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Atomos 4.3" Ninja 2 Video Recorder (Full Version)

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Product Highlights

  • 800 x 480 On-Camera Monitor & Recorder
  • Records 1080p, 10-Bit, 4:2:2
  • ProRes or DNxHD Encoding and Playback
  • Zebra, Peaking, False Color
  • 4.3" Resistive Touchscreen Display
  • HDMI Input & Output
  • Stores to 2.5" HDDs/SSDs
  • Monitoring & SmartLog Editing Tools
  • 2 x Master Drive Caddies Included
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You Pay: $295.00

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The Full Version of the Atomos Ninja 2 Video Recorder is an HDMI recorder built into an 800 x 480 resolution monitor that records up to 1080/30p/60i resolution directly from your camera's sensor. It records to an optional HDD or SSD in using Apple's ProRes or Avid's DNxHD edit-ready codecs. The Ninja 2 supports 10-bit 4:2:2 color sampling for vivid images superior to most DSLR internal recording capabilities, and you can still record 8-bit video to the Ninja 2. Built-in exposure tools such as false color and zebra bars provide useful aids in exposing your footage, while the built-in focus peaking tool can alert you to out of focus shots may be difficult to see on an on-camera monitor.

The 4.3" touchscreen features a resistive touchscreen that functions using pressure, this allows you to operate the touchscreen with your fingers, even while wearing gloves, which is important when working in the cold. The Ninja 2 incorporates anti-shock technology that allows you to continue to record even if your HDD skips a few frames from being jarred. The Master Caddy system allows you to choose to use optional 2.5" HDDs or SSDs with your Ninja 2. SmartLog editing tools allow you to mark selects during playback or recording, and can save you time when you go to edit. It includes two master drive caddies. a docking station that offloads these drives to your computer via USB 3.0/2.0, as well as a Sony-type NP-F570 battery, charger, AC adapter for continuous power, Canon LP-E6-type battery adapter, and a Nikon EN-EL15-type adapter.

10-bit 4:2:2 / 220Mbps / 2.5" HDD or SSD
The Ninja-2 supports HD or SD sources and encodes it in real-time to 10-bit, 4:2:2 Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD at up to 220Mbps.

Recording is always in 10-bit, even from an 8-bit source. Color registries are added for integration into higher bit-depth graphics from CG, animation and special effects. This helps avoid banding in your footage, even if your source is 8-bit.
One-Touch
Access all of the Ninja 2's operations via the fast, responsive touch interface -- everything is only one touch away: one-touch recording, one-touch monitoring, one-touch review, etc.
Volume Display
Lets you adjust the volume of the professional quality headphone amplifier.
Audio Meters
Touch audio meters to adjust 4 channels of audio.
Current Input Format
Displays native format from source signal, for example -- 1080i 59.94.
Recording Format
Select the variety of ProRes or Avid DNxHD codec you are recording to /
Avid DNxHD-220X (10-bit), DNxHD-220 (8-bit), DNxHD-145 (8-bit), DNxHD-36 Proxy (8-bit) + all ProRes options.
Continuous Power Battery Indicator
Shows which battery is currently being used to power the Ninja 2. You are free to replace the one that isn't being used, the active battery slot is illuminated in orange.
Timecode
Choose between On Board, Time of Day, Record Run or Auto Restart timecode modes or utilize external timecode from camera or any source input.
Unit Name
Name your Ninja 2 by project or camera. Media drives and recorded files are subsequently named with the unit name upon formatting.
Time Remaining
Shows remaining record time. Remaining time is calculated dynamically and is based on the bitrate of the current recording format and the memory capacity of the HDD/SSD in use.
Inputs / Outputs
HDMI input & output
SmartMonitor
Accurately assess focus and exposure with:
Focus Peaking
Adjustable Zebra
False Color Twin Mode
Blue Only - exposure check
Control - adjustments for individual filters
SmartLog
SmartLog
Log in and out points on your footage and tag these clips with keywords such as 'good shot', 'bad shot' etc.

With the Ninja 2 this part of the post production process can now be done on set, or on the move.
Master Caddy Slot
Simple, locking HDD/SSD system / a safe, practical solution to media management.
HDD or SSD
Choose from optional inexpensive 2.5" hard disk drives (spinning disks) for 90% of projects and Flash-based SSDs for rough terrain or high security use.

A 750GB/5400rpm drive holds up to 16 hours of high quality Apple ProRes footage.
UPC: 853815005049
Input Video input: uncompressed 10/8-bit 4:2:2
HDMI 1.4 x1

Audio input:
2 channels on HDMI video input
2 analog channels with gain controls
Output Video output:
HDMI 1.4 x1 (reclocked, ultra low jitter)

Audio output:
2 channels on HDMI video output
Stereo x1
Headphone x1
Supported Formats HD 1080i60, 1080i59.94, 1080i50, 1080p30, 1080p25,
1080p24, 1080p23.98, 1080p30(60i), 1080p25(50i),
1080p24(60i), 1080p23.98(60i), 720p60, 720p59.94,
20p50, SD 480i, 576i
Encoding Realtime hardware encoding, 1920 x 1080 8/10-bit 4:2:2 to:

Apple ProRes:
HQ - 220Mbps (10-bit)
422 - 150Mbps (10-bit)
LT - 100Mbps (10-bit)

Avid DNxHD:
Avid DNxHD-220X - 220Mbps (10-bit)
Avid DNxHD-220 - 36 Mbps (8-bit)
Avid DNxHD-145 - 36 Mbps (8-bit)
Screen 4.3" diagonal (11 cm)
Resolution: 800 x 480
Aspect ratio: 16:9 native / 4:3 letterbox / SMPTE color specification
Native frame rate playback (48 - 60Hz)
Remote Start / Stop HDMI start/stop flags (Canon compatible);
LANC trigger via optional LANC adapter
Customizable Remote Controls (control all Ninja functions): System integrator custom controls available on request from ATOMOS
Timecode Sony and Canon compatible HDMI timecode in and out
Recording Time Records for the same amount of time whether onto HDDs or SSDs

Edit formats: I-frame only, 422, 8/10-bit

ProRes HQ (10-bit, 220Mbps):
250GB = 2.5 hrs, 500GB = 5 hrs, 1TB = 10 hrs

Avid DNxHD-220x (10 bit, 220Mbps):
250GB = 2.5 hrs, 500GB = 5 hrs, 1TB = 10 hrs

ProRes 422 (10 bit, 150Mbps):
250GB = 4 hrs, 500GB = 8 hrs, 1TB = 16 hrs

Avid DNxHD-145 (8 bit, 145Mbps):
250GB = 4 hrs, 500GB = 8 hrs, 1TB = 16 hrs

ProRes LT (10 bit, 100Mbps):
250GB = 5.5 hrs, 500GB = 11 hrs, 1TB = 22 hrs
Operating Power Monitoring: 3W
Rec, Mon & Play: 6W
Batteries All 7.4V
7.2V - 14.4V battery system compatible: 2600mAh - up to 10 hours
Any source: 5200mAh - up to 20 hours
NP series: 7800mAh - up to 30 hours
DTap: AC power via adapter plate (option)
Supporting accessories: DTap dummy battery (cables sold separately)
Continuous Power Primary-secondary battery system
Change batteries without losing power
Loop batteries continuously
Construction Aircraft grade aluminum
Fanless for silent operation
Dimensions 4.5 x 3.4 x 1.6" (11.5 x 8.7 x 4.1 cm)
Weight Without batteries and HDD: .8 lbs (.37 kg)
With batteries and HDD: 1.48 lbs (.67 kg)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 3.9 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.1 x 8.7 x 5.2"
Atomos 4.3" Ninja 2 Video Recorder (Full Version)
  • AC Adapter Included
  • 2 x Master Disk Caddies / Enclosures
  • ATOMBAT001 Battery
  • Docking Station with USB 3.0 & 2.0
  • 1000mA Single-Plate AC Battery Charger
  • Canon LP-E6-Type Battery Adapter
  • Nikon EN-EL15-Type Battery Adapter
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty, Extendable to 3 Years with Product Registration
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    Atomos4.3" Ninja 2 Video Recorder (Full Version)
     
    4.2

    (based on 79 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (36)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (31)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (57)
    • Easy to set up (21)
    • Reliable (21)
    • Great picture quality (16)
    • Large capacity / good size (16)

    Cons

    • Limited compatibility (5)

    Best Uses

    • HD shooting (20)
    • Movies (15)
    • Documentaries (12)
    • Independent films (12)
    • In the studio (12)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Power user (18), Pro videographer (14), Enthusiast (12), Business owner (10), Professional artist (10)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (68)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great New Features

    I have been using the original Ninja to record fully rendered ProRes HQ (or 422) video files from the HDMI output of my Nikon D4 and Nikon D800E which I import directly to...Read complete review

    I have been using the original Ninja to record fully rendered ProRes HQ (or 422) video files from the HDMI output of my Nikon D4 and Nikon D800E which I import directly to FCPX. I decided to upgrade to the Ninja 2 because of the advanced monitoring features of the OS3.23 operating system and the added HDMI output to enable pass-through of the HDMI signal to a second monitor or EVF.

    When I am taking high quality videos requiring precise focus, I have been using a Zacuto EVF, Z-finder, and manual follow-focus which can be connected in series with the Ninja 2. After working with the focus assist and Zebra functions of the Ninja 2, I find that I can take many of my videos without the EVF, provided that the surrounding light does not reflect off the screen. I still prefer to use the magnified image with focus assist/zebra on the EVF for scenes requiring close-ups or fine detail while passing the HDMI signal through the EVF to the Ninja 2 to record the ProRes file. Apparently, Atomos is planning to release a loupe to be used with the Ninja 2, which could improve its utility as a monitor and/or EVF. However, the loupe would interfere with access to the touch screen to activate the Ninja's functions. Perhaps they will develop a remote device in the future.

    The Ninja 2 (and the Zacuto EVF) detect the uncompressed 1080p24/25/30fps signals from the Nikon D4 and Nikon D800E if the HDMI Output Resolution is set to Auto and HDMI Advanced is set to RangeLimited/Display Size100%/Screen Display Off. When recording the HDMI directly to an external recorder, none of the camera function settings are displayed on the monitors of the Ninja 2 or Zacuto EVF. This is not a major problem since the D4 and D800E still display the full image and camera data on the camera's LCD screen. If you leave the cartds in the camera and inadvertanly press the movie record button, the HDMI output defaults to 720p. Therefore, Nikon recommends that you remove the cards to preserve to 1080p signal. However, I have had no problems leaving the cards in as long as I am careful.

    Using the Ninja 2 to record high quality ProRes files has greatly simplified my work flow and improved the quality of my videos.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not Bad at all but needs improvement

    Purchased this item to work with my C100 for ProRes files. Image is good, everything works well, extra color space makes post coloring better. Only thing I dont like is the Monitor,...Read complete review

    Purchased this item to work with my C100 for ProRes files. Image is good, everything works well, extra color space makes post coloring better. Only thing I dont like is the Monitor, its pretty useless, very cheap, looks exactly like my Lilliput LCD Monitor but then this is no OLED technology. When I use it on my C100, i rely on the C100s LCD screen. Color and contrast on the Ninja is not accurate at all. Even the focus peaking is not accurate.

    Also, it needs a new firmware update atleast for the part of deleting files off the recorder. You have to plug it in your PC and delete it from there.

    Also you need to "wake" it up everytime you turn it on, meaning you have to wave your hand in front of the lens in order for the record function to enable. SO maybe a firmware update would be great for this too.

    Recorder works great but screen is just bad, also I hate the fact this is touchscreen, makes the monitor dirty everytime you need to adjust or work with it.

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    1.0

    Does not release SSHD, mechanical failure

    By ted

    from PDX

    About Me Pro Videographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Comments about Atomos 4.3" Ninja 2 Video Recorder (Full Version):

    Out of the box...
    >>Inserted SSDH (sandisk) and now it can not be removed. The unlock slide switch don't work.

    >> The HD is not seen by Ninja-2 and nothing to format. It's a mechanical failure and no solution available from Atomos.

    Did you have this problem and HOW can one remove the SSHD ??????

    Poor support and nothing in help section addressing this mechanical failure

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    4.0

    Atomos Ninja 2, a great entry level external DVR

    By D800 freak

    from Florida

    About Me Video Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Great Sound
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • HD Shooting
      • Movies/Short Films
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Atomos 4.3" Ninja 2 Video Recorder (Full Version):

      I've had the Ninja 2 now for a few weeks. I use it along with my Nikon D800. I've found it to be easy to use and delivers very good video and audio quality. It does have a few quirks that take getting used to, for example, you really WILL want ot use the audio delay feature as it takes longer to process the video from the camera than it takes to process the audio. Without the delay set correctly, you'll hear audio slightly before you see the matching action. I have found that the screen on the Ninja 2 is marginal in terms of resolution and calibration. Dark shading tends to fall into blackness, obscuring dark detail, and the resolution of the display is not high enough for me to be really confident that the camera focus is perfect. For this reason I recommend that you spend the extra money on a Ninja Blade or higher model. The Ninja 2 is a good unit but it IS an entry level product in its category. If you are serious enough about your videos that you have pro gear or want to buy pro gear, I suggest upgrading to the Ninja Blade or higher.

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      5.0

      Pro Codecs at the cheap price

      By fivadim

      from KZ

      About Me Pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Great Picture Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Documentaries
        • HD Shooting
        • Home Movies
        • Movies/Short Films
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Atomos 4.3" Ninja 2 Video Recorder (Full Version):

        The best that I found this at such price. Now it is possible to forget about compression of AVCHD and use ProRes. If your camera allows a clear signal out of HDMI, Ninja2 - Must Have!

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        5.0

        An amazing tool for any videographer

        By Hunter

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Semi-pro Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • External mic input
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Hdmi Out Zero Latency

        Cons

        • Limited Compatibility

        Best Uses

        • Documentaries
        • HD Shooting
        • Home Movies
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Movies/Short Films
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Atomos 4.3" Ninja 2 Video Recorder (Full Version):

        I'm using my Ninja 2 with a 7D Mark II. It's application is open to pretty much any camera with clean HDMI out, I suppose, but I chose the 7D MKII because it is specifically listed on the Atomos website as a camera recommended for use with the Ninja 2. I was using a 70D, and was disappointed that they were not compatible. Definitely check if your camera meets the necessary specs before you make the purchase, otherwise you're not going to have as good of an experience.

        I have yet to use it on an actual project. But the tests I've done with it have been phenomenal. I do recommend buying a camera mount or a small separate tripod. While the unit is small enough and easy to carry, if you're a solo operator then you need something to this guy at your fingertips.

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        5.0

        Ninja 2 Video Recorder by Atoms

        By Kiltedview

        from Texas, USA

        About Me Pro Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Great Picture Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Documentaries
          • HD Shooting
          • Movies/Short Films

          Comments about Atomos 4.3" Ninja 2 Video Recorder (Full Version):

          Purchased for documentary film production. Using it with Nikon D810 and it works great. Excellent video capture at ProRes422 and then direct into FCPX for editing. Recording sound separately. Very happy with the purchase.

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          4.0

          Decent recorder

          By PL

          from Boston, MA

          Comments about Atomos 4.3" Ninja 2 Video Recorder (Full Version):

          A good option if you need to record in a more pro codec for editing. Decent monitor but small and not a high resolution.

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          4.0

          Fantastic, but not perfect

          By Shawn G. Chittle

          from New York, NY

          About Me Semi-pro Videographer

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Atomos 4.3" Ninja 2 Video Recorder (Full Version):

          The good:

          Rock solid performance, does what it says it does: captures Apple Pro Res 4:2:2 footage out of my Canon 5D Mark III via HDMI and helps me focus and frame footage. Compact and with some great features like focus peaking, zebra.

          The bad:
          The user interface is horrible. The menus lag, it feels often like I'm fighting with it.

          The ugly:
          The (optional) made-by-Atomos sun hood covers the HDMI ports! I mean how could you even possibly let this out designed like this>?

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          2.0

          Not a finished product...

          By Garrett Clay

          from SF Bay

          About Me Pro Videographer

          Comments about Atomos 4.3" Ninja 2 Video Recorder (Full Version):

          First, the instructions don't tell you you have to reconfigure your HDMI output, and how to do that is buried in the D800 menu. Grrrr. First shoot I got letterbox files with the info overlayed.
          Second, on a D800 the camera won't record to the SD or CF cards at the same time, that's scary at best.
          Third the charger for the battery has to be propped up at 45 degrees or the battery won't charge.
          Fourth, on my unit the SSD eject button won't release the SSD. I emailed them saying urgent and five days later they sent me an email. The eject button is poorly designed, it does not have much throw and it takes too much force to eject. And it's poorly marked. They can fix the marking, but the other issues require redesign. I had to shave the SSD holders and bevel their locking tabs to get them to work.
          Fifth, the unit locks itself constantly, luckily I had access to the Internet on my first shoot, it does not tell you how to unlock in the supplied instructions.

          Lastly, don't mount it on the camera, the touch screen requires enough force to engage that you will see movement in your video.

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          4.0

          Works Well

          By Old @

          from Illinois Rust Belt

          About Me Video Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • HD Shooting
            • Movies/Short Films
            • Travel

            Comments about Atomos 4.3" Ninja 2 Video Recorder (Full Version):

            The Ninja 2 is well made and easy to operate. The files are very large but easy to catalog (much handier than the AVCHD system native to EOS C100). I will use the Ninja for critical shoots, and I hope to become a skilled enough editor to see a real difference in the quality of the films I produce. But-- I'm not there yet. I'm not unhappy, but at my skill level my money might have been better spent on lenses.

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            3.0

            Good, but...

            By Indie Filmmaker

            from NYC

            About Me Semi-pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

            • No Hdmi Sound With Gh2
            • Poor Hdd Caddy Design

            Best Uses

            • Documentaries
            • HD Shooting

            Comments about Atomos 4.3" Ninja 2 Video Recorder (Full Version):

            Bought it for indie film. Great features and good price for HD monitor/recorder. Lots of useful features that add value to the production. BUT... the hdd caddy always gets stuck in the device and only prying it out with a screwdriver works. Almost lost a days worth of footage trying to release the blasted thing. Many other people have had the same problem. Be aware of this.

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            4.0

            Great video,recorded/monitor

            By Jody

            from West Chester, pa

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

            • Hard To See In Brut
            • Somet

            Best Uses

            • HD Shooting

            Comments about Atomos 4.3" Ninja 2 Video Recorder (Full Version):

            Easy to operate
            Very good monitor video quality
            Use with direct Hdmi from Sony A7

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            5.0

            I Feel Like a Ninja!

            By FlantasticDan

            from CA, USA

            About Me Semi-pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries
              • HD Shooting
              • Movies/Short Films
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Atomos 4.3" Ninja 2 Video Recorder (Full Version):

              This thing is everything that it should be. Image is great, easy to use, and the focus peaking/false color is so much more useful than I ever would have guessed...

              BE WARNED: ATOMOS no longer updates this product although they claim they do. Their support is generally slow and unhelpful, so you'll be on your own. It also claims to have several features (such as Adobe PPro support for SmartLog) which it doesn't....

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              4.0

              Pro Res and DNX are great

              By Cameron

              from Des Moines

              About Me Semi-pro Videographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use

              Cons

              • Poor Image Quality

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries
              • HD Shooting
              • Movies/Short Films

              Comments about Atomos 4.3" Ninja 2 Video Recorder (Full Version):

              I love recording to DNX for avid. It makes the editing process much easier. The screen is okay. I had to return the first I received because of a faulty screen. New one works fine.

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              5.0

              The Zoom H4n of Video

              By ShinjiP

              from Hanford, CA

              About Me Semi-pro Videographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Great Sound
              • Reliable Operation

              Cons

              • Bad Docking Station
              • No 1080p60
              • Poor Screen Quality

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries
              • Gaming
              • HD Shooting
              • Movies/Short Films
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Atomos 4.3" Ninja 2 Video Recorder (Full Version):

              I was on the edge about purchasing a hard drive video recorder, but the recent price drop in the Ninja 2 made me decide it was time to get this handy device I knew that I could use in multiple ways.
              I have 3 main uses for this device:
              1. Recording church services - I work at a church with a Blackmagic Design ATEM switcher and use this device to record the output to HDD through HDMI. It has worked flawlessly. I was previously using an Elgato Game Capture HD that was very finicky depending upon the computer used.
              2. Recording camera footage - My video work entails using multiple camera angles, and this gives me the ability to record 4 channels of audio when using my camcorder with XLR inputs and HDMI output. XLR audio passes through the camcorder through the HDMI to channels 1 and 2, and then I take the line out from my Zoom H4n to analog inputs 3 and 4 to capture ambient stereo audio.
              3. Recording gaming sessions with commentary - the auxiliary audio inputs allow easy, perfectly synchronized commentary recorded alongside pristine HD game footage. EASY!
              What I like best about the Ninja 2 are its compact size, ease of use, and ability to use cheap laptop hard drives. The 2 battery slots are very convenient and I like that it uses standard Sony L-type batteries which are cheap and easy to find. My biggest gripe I have with it is the defective drive dock. It transfers at 6MB/s with my PC, but gets normal USB3.0 transfer rates with some other computers. I don't know why, but it does not work the same on all computers. I have a Newer Technology Voyager S3 dock that I use instead. A simple fix is to not use the provided screws to secure drives in the caddies and instead just close them up and put them into the Ninja 2. This has worked well and the drives have not come loose. When unloading the drive, I simply pull apart the caddies and place the drive into the Voyager dock. It works perfectly!

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              5.0

              I Love it.. great recorder with very hight quality

              By Talison

              from Reflection Media Inc. Houston, TX

              About Me Pro Videographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Great Picture Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Documentaries
                • HD Shooting
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Movies/Short Films
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Atomos 4.3" Ninja 2 Video Recorder (Full Version):

                NINJA 2 really Great... with 1TB hard drive i can record with HQ HD 10 hours... i didn't buy the sandisk card from BH i brought a 1tb data drive from fry's and added in the box ninja give... really great quality, easy to use to pull out the hard drive from the ninja its really very easy... only one problem i face it is really heavy to cary with a camcorder very careful wit the hot shoe .. because chance to fall down from the camera while we using it with dolly .... also the LCD monitor just waste we have to use our camera monitor to use recording because the color...

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                3.0

                It records very good but it has a big problem.

                By Tito

                from Buenos Aires, Argentina

                About Me Pro Videographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Sound
                • It Records Very Good

                Cons

                • Bad Hdd Locking System

                Best Uses

                • HD Shooting

                Comments about Atomos 4.3" Ninja 2 Video Recorder (Full Version):

                In my unit it was very difficult to take out the HDD drive. The unlocking system is very flimsy and it was very hard to pullout the disk.
                It willbe nice if this Ninja-2 have a USB port to connect an external HDD drive

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                1.0

                Not reliable with computers

                By BusinessUser

                from Atlanta, GA

                About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Sound

                Cons

                • Unreliable

                Best Uses

                • None

                Comments about Atomos 4.3" Ninja 2 Video Recorder (Full Version):

                I bought this unit to record training sessions from various Mac and PC computers. It is not reliable for this purpose.

                The input connection is fine. It shows up as an external screen, so you can do a dual-screen setup where you have notes on your laptop and a presentation running to the Ninja and then to a projector. The passthrough can be finicky because of the 30hz 1080p signal, but works with technical fiddling.

                Audio recording quality is high. I'm using a Countryman E6 running through an Audio Technica 2.4 GHz digital wireless system. Sounds excellent. Plenty of gain within the unit.

                Video quality is high. With ProRes 422, it's a nearly perfect reproduction of the screen, unless you zoom in enough to see the color artifacts brought on by subpixel aliasing and 4:2:2. DNxHD isn't quite as good; the gamma seems a bit too high in the highlights.

                Battery life in ProRes measures in hours, and it uses a very common and inexpensive battery type. DNxHD heats up the unit much more and has reduced battery life. The screen is mediocre, but acceptable indoors. The touch sensitivity is low and the colors and gamma are not accurate.

                So why is it one star? Because it's been completely unreliable. It'll record for 90 minutes perfectly, then experience sudden dropouts that cause the recording to restart. For one session, it restarted a hundred times in less than five minutes, in the middle of two 45-minute clips. The presenters have no idea because the passthrough isn't affected, but the resulting footage for that timespan is unusable.

                I've tried different codecs, different SSDs (Samsung Evo 850, Crucial BX100, Sandisk Exteme Pro) different computers (Mac, PC, laptop, desktop), and a variety of expensive HDMI cables. No dice; still random restarts.

                This unreliability negates all other benefits of the unit to me.

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                4.0

                Awesome Ninja

                By Adam001

                from Qatar

                About Me Pro Videographer

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                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Picture Quality

                Cons

                • No External Mic Input

                Best Uses

                • HD Shooting

                Comments about Atomos 4.3" Ninja 2 Video Recorder (Full Version):

                Using it with a 5D Mk3 - Brought an immediate improvement in terms of storage capacity, file format and touch control. Great not to have to continually change cards and now I have it and the 5D powered from a industry standard v-mount battery, I don't have to stop at all during the day. Just got to remember to adjust focus with 5D every now and then so it doesn't go to sleep. Difficult to see screen in bright sunlight, but I have a loupe for that. Shame it's not great for audio.

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                5.0

                Ninja 2 video recorder

                By Submarine Sound

                from So Cal

                About Me Video Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Movies
                  • Movies/Short Films
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Atomos 4.3" Ninja 2 Video Recorder (Full Version):

                  Usng with Nikon D810 for video recording

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                  4.0

                  Very good quality

                  By Tito

                  from Buenos Aires, Argentina

                  About Me Pro Videographer

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                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Great Sound
                  • Large Clear LCD

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Documentaries
                    • HD Shooting
                    • Home Movies
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Atomos 4.3" Ninja 2 Video Recorder (Full Version):

                    The only other feature that I would like to see in the Atomos Ninja-2 is un external USB conector for to use external HDD or SSDD drives in standard cases. Otherwise is an excellent small recorder

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                    Drives & Storage

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                    Required item: : A 2.5" HD or SS recording drive (not included) is necessary to record your footage.

                    SanDisk - 240GB Extreme Pro Solid State Drive
                    • Price: $119.99
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                    Video Cables

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                    Connect your recorder to a camera or an external monitor.

                    Atomos - Right-Angle Micro to Full HDMI Coiled Cable (11.8 to 17.7")
                    • You Pay: $19.95
                     
                    Pearstone - 3' Swiveling HDMI to Mini HDMI Cable
                    • You Pay: $8.95
                     

                    System Extensions

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                    Atomos - Powered Docking Station with USB 3.0 & 2.0
                    • You Pay: $49.95
                     
                    Xcellon - HDD-01 SATA Hard Drive Dock
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                    Batteries & Chargers

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                    Always keep a spare battery handy so you won't get caught without power.

                    Watson - NP-F975 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 7800mAh)
                    • You Pay: $59.99
                     
                    Atomos - ATOMBAT001 Battery
                    • You Pay: $49.95
                     

                    Cases & Coverings

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                    Carry, store and protect, with quick access to your recorder

                    Atomos - Case for Ninja 2 w/Foam Insert
                    • You Pay: $79.95
                     

                    Converters & Encoders

                    Atomos - Connect H2S Converter with 2600mAh Battery
                    • You Pay: $195.00
                     

                    Mounts

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                    Increase your shooting convenience and flexibility with the aid of additional mounts.

                    Pearstone - 8.3" Articulating Arm
                    • You Pay: $39.95
                     

                    LCD Hoods & Protective Coverings

                    Shield your recorder's screen from unwanted glare.

                    Atomos - Sunhood for Ninja 1 & 2 Recorders
                    • You Pay: $34.95
                     
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