Atomos Introduces Monitor for Vlogging

You know that YouTube and Vlogging, hit the professional mainstream when a company like Atomos announces a new monitor for that segment of content creators. And at under $400, the Shinobi makes for a great entry level monitor.

The new Atomos Shinobi gives you the perfect view and is packed with the latest features, but is small and light enough to take anywhere. Shinobi, our first stand-alone small monitor features all of our amazing screen processing technology and professional monitoring tools – now packed into a 5 inch ‘monitor only’ device, and powered by a ‘run all day’ single battery-

While the new 5.2″ Atomos Shinobi offers a 1000 nit anti reflection IPS touchscreen with 1920×1080 resolution and 427 pixels per inch, it can receive a 4K signal and downscale it through an HDMI input only connection. Shinobi enjoys over 10 stops of dynamic range, and supports popular log formats from Sony, Canon, Panasonic, ARRI, RED, and JVC cameras.

Atomos says the reason Shinobi doesn’t have a recorder built in, is that it was designed based user feedback from the content creator community that wanted a simple to use, light weight monitor, that could work with the camera’s on board recording features.  This makes Shinobi one of the lightest monitors that Atomos makes at 200 grams, and ideal for on the go filmmaking like vlogging.

Other features include:

  • Full HD resolution
  • 5.2″ 1000 nit IPS touch panel
  • HDMI in
  • an SD card slot to load up to eight custom LUTS
  • 4K input downscaled to fullHD
  • Quasi 10 bit 8+2 FRC color
  • AtomHDR HLG, with Log Support
  • Selfie/Mirror mode for vlogging
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Sony NP-F battery power with battery life up to 8 hours
  • 1/4-20 mount

Shinobi also offers the following on board tools:

  • Focus
  • Framing
  • Exposure
  • Image Mirroring
  • Focus Peaking
  • Zoom 4:1 / 2:1 / 1:1
  • Zebra
  • False Color
  • Frame Guides
  • SMPTE Safe Area
  • Waveform,
  • RGB parade
  • Vectorscope
  • 3D LUT implementation (upload .cube files via SD Card)
  • Anamorphic de-squeeze 2x, 1.5x, 1.33x

Atomos is also announcing “Analysis view,” which enables users to see what they’re shooting, while viewing waveform, histogram, and vector scope information simultaneously.

To save costs, Atomos not only eliminated the redundancy of an external recorder, but they also encased it in a lightweight, plastic chassis and powers it on a single Sony L series battery. What impresses me is, that the Shinobi is clearly a budget monitor for content creators who are just starting out, and yet, it offers a super bright 1000 nit display. That shows that Atomos is listening. And we like it.

Price of the Atomos Shinobi is a very affordable $399, making it a great option to the SmallHD Focus.  Available now.

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Editor in Chief at doddleNEWS. James has been a writer and editor at doddleNEWS for nearly a decade. As a producer/director/writer James won a Telly Award in 2005 for his Short Film "Searching for Inspiration. James is a recovering talk show producer from KABC in Los Angeles, and a weekly guest on the Digital Production Buzz with Larry Jordan.

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