Premium Member David Mullen ASC Posted February 19, 2010 Premium Member Share Posted February 19, 2010 I'm testing a Red One with the new M-X sensor right now in Chicago, for a TV pilot I'll be shooting in March. My initial impression is that the camera is vastly improved over what I worked with in the summer of 2008 on "Manure" and "Stay Cool". I tested the camera in 3200K light (a SMPTE 11-step chart, and then a face with a MacBeth chart), at different ASA ratings from 250 to 3200 ASA. The noise is extremely low all the way to 1000 ASA, and even above that, it's fairly mild. But what's important to note is how the noise LOOKS -- in 3200K, it no longer has that chunky blue noise look of the old Red sensor in earlier builds, it's a tight, smooth noise that is more like mild film grain -- the noise at 1000 ASA looks like the grain of a 200 ASA film stock. The roll-off into the clipped highlights is smoother now, less artificial looking, and overall there seems to be wider dynamic range. RedColor works better as a viewing format and RedGamma works great as an output format, much better than RedLog. The image has a nice film-like smoothness to it. But what pleased me the most was the performance in low-levels of tungsten light, which was an important step. 2000 ASA was certainly usable, even 3200 ASA wasn't bad -- the jumps in noisiness as you rated the camera faster were less extreme than when boosting the gain on a video camera. Practically speaking, the new sensor makes the camera at least a stop faster than the F35 / Genesis due to the low noise floor, even if the actual sensitivity of the sensor isn't necessarily faster. In other words, 800 ASA on the M-X sensor reminds me of 400 ASA on a Genesis camera. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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