Lightweight High-Brightness Display Is Designed for DSLR and Mirrorless Camera Users Who Don't Need Video Recording

Atomos Shinobi

Atomos said it has begun shipping the $399 Atomos Shinobi, a five-inch 1,000-nit HDMI monitor designed to give DSLR and mirrorless camera users a better look at their picture as they’re shooting it.

The Shinobi accepts signals up to 4K 30p or HD 60p (if you want to monitor 4K 60p footage you’ll still need the Ninja V) and can display more than 10 stops of dynamic range when used with Log or HLG camera output, with the option to load up to eight LUTs at a time via SD card.

New to the Shinobi is an Analysis view that puts waveform, histogram, vectorscope and audio level meters on screen along with the image.

Analysis mode screenshot

The Atomos Shinobi’s new Analysis mode crams a lot of useful info onto a five-inch screen.

“Our single biggest customer request has been a standalone photo and video monitor,” said Atomos CEO Jeromy Young in a prepared statement. “Shinobi answers that call. We’ve taken our pro color and HDR processing and designed a super-lightweight monitor that any YouTuber or IGTV creator can afford.”

The Shinobi borrows its HDR display panel and color processing from the Ninja V monitor-recorder, Atomos says, but substitutes a lightweight polycarbonate body for the Ninja V’s metal frame that helps bring the weight down to just 7 oz. (200g) compared to the Ninja V’s 12.7 oz. (360g). Atomos tells us the Shinobi is also quieter than the Ninja V, since it requires no fan, and uses less power, running up to six hours on a Sony NP-F750 battery (versus three hours for the Ninja V on two batteries).

It lacks an HDMI output, but can be daisy-chained with other Atomos monitors on set, or connected to a computer for use as an extra editorial monitor, making it an attractive option even for larger shoots that could benefit from an extra five-inch monitor on set. And Atomos suggested that even still photographers will be interested in the Shinobi as a way to overcome the limitations of built-in camera LCD screens when composing and setting focus and exposure for shots.