This just in: the DxOMark scores have been published, the new 6K RED Epic Dragon camera beats out the old king-of-the-hill, the Nikon D800E. The first video sample for the Dragon surfaced in August, 2013 and we've been excited to see how it would perform ever since. The RED press release surprised many with the camera being advertised for both video and stills. At around 19MP this camera system might just give high-end Nikon and Canon DSLRs a run for their money.
In terms of color depth and dynamic range the RED Epic Dragon beats out all the competition by a pretty decent margin, at 0.9 bits better color depth and 0.5 EV better dynamic range than the D800E. The only area the RED Dragon gets outclassed is in terms of low-light capability, where it is bested by the superior high-ISO performance of the D800(E). All this performance is thanks to the new sensor that RED developed for the Dragon as reported here.
In 2012, Peter Hurley teamed up with Fstoppers to compare the images from his Hasselblad H3D to the RED Epic (the full post can be found here). He found that even then the gap between stills performance and images grabbed from the RED was shrinking. With the RED's dynamic range and color depth now besting the old champion, the D800E it wouldn't surprise me if we start seeing more stills photographers shooting small bursts of video to pull images from, the technology is clearly there.
Will increasing video performance influence the way you shoot stills?
[Via The Phoblographer]