With pre-orders for the Panasonic GH5 now shipping, it’s no accident that Atomos is making its new HDR-capable Ninja Inferno, which unlocks the full 4:2:2 10-bit capabilities of the camera at 4K 60p, available with immediate effect.
Atomos’ latest HDR Ninja is a new HDMI-only 4K DCI / UHD recorder that can record ProRes or DNx at up to 60p and also provides professional XLR audio I/O via an optional breakout cable.
Essentially it upgrades the GH5’s 4K 60p recording options from the internal 8-bit 4:2:0 Long GOP to 10-bit, 4:2:2, ProRes/DNxHR, thus making an already hotly anticipated camera even more useful at the pro level. And what’s more it does this at an extremely competitive $995, that’s $1000 cheaper than the company’s flagship Shogun Inferno.
Atomos, of course, has a bit of a history of this. The first Ninja gave ProRes capability to the 5D MkIIII and the original Shogun was instrumental in helping 4K take off on the a7S and the GH4. All the same, providing that much new capability for the GH5 while simultaneously ducking under the $1000 barrier feels like a whole different ball game.
It’s not just the GH5 either. Support for the 4096 DCI standard means that the Ninja Inferno can also accept 4K DCI signals from cameras such as the Panasonic GH4 / DVX200 / HCX1000 / UX180 / HCX1, Sony FS7 / Z100 and the JVC LS300.
Here’s a quick rundown of the features list:
HDMI 2.0 4K60p recording – 4kDCI & 4KUHD
AtomHDR exposure tool for LOG cameras – takes the guesswork out of exposure for Video & RAW stills
7” 1500 nit daylight viewable monitor for easy shot composition vs smaller camera screens
XLR audio connectivity & Headphone monitoring
No 30 minute record time limit
Affordable fast SSD media
3D LUTs for preview & burn in
On screen Editing and playlist creation
Easy Video Timelapse
Slow Motion 4k60 to 4k24/25/30p playback
A $300 accessory kit adds an HPRC case, Master Caddy x 5, Power Supply x 2, Control cable, 2 x 5200mAh battery, Fast charger, Docking station, DC to D-Tap cable, and HDR Sunhood.
As already said, availability of the Ninja Inferno is immediate. UK pricing is listed as £875.
It’s also provided Atomos with an opportunity to cut the prices on all its HDR range. Admittedly to fund the price cuts the company has calved off a lot of the accessories that the used to ship with into a separate pack, but it does mean that you can get your hands on a Shogun Flame and Ninja Flame for $995 and $795 respectively (both models ship with mains power supply, recording caddy & travel case, while the Shogun Flame also ships with an XLR breakout cable).
Press release after the break.