Atomos is bringing a brand new monitor-recorder to its lineup next month.
Not much has been disclosed by Atomos, but in an emailed press release, they've pointed out that "while the current Ninja V is going from strength-to-strength with many updates and improvements, supporting ProRes RAW across a variety of cameras" they're "thrilled to be also announcing in early May a brand-new family member in the lineup, that amongst other exciting features will bring stunning 4K 120p ProRes RAW recording to our customers."
The product announcement comes on the heels of Sony announcing new firmware updates for the FX9 and FX6 that will support external 4K 120p RAW. Since Atomos is the only company developing external ProRes RAW, the two companies are somewhat tied together in terms of innovation and available video formats for shooters.
We've started to see Blackmagic Design support more third-party cameras with Blackmagic RAW—for instance, the Panasonic S1H and Nikon Z mirrorless cameras—but we have yet to see BRAW come to Sony. Maybe soon?
Atomos says the current Ninja V will still receive updates, however, we don't expect it to ever support 4K 120p RAW or the "other exciting features" Atomos has planned for the new recorder.
Pure speculation, but we hope the recorder combines HDMI and SDI connections into one unit. Essentially, we'd love a crossover between the Ninja V and Shogun in one model. And yes, keep the live switching found on Shogun and possibly add wireless monitoring the setup.
Obviously, companies want to sell more SKUs, but it would be great to simplify the monitor game by putting everything we need into one simple solution. The "which one is right for me" can get tiring. Atomos competitors can be fairly SKU heavy with only subtle differences between the models. We like Atomos because they tend to simplify solutions and give us more bang for our buck. Hopefully, they do it even more with this latest version.
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