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Atomos Ninja V
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    Melbourne, Australia -- 9 April 2018 -- The latest incarnation of the famous Atomos Ninja line is here. Seven years after the world's most popular portable Apple ProRes recorders burst onto the scene, Atomos is delighted to introduce Ninja V - an all new compact 5.2" 1000nit high bright HDR monitor/recorder with unrivalled advanced features. It has a sleek modern design and weighs just over 11oz (320g) - perfect for mirrorless cameras, DSLRs and gaming.

    The perfect small monitor

    The near edge-to-edge high bright 5.2 inch screen has a stunning 1000nits of output coupled with an anti-reflection finish - allowing users to clearly see their images even in daylight. Use the color-accurate display with AtomHDR to see in High Dynamic Range, or load creative LUTs at the touch of a button. Ninja V gives you all the critical monitoring tools you need - histogram, false color, peaking, movable 1-1 and 2-1 pixel magnification, waveform, RGB parade, Vector scope, 8ch audio level meters and more!

    Perfect 1" thin recorder

    Record up to 4Kp60 10-bit video over HDMI 2.0 in edit-ready Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHR direct to affordable SSD drives. The Ninja V's sleek 1" (2.5cm) deep aluminium body is crafted for maximum portability and durability, stealthily attaching to any camera. A truly beautiful design.

    HDR perfection every time

    The Atom HDR engine ensures perfect exposures when shooting HDR. It delivers a stunning 10+ stops of dynamic range to the LCD in real time from Log/ PQ/HLG camera signals. Playout Log as PQ or HLG to a larger HDR-compatible screen. The display can be calibrated to maintain perfect color accuracy over time.

    Long records on affordable storage

    Record direct from your camera's sensor and bypass the internal compression quality and recording time limits. It runs from a single Sony-type battery for hours. The new compact AtomX Drive SSD offer robust affordable storage. Available from Angelbird, G-Technology and now also Sony Storage Media Solutions, who join as our newest licensed drive partner. Ninja V also works with Master Caddy II.

    Designed for your camera!

    Atomos HDMI control protocols allow recording to be automatically triggered, timecode matched and HDR metadata set by a wide variety of cameras. Realtime Log-to-HDR profiles allow users to take away the exposure guesswork in HDR production.

    Audio inputs

    Audio can be input directly from the camera digitally via HDMI, or fed in analogue via a stereo 3.5mm line/mic socket - especially useful for cameras that do not have a mic input.

    Endless open expansion!

    Enhance the capabilities of the Ninja V through the ingenious modular expansion slot breaking out connectivity for high speed video, audio and power. Expansion modules will dock onto the battery slot of the unit and offer advanced features such as continuous power modules. Atomos and third party accessories will be available in the future.

    Atomos CEO Jeromy Young explains: "Ninja V is the result of years of development and expertise. It combines the best of what we do at Atomos and squeezes it into one small box. It sits stealthily on your mirrorless camera, yet it is packed with power. It's what everyone wants! Small, sleek 5" and future proofed with AtomOS and the modular expansion slot - at $695 it's a no brainer. Put simply, Ninja V is the most versatile outdoor monitor and portable ProRes recorder ever. We can't wait to see how it unlocks creativity for our users."

    Come and see Ninja V for yourself at NAB 2018, Atomos booth C9425.

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  • The market really needed a small recorder capable of recording 4K. But...,

    with no SDI, there is no RAW output recording with any existing cameras. It is useless for the Sony FS700R and FS5 (I or II) in gaining 4K 120P and 60P, which one can do using the 7" Inferno.

    The benefits for existing cameras: this will enable owners of the GH5 and GH5S to record 4K 60P in 10bit, and all of those many Sony RX0 owners to record 4K 30P in 10bit. Otherwise, for most owners of mirrorless cameras it permits just higher bitrates at 8bit 422, for which almost no one sees a significant difference.

    If one needs just a nice HDR screen, one is better off with a model without the recorder to get an even more compact form with better battery life.

    And while I am in a pessimistic mood: the fact that it uses a new form of storage that is not a standard means it is likely that (1) this product will not be available for a while and (2) the storage will be expensive. Currently the Inferno uses standard SSD drives (which are still expensive).

    Am I going to get one - yes.

  • The PR says it works with "Master Caddy II" which seems to be a thing that you put an SSD into. B&H is selling 5-packs of them for $30. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1123989-REG/atomos_atomcad112_master_caddy_ii_5.html

    So at least storage doesn't seem like storage would be super expensive - just the price of an SSD plus $6.

    Aside from GH5 owners, this could be nice for owners of the original A7s (like me). There's almost no difference in its ability to work in low light vs the A7s II, but can only record 4k externally. I currently use a PIX-e5 which weighs 16 ounces. A 11 ounce alternative might be nice - though not nice enough that I'm going to go spend another $700. :)

  • I want one of these, now! So much better on a hand-held rig.

  • @eaststoomuchjam Yes, I did just see the Ninja V works with the same caddies as the other Atomos units too. It will just stick out some from the body compared to the new shape.

    I wonder what the "modular expansion unit" will bring - hopefully SDI!

  • I've been waiting for this it solves many of the problems with any brand that has recording limits among other things.

  • This would have been perfect to have paired with a cheap secondhand FS700 (something I keep on debating with myself to get), but without SDI it can't do FS raw :-/

    Fingers crossed there is an Atomos Samurai V in the future.

  • So would I buy this and finally get 4K for my A7s (mk1) or get an A6300 for just 100$ more?

    I’ll lose lowlight and supposibly dynamic range but gain better color science and better autofocus for my two Sony lenses. With a speed booster for my Canon FDs I’ll have basically same field of view.

    Hm...

  • And if you buy the A6300, you'd be able to do two-camera setups instead of just one. :)

  • I could see there being a cable to connect the expansion port to proprietary LCD connector on EVA1 to get video, audio, and power and maybe for the ProRes Raw. Seeing as how they have several promo photos of this with the GH5 and Atomos CEO said to push and scream at camera manufacturers to add raw out on their hdmi cameras, I wonder if the hardware on the GH5 and GH5s would allow raw out over HDMI. @Vitaliy_Kiselev do you know if this is physically possibly with just a firmware update?