Film has always had an unmistakable feel to it that is difficult if not impossible to reproduce digitally, but the days of that being true may be numbered. RED, a company known for the EPIC line of digital cinema cameras has recently released the above test image from their newest sensor, Dragon and I'm stunned. With over 18 stops of dynamic range, Jim Jannard of RED has said that the new sensor shouldn't even be compared to 35mm film.
And the crazy thing is, this is still a preproduction model. It's not even finished yet!
All of these amazing upgrades are not without their drawbacks. The upgrade price will had been quoted as being $6000 will be raised even higher and the Scarlet will not be able to be upgraded to the new sensor.
This aside though, could we finally see digital cinema cameras pushing past even the largest film stocks? Could the RED Dragon be the future of cinema as we know it?