15 Sep 2019

Atomos takes Shogun 7 up to 3000nits, boosts Nikon, Panasonic and Sony capabilities

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A typically busy IBC at the Atomos stand, with a stunningly bright firmware upgrade for the Shogun 7 as well as all manner of new capabilities for the Panasonic Lumix S1H, Sony FX9, and Nikon Z 7 and Z 6 cameras.

Lots to take in with Atomos in Amsterdam, but let’s start with the company’s own hardware and the eye-catching — quite literally — firmware upgrade to the recently launched Shogun 7 pro/cinema monitor-recorder-switcher. This boosts its peak brightness to an impressive 3000nits from its original 1500 at release which is a definitely a crowd-pleaser, though details on what impact this might have on battery life and power draw are a it less certain.

Atomos says the firmware update is available with immediate effect. Meanwhile, the long-awaited Touch and Switch 5 Stream switching and Dolby Vision playout features are also both due for official firmware inclusion later this month and are being showcased on the company’s IBC stand.

Also on display is the way Atomos kit can unlock some impressive new capabilities in various new bits of camera hardware. This includes RAW and Apple ProRes RAW video output and capture from Nikon’s Z 7 and Z 6 full-frame mirrorless cameras to AtomOS devices such as the Ninja V 4K HDR monitor/recorder; 4K 16bit RAW support from the Sony FX9 to the Atomos Neon 8K MCU; and 5.9Kp30 RAW support over HDMI from the Panasonic Lumix S1H to the Atomos Ninja V HDR enabling Apple ProRes RAW recording.

This last is slated for the start of next year and, judging by a press release from Panasonic on the same subject, is going to require firmware development on both sides. The Nikon capability is due by the end of the year. No word on a release date for the Sony project as yet.

Andy Stout

Andy has spent over two decades writing about all aspects of the broadcast and film industries for a variety of high-profile industry publications on both sides of the Atlantic. During that time the industry has moved from 4:3 SD to 16:9 SD to HD and now on to 4K HDR. He's getting kind of curious to see where it goes next.

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