Sony Announces AtomX SSDmini Drives

December 14th, 2018 Jump to Comment Section 14
Sony Announces AtomX SSDmini Drives

Sony just revealed their latest lineup of AtomX compatible SSDmini drives. There are three models, ranging from 500GB up to 2TB and they’re exclusively designed to fit the highly popular Atomos Ninja V monitor/recorder. 

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The Atomos Ninja V is a relatively small device and therefore you might want to invest in specialized SSDs designed to fit. You can –of course– use regular sized ones but they will stick out of the unit quite a bit. Angelbird already offers AtomX SSDmini drives and now Sony enters this market, too.

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Atomos Ninja V with Angelbird AtomX SSDmini drive attached.

So if you you don’t want to use regular sized SSDs, like the Samsung 850 Pro or the Western Digital WD Blue PC SSD, then this new offering from Sony might be worth a closer look.

Sony AtomX SSDmini Drives

Just like the Angelbird SSDs, these new Sony AtomX SSDmini drives are available with capacities of 500GB and 1TB, but Sony adds a third option: 2TB of storage. All three models share the same specs: Up to 550MB/s read speed and up to 500MB/s write speed, a size of 80.0 x 75.5 x 7.8mm and a humble weight of 88g. The SSD is connected to the Atomos via SATA 3 (6Gbps).

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All codecs available on Atomos products are supported by the SSDmini drives. According to Atomos, the new Sony drives (along with the Angelbird SSDmini drives and all the other certified drives) are capable of processing up to 10bit ProRes raw HQ @ 4K 50/60p or ProRes HQ / DNxHR @ 4Kp60 / 2K 240p.

Advantages / Disadvantages

The good thing is that these Sony AtomX SSDmini drives fit snugly with the Ninja V monitor/recorder without compromising on capacity or speed. However, this advantage can turn into a disadvantage if you use it on a larger device such as a Atomos Sumo 19 monitor. It’s simply too short. In order to fix this you’ll need a special Atomos SSDmini Adaptor. Make sure to have some ready if you consider swapping drives between different devices a lot.

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Sony AtomX SSDmini with an Atomos adaptor handle attached.

A key advantage of using SSDs to capture your footage is the increase in work speed. Once you’ve finished recording, simply remove the SSD, insert it into your workstation, and edit away. No offloading required – but don’t you forget to backup!

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Links: Atomos compatibility chart

Do you use a Ninja V recorder? Which drives do you use? Would you consider getting one of these Sony drives? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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