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Atomos Ninja 2 Video Recorder

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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
  • 4.3" Touchscreen Display
  • HDMI Input & Output
  • Stores to 2.5" HDDs/SSDs
  • Monitoring & SmartLog Editing Tools
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You Pay: $695.00

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The Atomos Ninja 2 Video Recorder is an HDMI recorder and 800 x 480 resolution monitor that records up to 1080/30p/60i resolution directly from your camera's sensor to an HDD or SSD in Apple's ProRes or Avid's DNxHD edit-ready codecs. Color precision records at 10-bit, even from an 8-bit sensor, and color sampling at 4:2:2. Recording an 8-bit signal in 10-bit won't increase the quality of the signal but will let you work with the signal in post-production as if it's 10-bit, meaning you can add effects and not see jagged lines and other artifacts. Being able to record direct from the sensor lets you bypass your camera's compression and instead have the first compression be in an edit-ready codec. Generally, the less compressions, the less image degradation.

The operating system is AtomOS 3.0, featuring sophisticated focus and exposure tools and SmartLog, which lets you log in and out points on your footage and tag clips with keywords such as "good shot" and "bad shot."

For a list of compatible cameras, please visit Atomos.com/support, and click on Knowledge Base.

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

Because Ninja is portable, it can record from the ultimate image source, the sensor of the camera.

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 avoids banding and makes editing and grading, in fact any precision effect, more accurate.
AtomOS 3.0 Touchscreen
The real power of the Ninja 2 comes from AtomOS -- an innovative and intuitive operating system.
One-Touch
Access all of the Ninja 2's operations via the fast, responsive touch interface -- everything is 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 is illuminated 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, with Continuous Power.

SmartLog operates while in Monitor or Playback mode / it saves time, money and allows fast, collaborative pre-editing prior to final post production.
Master Caddy Slot
Simple, locking HDD/SSD system / a safe, practical solution to media management.
HDD or SSD
Choose 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.

Supported drives:
HDD: Western Digital, Hitachi, Samsung, Toshiba
SSD: Intel, OCZ, Cruise
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)
Atomos Ninja 2 Video Recorder
  • 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 Battery Adapter (LP-E6)
  • Nikon Battery Adapter (EN-EL15)
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
    (Upgradable to 3 Years Upon Product Registration)
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    AtomosNinja 2 Video Recorder
     
    4.3

    (based on 55 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (25)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (23)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (40)
    • Easy to set up (21)
    • Reliable (21)
    • Large capacity / good size (16)
    • Compact (15)

    Cons

    • Limited compatibility (4)

    Best Uses

    • Movies (15)
    • Independent films (12)
    • In the studio (12)
    • Complex projects (10)
    • Television (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Power user (18), Business owner (10), Professional artist (10), Enthusiast (9), Pro videographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (48)

    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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    4.0

    Great Tool for high quality recording

    By DBC1717

    from Allen Texas

    About Me Pro Videographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Picture Quality

    Cons

    • Limited Formats

    Best Uses

    • HD Shooting

    Comments about Atomos Ninja 2 Video Recorder:

    We bought one of these to capture very high resolution video to hard drive during Live recording sessions. We use it with the included AC adapter and have not tested the battery operated mode. We are recording 1080 video at 145 mbps and the quality is very good. This device is very easy to use. A bit of advice- Check the manufacturer's website for recommended drives. My only cons are that you have limited recording codecs (DNxHD and proRes) and bitrates. For the price I would like to see the ability to record to a universal h.264 format at various bitrates, for when we need to share content with others who may not have the ability to use these professional codecs. Also, the USB3 caddy can take a while to import videos off of the hard drives to your rendering system. Mine does not run continuously and is slower than would be expected for USB3 and 7200 rpm drives. I will probably add a second one of these in the future.

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    2.0

    Excellent - except for one flaw

    By Marty

    from Montgomery, AL

    Comments about Atomos Ninja 2 Video Recorder:

    I like the Ninja 2 recorder except for one major problem - I can have solid recordings back to back and then out of nowhere it has an episode where it suddenly stops recording and starts again 2-3 times, causing me to lose a second between clips. Losing a second is not acceptable in the middle of an interview. Other than that, I really like the recorder. I have upgraded the firmware and hope that might fix the problem. Otherwise, this recorder isn't reliable and I will always have to have a backup recording just in case...

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    4.0

    I would buy this again

    By AJS

    from atl

    About Me Pro Videographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • HD Shooting
      • Use As A Live Mix Record

      Comments about Atomos Ninja 2 Video Recorder:

      I plan to use it in a live mix recording with 2 cameras, and a switcher. Also with my Nikon D800 for longer record times, when needed.

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      • No

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      5.0

      A Swiss Army Knife of production

      By Tat

      from Ardmore, PA

      About Me Pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Atomos Ninja 2 Video Recorder:

            The Ninja 2 is more than just a convenient and handy recorder. It is a monitor, a zebra and substitute for a scope with its "colors" feature. I should have had this in my tool kit much earlier.

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            5.0

            ROCK SOLID!!!

            By wgautney

            from Mobile, Alabama

            About Me Semi-pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Picture Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Capture From Dvr
              • Documentaries
              • HD Shooting
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Atomos Ninja 2 Video Recorder:

              I captures pristine video from any HDMI source! Apple Pro Res LT, normal or HQ. The basic functions are dead simple to use but you will need to consult the manual for things like formatting a drive. Hard drives are NOT included so be sure to pick up a couple of 500 GB or larger 2.5 inch drives (HDD or SSD). Check the Atomos website for recommended dives to use with it. The recorded video files copied easily to my Macbook Pro as Quicktime "MOV" files. I have a mid 2011 model Macbook Pro and Premiere Pro CC 2014 easily managed the massive file size of the recordings. Don't waste money buying a sun hood for the Ninja. A sheet of poster board, scissors, and tape give you a perfect make-shift hood lol!

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              4.0

              Great video recorder in a small package

              By Shooter

              from Orlando, Florida

              About Me Pro Videographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Great Sound

              Cons

              • Monitor Not Great

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries
              • HD Shooting
              • Legal Videos

              Comments about Atomos Ninja 2 Video Recorder:

              I use my Ninja 2 for legal videos and depos, video seminars and corporate videos. I really like the focus assist on the monitor. Not happy about the quality of the monitor, not a very high resolution monitor. Happy with the recorder and easy to use and download.

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              5.0

              simple to use.

              By Edmond

              from NYC

              About Me Professional Artist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy To Use
              • Improves Performance

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Independent Films
                • In The Studio

                Comments about Atomos Ninja 2 Video Recorder:

                It took only a short time to master using this device. For the money it is a great tool. The image is notable easier to manipulate in post and adds a nice depth. The file management system is very intuitive. The batteries last a good amount of time and the redundant battery back up is a great idea.

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                5.0

                More than Expected

                By Survivor Ray

                from Santa Fe, NM

                About Me Hobbyist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Easy To Use
                • Highly Compatible
                • Improves Performance
                • Lightweight
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Complex Projects
                  • Home Movies
                  • Independent Films
                  • In The Studio

                  Comments about Atomos Ninja 2 Video Recorder:

                  With my poor eyesight, a large monitor attached to the Ninja is just what the doctor ordered. The manual is so well written that it clearly explains the device. Reading it enlightened me to the many additional features it offers. It exceeds my expectations.

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                  4.0

                  Ninja 2 Review

                  By GccDesigns

                  from RI

                  About Me Business Owner

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Highly Compatible
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                  • Pricey / Poor Value

                  Best Uses

                  • Complex Projects
                  • Independent Films
                  • In The Studio

                  Comments about Atomos Ninja 2 Video Recorder:

                  It's a good product if you need longer record times from you DSLR but it doesn't make a big difference in image quality. Check out my video for the full review.

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                  5.0

                  Nice

                  By svilen

                  from trenton nj

                  About Me Professional Artist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Complex Projects

                    Comments about Atomos Ninja 2 Video Recorder:

                    Very good

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Best portable recorder yet!

                    By Video Grabber

                    from Anniston, AL

                    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                    • Limited Compatibility

                    Best Uses

                    • Complex Projects
                    • Home Movies
                    • Independent Films
                    • In The Studio

                    Comments about Atomos Ninja 2 Video Recorder:

                    Currently I am producing a 30 minute television show that broadcasts over seas. With the Ninja 2 I can attach it right to my video camera, have a larger monitor and shoot multiple episodes by simply changing out the hard drive for more space. All of this is seamless. It does require quite a bit of battery to run the monitor and hard drive but not more than any other similar product. The ability to adjust settings, format, etc right on the screen are fantastic. The video that comes off of the camera's sensors is sent directly to the Ninja 2. At this point there really aren't negatives for me as I use Adobe Premiere Pro. The video imports straight up and exports to the proper format for the overseas requirements!

                    Exactly what I have been looking for!

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                    3.0

                    Has it's uses

                    By Casey S

                    from Los Angeles

                    About Me Video Content Producer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Audio Input Recording
                    • Too Reflective

                    Best Uses

                    • Automotive Work
                    • In The Studio
                    • Remote Monitoring

                    Comments about Atomos Ninja 2 Video Recorder:

                    I got this in hopes of a great external display for my 5DMK3 with recording functionality. It's a great product, it just has a few downfalls.

                    The screen is too reflective to use in a lot of situations. Get ready to add some of those iPhone matte display protectors. The video recording is solid. Sound though, I've had some issues. MY 5D can't send audio via HDMI so my recorder needs to plug into the Ninja but as I found out after shooting an interview without any audio, the audio input channels need to be set a specific way so you can HEAR and RECORD and not just HEAR the audio and think it's recording.

                    I find my best use of it is remote monitoring via a long HDMI cable. I do a lot of automotive video content and this is the perfect tool to see and record from a car mounted camera system.

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                    4.0

                    Time saver and sweet images

                    By 3nityxcel

                    from Ghana

                    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Complex Projects
                      • In The Studio

                      Comments about Atomos Ninja 2 Video Recorder:

                      It has given a brand new life to my Sony V1 Camcorder. It is so easy to install and improves the workflow time. The Ninja 2 easily connects to any of my DSLRs and its compact design makes it easier to carry around. My only challenges is that sometimes it heats up.

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                      5.0

                      Trigger remotely is awesome

                      By 23rd Studios

                      from Boulder Colorad

                      About Me Videographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Trigger Recording

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Independent Films

                        Comments about Atomos Ninja 2 Video Recorder:

                        There is a lot about this product that I love and somethings I am not that into. But over all I think most of the issues are with the Canon cameras itself. Like not being able to record sound through an HDMI cable and having to plug into the headphone jack on the Mark III. Recording into the ninja is great but the file sizes are so much larger then the canon normally records so getting a large SSD is important since you can't delete from the Ninja.

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                        4.0

                        Will Never Shoot Without It

                        By Jerad Hill

                        from Modesto, CA

                        About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist, Videographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Improves Performance

                        Cons

                        • Display Quality

                        Best Uses

                        • In the field
                        • In The Studio

                        Comments about Atomos Ninja 2 Video Recorder:

                        This device has changed my workflow forever. Of course I still shoot to SD or CF card as a backup but shooting to hard drive is a much more manageable solution for me. The monitor built into the Ninja 2 leaves much to be desired but that is ok since you can pass right through it to a monitor that looks good. Footage imports right into Premiere Pro CC easily and is a breeze to edit.We shoot on the Canon C100 so it is nice to get a higher quality image through the ProRes 422 using clean HDMI.Knowing that the monitor is basically useless, I still would recommend this device at this price point. The only reason I am rating it a 4 star is due to the low quality display. Other then that, the device is perfect and easy to use.

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                        5.0

                        Great for what is it

                        By OLI

                        from Chicago

                        About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Independent Films
                          • In The Studio

                          Comments about Atomos Ninja 2 Video Recorder:

                          Easy to use, navigate and it works great cheaper HDDs unlike the BM HD Shuttle, but gets a bit hotter than expected. Also makes a decent field monitor. Wish it came with firmware to automatically fix the wierd framerate of the video out of the GH2. Other than that, it turns the C100 into the C300.

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                          4.0

                          Great for redundancy and ProRES/Avid DnX

                          By Big DS

                          from New Haven, CT

                          About Me Independent producer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Highly Compatible
                          • Improves Performance

                          Cons

                          • Poor Monitor Image

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup

                          Comments about Atomos Ninja 2 Video Recorder:

                          I had originally budgeted to buy 2 Sony FMU 128GB units and 2 7" on-camera monitors for my NEX-FS700 and NEX-EA50. Neither camera has dual SDHC slots and I have to have redundancy, hence the FMU solid-state memory. But I had to reduce the budget and decided to forgo 1 monitor and 1 FMU for the Ninja 2. Even having to buy another SSD, I still saved about $400 going this route. The pros are that I now have 4-2-2 recordings wrapped as 10-bit DnX or ProRes versus the native 4-2-0 8-bit AVCHD in-camera. Note that both cams output 8-bit, but Ninja wraps it as 10-bit. The con is the monitor quality. Both cams have LCD's that are only slightly smaller but have sharper images with slightly better color accuracy than the Ninja. The Ninja 2 monitor is only usable because of the added features of focus peaking, zebra, false color, histogram, etc. If you know how to utilize those, you can successfully get by with the low quality image. Not having SDI is also a drawback, but the EA50 (and my DSLR) doesn't have it anyway. Still adds redundancy, which for me is paramount. If budget allows, move up to the Samurai Blade or the O7Q for much better monitor and other features.

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                          4.0

                          Why Not?

                          By So Jolly

                          from Scottsdale, AZ

                          About Me Professional Artist

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Atomos Ninja 2 Video Recorder:

                                The whole idea of not running video through the camera, not having the same degration in compression, being able to record for 5- 7hrs. This option is truly a "no brainer" for the serious.

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                                5.0

                                Really cool recorder

                                By HDH

                                from DALLAS

                                Comments about Atomos Ninja 2 Video Recorder:

                                Well thought out, the Ninja2 menu is easy to navigate and goes only two levels deep - quick to get to. Feature rich, the little monitor gives focus and exposure assistance. I didn't understand two issues with the recorder, both having to do with recording DNxHD 36. Both issues quickly resolved by their technical staff. Awsome and intuitive.

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                                4.0

                                Great!

                                By Mike

                                from Montreal

                                About Me Professional Artist

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact Design
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Professional Quality

                                Cons

                                • Limited Compatibility

                                Best Uses

                                • Independent Films
                                • In The Studio

                                Comments about Atomos Ninja 2 Video Recorder:

                                Great recorder. Easy to use. Very low power usage. Just one thing : check on the Atomos web site which SSD is recommended. Most SSD just don't work with the Ninja 2.

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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
                                • You Pay: $146.47
                                 

                                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 (11.8-17.7")
                                • You Pay: $19.95
                                 
                                Pearstone - 3' Swiveling HDMI to Mini HDMI Cable
                                • You Pay: $6.95
                                 

                                System Extensions

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                                Atomos - Docking Station with USB 3.0 & 2.0
                                • You Pay: $49.95
                                 
                                Xcellon - HDD-01 SATA Hard Drive Dock
                                • You Pay: $64.99
                                 

                                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: $295.00
                                 

                                Mounts

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

                                Pearstone - 8.3" (21.1cm) Articulating Israeli 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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