RED’s new KOMODO 6K camera system is now available to order.

The new camera system includes a ‘breakthrough’ global shutter sensor (27.03mm x 14.26mm) and the camera is packaged in a small 4-cubic-inch (101.6 mm) form factor and weighs only 2.1 pounds (0.95 kgs).

“KOMODO has turned into quite the beast,” says Jarred Land, President of RED Digital Cinema. “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.”

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; a phase-detect based autofocus control on the integrated, colour LED touchscreen display that simplifies monitoring and menu navigation; and new streamlined REDCODE RAW settings (HQ, MQ, and LQ compression options). Additional features include compatibility with CFAST 2.0 recording media, 4K SDI output, built-in wireless capabilities, and connectivity via the new RED Control app, which is available now for iOS devices and coming soon on Android.

KOMODO comes to market after extensive testing by many of the industry’s leading creatives, among them, renowned filmmaker Michael Bay, avid storyteller and artist Jason Momoa, and Emmy-nominated cinematographer Erik Messerschmidt, ASC.

“The sensor is beautiful,” says Bay. “I always wanted something this small, this sophisticated in terms of a high-quality image. It’s very lightweight; very handheld.”

Messerschmidt notes, “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 put the KOMODO camera to the test in the frozen tundra of New Jersey while shooting footage for Harley-Davidson. On the size and quality of the camera, he remarks, “It’s like cinema in the palm of your hands.”

Additionally, a dedicated community of partners worked with RED to bring KOMODO and KOMODO accessories to market, including Angelbird, CoreSWX, Fool Control, Gates Housing, KipperTie, SmallHD, and Wooden Camera, among others. Adobe, DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut, Assimilate, Autodesk, Avid, and Colorfront all offer post-production support for KOMODO via RED’s latest SDK.

The KOMODO is priced at $5,995 with RED aiming it at studio productions as a B, C, or D camera or for smaller productions now able to afford RED for the first time. RED is also pitching the camera, with its small size as a natural fit for gimbals, drones, cranes, remote heads, and so on.

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), a pre-bundled setup aimed at 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) includes everything from the Starter Pack plus additional production-level accessories including the Expander Module and Outrigger Handle.

Several accessories are also available from RED to customize the KOMODO, including the Outrigger Handle, an Expander Module, a Wing Grip, Link Adaptor, RED® CFast 2.0 Card Reader, and RED® PRO CFast 512GB, among other ancillary components.

CVP is the exclusive UK dealer. CVP Newman House has opened its doors on a ‘by appointment only basis’ to showcase the latest technology. It will house a selection of the RED KOMODO, spreading them in different rigged configurations across the eight showrooms.

“The introduction of KOMODO presents the RED ecosystem to a whole new market. RED have always been keen to offer high-end cinema cameras to as many filmmakers as possible and KOMODO addresses that with its compact, Hollywood standard of pedigree camera at an attractive price point” comments CVP Sales Director, Jon Fry. “At CVP we have a fleet of units, fully rigged in multiple scenarios with the full spectrum of accessories for visitors to test and demo.”

Jon Creamer