We know that RED will announce the new KOMODO-X digital cinema camera announcement on May, 16th, and in the lead-up, they have announced a few more images and details. The KOMODO-X will fit in between the KOMODO and RAPTOR cameras.
Above you can see how it compares in size to both the standard KOMODO and the V-RAPTOR.
Above you can see more details of how it differs from the original KOMODO.
Above you can see that the KOMODO-X is recording in 6K 17:9 / R3D ELQ at 80fps.
KOMODO-X | 05/16/23 pic.twitter.com/BZoDUioww2— RED Digital Cinema (@RED_Cinema) May 8, 2023
Scott Balkum had RED CEO Jarred Land on a live stream, and Jarred seemed to not have a problem leaking a lot of info about the new camera.
Jarred made it a point from the stream that the KOMODO-X isn’t a replacement but a new camera with better audio and more—basically addressing what users wanted in the KOMODO. The original KOMODO was designed as a crash camera/ B-Cam, but users started configuring it as an A-cam, which got RED’s attention.
The camera is larger in size than the original KOMODO to accommodate the new features. It also looks like it will have the same global shutter sensor or possibly a new version but it seems like the global shutter will be what RED will use for the KOMODO-X.
The X has a locking RF Mount, a front right side record button, a top screen that looks to be the same one used on the original KOMODO, and it will use CFexpress Type-B media. It will work with the DSMC3 RED Touch 7″ LCD Monitor. The KOMODO-X also appears that it will have a built-in V-mount battery plate.
Jarred also showed a module that isn’t clear what it does but has a screen and a V-Mount. A few modules will be coming soon, possibly for both Komodo cameras. Jarred also stated a new EVF is in the works. Red has plans to show some new accessories at Cine Gear 2023 but not the EVF.
Lots of leaks from RED. Nice work from Scott Balkum, as well as
Carlos Quintero for breaking the news.
Pricing is unknown, but I will assume it will be around $8K to $10K, but probably under $10K. We will know all the details on May 16th.
It doesn’t come as a big surprise that RED is bringing out another camera that will potentially be priced below $10K. With the popularity of the Komodo, it makes a lot of sense to build on that platform.