Atomos has jumped into the “monitor only” market. This is a market dominated largely by companies like Small HD on the higher end and Liliput on the other end.
Atomos Shinobi is a 1000nit bright 5 inch HDR HDMI monitor.
Mind you, though it deceptively looks like the Atomos Ninja V (pictured below) - it is a monitor only and not a recorder. Don’t let the memory card slot fool you - it is for loading LUTs and updating the firmware of your Atomos Shinobi. We really can’t get over people on all the sites calling it a “more affordable Ninja V”. Truly! It is like comparing apples and oranges to quote a cliche.
So who is for? Well, according to Atomos, it is perfect for photographers, creatives and vloggers and we agree - except for perhaps the photographers bit.
If you shoot any kind of video and find yourself fighting to see your image in daylight at the back of the camera screen - then Atomos Shinobi might put you out of your misery. This is also a lifesaver if you are a vlogger and own one of those cameras that don’t have a flip out screen.
According to Atomos
Shinobi features a ‘run all day’ single battery, 1000nit high brightness screen, HDR capability and advanced functions that are easy to use. There’s even a new selfie Mirror Mode for vloggers and a new multi-tool Analysis View that’s a cinematographer’s dream. Set up your shots accurately using our advanced histograms, waveforms and video scopes. Shinobi is the perfect companion to improve any photo or video production.
Let us watch our friend, Kai W take it for a spin before we talk about the main features.
Screen size: 5.2 inches
Input: 4K/HD (HDMI)
Resolution: 447 ppi
Brightness: 1000nit (+/- 10%)
Dimensions (W x H x D mm): 151 x 91.5 x 31.5mm
Anamorphic de-squeeze: 2x, 1.5x, 1.33x
HDR Monitoring (Gamut):Sony SLog / SLog2 / SLog3, Canon CLog / CLog2 / Clog3, Arri Log CEI160/ LogCEI200 / LogCEI250 / LogCEI320/ LogCEI400 / LogCEI500 / LogCEI640 / LogCEI800 /LogCEI1000 / LogCEI1280 / LogCEI1600, Panasonic Vlog,JVC JLog1, RED Log3G10 /RED LogFilm, FujiFilm F-log, PQ10k, HLG, Nikon N-Log
HDR Monitoring (Gamma):Sony SGamut / SGamut3 / SGamut3.cine Canon Cinema / DCI P3 / DCI P3+ Panasonic V Gamut Arri Alexa Wide Gamut Rec709 / BT.2020 JVC RED WideGamut / RED DragonColor / DragonColor2 / RED Color2 / RED Color3 / RED Color4Bit Depth10-bit (8+2 FRC)
Bit Depth: 10-bit (8+2 FRC)
Screen Mirror/Flip: Horizontal Flip (Selfie mode), Vertical Flip(Landscape/Portrait mode is planned with a future firmware release)
Full size SD Card slot: SD Card Slot allows LUTs to be loaded to the unit and is also used when updating AtomOS firmware.
Monitoring Features: Luma Waveform, RGB parade, RGB Overlay, Vectorscope, Vectorscope Zoom, Histogram, RGB Histogram, Anlaysis mode (Multiview scopes: Waveform, Histogram, Vectorscope), Focus Peaking, Zebra, False Color, Blue Only Exposure, Zoom (1:1, 2:1, 4:1), SMPTE Safe Areas, Cinema Guides, Anamorphic Desqueeze.
The Atomos Shinobi is currently priced at 399 US dollars.
So, what are your thoughts - pass, buy or no way! Leave us a comment.