So RED makes the best sensors, not Sony.

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Brad Bohland
Brad Bohland Senior Member • Posts: 5,252
Seems to be the frontrunner

"The $49,500 and $29,500 cinema cameras (respectively) aren't exactly consumer products, but they do represent the state of the art in digital video.

RED cameras have also proved popular with high-end still photographers, who can shoot high RAW frame rates and extract the best images -- a feature that Panasonic, Sony and other companies are now touting."

"RED's Helium sensor is so good that it's miles ahead of other cameras.

DxO typically tests still cameras. But RED’s cameras have always been pitched as still image-capable. The cameras capture RAW images with 16 bit depth, making them incredibly malleable in post production. Dynamic range is superb too, with DxO’s results corresponding closely to REDs own performance claims."

"Performances like this seem, to us, above the current technical capabilities of CMOS sensors.

As a side note, it’s interesting to speculate whether rivals such as Nikon, Canon or Sony are already adopting such techniques during video capture or in jpeg. But, this is the first time we can assess this type of performance on still RAW."

"In February 2013, Red filed for an injunction against Sony, claiming that several of its new CineAlta products, particularly the 4K-capable F65, infringed on patents the company held. They requested that Sony not only be forced to stop selling the cameras, but that they be destroyed as well. Sony filed a countersuit against Red in April 2013, alleging that Red's entire product line infringed on Sony patents. In July 2013, both parties filed jointly for dismissal, and as of July 20, 2013, the case is closed."

"From the looks of it, it’ll be tough for anyone other than Red itself to outscore the Helium 8K S35 sensor. Then again, comparing Red’s sensors to even the most advanced DSLRs and mirrorless cameras is the equivalent of comparing apples to gold-leaf oranges in terms of cost.

For the price of one Helium 8K S35 setup, you can purchase 18 Sony A7R II cameras and a set of lenses. It’s not exactly the best value unless you’re planning on shooting a feature film with an eight-digit budget."

I guess the question for me is whether the "technical capabilities" of RED sensors can be affordably incorporated into consumer cameras, or are they just for high-end users?  Otherwise, why should I care?

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