Atomos has launched improved versions of its Ninja and Shogun 4K external recorders.
The Ninja Flame and Shogun Flame use an image processing technology that Atomos calls AtomHDR. This uses 10-bit processing to give a lifelike image on cameras shooting in Log, Atomos says. The technology will work even if the camera has no built-in LUTs for its internal video port.
For operators filming in standard Rec709, rather than Log mode, the new Atomos models offer superior brightness, making it easier to film in bright light, without accessories such as a hood.
Other improvements to the new models include a more rugged case design, removing the need for an accessory “Armor” kit, and a new power management system. The upgraded models now come with continuous power from two, hot-swappable batteries. The kits also include a d-tap power cable, for use with external power units, and a charger that Atomos says is three times faster than on previous models.
The Atomos Ninja Flame is a 7″, HD screen and a recorder capable of capturing up to 4K over HDMI, as well as audio via a 3.5mm jack. Recording is up to 4:2:2 10 bit in ProRes or DNxHR.
The Shogun Flame adds SDI inputs and outputs, at up to 6G, recording from Canon and Sony RAW, and balanced XLR audio inputs. The recorder also has timecode input and a gunlock connection.
Both recorder-monitor units include focus, exposure and framing tools, as well as a facility for tagging shots to an XML file.
Atomos expects to ship the Ninja Flame at the end of March and the Shogun Flame model in mid April. The Ninja will cost $1295 before taxes and the Shogun model, $1695. The initial Ninja and Shogun models are no longer listed on Atomos’ website, although they are still available from dealers.