Red Digital Cinema has a long and proud history of innovation. They are constantly evolving and developing. The Red Komodo is breaking new ground in cinematography. The Komodo is an ultra-compact cinema camera with remarkable image quality, amazing color science and innovative shutter sensor technology. It has been a while in the making but the wait was well worth it.
Images: Phil Holland (left), 4K Shooters (right)
It is impossible to not be impressed by the size, ability, and performance of the Komodo. Just take a look at some Red Komodo current footage from an FPV drone. Wow! Truly impressive. Ross Back takes us through some 100MPH action.
RED Komodo on an FPV drone. Picture: insta @rosshasadrone
The specs of the Red Komodo speak for themselves. It packs a lot of punch at the reasonable price point. As the name suggests, it has a 6K resolution or 6144×3240. It can handle 4K at 60 FPS or 6K FF at 40 FPS. The Komodo has a Super 35 sensor and, significantly, a global shutter mode. The global shutter is one of the features that stand out and boot the delivery of this compact camera.
There is an integrated LCD with touchscreen ability. It allows for fast and user-friendly control. The integrated lens mount is a Canon RF mount which will work for most people. The camera records to CFAST 2.0 using R3D files (REDCODE RAW codec). The dynamic range allows for quality images in all light conditions. High-speed action is no challenge for the Red Komodo and even the fastest footage will not have curves or blurring.
In the past, one had to rely on action cameras such as the GoPro series for compact drone footage, especially for FPV (First Person View) drones. While the quality of these cameras is good they don't stand up to the quality of the Red Komodo.
With the compact size, dynamic range, a 6K sensor, and the global shutter, the Red Komodo ticks all the right boxes. I am sure it will create a lot of excitement for some time to come. It provides cinematographers a new tool in their art and is also great for amateurs that can invest in quality equipment.