March 26, 2017

In Light of GH5, Atomos Adds 4K 60p Ninja Inferno and Slashes Prices

Atomos has updated products in line with Panasonic GH5 release.

When it comes to upcoming camera releases, Atomos is quick to react with products that seemingly bridge the gaps in software. The new Ninja Inferno is a Shogun Inferno-Lite looking to take advantage of the Apple Pro-Res 10-bit 4:2:2 4K 60p the Panasonic GH5 spits out over its HDMI 2.0 connection.

If you happened to pre-order the GH5, you may already know the shipping firmware can internally record 4K UHD 60p—but only in 4:2:0 8-bit, and tops off its 4K UHD 10-bit 4:2:2 at 30p limited to 150Mbps. The Ninja Inferno will give you the added bump with a slew of features priced at $1,000 less than its big brother (at $995). 

With the Ninja Inferno, you're getting the same ABS polycarbonate 7.1" touchscreen with 1920 x 1200 resolution and 10-bit processing; the same AtomHDR support providing 1500nit brightness for Rec. 709 or HDR PG/HLG monitoring and log formats for Sony, ARRI, Panasonic, JVC and RED; the same hot swappable dual battery system for continuous power; the same HDMI start/stop recording triggers, as well as conversions for interlace video to progressive with 3:2 and 2:2 pulldown.

The specs of Ninja Inferno are nearly identical to Shogun Inferno. So, what's missing? SDI and RAW recording support. 

The monitor-recorder can only provide a uncompressed true 10-bit or 8-bit 4:2:2 over HDMI 2.0 up to 4K 60p to Apple Pro-Res (HQ, 422, LT) or Avid DNxHR (HQX,HQ,SQ,LB) codecs. It's also capable of accepting a 4K DCI signal from cameras like the Panasonic GH4 / DVX200 / HCX1000 / UX180 / HCX1, Sony FS7 / Z100 and the JVC LS300.

As a monitor, you can use X-Rite's i1DisplayPro to calibrate the screen or pull up playback controls and familiar features like focus peaking, zebra lines, false color, frame guides, waveform, and more. You can generate playlists and XML tagging as well. 

Ninja InfernoCredit: Atomos

For the audio-conscious, two channels of balanced XLR analog audio can provide 48V phantom power; or, you can tap into two or eight channels of 24-bit audio over HDMI. There's also an option 48V stereo XLR breakout cable to connect and power external microphones. Included in the box is a Master Caddy, 12V-3A AC adapter, and travel case. 

Atomos dropped the price of Shogun Flame from $1,695 to $995 and Ninja Flame to $795 from $1,295. Both models ship with a power supply, recording caddy, and travel case, with the Shogun Flame getting the added bonus of an XLR breakout cable. Lastly, Atomos developed an Accessory Kit ($295) and a Power Kit ($149) for users to power, control, dock, and charge the units.

Tech Specs 

  • 7.1" touchscreen
  • 1920 x 1200 resolution
  • 1500nit brightness
  • ProRes / DNxHR codecs
  • 4K DCI; 24/25/30/50/60p
  • 4K UHD; 24/25/30/50/60p

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This is what I love about the GH5 even before any other consideration. Even if you have no intention of purchasing a GH5. It has rocked the market 'enough' to have other manufactures drop prices and add features they could have added ages ago for free. Just a reminder that these people don't really care about you and only care about the bottom line. A bit of a kick in the teeth for those who payed a pretty penny back in the day. Ouch!!!

March 26, 2017 at 10:45AM

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John Stockton
Filmmaker, Editor.
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Curious if you only work for free or only at cost for clients or employers. If not, it must be a reminder that you don't really care about them, and only care about your bottom line.

March 26, 2017 at 11:45AM

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Zan Shin
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If I worked for free or expenses only, I'd not even have a bottom line!

March 27, 2017 at 2:23PM, Edited March 27, 2:23PM

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i thought that the selling point for the gh5 was the ability to internally record these high bit rates and quality codecs .. why are we talking about external field recorders all of a sudden ? i can keep my gh4 and get a ninja flame for another $900 .. and get 4:2:2 / prores tomorrow ... ?

March 26, 2017 at 4:06PM

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stephen knifton
owner / creative director
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Here is a video worth your time if you are thinking of picking up the Atomos...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIKqLK1Xfdw

March 26, 2017 at 4:26PM

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John Haas
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First off, the Atomos Ninja Inferno allows you to shoot 4K 60p 10-bit 4:2:2 footage. The GH5 can record 4K 30p 10-bit 4:2:2 internally, so if you don't need to shoot 10-bit at 60p it may not matter.

Second, the GH5 records video at 150 Mbps using IPB compression, which may show a little compression artifacting in low-light and when filming long subtle color gradations. There is a 400 Mbps ALL-I firmware upgrade coming this summer for the GH5, but we will have to see how this new format performs.

The Atomos Ninja Inferno can record 4K 60p 10-bit 4:2:2 with bitrates as high as 1,880 Mbps, which would help to eliminate compression artifacting that you might see when shooting long color gradations under dim-light with your GH5.

Third, the Atomos Ninja Inferno supports HDR film-making, so you can preview what your image will look like in HDR mode. ( 10-bit HDR TV sets are coming very soon )

Lastly, the Atomos Ninja Inferno is a very bright monitor, with a display that tops out at 1500 Nits. ( about 2 F-stops brighter than a typical camera field monitor ) So it should make shooting outside in bright light a lot easier.

Given that this recorder / monitor is only $995, it should be a pretty good fit for the GH5. ( I plan on buying one later this summer )

March 26, 2017 at 5:34PM, Edited March 26, 5:36PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Internal is all well and good, but you're still making a compromise at 150mb/s. Furthermore, I know of no other body even close to the price of the GH5 that can output 4:2:2 10bit 4K at 60P. That's just insane! For sporting spots on a tight budget, This combo is going to kick ass. Many, many of us use these cameras on a gimbal and an external monitor is a necessity. When pulling focus while moving, the extra real estate of a 7" 1080p monitor comes in handy as well.

March 27, 2017 at 11:06AM

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Will they add RAW to Ninja Inferno in the near future?

March 27, 2017 at 9:32AM

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Bird Green
Music & video producer, composer, performer.
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I don't think so. The Shogun Inferno is the model that supports 4K 60p and RAW recording. It costs about $1,800 US right now.

March 27, 2017 at 9:25PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Convergent Design needs to step up their game with the Odyssey 7Q+ big time!

March 28, 2017 at 10:33AM

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Kevin GK Frederick
Cinematographer & Colorist
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Why? Atomos is just now putting out what CD has been doing for years. Atomos is piss poor when its comes to image and build quality. Even with the higher res atomos.

March 28, 2017 at 2:22PM, Edited March 28, 2:22PM

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Jason
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I was planning on purchasing a Shogun Flame for the my A7RII before I heard of the new release of the Ninja Inferno, they both supply the XLR Phantom power I was looking to add my my recorder (why ninja flame wasnt an option)

From what I can see the biggest difference is that the Shogun has a SDI input and output and the Ninja can record up to 60FPS at 4K, neither of which seem apply to the A7RII but I guess would depend on which of the two is more useful for future projects with different cameras. Is there anything I'm not taking into account for a A series user?

I also read today by a B&H staff member that this device shoots 4K 60fps on the sony A7SII however this seems unlikely, but if anyone has any information would be great to hear it.

April 23, 2017 at 5:17AM

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