This article explains which calibration method provides the best image quality across a wide range of exposures for each sensor in the DSMC2 camera lineup.
Sensor Calibration Methods
RED recommends using auto sensor calibration for the DRAGON 4.5K, DRAGON 5K, and DRAGON 6K sensors.
Auto sensor calibration (Auto Capture) allows users to select exposure times from 1/8000s to 1/8s without calibrating, which provides a wider operating band for sensor temperature.
Although auto sensor calibration can require up to an hour for the entire process, it provides the best image quality across a range of exposures compared to manual sensor calibration.
HELIUM 8K S35, MONSTRO 8K VV, GEMINI 5K S35
For HELIUM 8K S35, MONSTRO 8K VV, and GEMINI 5K S35 sensors, the performance of auto sensor calibration does not have the same benefits as it does for DRAGON 6K. RED recommends using manual sensor calibration (Manual Capture) for these sensors, because it provides the best image quality across a range of temperatures, and requires significantly less time for the entire process.
The table below summarizes the recommended calibration methods for the sensors in the DSMC2 camera lineup:
|Sensor||Recommended Calibration Method|
|DRAGON 4.5K||Auto Calibration|
|DRAGON 5K||Auto Calibration|
|DRAGON 6K||Auto Calibration|
|HELIUM 8K S35||Manual Calibration|
|MONSTRO 8K VV||Manual Calibration|
|GEMINI 5K S35 - Standard Mode||Manual Calibration|
|GEMINI 5K S35 - Low Light Mode||Manual Calibration|