The RED KOMODO 6K camera is RED Digital Cinema’s entry-level level camera that features an adaptable RF-style mount and upto 280 Mbps 6K/40p recording to CFast 2.0 media. Key features include:
6K, Super35, 16-stop dynamic range, global shutter, CMOS sensor
Frame rates up to 40fps in 6K & 120fps in 2K
Powered by hot-swappable Canon BP-9XX batteries (not included)
Records to CFast 2.0 media (not included) at up to 280 Mbps
KOMODO = DRAGON-X-tra Small? RED Digital Cinema loves a little wordplay in their naming conventions, and the RED KOMODO 6K camera continues the tradition by being, in practice, a compact cinema camera using a sensor similar to the classic 6K RED DRAGON-X. It has a few major distinctions including a global shutter that make the KOMODO is a great B-cam to your RED shoot or entry to the RED Digital Cinema ecosystem.
6K, Global Shutter Sensor. Size is never an indication of power, and the KOMODO proves that out. Global shutter is a generally expensive feature that reduces image quality, but here, RED has incorporated the technology into their entry level system while maintaining a very high 16+ stops of dynamic range and a maximum 6144 × 3240 resolution at 40 frames per second. Windowing the sensor to 2K will allow the camera to shoot up to 120 fps.
Adaptable Mount. Don’t let the RF-style mount fool you. This camera doesn’t have any native compatibility with Canon RF lenses. Instead, the RF-style mount’s shallow flange depth allows the camera to be adapted to most other popular mount types such as PL, EF, and Leica M with some mounts offering ND filtration.
Power & Media. The camera works best with official Canon BP-9 series batteries, and the two integrated battery slots allow for hot swapping for endless power supply. A single Canon BP-975 will power the camera for around 2 hours. Video is recorded to a single CFast 2.0 slot and will work with a variety of cards that can handle a sustained write speed of at least 280 MB/s. At its highest bitrate the KOMODO will use about 1TB of data per hour of recording.
Monitoring. This camera features a few unique monitoring solutions for a RED brain. The first is 12G-SDI output for full DCI 4K 10-bit 4:2:2 monitoring at up to 60 fps. This output is great for nailing focus or recording external proxies. The camera can also wirelessly connect to iOS and a web interface via 2.4 or 5GHz Wi-Fi, and the app is FREE! Free mobile device control of RED cameras is a first for the KOMODO thanks to the RCP2 system.
As of firmware version 1.4.0, the RED Komodo’s autofocus function is still in beta. Touch autofocus may be available with select Canon lenses but performance is not guaranteed.
If you have questions about compatible lenses, contact us and a tech will be happy to help you determine the best gear for your shoot.
As of firmware version 1.4.0, RF lens support is still considered a beta feature.
No. The KOMODO is not part of the DSMC2 line, and accessories are not cross compatible.
Yes! At the very least, you’ll need an RF mount adapter and like-mounted lens, compatible CFast 2.0 media, and a Canon BP-9XX battery. If you have any questions about compatibility, please contact us.
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