RED Komodo Full Dynamic Range Test – Is it really 16 stops???

The RED Komodo is RED’s latest camera, boasting a small form factor and global shutter, something not seen in other RED cameras.

I conducted a full dynamic range camera test with the new RED Komodo Stormtrooper model, from +8/-8 stops in half-stop increments with proper control variables. It’s worth mentioning that the camera is technically still in beta and unreleased as well as not officially announced by RED.

This is only part 1 of the series, part 2 will go into a commentary and analysis in how I view the dynamic range. Please use Part 1 as an objective guide in the dynamic range and draw your conclusions! Would love to see what you think. Huge thanks to Derrick Fortin for lending his Komodo and time to conduct the test – he reached out after I posted in the group looking for a Komodo to test with. We also tested an Arri Alexa, RED Epic-W Helium, RED Weapon 6K, and Blackmagic Pocket 4K to compare with the Komodo’s dynamic range which I’m still working on. Let me know what you think where the dynamic range sits and how you would use it!

About the Author:
Brian is a freelance cinematographer based out of Los Angeles, CA.


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