An Overview of Atomos Products
Atomos' aim is to give video professionals better monitoring and better recording quality in a single device. Their original Ninja Apple ProRes HD monitor/recorder was born in 2010, and since then the company has constantly launched cutting edge-devices that record ProRes and Avid DNx. The latest Ninja V model has a high-brightness HDR screen, and records 4K 10-bit signals over HDMI from mirrorless cameras like the Canon EOS R, Fujifilm X-T3, Nikon Z6 and Panasonic GH5. Their 7" SDI equipped Shogun Inferno can record ProRes RAW and other formats from a range of popular cinema cameras. In 2017 they also stepped into affordably priced larger professional monitors by releasing the Sumo19 HDR monitor/recorder. Packing great features into a single affordable device is where Atomos excels.
Why Use Atomos Monitors?
Monitors provide instantaneous feedback when filming. Most Atomos monitors are compact, on-camera models that feature high-definition displays, though larger options with advanced features are for studio work. They come in handy, especially when you're on-location since their screens display bright, detailed images and footage that built-in camera displays can't. These devices also come with built-in tools that make processing and setting up shots much easier.
Recorders vs. Monitors
Not all monitors can record. Atomos recorders possess the features of a monitor in addition to recording abilities. They take images straight from the camera sensor and they enhance and record them, making it easier to edit and share later on. There are different series of recorders available, whether you're capturing images for casual projects or filming professional videos. Many of these on-camera recording monitors feature touch screens as well as auto-triggering for simple use, giving you straightforward operating. Some models may have different specs, such as input and output connections and frame rates, so be sure to compare before buying.
Plenty of accessories can aid in shooting outdoors, connecting devices, and more. Atomos batteries and power options will extend film time and provide charging options on the go. If you're planning to shoot in bright lighting conditions during the daytime, consider Atomos sunshades and protectors to use with your monitor. Use sunhoods to reduce glare and improve visibility when filming on-location. Protectors, such as bumpers and screen shields, will prevent damage from accidents and long-term use. Other accessories, such as 4K HDMI cables, are specially designed for videographers. They ensure fast, reliable connection from camera to monitor.
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