Did you see the SCCE shoot out? 12 cameras (Alexa, film, F35, Red, AF100, Sony F3, Phantom Flex, Weisscam HS-2, Canon 1D MkIV, 7D, 5D Mk II, and Nikon D7000)
They had 140 camera and support crew who were experts in each of the cameras and scientifically tested most of the big chip cameras. They didn't draw conclusions just gathered the results. Zaccuto made a documentary that will be out later on blu-ray. They are just starting to release results.
The first snippet is here:
(Note: you can't be behind a proxy and see it. You have to direct access.)
Alexa was the winner in most people's opinion. Red MX won on resolution of course. Red wouldn't let an Epic participate even after Epic's release. (Which causes me to wonder.) Jim Janard specified how he wanted the Red MX set up so you can't argue the Red was at a disadvantage.
Barry Green, the Panasonic guru, said this "The F3 looked excellent in the SCCE tests, it was frequently mentioned in the same breaths as the Alexa, it blew the F35 into the weeds, and it was all done without s-log." Now beating an F35 is really something. The F35 costs ten times as much.
I thought this was interesting "film actually has phenomenal highlight detail, but isn’t actually that good in the shadow detail."
"The F35 (a $150,000 camera), for example, didn't fare nearly as well as I expected, the F3 (a $14,000 camera) pretty much handed it it's butt on a silver platter. The Red MX did pretty well, definitely besting the F35 and most of the others, and dominated in resolution. The Alexa (an $80,000 camera) stole the show. It was just astounding. It was dominant and to my eyes the clear winner, and everyone I spoke to agreed. Just no comparison. And film? Well, that was one of the disappointments. Film just didn't dominate. Always good, but (except for res) the Alexa was always as good or better. The F3 did extremely well. The F3 was indeed a baby Alexa." Camera prices added.
Still waiting for full results of course but the F3 and Red MX (a $25,000 camera) had about the same DR. With S-Log the F3 will have at least another stop of DR to go with that extremely good signal to noise ratio, -63db.