Video: Hands-On Review of the Atomos Shogun

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In the following video, Mia McCormick, from KelbyOne Media, pairs the Atomos Shogun with the Sony a7S to put the 4K-capable monitor/recorder through its paces. McCormick goes over the recording resolutions and formats offered by the Shogun, which include Ultra HD up to 30 fps and 1080p up to 120 fps in edit-friendly 10-bit 4:2:2 ProRes codecs. She also discusses the physical features of the device, such as the 7" touchscreen display with 1920 x 1200 resolution, HDMI and 12G-SDI video inputs, and lightweight plastic housing. Time is also given to examining monitoring features, the user interface, and power options, as well as a look at included items. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at BandH.com.

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Nice, concise review! 

Two possible omissions, though... First, the battery life is abyssmal with the included battery. Plan on powering from a large brick or V-Mount if you'll be shooting for any extended periods. Or have a LOT of batteries to switch out often.

Second, build quality is flimsy and anything but "professional". Strange that the technology inside is so great, yet they seemed to have scrimped on the case design and ruggedness of the overall unit. Maybe a thrid party will come out with a cage for this, as I can imagine a lot of them breaking with any kind of use.

Thanks Ishmal for the feedback. Atomos here!

The battery we have included a 4 cell battery now as the 2 cell originally included couldn;t not handle the extra current that was required for 4K. This is a freee upgrade and we will send you the battery, you just have to register at atomos.com/support and we will send you the larger battery, you will get 2-2.5 hours out of this one. Alternatively, we have the Power Station Video which gives you continous power to up to 3 devices including the camera. B&H have this up on there website.

As for the build quality, the case is a poly-carbonate polymer that is very light and tough, we went away form metal as most Shoguns are mounted onto camera rigs, so we went for the lightest possible solution. The limiting factor is the screen, no matter if its metal or not, the screen will break if dropped onto hard surfaces, just like your phones. We are deisging protective casing which will allow customers concerned to make it more robust. We have sold 10's of thousands of Shoguns globally and this has not been a real question from users who purchased the unit. I think it is a valid initial concern, however, I do think once you use it and you see it in action - your normal care for high tech equipment will allow you to use this seemlesly.

Cheers Atomos