RED Komodo Update – First Cameras Shipped, Footage Samples, Accessories

June 8th, 2020
RED Komodo Update - First Cameras Shipped, Footage Samples, Accessories

RED Komodo is the new Super 35 6K cinema camera that features a very small form factor. RED shipped out the first batch of custom-colored pre-release cameras in Grossman Gold color. The first hands-on tests and sample footage from Komodo users as well as first accessories are appearing.

Edit: Phil Holland was kind enough to share with us a download link for footage taken with his new camera. You can obtain it by clicking here.

Rigged out RED Komodo. Image Credit: Phil Holland

It has been more than two weeks since our last RED Komodo Update article. I have to say things are getting much faster around Komodo now since the first customers got their cameras and there are first hands-on tests with sample footage emerging. The best places to follow the latest news about Komodo right now are Jarred’s Instagram account, Komodo Section on REDuser, and RED Komodo Facebook group.

A few days ago Jarred posted a short demo of the new version of RED CONTROL app on iOS. The app seems to be able to control the Komodo and provide image feed from the camera with very little lag.

RED Komodo – First Batch Shipped

As Jarred said, RED shipped the first batch of pre-stormtrooper Komodos in custom colors to few lucky customers. The first color seems orange to me, but RED calls it “Grossman Gold”. Every batch of these pre-release cameras that get shipped out will have a different color. It seems like the next one will be yellow.

Among the people who got the first Komodo was Phil Holland and Philip Grossman. They both started posting first thoughts and answering questions about Komodo quite quickly. Phil Holland made a special thread on REDuser where he shares his findings on Komodo. Philip Grossman posted already several sample clips and comparisons with his RED Helium 8K on his Youtube channel.

 

As Phil Holland wrote, aside from REDCODE RAW files, the camera can also shoot ProRes MOV files for quick turnaround. They are available in HQ and 422 for both 4K and 2K resolutions. According to Phil, the camera can’t record both at the same time.

RED Komodo can record in ProRes as well. Image Credit: Phil Holland

Currently, with the pre-release models, available resolutions and frame rates are:

  • 6k full sensor @ up to 40fps
  • 6K wide (2.4:1) @ up to 48fps
  • 5k full sensor @ up to 48fps
  • 4k full sensor @ up to 60fps
  • 2k full sensor @ up to 120fps

RED Komodo and Monstro size comparison. Image Credit: Phil Holland

Phil also tested the Sensor Calibration (Black Shading) with the Komodo. Black Shading is basically a sensor and pixel check while generating a calibration map to counteract a sensor’s inherent fixed pattern noise. For RED DSMC2 cameras it was roughly 1 minute per “K” for calibration (8 minutes on RED Monstro 8K). RED Komodo 6K is faster in this regard – Sensor Calibration was done in less than 1.5 minutes.

Phil Holland is also testing various lenses on Komodo. He said he already mounted over 100 different lenses on the camera.

RED Komodo with the new Laowa 9mm T2.9 lens. Image Credit: Phil Holland

If you have a lot of spare time, you can watch the six hours (!) long RED Komodo Owners Q&A Discussion video which was live-streamed over at Scott Balkum’s Youtube channel. Apart from Scott, there was also Phil Holland, Tim Daust, Curtis Boggs, and Phillip Grossman present at the video. Even Jarred Land, president of RED Digital Cinema, joined in for a while and shared some background information regarding Komodo.

Jarred said RED has been working on the Komodo for around five years already. The whole idea behind it was to provide filmmakers with a better crash camera. A camera that is small enough to fit in tight places, but still produces RAW footage that is more flexible in the post-production and can better intercut with large cinema cameras, than a GoPro.

Accessories for RED Komodo

Jarred’s other company Global Dynamics United (GDU) has been producing accessories for other RED cameras for a while already. The company now officially announced some previously teased special accessories for the RED Komodo.

GDU Komodo Accessories. Source: GDU

First Komodo accessory is the GDU Komodo Monitor Mount priced at $79. The mount sits between the camera and a monitor and provides forward and back tilt. According to GDU, a tension bolt system keeps the hinge tight across the tilt range and prohibits loosening during use. The monitor mount was designed for use with the SmallHD 5 series and the Portkeys BM5 but it will work with most other monitors that have 1/4″-20 mount holes on the bottom of the monitor.

Komodo Monitor Mount. Source: GDU

Another piece of accessory is the GDU Side Mounting Bracket for Komodo priced at $39. The bracket is reversible and it can mount on either side of the camera for mounting handles and other accessories. It includes multiple 1/4″-20 threads as well as three 3/8″-16 anti-twist threads. Every bracket includes two M4 screws to mount to the camera’s body.

Komodo Side Bracket. Source: GDU

The first batch of both accessories got sold out relatively quickly, the next batch should be shipping by the end of June.

PL to RF Mount Adapter for Komodo. Source: KipperTie

Another company that announced some Komodo Accessories is KipperTie. They offer a PL to RF mount adapter with a mounting foot. Additionally, the company offers a mounting bracket called Chinstrap for extra PL mount lens support even without a baseplate.

PL to RF Mount Adapter for Komodo. Source: KipperTie

Adapta is KipperTie’s simple PL to RF adapter while Revolva also offers a system for inserting ND filter cartridges. Pricing for KipperTie Komodo accessories has not been announced yet.

PL to RF Revolva Mount Adapter with ND filters. Source: KipperTie

I think soon we will start seeing third party accessories for Komodo from other manufacturers as well.

Featured Image credit for this article: Phil Holland

What do you think about the RED Komodo so far? Do you use RED cameras for your productions? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.

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BOUNCE
MemberJune 8th, 2020

Honestly, while I want to like this camera, none of the footage I have seen to date has impressed me. The image quality seems average at best. From the few clips in the Michael Bay Super Bowl commercial to the latest clips uploaded by the early adopters/beta testers; none of it looks great. It’s all just mediocre. I’ll wait for the official release (black version) of the product before passing final judgment. But so far things are not looking good.

Ezmeer
Ezmeer
GuestJune 8th, 2020

Same here

Dean
Dean
MemberJune 8th, 2020

Ditto

Riri
Riri
GuestJune 9th, 2020

Same here

Andreas Schwarz
MemberJune 10th, 2020

agree 100 %

Peter Wehrli
Peter Wehrli
GuestJune 12th, 2020

It’s classic Red footage: BROWN.

Chris Santucci
MemberJune 12th, 2020

I gave up on Red when they told me they could “no longer guarantee the availability of parts to support repairs” for my 2 year old Epic. Almost $40K into it, and they tell me that. Done.

Andreas Schwarz
MemberJune 10th, 2020

This camera is not intresting at all…and the brand RED is damaged after all these scandals

 s saur
s saur
MemberJune 11th, 2020

The Komodo appears to be different than other RED cameras that require RED accessories. How many additional RED proprietary items are required on top of the base price of $6000? Do you need a RED monitor to control the camera or can everything be controlled by the phone app? Do you need the RED side module for RED mini mag SSDs? Or does it record to standard media, like CFast or CFExpress (I’m not even sure CFast is fast enough to record RED Code)? Do you need a RED battery plate with SDI, D-tap, etc connections? with v-mount or gold mount?

GDRRiley
GDRRiley
GuestJune 19th, 2020

it records to CF2.0 and yes redmags are only cheap mSATA SSDs. It is using dual canons BP battery slots.
sounds like 0 maybe an option

 Harris Deejay
Harris Deejay
MemberJune 12th, 2020

This camera is too little too late and the footage is unimpressive and a ridiculous RED price tag to go along with it. Did everyone just forget about the scandals and massive flops this company has recently had? This one is a hard pass from me, you won’t catch me supporting a company built on lies.

Delp Winston
Delp Winston
GuestJune 12th, 2020

That might be a little harsh. There’s no question that Red changed the industry, as Jannard set out to. Sony was peddling glorified HD video cameras for $100K without a recorder at the time. Red forced everyone else to step up.

However, they have indeed struggled to keep up now the cost of decent quality has come down so drastically. They couldn’t deliver on the Scarlet “4K for $4K” promise… but BlackMagic did, not much later, using regular SSDs for storage.

And Red’s color has sucked for much of its existence. They tried to pass off its sepia-toned drabness as a creative choice for years, but come on. How about making a camera that can actually capture BLUE?

Chris Joseph
Chris Joseph
GuestJuly 18th, 2020

The comments here really helped me decide (after additional web-searches) that RED isn’t anything I need to be interested in at the moment.

 Paul Corneille
Paul Corneille
MemberJune 14th, 2020

Is two years too late

Earl Nottingham
Earl Nottingham
GuestJune 8th, 2020

Let’s just go ahead and call it Kubota orange!

 Zac Eskelsen
Zac Eskelsen
MemberJune 10th, 2020

Where did this info come from? I haven’t seen this anywhere else.
6k full sensor @ up to 40fps
6K wide (2.4:1) @ up to 48fps
5k full sensor @ up to 48fps
4k full sensor @ up to 60fps
2k full sensor @ up to 120fps
Traditionally the red sensor has cropped but this would be nice to have full sensor.

Linda Ming
Linda Ming
GuestJune 11th, 2020

It’s wrong. It is not full sensor.

Tomas vargas valencia
Tomas vargas valencia
GuestJune 12th, 2020

why in the red official web page there’s no information about Komodo?

Mark Weyland
Mark Weyland
GuestJune 12th, 2020

Because Red has never understood the importance of running a proper Web site for their company. Their main conduit for information is an amateur-hour forum full of slobbering sycophants, where firmware updates are buried in threads with hundreds of posts; on a site that Red didn’t even own.

Red’s communications and branding have been pretty juvenile from day one.

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