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

It’s hard to believe that this sensor could encroach on Sony full-frame CMOS sensors for dynamic range and medium format CCD imagers for color sensitivity. It does more than encroach, the Epic Dragon takes the top spot in both these important categories.


Modular cameras, such as the Epic Dragon, are more convenient than HDSLRs in their ability to be configured for cinema work. Add to this the fact that this camera can easily meet the expectations of stills photographers looking for the tonality and latitude to files that only a sensor with low noise and a wide-dynamic range can deliver.


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.