Atomos Shinobi 7 Is Bigger and Brighter

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Atomos refreshes Shinobi with a 7" screen, a higher nit count, and camera control right out of the box. 

If you're an Atomos Shinobi fan who's been waiting for an update, Atomos has released the Shinobi 7, a new 7" monitor that offers 2200 nits of brightness, 4K 60p support, and more. Let's take a look. 

Key Features 

  • 2200 Nits HDR/Daylight viewable display 
  • HDMI 2.0 support for 4K 60p, 3G SDI support up to 2K 60p 
  • Bi-directional HDMI SDI signal cross conversion 
  • Dual NPF battery slots for continuous power 
  • 3D LUT support with Preview and Loop out 
  • AtomHDR provides built-in Log to HDR conversion for Display and loop out 
  • Touch screen Camera control via optional cable for compatible cameras of Iris, WB, shutter speed, and ND  
  • Exposure tools: histogram, waveform, false color, zebras 
  • Pull focus with confidence using Zoom 4:1, 2:1, 1:1 
  • Headphone monitoring of camera audio 

The Shinobi 7 carries over a lot of the features we have grown accustomed to from Atomos, including exposure tools, 3D LUT support, and connections for HDMI and SDI. While Shinobi 7 isn't designed to replace the original Shinobi 5" model, for those looking for more punch out in the field, we suggest considering the Shinobi 7 over the Shinobi 5, as you're getting more than twice the brightness with the monitor. For perspective, the Shinobi 5 is 1,000 nits. 

To be clear, the Shinobi 7 is a monitor only. There are no recording features, so if you're looking to record externally look to the Ninja V, Shogun, and larger Sumo and Neon series. 

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That said, the Shinobi 7 is ideal for focus pullers and camera assistants looking for a larger monitor. It's a 10-bit (8+FRC) monitor with 1920x1080 resolution. The unit has SDI/HDMI in/out inputs, a single SD card slot, USB-C port, remote port, an RJ45 port, a headphone jack, and 1/4-20" points on both the top and bottom. 

The Shinobi 7 will be able to control several cameras via the optional USB-C serial cable, including the Z CAM E2 series. With the RJ45 control port, expect Atomos to add more compatible cameras down the line for camera control. 

HDR is also supported, and the screen can display 10+ stops of dynamic range in real time from Log/PQ/HLG signals. The monitor can also do Log to HDR conversions, and you can import custom LUTs to send downstream to other devices. The Shinobi 7 allows you to load up to eight custom LUTs via an SD card. 

Powering the unit is a dual battery slot that allows you to hot-swap the batteries. There's also a dedicated DC locking jack that can be used as a D-TAP and power the unit through V-lock batteries. 

The Shinobi 7 is available for $699. The Shinobi 5 is $299.

What do you think of the new features? Let us know in the comments.     

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I love the dual NP batteries, the ability to load lots, and the cross conversion.

I would love to see a couple things they are able to make it possible

Ability to charge the batteries via USB and the DC port, or the ability to pull power from the USB port to power something like a wireless HDMI receiver to make it an all-in-one wireless directors monitor

Another feature that super cheap monitors tend to have but the higher end ones don't, is the ability to add contrast and saturation manually just up or down for each of those settings. If you look at some old cheap monitors, they didn't have the best colors to begin with so they often had that feature just so that you can make the picture look good.

One thing I have found is that when shooting with a variety of cameras, I don't always have the right lut to preview. So if I could just have a menu system that allows some basic image adjustments like that for your preview, it gives you a pretty decent way to see your image regardless of what camera you are shooting on.

Lastly, and this is probably the biggest one, I remember when black magic only let you double tap to zoom in. Eventually they added pinch to zoom, and let you drag around the image with your finger on the screen to move what you are zoomed in on. I often found myself zooming in 5to1 or 10to1 when checking critical focus say on somebody's eyes during an interview since some Cinema cameras don't have good auto focus

Travis Johansen
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May 26, 2021 at 3:46PM, Edited May 26, 3:48PM

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Travis Johansen - Minneapolis
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and still made of plastic

May 26, 2021 at 7:52PM

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