It’s one of the most photographed spots in Colorado… Maroon Bells. During our short visit, we easily saw 40 or more people snapping photos. DSLRs, mirrorless, point and shoot…Needless to say, the perfect spot to grab some footage with the Epic. We had a 5D and a t2i along with us, and it dawned on us… how good are these Epic images, really? Are they as good, or better than Canon t2i stills? Having shot video with Canon DSLR since the early days of the 5D, I knew the Epic would easily destroy the DSLR video capabilities. But what about the stills…?

This isn’t an apples to apples comparison. In fact, it’s not even apples to oranges. It’s more like apples to asparagus; different food groups entirely. Nonetheless, curiosity got the best of me.

The Setup

Epic-M in the field, literally

Epic out in the field... literally

Red Epic-M

Compression: Redcode 8:1 into a 128 GB SSD Redmag
Color Space and Gamma: Redcolor2 and Redgamma2
Resolution: 5120×2160
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Frame Rate: 24fps
Lens: Red 18-85 zoom aiming for between T8 and T11
Support: Miller 55 tripod
Power: Red Brick batteries into battery belt clip


Chuck and the Canon t2i

Chuck and the Canon t2i

Canon T2i

Compression: Canon CR2 format
Color Space and Gamma: Adobe RGB 1998
Resolution: 5184×3025
Aspect Ratio: 1.71:1
Frame Rate: 1 frame
Lens: Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC
Support: Handheld
Power: Canon T2i battery

First up, Red Epic:

vs. the T2i:

 Slightly different angles on the two as the photographer, Chuck, was free roaming while I managed the Epic setup (not quite as easy to roam).

Second comparison

Red Epic

Canon T2i

After playing around with both the REDCODE and CR2 files, it’s hard to conclude if one is more flexible than the other (due to the different methods of dealing with files), though the Epic has a better looking noise. Also it has less noise. We’ll do a more in depth technical analysis of the footage soon, stay tuned for when that comes up! We hope to shoot some tests with the SAME lens on the next go around.

Stay tuned, more pictures and video coming soon.

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