New RED Komodo Footage Released. Is Wide-Scale Production Not Far Behind?

Credit: Jarred Land/RED
RED hints that the 6K S35 is inching ever closer to a possible wide-scale release next month.

RED CEO Jarred Land provided an update to Komodo's projected delivery date. In a social media post, the hat-wearing Canadian took advantage of the Gram's 2,200 characters to suggest production of the camera's Stormtrooper version could begin at the start of July.

Earlier this month, RED started releasing custom colors for Komodo, a 6K Super 35 camera that's expected to have integrated autofocus. Footage shot by the camera has started circulating, but since these are pre-production models, the final specs of the camera have yet to be released. With RED starting production on Stormtroopers, that is expected to change soon. 

You might already know RED starts to sell new cameras in a white version dubbed Stormtrooper. It's an opportunity for shooters to get a hold of an early production model in a custom color, but it also allows RED to slowly ramp up production before the black model is released to the masses. The short supply of "Grossman Gold," "Siqfüti Yellow," and "Bye Bye Blue" (which might not make it to production) of the Komodo was a way for RED to start releasing the camera to a select few while its factory was shut down because of the pandemic. 

Land said, "Right now with the guidance of the government we have the first week of July for the next COVID phase for a larger reopening of our factory, which means if we make that “start the presses” call next week we will take the last few days of June and the first week of July to prep and ramp up, the following 2 weeks to build an army of stormtroopers and once engineering and manufacturing gives the "ship em" approval, ALL of you on the list will be part of it."

So for those anticipating a custom color, you will most likely receive the white Stormtrooper and be pushed to the top of the list when the company can start production. Any owner of the now-defunct Hydrogen cell phone will still receive a discount, but that applies only to the black RED Komodo that will come after Stormtrooper. 

A lot has been discussed about what the camera can and cannot do. And right now, it's only in the hands of a few people. Tim Daust released the footage above this morning, and it the best test No Film School has seen of the camera of late. Daust shot 17:9 R3D MQ at 40fps at ISO 800.  He paired the Komodo with the Sigma ART 18-35mm, a 50mm, as well as a Helios 44-2 58mm. He added a Tokina IRND filter at 4 stops. 

The skin tones are pleasing. Not overly saturated (at least not on my screen). The highlights on the skin are not too blown out which is encouraging to see with pre-production firmware. Daust is using firmware v1.1.0rc3. But what do you think? 

Here's what we do know about Komodo.

Komodo Specs

  • 6K Super 35 27.03 x 14.25mm (6144 x 3240)
  • Global Shutter 
  • Full-sensor up to 6K 40 fps
  • 6K WS at 50 fps
  • 4K at 60 fps
  • 120 fps at 2K
  • 12G-SDI output with 2160p at 60 fps
  • R3D files (REDCODE RAW)
  • 3.5mm microphone/headphone
  • No XLR  
  • CFast cards, not dual 
  • Wireless video module 
  • Touchscreen Display 
  • Phase Detection Autofocus
  • Canon RF mount
  • Size: 4″ x 4″ (10.16 cm x 10.16 cm)
  • Weight: 2lbs (900g) approx.

Any thoughts on Komodo? Let us know in the comments below.      

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Did you guys watch the same video I did? It looked terrible. 4-5 year old RED cameras look way better than this at a similar price point.

June 26, 2020 at 10:35AM

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I'm with ya, very confused why this was even released. If I saw this and then was asked whether I'd buy it or not, it would be a 100% no. My Epic MX gets better tones than this thing? Like come on now...I'm hoping it's just the low grade lens and harsh light/bad grade that is ruining the footage.

June 27, 2020 at 2:02PM

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I know RED users like to use attractive women for their tests, but there's really nothing that someone can take from the footage. Any over and under tests of the camera? Like actually seeing where the camera falls apart?

June 26, 2020 at 3:51PM

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Funny not long ago red would make snide comments about Blackmagic and their footage they released. Something along the lines of, shots of boats and trees wont get you work and pay the bills. And they release this? Ive seen better fuji xt3 footage.

June 26, 2020 at 4:09PM

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not impressed.

June 26, 2020 at 5:40PM

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I kinda like it. The image looks textured, dense in color. Almost as if derived from tangible real world materials like celluloid. 6K is too much in comparison of whats out there. But this definitely beats the cheapy images that come from the blackmagic pocket 4k/6K.

June 26, 2020 at 11:12PM

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RED hints that the 6K S35 is inching ever closer to a possible wide-scale release next month.

June 27, 2020 at 7:47AM

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nice

June 27, 2020 at 9:35AM

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Wow, yet another clip from the Komodo that looks really bad. Everything I've seen so far has looked bad. It very well may be the people shooting the stuff but it doesn't appear to have a pleasing colour science. Kind of looks like Sony FS7 footage with a built in LUT thrown on.
As a Red owner I was rooting for this camera because I thought it would make a great b-cam/gimbal camera.

June 27, 2020 at 6:05PM

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Funny I was thinking the same thing, but I'm pretty sure I've made my FS7 look better than this, and its 6 years old or something

June 29, 2020 at 8:44AM

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Pocket 6k and zcam are still better than this.

June 28, 2020 at 3:52AM

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not a fan of the color/skin tones in this clip... hoping it's just the grading as i've seen a few other clips floating around that look more promising. Jarred posted an insta clip on a racetrack which looked great, especially motion with the global shutter

June 28, 2020 at 11:58AM

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I reallllly want to like this camera. I have an EPIC-W and I'm not a RED hater but this footage definitely looks like a Sony A7 series with a bad lut.

June 29, 2020 at 8:44AM

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Where is the journalism in this post?!

All you did was sum up their press releases, wheres the comparison to the field of cameras out there, wheres the comparison to the the other RED products?

Are you guys ever gonna mention this footage doesn't look amazing? Its fine. Compared to a TON of cameras between 2-4k it doesn't look great, and it has limited FPS modes, and resolutions with those modes, and the accessories will be ridiculously overprices since RED will be the only ones making them.

These komodo posts feel like the work of shills. I'm not a RED hater, it's a tool, I don't hate a 12mm socket because I need a 13mm. But I also don't jerk off my 12mm socket either because of how great "he" is.

June 29, 2020 at 10:12AM

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ol

June 29, 2020 at 7:26PM

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oi

June 29, 2020 at 11:27PM

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Why not shoot something to show off the capabilities of the global shutter??

Cameras for a lot less than the Komodo’s price could make these same shots...

July 2, 2020 at 5:13AM

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