Atomos just released a new firmware update for the Atomos Shogun 7: AtomOS 10.3. This firmware update upgrades the 7-inch display to 3000 nits peak brightness, which is double the initial 1500 nits brightness. Also, the Shogun 7 is now capable of Dolby Vision live output. Let’s take a closer look at this!
AtomOS 10.3 for the Atomos Shogun 7
During IBC 2019, we catch up with Atomos’ CEO Jeromy Young to talk about the new features that are supposed to be implemented to their flagship field-monitor/recorder, the Atomos Shogun 7. Less than a month later, Jeromy’s team held its promises with the release of AtomOS 10.3 for the Shogun 7.
This new firmware update upgrades the panel to 3000 nits peak brightness (+/- 10 percent), which is twice as bright as the initial 1500nit brightness. To achieve this jump in intensity, the Shogun 7 “uses all available brightness combined with the dynamic backlight control to create deeper blacks and ending with a brightest point at 3000nit” according to Atomos. But, keep in mind that 3000 nits peak bright is used for on-screen dynamic range, so 15 stops over 0-3000 nits. This is different to a regular high bright monitor which may show 8 or 9 stops but raises the black level and appears milky.
Once you’ve done the AtomOS 10.3 firmware update, the Shogun 7 will automatically jump to its maximum brightness in PQ and HLG modes. In native modes and Rec.709 modes, you have to turn the light up manually.
Part of this update, AtomOS 10.3, offers a new Dolby Vision live output. Also, you now can record high-frame-rate footage via SDI in RAW (including ProRes RAW). Cameras such as the Sony FS700, FS5 Mk I/II, FS7 Mk I/II, Panasonic Varicam LT, and EVA-1 are supported.
Pricing and Availability
This AtomOS 10.3 firmware update for the Atomos Shogun 7 is free, and it is available now on the Atomos website. As a quick reminder, the multi-camera recording and switching features of the Shogun 7 that were announced at launch back in April are still missing.
What do you think of this firmware update for the Atomos Shogun 7? Do you use the Shogun 7 on your productions? Let us know in the comments!