There are a few ways to grab a RED camera. What kind of body do you want / need? Which sensor works with it, what are the specifications of these sensors? What about the Komodo? The new RED Arsenal website can help.
RED cameras are popular with both indie filmmakers and big Hollywood DPs. ARRI is still ahead of the game here, but RED cameras can still be seen on many sets. However, choosing the perfect RED camera is not always easy. They offer different bodies, which can then also be combined with different sensors. And then there is the new one, the Komodo, which stands a bit on its own here.
RED Arsenal website and new RED Tech videos
Let's get it straight from the start: RED Arsenal isn't a new camera, it's just a new section on red.com. All current RED cameras are listed there with sensor options and technical data. The Komodo is there too, of course, and there are also a number of RED Tech Videos.
Photo credit: RED
This first video is about the different camera bodies you can currently get from RED: Komodo, DSMC2 and Ranger. These are three completely different bodies that also have very different form factors. So which one should you choose?
Komodo versus DSMC2 versus Ranger
RED's newest camera, the Komodo, is the smallest and lightest body that RED has to offer. But if that's exactly what you need: a small crash cam, a compact setup for recording interviews, or upgrading a drone with this thing, the Komodo might be a great choice.
Its bigger brother, the DSMC2 system, is all about modularity. At its core, it's just a box that doesn't really have much to offer (keep that in mind when you buy one of these). However, you can add modules and add-ons at will to customize your camera for what you want to record for a particular job. The DSMC2 is by far the most versatile body in the RED range.
All currently available RED camera housing variants. Photo credit: RED
At the top of the RED ecosystem is the fully featured ranger camera. This is a beast in terms of connectivity. It was originally developed by RED for rental only, to give crews around the world the confidence to hire a RED Ranger and know exactly what they would get. But now if you have the money, you can buy one of these rangers as an owner / operator too.
Twins vs. Komodo vs. Helium vs. Monstro
With sensors for RED cameras it gets a little more difficult. First things first: The Komodo is something special here again. It has a 6K s35 sensor with global shutter and the sensor is specific to the Komodo case. There is no mix & # 39; n & # 39; match here.
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The three other available sensors, the Gemini 5K s35, the Helium 8K s35 and the Monstro 8K VV, can be combined with either the DSMC2 or the Ranger housing. Helium and Montro are also only available as monochrome versions.
All in all, the RED system is very versatile or, in other words, adapts to your requirements. Note, however, that the term ecosystem applies here. So once you've invested in the RED system, you are stuck and while you have a wide variety of options, all you can do is use what RED offers you, at least in terms of the core camera system. Honestly, you get that with most makes and models anyway.
all current RED sensors. Photo credit: RED
The relaunched Arsenal section on red.com is a great place to learn about all of RED's options and build your perfect camera system from scratch.
What do you think? Is the RED ecosystem something you want to buy your way into? See your thoughts in the comments below!