Atomos Ninja V – 5″ ProRes RAW Recorder

April 9th, 2018

Atomos have just revealed the newest addition to their lineup of monitors/recorders. The Atomos Ninja V, as in 5, is a 5-inch HDR monitor which is capable of recording almost everything you throw at it. But only via HDMI.

Atomos Ninja V
The customers demanded for a more portable version of the bigger devices in Atomos’ lineup, such as the Shogun Inferno, but with the same set of features in terms of HDR and high frame rates. The company listened and here it is: The Atomos Ninja V.

Atomos Ninja V

This is a monitor/recorder which really deserves the marketing term “portable”. For most users, a 5-inch screen is a good compromise between a reasonably large screen, while the overall size and weight are kept as low as possible. The weight is 320g (11 oz).

Atomos Ninja V
The Ninja V packs a lot of features for its small form factor. It’s a full HD 1920×1080 display, it supports recording up to 4K60p and with a standard NP570 battery (2600 mAh) it will run for up to one hour straight. The display is rated at 1000nits, which makes the unit usable even in bright sunlight.

In terms of recording the Atomos Ninja V supports all the ProRes and DNxHR flavours you would expect it to support but there’s one more: ProRes RAW! The elephant in the room is this, though: There is no camera which outputs ProRes RAW over HDMI, yet. But once there is one, the Atomos Ninja V is ready for it. Also, the device is capable of HDR (PQ and HLG standards), just like the bigger Atomos devices.

Atomos Ninja V
The capability of recording RAW is pretty impressive for such a small and lightweight device, all the other devices which can record such an amount of data are much bigger: The Shogun Inferno, the Ninja Inferno and the Sumo, of course.

The engineers have managed to reduce the size of the SSD, called Master Caddy III, which made it possible to place the battery mount next to the SSD slot. This reduces overall bulk.

Atomos Ninja V
The only downside is the lack of a SDI input on the Ninja V. But since it’s meant to be used with DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, it’s understandable why Atomos didn’t include those.

Pricing and Availability

The Atomos Ninja V is $695, which makes it a reasonable companion for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. Shipping is scheduled for Q3 2018, which, according to Jeromy Young could be as soon as July. We’ll see if they can hold that deadline.

Links: Atomos.com

What do you think? Is this the kind of monitor/recorder you’ve been waiting for? let us know in the comments below!

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Clayton Burkhart
Clayton Burkhart
MemberApril 9th, 2018

Looks great.
Gotta ask the inevitable question.
Come on guys, it’s a no brainer. :-)
When is the SDI version coming ?

 Kerrin Sheldon
Kerrin Sheldon
MemberApril 9th, 2018

In my opinion, this is leaps and bounds more useful than the 7″ monitors and am incredibly excited for it – need raw output from HDMI from EVA-1 and that would be a dream setup with GH5 or Black Magic Pocket 4K as a B-Cam.

 Luke Wen
Luke Wen
MemberApril 9th, 2018

Gives me shivers seeing the SSD connector and pins exposed like that.

Tim Naylor
MemberApril 30th, 2018

Atomos is truly clueless with this. The 7″ Ninja was always too big to put on a small camera. Just clunky. I was always hoping they’d either make a raw recorder with no monitor (like the Blade) or a 5″ 4k Raw Recorder. Well, they finally did that latter but only in HDMI. No cameras to my knowledge are outputting RAW over HDMI. If they made this with SDI, it’d be a surefire hit. While 695.00 is a decent price for 5″ Bright monitor without a recorder (I recently paid 1100 for a Small HD 502b), I’d easily fork over at least 1000.00 for a 5″ Recorder with SDI. Until it has SDI it’s dead to me.

 SMP Saint Marks Pictures LLC
SMP Saint Marks Pictures LLC
MemberDecember 15th, 2018

From someone who uses this piece of gear.

1) the Ninja V will not output to Teradek Bolt or Serv Pro, Vaxis, Ikan or Small HD 503. The list keeps growing. This is a serious issue as it makes the NV useless with the most popular brands of wireless transmitters and if you need wireless HD (wireless follow focus, steadicam, pro gimbal work, cranes, vehicle work, client work, etc).
2) It doesn’t monitor full DCI 4k but crops left/right (about 10%) making critical framing impossible at DCI 4k.
3) It’s almost impossible to get the menu swipe to work in 4k DCI. I’ve sent tickets and have no response.
4) Atomos has yet to respond

This may not effect your style of shooting but severely limits professional use.

GFF
GFF
GuestApril 30th, 2019

The guy looks so uneasy, tense and unstable. Look at the way his eyes flicker at 7:04. Other then the price, I wonder what the catch is which makes this guy so nervous about selling the daylight robbery that is the Ninja 5. Or is he casually on drugs at a professional broadcasting convention?

Rufino Hambone
Rufino Hambone
GuestFebruary 1st, 2020

Wow. What a dick. How are you on camera?

James Bridges
James Bridges
GuestApril 9th, 2018

I wish it had SDI

 Maxamillian Meyer
Maxamillian Meyer
MemberApril 9th, 2018

Yeah. Just one or at least an announced shogun version with it. They basically just talked me out of buying a shogun inferno and waiting longer.

Jordi Alcalà Torró
Jordi Alcalà Torró
GuestApril 10th, 2018

They said the batery bay will expand that posibility. I need too!

Redd Anselmo
Redd Anselmo
GuestApril 9th, 2018

Gelogelo Glorioso

Gelogelo Glorioso
Gelogelo Glorioso
GuestApril 9th, 2018

eto na…mas ok na sizeeee

 Maxamillian Meyer
Maxamillian Meyer
MemberApril 9th, 2018

This would be great if it was the a shogun version with 12g sdi for gimbal operation. Hoping they announce it soon. My arms are getting tired waiting.

 Ezi Seel
Ezi Seel
MemberApril 9th, 2018

“The capability of recording RAW is pretty impressive for such a small and lightweight device”.

I wish people would stop reiterating the myth of the raw data size. Raw is 3 times smaller than RGB. Period. For every pixel, a debayered image needs three times as much storage (before compression) compared to raw. Why on earth would anyone expect that compressed raw needs more storage than compressed debayered?! Moreover, debayering needs more processing power: you need to process the raw image to RGB, then optinally process it to YCbCr, and then compress it. In comparison, raw only needs compression — done.

Bob Wall
Bob Wall
GuestApril 9th, 2018

Is there any possibility this will have a breakout cable for xlr audio? If you had that, you’d really be addressing a lot of the issues with small camera production.

Tarsicio Sañudo
Tarsicio Sañudo
GuestApril 9th, 2018

Para la A7 y grabar en raw 690US ? Quique De La Cruz Motte

Alexis Kobalt
MemberApril 9th, 2018

I’ll call it here first! The Sony a7s III will output RAW in order to use this Atomos. The timing lines up too perfectly to be a coincidence. 10bit 422 internal is too much of a mountain for them to climb with that small form factor (or at least that will be their official reason). Think about it. The new Sony needs a killer feature to grab back marketshare from the GH5. Amazing lowlight performance AND RAW? People would lose their minds.

James Davis
James Davis
GuestApril 9th, 2018

NICE!

Tim Naylor
MemberApril 9th, 2018

No SDI? Are you kidding me? The main reason I never bought into the 7″ Shogun recorder thing is it’s size. Nothing’s more awkward then having a small camera like an EVA or FS5 or even a medium size camera like an FS7 and having an overweight monitor like a Shogun hanging on it. If only they made a 5″ recorder with SDI I’d by an EVA in a heartbeat.

 Cuong Phan
Cuong Phan
MemberApril 10th, 2018

Atomos just put unnecessary spec into their product. How come this little record prores Raw when their target customer only just DSLR user.

 Paul Julian
Paul Julian
MemberApril 20th, 2018

Where’s the DC in ?

Noel McElligott
Noel McElligott
GuestApril 9th, 2018

$695 for a ProRes RAW recorder!!? TAKE MY MONEY ?

Amadeu Gomes
Amadeu Gomes
GuestApril 9th, 2018

Only for hdmi input, there’s no camera to use it yet :(

Alexis Kobalt
MemberApril 9th, 2018

Wanna bet the Sony a7s III will have RAW output? I’d be shocked otherwise.

Justin Hoffman
Justin Hoffman
GuestApril 9th, 2018

YUP!

Pedro Hofmann
MemberApril 9th, 2018

This is REALLY impressive Atomos. I will be buying one or two for sure. Hopefully soon in Europe. Thanks for beeing always innovative!

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