This hands-on review of the RED Komodo contains the best footage I’ve seen it produce so far

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Recently, we posted a video by filmmaker Joey Helms about his shiny new RED Komodo 6K camera, and five reasons why you might want to get one. He got a lot of questions asked in response to posting that video, so he’s created this 30-minute follow up to provide a full hands-on review and blast through as many of those questions as possible.

Joey seems to know what he’s talking about with this camera, too, as the video shows some of the finest sample footage I’ve seen shot with the RED Komodo so far. Whether that’s down to the camera settings used or the work he does in post, I’m not entirely sure but he sure makes that thing look pretty amazing.

Joey’s video is broken down into sections, talking about the different aspects of the camera. He also includes sample footage shot in three very different conditions. 6pm footage, where it’s still rather bright out, 6am footage when the sun’s just starting to make an appearance to test the dynamic range, and 11pm footage once the sun has made its descent to see how it performs in low light.

Here’s a full breakdown of the different sections.

  • 0:19 – ‘6PM’ Footage Sequence
  • 3:11 – A Message For You!
  • 4:27 – Compression, File Sizes, & Crop
  • 6:51 – RAPID ROUND I: Features
  • 11:55 – Dynamic Range incl. ‘6AM’ Footage Sequence
  • 15:55 – Audio
  • 18:03 – RAPID ROUND II: Accessories
  • 22:05 – Footage Download / #komodochallenge
  • 22:45 – Low Light incl. ’11PM’ Footage Sequence
  • 24:55 – Menu & Wireless Control

Joey has even offered up the sample footage he shot for the video for download so that you can all have a play with it yourself. In fact, he’s created a challenge to see exactly what people will make of it. If you do make something with it, feel free to share it in the comments here, too.

In between all the gorgeous footage, Joey talks about the different functions, features and capabilities of the camera, along with a couple of rapid-fire rounds where he answers questions posted on his previous video.

If you’ve been thinking about getting a RED Komodo 6K Cinema Camera, then it’s well worth a watch. Even if you haven’t, but want to see some nice eye candy footage, you might want to check it out.

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