Affordable HDR monitoring and 4K 60p capture arrives in the form of the Atomos Shogun Inferno display/recorder, which is now available at your favorite retailer.
This past April, Atomos closed the NAB Show with the announcement of its flagship Shogun Inferno display/recorder.
For a shade under $2000, the Atomos Shogun Inferno initially promised a 7-inch display with 1500-nit brightness and 10-bit colour, while recording 4K (Prores or DNxHR) at 60 fps over HDMI 2.0 or quad-SDI, as well as 4K raw and cinemaDNG raw at 30 fps, and 2K and HD at 120 fps. The device initially supported Canon and Sony FS raw to Prores and DNxHR 4K recording to 60 fps. Additionally, the company sweetened the pot pre-release, adding support for ARRI and Panasonic raw, PQ and HLG (HDR luminance standards) input and playback and HDR NLE metadata, as well as other goodies.
Now, the wait is finally over, as the highly anticipated Shogun Inferno officially ships to its retail partners.
The company recently released details of the Shogun Inferno's firmware update schedule, which is slated for revisions every four-to-five weeks. The first addition should delight users of Sony's FS5, FS700 and FS7 cameras, namely the support of high frame rate recording for HD and 2K modes (100/120/200/240 fps). Here's a listing of the next spate of new features, in order of Atomos' stated priority:
Raw recording for Sony FS series, Canon, Arri & Panasonic LT
HLG in/out to broaden compatibility with playback on HDR screens and as a HDR input for mobile grading
QuadLink SDI for connection with cameras that have multiple 1.5/3G or single 6/12G without the need for converters
Scheduled playlist to schedule playout for live events, in=store demonstration etc.
We expect the Atomos Shogun Inferno to have a big impact moving forward, both on set and in the marketplace, as its presence should spur innovation around 4K (and higher) HDR HFR monitoring and recording solutions, while keeping prices for these future devices at a reasonable level. We will follow-up this story with first impressions and our own review, as soon as we get our hands on the device.