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Nauticam Shipping Housing for RED Komodo 6K
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, October 6, 2020 @ 12:00 AM (EST)

Nauticam is shipping its new housing for the RED Komodo 6K. The new cinema camera boasts a Super 35 sensor with a resolution of 6144 x 3240 pixels, shoots using the full sensor at 6K up to 40fps and 4K up to 60fps, records REDCODE RAW and ProRes files, and comes with Canon’s new RF lens mount. Oh, and it will “only” set you back $5,995—that’s about half as much as the next cheapest RED model (Dragon-X).

Nauticam’s housing is built around Nauticam’s N120 Cinema port system, a platform shared by the company’s DSLR and cinema camera systems that allows the mounting of both DSLR and cinema lenses as well as easy integration with underwater optics like the WACP-1, WACP-2, SMC-1 and SMC-2. The housing supports the use of EF lenses via Canon’s adapters. (Currently, only EF lenses are supported by the camera, with a future update providing support for RF lenses.)

The housing allows the camera’s built-in monitor to be viewed through a window on the top plate. A version of the housing with the Shinobi Monitor Back—which houses a Atomos Shinobi SDI monitor (not included!)—is also available. Alternatively, it’s possible to connect the Atomos Shinobi or SmallHD 502 in a Nauticam external monitor housing.

The Komodo housing is priced at $9,803 (with Standard Back) or $11,350 (with Shinobi Monitor Back).

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Introducing Nauticam Komodo

Komodo is RED's smallest and most affordable camera to date. With 6K resolution, 16 stops of dynamic range, and global shutter Komodo packs an incredible amount of power in the palm of your hand. When paired with the Nauticam housing, an easy to use and travel friendly cinema system is created.



The Komodo camera features a 6K Super 35 sensor with up to 16 stops of dynamic range. R3D files (REDCODE RAW) can be recorded directly to CFast 2.0 cards, eliminating the need for expensive proprietary media. It also features Canon's new RF mount with full support of the Canon EF to EOS R lens adaptor allowing a wide variety of focal lengths to be used. Komodo is RED's smallest form-factor and most economically priced camera to-date. The feature set is clearly aimed at those requiring professional level specs in a travel-friendly package, which accurately describes the majority of underwater filmmakers.

Key Camera Specifications:

  • 6K Super 35 Sensor (6144 x 3240)
  • R3D Files (REDCODE RAW)
  • Records to CFast 2.0 cards
  • Canon RF Lens Mount
  • Dual Battery Mount (Canon BP-955/975)
  • 12G SDI Out
  • Integrated LCD Screen with Touch Camera Control
  • Wireless Control From a Smart Phone
  • Global Shutter Mode
  • Anamorphic Options

Recording Formats:

    • 6144 x 3240 at 40 fps
    • 5120 x 2700 at 50 fps
    • 4096 x 2160 at 60 fps
    • 2048 x 1080 at 120 fps
  • ProRes 422/ProRes 422HQ
    • 4096 x 2160 up to 60 fps
  • ProRes 422
    • 2048 x 1080 up to 120 fps


The Nauticam Komodo housing is officially RED APPROVED. The housing is engineered in a similar fashion to previous Epic LT and DSMC2 LT housings, providing the most compact and travel friendly system possible. Komodo offers seamless integration with DSLR lenses and the same N120 port system used in Nauticam DSLR and Cinema systems. Enjoy unmatched user friendly setup and intuitive operation including tool-less setup and tear down in minutes. Batteries can be swapped without ever removing the camera from the housing, and lens changes can be accomplished in seconds.  

The Nauticam Komodo housing uses the N120 Cinema port system, shared with Nauticam's other N120 platform cameras which allows for easy transition to the Nauticam Komodo from other N120 Nauticam systems. The N120 system also provides access to Nauticam's line of professional premium optics such as the WACP-1/2 and SMC-1/2.

The housing also features adjustable handles with easy access to the cinema style zoom and focus knobs. On top of the housing is a 1/4"-20 cheese plate which allows for a wide variety of accessory mounting points.

The Nauticam Komodo is also backed by Nauticam's 2 year warranty.


The Komodo features a Canon RF lens mount, but currently RED is only offering support of Canon EF lenses. The Nauticam Komodo housing offers full support of the Canon EF to EOS R Adaptor along with the Canon EF to EOS R Adaptor with Variable ND Filter. The left side of the housing features an easily accessible command wheel for smooth ND changes. Once RED releases RF lens support, the Nauticam Komodo housing will be ready and fully compatible. Regardless of EF or RF lens selection, changing lenses is quick, easy and doesn't require any tools. Note that when changing between RF and EF lenses, the camera must be removed from the housing to remove or install the RF to EF adapter. Nauticam is constantly testing new lenses to provide optimized port and extension combinations. Large cinema-styled control wheels on the housing, located within easy reach of the handles, provide precise manual focus and zoom control with supported lenses when used with the corresponding lens gear set.  

Not being limited to using DSLR lenses is crucial for cinema systems and the Nauticam Komodo housing, when used with the 16410 N120 to N200 Port Adapter can support the use of Cinema Lenses and the associated N200 Port System. Installation is quick, easy and requires no tools allowing seamless lens switching in the field - even when changing between DSLR and Cinema lenses.


The Komodo has a built-in monitor on top of the camera. The Nauticam Komodo does feature a large window for using the Komodo's built in monitor to be used for an extremely streamlined solution. If an additional monitoring options in requires, the Atomos Shinobi SDI monitor is an ideal lightweight monitoring solution for the RED Komodo. The Shinobi Monitor Back option Komodo Housing supports the use of the Atomos Shinobi SDI monitor inside rear of the housing allowing the monitor to be viewed by the camera operator from a natural filming position. The monitor back features control buttons for the on-screen buttons of the Shinobi.


The Atomos Shinobi SDI monitor can also be mounted in the external Nauticam NA-Shinobi-S housing and connected via SDI bulkheads and cables allowing greater flexibility when positioning the monitor on the Nauticam Komodo housing. 


Required accessories for SDI Cable System

  • 25058 M16 SDI Bulkhead
  • 25060 SDI Cable in 0.3m Length

Recommended monitor housing

  • 17921 NA-502B-S Housing for SmallHD 502 Bright Monitor
  • 17924 NA-Shinobi-S Housing for Atomos Shinobi 5.2" 4K HDMI Monitor with SDI input


The system supports Canon BP- batteries and the housing will fit up to two Canon BP-975 batteries with the standard housing back. When using the Shinobi Monitor Back, dual BP-955 can be used. Swapping batteries is as simple as opening the housing as the camera does not need to be removed to access the batteries.


While the Nauticam Komodo housing is engineered to allow for full control byt he operator, it also supports an ethernet surface feed in 5m (pole cam) and 45m (studio) lengths. Within the housing, there is space to install a small ethernet router which would allow for full control of the camera at the surface through the RedControl App.  

Recommended Ethernet Cables

  • 16261 Ethernet Surface Cable Set in 45m length (Incl. housing lemo bulkhead with integrated internal cable and external Duracell cables)
  • 16262 Replacement of Housing Lemo Bulkhead with Integrated Ethernet Cable
  • 16263 Ethernet Surface Cable Set in 5 meter length (Incl. housing lemo bulkhead with integrated internal cable and external Duracell cables)


The Nauticam Komodo housing features Nauticam's field-tested Vacuum Check and Leak Detection System that provides constant updates on the water tight and safe-to-dive status of the housing. By drawing a slight vacuum inside the housing using a reliable and compact manual hand-pump, the system is able to insure water-tightness before entering the water as well as throughout the dive. A simple color-coded LED lighting system, easily visible at the rear of the housing lets the user know that the vacuum is solid, or that the housing is losing vacuum. Leak detection is built into the same circuit, so if there is water intrusion, an audible and visual indication will occur. The Nauticam system is temperature compensated, eliminating false alarms caused by a change in outside temperature, or from a camera heating up on an action packed dive.




The Komodo housing features Nauticam's signature port locking system. Ports can be easily installed and securely locked in place. The housing will support both RF and EF mount lenses through the N120 Port System.



The Nauticam Komodo housing features oversized mechanical zoom and focus knobs with erasable surfaces for focus/zoom position marks. The internal gearing is moved away quickly via a small external lever to allow removal of the camera or lens without disruption of focus/zoom gear alignment.



Quickly switch between optional tripod legs or skids with four integrated attachment points for either 1" ball mounts for tripod legs or skids. 1" ball mounts can also be attached to the skids for ultimate flexibility.




The trim weights (sold separately) can be moved independently along the length of the skids and additional mounting points are featured on the housing itself to trim the housing to the shooter's exact needs.




The Komodo housing supports dual Canon BP style batteries and the camera does not need to be removed for access when changing batteries.




The Komodo housing is also available in a Monitor Back configuration that supports the mounting of an Atomos Shinobi SDI Monitor in the rear of the housing without reducing the streamlined profile of the system.


What's In The Box:

  • Komodo Housing
  • 25625 M16 Vacuum Valve II
  • 90120 Housing O-ring, lubricant, O-ring remover
  • 2x Handles with mounting balls
  • Monitor Shade (only included with Shinobi monitor back)
  • CR2032 Battery (for moisture alarm and vacuum system)
  • Padded Travel Case
  • Allen Wrench Set
  • Housing Skids
  • Wheeled Case with Custom fit foam insert

Dimensional Drawing PDF

Recommended Accessories:

  • 17959 Housing Mounting Ball with 1/4'' Screws
  • 25221 M10 Strobe Mounting Ball for Housing
  • 16232 0.25kg Trim Weights for 16227
  • 16233 0.5kg Trim Weights for 16227
  • 25060 Spare/Replacement SDI Cable in 0.3m Length (for connection from camera to Shinobi SDI monitor

Technical Specifications:


  • 16116 Standard Housing: 254mm (W) x 158mm(H) x 246mm(D)
  • 16118 Housing with Shinobi: Back 254mm (W) x 158mm (H) x 324mm(D)

Weight in Air

  • 16116 Standard Housing: 4.0 kg
  • 16118 Housing with Shinobi Back: 4.9kg

Weight in Water (incl. camera and battery): TBD
Depth Rating: 100m
Port Opening: N120 Cinema

Model Number: 16116
USA Retail Price: $8,188
(Standard Back), $9,481 (Shinobi Monitor Back)

More information is available from Nauticam at: www.nauticam.com



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