phase One P65+ and P65+ HR models in color sensitivity, and it marginally exceeds the mighty Phase One IQ180 digital back in our rankings.
– The highest color sensitivity ever measured: exceptionally low noise at the base ISO.
– The headline news is, of course, that of the Dragon’s exceptionally low noise levels. The SNR (signal/noise ratio) curve shown above is simply outstanding – it’s higher than the Nikon D4’s curve for the whole of that sensor’s signal response. The shape of the response curve is interesting as well.
– This noise curve, coupled with a good color response, leads to a very high color sensitivity. At the pixel level (screen mode), the color sensitivity is simply the best ever measured. We normally calculate color sensitivity using an 8-bit output sRGB colorspace. In this case, however, the 8-bit sRGB color space was not large enough to accurately represent the color sensitivity of the Epic Dragon. As a result, we had to switch to a 16-bit sRGB color space!
– this new technology just may forever change the way both footage and stills are shot in the future.
For the tests, the camera was set to full 6k resolution at 23.98 fps, 16 bit and RC 5:1 compression.
The new Epic Dragon camera allows for an amazing range of frames rates. Below is the maximum frame rate for each resolution of Epic Dragon. The minimum frame rate is 1 frame per second.
Please note all frames rates are based on 23.98 time base, 8:1 compression with Lookaround turned off.