Atomos has just made its Shogun 7 monitor-recorder, already a bright prospect at up to 1500 nits, even more dazzling with a new AtomOS software release that upgrades the panel to a peak brightness of 3000 nits.

The panel can now display more than 15 stops of dynamic range on screen, Atomos said, with the difference especially visible in the highlights of the image. The new peak brightness level is automatically set in PQ and HLG modes, but must be turned on manually for Rec. 709 and “native” viewing modes.

Atomos Shogun 7

Atomos Shogun 7

Atomos cautioned that the higher brightness does not necessarily correspond to better daylight visibility of the screen. (Specifically, just because the peak brightness is 3000 nits, that doesn’t mean any given scene will reach that brightness, or that anything more than a few specular highlights will be particularly bright in a given scene, while the blacks will remain very deep.) If viewing under bright conditions is a priority, the company suggested users engage the existing 1500 nit “daylight” Rec.709 or “native” viewing mode, with brightness cranked to maximum.

The new firmware also enables live Dolby Vision output, allowing footage to be previewed over HDMI on a Dolby Vision TV. Right now, that means a few LG OLED models, including the C8 and E8. It also supports higher frame rates, including 2K 240p raw SDI output from the Sony FS700, FS5 and FS5 Mark II, FS7 and FS7 Mark II, and Panasonic VariCam LT and EVA-1.

The new firmware is available at the Atomos website.