The RED Komodo joins the so-called “Netflix approved” camera list for original productions making it the most affordable RED to do so.
It should come as no surprise that the RED Komodo is now Netflix-approved, after all the camera shoots in industry-standard REDCODE RAW (r3d) format.
And although the Netflix testing goes a bit further than just internal recording formats, it is safe to say that this addition was expected and inevitable. You can see the full list of cameras here.
RED Komodo – Netflix Recommended Camera Settings
Also, Netflix recommends the HQ and MQ R3D compression settings for original productions. And even though the camera does also record ProRes, the recommended capture settings by Netflix do specify REDCODE RAW.
- Shoot R3D Raw in either HQ or MQ
- Full sensor 6K S35 up to 40fps preferred
- Komodo can also record 4K/60p (4096 x 2160) by cropping in the S35 sensor
Their rules also say that 90% of the final product needs to be shot on an approved camera from their list, leaving some room for additional footage from drones, crash-cams, and other capture devices.
It’s a bit ironic as the RED Komodo was initially envisioned as a crash-cam for Hollywood movies, but as we all know it will be used by many as an A-cam on everything from corporate gigs, to commercials, docs and indie feature films.
The RED Komodo may be the most petite and affordable RED, but it offers a stellar image quality with its 6K Super35 sensor, professional SDI connectivity, and ubiquitous REDCODE RAW 16bit recording.
And as such, it joins other capable RED cameras such as the RED RANGER Helium and GEMINI, as well as the top-tier Weapon cameras and of course the RED Raven.
RED Komodo Quick Features and Highlight Specs
- Super 35 (6144 x 3240) 19.9 MP CMOS sensor
- 27.03 mm x 14.26 mm (Diagonal: 30.56mm)
- Global Shutter CMOS sensor
- Native mount – Canon RF
- Records onto CFast 2.0 (non-proprietary media)
- REDCODE RAW Frame Rates and Resolutions:
- 6K/40fps 17:9 (6144 x 3240)
- 5K/50fps 17:9 (5120 x 2700) crop
- 4K/60fps 17:9 (4096 x 2160) crop
- 2K/120 fps in 17:9 (2048 x 1080) crop
- REDCODE RAW HQ, MQ and LQ compressions
- 6K 17:9 (6144 x 3240) up to 40 fps
- 4K 17:9 (4096 x 2160) up to 60 fps
- 2K 17:9 (2048 x 1080) up to 120 fps
- 4K ProRes 422 HQ/422 up to 60 fps (4K DCI) – full sensor
- 2K ProRes 422 HQ/422 up to 120 fps
- to shoot in ProRes, camera must reboot
- Built-in 2.9″ 1440 x 1440 touchscreen LCD with preview and camera control
- BNC-SDI output for monitoring
- 12G-SDI: up to 4096 x 2160 4:2:2 for 60p
- 6G-SDI: up to 4096 x 2160 4:2:2 for 30p
- 3G-SDI: up to 2048 x 1080 4:2:2 for 60p
- 1.5G-SDI: up to 2048 x 1080 4:2:2 for 30p, 24p
- Supports custom 3D LUTs (33 point)
- Body construction: Aluminium Alloy
- Weight: 2.10 lbs
- Power via 2x Canon BP955/BP975 style batteries
- or 3rd party V-mount battery plate adapter
- power consumption approx. 45W
- Power inputs for external power:
- single 2-Pin LEMO (7 to 17 VDC) Input
Price: $5,995 body only – pre-order at B&H
To explore the full list of approved cameras for Netflix productions, head over to the Netflix Partner Center’s website here.