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July 22, 2010

"From a color and noise perspective the RED ONE is finally a mature camera"

I'm by no means an authority on RED cameras, so I'll leave it up to experts like ProVideo Coalition's Art Adams to render judgement on RED's recently released Color Science 30. RED is essentially a computer crammed into a camera body, so its firmware updates often pack more features than your typical camera updates (though the 5D has been a huge beneficiary of Canon's firmware releases). With the release of the Mysterium-X sensor as well as recently updated colorimetry, what is the updated status of the RED ONE?

Art is bullish on the updates, declaring "from a color and noise perspective the RED ONE is finally a mature camera."

The RED ONE MX is finally here, and it looks great—better than it should, considering that RED says that it hasn’t changed the colorimetry of its sensors, only its sensitivity and noise levels. How could software alone make such a huge difference? I found out… the hard way. A while back I wrote about an apparent flaw in the original RED ONE’s colorimetry that added blue to any color containing green under tungsten light, making the RED ONE truly a daylight-balanced camera if one desired bright accurate colors. As of Build 30, though, the RED ONE’s color quality improved dramatically, and the blue/green contamination problem seemingly disappeared.

Art's article goes in-depth with the new color science, examining DSC charts and comparing new versus old waveforms. It's not for the technically faint of heart, but if this is up your alley, be sure to also check out Adam Wilt's two pieces on the Mysterium-X sensor as well.

Link: Step into the Matrix: What I Learned from Examining RED’s Build 30 Color Science

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