April 19, 2016 at 12:01PM


Atomos Ninja 2 monitor quality?

Hi! I was checking monitors for my GH2, since the lcd screen is... well, old. Suddenly, I came across the ninja 2, which is only 295 dollars. The ability to record 422 prores is amazing even in the GH2 hacked (as long as I see) but, could it be a great monitor for pulling focus, framing and watch an accurate image? Greetings!


It only has 800 x 480 pixel resolution, so it wouldn't be the greatest monitor to pull-focus with.

The $495 Blackmagic Video Assist recorder with a monitor resolution of 1920x1080 would probably be a lot more functional for focus-pulling and framing your shots.

April 19, 2016 at 12:57PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

The problem with the Blackmagic Video Assist is that it needs Canon LP-E6 batteries (the ones from the 5D Mk III) which are still expensive (don't buy 3rd party products in the case of batteries, your camera deserves more than that).
I would rather buy the Ninja Blade which has a higher resolution (1280x720). Not 1080p but consider this: The Blackmagic product requires SD-cards which are much more expensive than SSDs (calculated in GB per $/€). And the Ninja Blade costs also $495.

April 24, 2016 at 6:20AM

Eric Halbherr
Director, DP, Editor, Creative Storyteller

I wouldn't count on the Atomos Ninja 2 being a good substitute monitor. It's actually pretty terrible unless you're in prime, in-door conditions.

I've used it with a C100 and I found myself still referring to the Waveform Monitor and peaking on the C100 to make sure I was properly exposed and focused.

If you were to get one, just count on it being a great tool to record ProRes with.

Possibly look at the Ninja Blade which is slightly better.

April 26, 2016 at 12:12AM

Director + DP + Editor

I second previous replies: you can see your framing on the Ninja and you can tell that the hdmi connection is working, but the screen is pretty low res. And my experience is that is it is indeed not suited to check exposure either.
So, no it's not for focussing.
It can be used as a second screen for the director, as long as (s)he knows that colors and brightness can be completely off.

April 27, 2016 at 8:40AM

Director, DOP, Writer, Editor, Producer

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