The Atomos Ninja 2 was a fantastic companion for anyone running a DSLR or Mirrorless set up. It allowed users to unlock their cameras video potential by being able to record uncompressed video to a compact record device. The problem with the Ninja 2 was that the monitor although it was bigger, wasn’t the best displaying monitor. It was not daylight viewable, and wasn’t the most impressive looking display. However Atomos have released an updated version and now we have the brand new Atomos Ninja V.
- 1920 x 1080 Touchscreen Display
- 10-Bit Exterior Viewable Monitor
- 4K HDMI Input
- 1000 cd/m² Brightness
- AtomHDR Mode with 10-Stop Dynamic Range
- 10-Bit 4:2:2 ProRes & DNxHR Encoding
- Records to Mini SSDs
Design and Construction
The Atomos Ninja V has a brand new slim, compact aluminium design. In comparison to the Atomos Ninja 2 the Ninja V feels more premium. You’ll immediately notice the big 5 inch touch screen which is now a Full HD IPS 1920×1080 display. Combine an IPS display with a 1000nit brightness panel and you have a daylight viewable monitor experience. At the back of the monitor you have a slot for an SSD/Mini SSD and a Sony L series battery slot. On the side you have a couple of HDMI ports, a microphone and remote port.
The Atomos Ninja V has allows you to unlock uncompressed video up to 10 bit of colour depth depending on the camera. For cameras such as the Nikon Z7, having the Atomos Ninja V is almost essential to unlock the full video performance of the camera. Having the ability to load up custom LUTs is brilliant as well, so you can instantly show your clients a graded product.
The Atomos Ninja V performs pretty well and does a good job of staying cool. Just be mindful if you do decide to mount a mic, the fan runs pretty loud so make sure not to mount your microphone near it. In addition carry around some spare batteries if you do decide to do long term shoots.