RED Komodo is Now Shipping

9 days ago
RED Komodo is Now Shipping

Fourteen months after its first appearance on social media, the RED Komodo is now finally available for purchase. With a price tag of $5995.00 (body only), the cameras should start shipping in three to four weeks.

RED Komodo Now Available

The RED Komodo is a compact and lightweight camera capable of recording in 6K at up to 40 frames per second using a Super35 image sensor. The camera features a global shutter, a Canon RF lens mount, up to 16 stops of dynamic range (according to RED, we haven’t had it in our lab yet…), it records onto CFast 2.0 memory cards, and it is powered by two Canon BP-U batteries.

We already covered the camera extensively here if you want to learn more about it.

Less than a week after the opening of the waiting list for the RED Komodo, it looks like Jarred Land’s team worked hard to launch and release the camera quickly after they’ve been teasing about it for a year and a half now.

There are no doubts that the camera will face stiff competition against the Canon EOS C70, the upcoming Sony FX6, and various Z Cam models, for example.

Packages

Various packages are available to purchase. First is the body only that retails for $5995.00/€5333.00.

Included in the package are:

  • Komodo 6K BODY​
  • AC Power Adaptor 45W​
  • Mini World Travel Adaptor Kit​
  • RED Logo Sticker​
  • Komodo Information Card (incl. registration and support info)​
  • Box with plastic/foam (standard minimalist markings)​
  • RF to EF Mechanical Adapter​
  • 1 Year Standard Warranty

The RF to EF mechanical adapter looks to be the official EF-EOS R “standard” one from Canon, as the Komodo doesn’t support Canon RF native lenses yet.

Image credit: RED

Next on the list is a Starter Pack that retails for $7200.00/€6470.00 and includes:

  • Komodo 6K Camera System
  • Canon Drop-In Filter Mount Adapter EF-EOS R with Variable ND Filter
  • Komodo Wing Grip
  • RED PRO CFast 512GB
  • RED CFast 2.0 Card Reader
  • RED EXT-to-Timecode Cable 3′
  • RED PTap-to-Power Cable 6′

The Komodo Wing Grip is a little piece of aluminum that screws to the side of the camera and gives you a couple of 1/4″-20 mounting points. It’s also great to carry your camera around and grab it easily.

It’s nice to see that this package includes the Canon EF-EOS R adapter with Variable ND Filter. The extra $1200.00 they are asking for this package doesn’t feel overpriced.

Image credit: RED

Last but not least is the Production Pack that retails for $8200/€7393 and includes everything from the Start pack plus:

  • Outrigger Handle​
  • Komodo Expander Module
  • Canon Drop-In Clear Filter

The Outrigger handle is a side handle with a Record Start/Stop button.

The Expander Module screws to the bottom of the camera and gives you access to a Genlock (BNC) port, GPI (BNC), Timecode in (BNC), and CTRL (4-pin). This module will surely be helpful for larger scale productions using the Komodo as a crash cam.

What do you think about the Komodo and the various packages prices? Do you consider getting one? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below!

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Steve o
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8 days ago

Headline: red komodo is now shipping.

Article: well it should ship in 3 weeks

Lol, so which is it?

BOUNCE
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9 days ago

We need to see some independent test of this camera. I’m personally highly suspect of these claims of 16+ stops of dynamic range. From the footage I’ve seen my guess would be 12~13… at best. I’d be curious to see how this compares to the Canon C70/C300Mk3 and the Sony A7S3 (Raw).
Without support for native RF glass it becomes a less appealing option. Have the startup times improved, or are we still looking at 30 seconds? How is AF? Many questions, but all we have to go on is Red’s marketing hype.

Last edited 9 days ago by BOUNCE
German Libenson
German Libenson
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8 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Loch

The only DR test that I trust is the Imatest that you guys do. I am guessing that Komodo will have 13 stops of DR with an SNR of 2.

Corbin Bradley
Corbin Bradley
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9 days ago
Reply to  BOUNCE

This guy has a 30 minute DR test: https://youtu.be/V8ZD1G2Qxy4

It has 13 stops of range and it’s super 35… That’s not good compared to something like the S1H which has full frame, IBIS, and S pro lenses (which have superior MTF charts then any other lenses period.) Global shutter is nice but at twice the cost for 0.3 more dynamic range it’s a hard pass. Watch Blackmagic be the first with a full frame, internal raw micro cinema camera and own the market.

Last edited 9 days ago by Corbin Bradley
Gregory Gillaspie
Gregory Gillaspie
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8 days ago
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“It has 13 stops of range and it’s super 35… That’s not good compared to something like the S1H”

I personally think no other hybrid touches the S1H.
But compared to Komodo- that’s what I’m going with.
You get 6K internal Redcode raw. Which is again INTERNAL and the best acquisition format there is. Dynamic range is similar between both, (they both have about 13 real stops).
As far as the sensor size, once I put a focal reducer onto the Komodo I actually have a wider image than the S1H’s sensor (38mm vs 36mm).
I’d take global shutter over IBIS any day. Every single frame is distorted with a rolling shutter sensor, and there is nothing you can do about it. However, you can still stabilize your Komodo with a gimbal.
Where the S1H really wins is with it’s dual native ISO- being better in low light, and having more dynamic range dispersed between two native ISOs.

Last edited 8 days ago by Gregory Gillaspie
jose hipaucha
jose hipaucha
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8 days ago
Reply to  BOUNCE

But they give you a sticker in the pack.
For free.

Corbin Bradley
Corbin Bradley
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6 days ago
Reply to  jose hipaucha

Laughed out loud. Why even mention this? Red is a wonderful branding company but I find their camera’s to be overpriced hassles most of the time.

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