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IKONOSKOP Vs RED: The Most Unfair Camera Test by Jonathan Yi:

Bored with the dull dishwater shots that passes as the current crop of camera shootout footage? Great well never fear why not try the Ikonoskop A-Cam DII Verses the RED Scarlet camera. Seems a fair fight right? Well Jonathan Yi thought so.

The Ikonoskop clipped much quicker on the highlights and had punchier contrast than the Red Scarlet. I had to punch up the contrast on the Scarlet footage in Red Cine to make them look more similar. Based on personal taste, I really liked how the Ikonoskop footage was looking right out of the gate but you definitely needed to be more careful about exposure.

IKONOSKOP A-CAM DII settings
native 200 ISO, no filters, daylight balance
Wide Shot Lens: Zeiss Superspeed 18mm
Close Up Lens: Zeiss Superspeed 50mm
Cinema DNG files processed through Adobe Lightroom and conformed with Adobe After Effects

RED SCARLET settings
native 800 ISO, ND 0.6, daylight balance
Wide Shot Lens: Zeiss Superspeed 35mm
Close Up Lens: Zeiss Superspeed 85mm
R3D files processed through Red Cine X

LIGHTING notes
(all values rated with light meter at 200 ISO)
Subject lit with daylight units
Highlight (right side of face): 5.6 and a third
Fill: 2.8 – 4.0 split
Background slash of light is tungsten at 4.0
Exposed both cameras at 2.8 – 4.0 split, exposing the chip chart and left side of face as normal with highlights one stop over.

Now go see Jonathan Yi.

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