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RED Epic Dragon review: First camera to break the 100-point DxOMark sensor score barrier!

By Kevin Carter - Monday March 03 2014

Sensor Review
Introduction | Overall score: Epic Dragon takes first place (101 points) | Dynamic range and color depth: First place in both categories (14.8Ev, 26.5 Bits) | Low Light ISO: 10th place (ISO 2745) | Nikon D800 vs Red Epic Dragon | Specification | In Depth Analysis | Conclusion

Thanks to exceptionally low noise levels at base ISO, which in turn accounts for the wide dynamic range and very high color depth, the Epic Dragon dethrones the 36-Mpix Nikon D800, Nikon D800E and Sony A7R from their previously held positions.

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Red has achieved what Nikon did before it with the Nikon D800. The Epic Dragon sits in the top spot thanks to the very same characteristics that helped the Sony full-frame 36-Mpix CMOS sensor achieve its position, namely an extremely wide dynamic range and very high color sensitivity.

Ultimately though, this camera is an excellent alternative for those who are looking for the widest color depth in the studio (or on location with controlled lighting). The only real downside is that with the lack of analog gain, the Epic Dragon can’t maintain the same lead in performance at higher ISOs – but it’s an impressive achievement all the same.