Atomos have been industry leaders in the external monitor and recorder market for several years, providing cinematic workflow solutions for video professionals. They have now brought their HDR 4k60p functionality to a smaller, entry-level model; introducing the Atomos Ninja V.The Ninja V is similar to the Ninja Inferno that was released in 2017, but at 1 inch thin with a 5.2 inch touchscreen display and weighing just 11oz, the Ninja V is more portable than its older brother. Atomos have stated the Ninja V’s display provides 1000nits of brightness for daylight viewing, 500nits less than the Ninja Inferno. There is space for only one Sony L-series battery, compared to the Ninja Inferno’s dual battery slots.
You get all the usual goodness you’d expect from an Atomos monitor/recorder, 4k60p 10bit HDR recording through an HDMI input, the usual toolset of monitoring aids, and recording formats up to ProRes HQ and DNxHR HQX.
The reduced size has led to Atomos introducing a smaller SSD solution, the AtomX SSDmini which is 20% shorter than standard SSDs, yet keeps the SATA III connector so these new smaller SSDs are backward compatible.
Atomos are attempting to fill a gap in their product range, offering consumers a genuine portable monitor/recorder solution, but with the reliability and build quality of other Atomos products. The Ninja V will feel better balanced with a smaller mirrorless camera like a Panasonic GH5S if you are mounting direct into the hotshoe, compared to the Ninja Inferno, and priced at $695, is $300 cheaper.
As with other Atomos products, the Ninja V will not ship with batteries or SSDs, so the entry cost to monitoring/recording in the field is more than the RRP of the product, and worth considering when comparing with alternative monitor/recorders. First models are due to be shipped in July.