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RED Komodo - Canon RF video camera?
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RED Komodo - Canon RF video camera?

Seems over at newsshooter there was an interesting article about one of RED's latest projects that was "leaked" recently.

This image showing the mount of the Komodo named video camera, clearly shows what appears to be a Canon RF mount.  Out of the four mirrorless mounts, Canon is the only one with a raised series of 4 pins to the left hand side of the mount.

It does make sense for video camera manufacturers to move from the Canon EF to the Canon RF mount, what is surprising is if they actually reverse engineered the RF protocol this quickly to effectively use Canon RF lenses on a RED camera body.  Not only do they get to use the excellent Canon RF primes that Canon is releasing, but they also get to use probably, more importantly, the excellent adapters, including the variable ND filter with existing Canon EF lens inventories.

 Jarred Land took to RED USER to talk about Komodo, well, strangely, to say what Komodo is not;

  • It is not DSMC3
  • It is not a replacement for DSMC2
  • It is not 8k VV
  • It is not a Dragon or a Helium or a Gemini or a Monstro Sensor
  • It does not have an HDMI port
  • It does not use proprietary media
  • It is not a “module”
  • It is not under $5k, unless you own a Hydrogen.
  • It has no XLR ports
  • It does not have a fixed lens
  • Its body does not weight more than 2 pounds.
  • It is not larger than 4 inches in any dimension.

I think the last two "is not's" are the most curious.  This sounds pretty small (for a video camera), and light as well.  It also sounds like it uses the hydrogen smartphone in some way (perhaps as the main display?)

It also appears to be an S35 sensor, if the dark rectangle to the top right of the image is the sensor. A normal full frame sensor would extend to almost the full glass beveled area.

Has RED taken some of Canon's thunder away by beating them to a Canon RF mount based video camera?  One thing is clear, it's not just Canon that seems to like the Canon RF mount.

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