Red Digital Cinema has announced that its new 6K Komodo camera system is ready for order.
According to Red, it comes to market “after extensive engineering to incorporate production-tested innovations, including a breakthrough global shutter sensor (27.03mm x 14.26mm) that maintains RED’s high standard of image quality and dynamic range. The camera is packaged in a small 4-cubic-inch (101.6 mm) form factor and weighs only 2.1 pounds (0.95 kgs). Joining RED’s product lineup in its own category, KOMODO includes an enviable list of features designed for professional filmmakers and content creators who want high-end visuals in an easy-to-use, compact, and versatile camera.”
In a statement, Jarred Land, President of RED Digital Cinema said, “This tiny chameleon of a camera packs in amazing resolution, dynamic range and image quality with a global shutter that has allowed filmmakers to capture footage in ways never thought possible.”
Some of the industry creatives involved in the testing for the Komodo, included filmmaker Michael Bay, storyteller and artist Jason Momoa, and Emmy-nominated Cinematographer Erik Messerschmidt, ASC.
Bay said, “The sensor is beautiful. I always wanted something this small, this sophisticated in terms of a high-quality image. It’s very lightweight; very handheld.”
Messerschmidt adds, “There is no other camera on the market with a global shutter that is this size and this versatile. And yet there are no quality compromises.”
Momoa used the Komodo while shooting footage for Harley-Davidson in the “frozen tundra” of New Jersey, and said, “It’s like cinema in the palm of your hands.”
More specs from the press release:
“KOMODO captures 6K at 40 fps, 6K WS at 50 fps, and 4K at 60 fps. Highlights of the camera include an RF mount for users to leverage adaptors for EF, PL and other lens systems, including anamorphic lenses, for maximum creative flexibility; a phase-detect based autofocus control on the integrated, color LED touchscreen display that simplifies monitoring and menu navigation; and new streamlined REDCODE® RAW settings (HQ, MQ, and LQ compression options) enhancing the user experience for various shooting needs. Additional features include compatibility with CFAST 2.0 recording media, 4K SDI output, built-in wireless capabilities, and connectivity via the all new RED Control app, which is available now for iOS devices and coming soon on Android.”
It is priced at $5,995, and it’s available as a stand-alone or in two bundled packs, which you can read more about below:
The KOMODO 6K includes:
KOMODO 6K camera brain
AC power adaptor 45W
1x RF to EF mechanical lens adapter
Mini world travel adaptor kit
RED is also launching two pre-bundled pack options:
KOMODO Starter Pack ($7,200) – This pre-bundled setup is perfect for content creators and run and gun operators. Including KOMODO 6K with the Wing Grip and RF to EF adapter with ND filter. Also included is media and media reader, as well as a PTap-to-power cable and timecode cable.
KOMODO Production Pack ($8,200) – This includes everything from the Starter Pack plus additional production-level accessories including the Expander Module and Outrigger Handle.
You can learn more about Komodo and place initial orders for the camera, Komodo packs and accessories at the Red Digital Cinema site and at RED Premium Dealers, the latter where demos can be scheduled.