Atomos Shinobi Preview

I got my hands on the brand new Atomos Shinobi Monitor and was able to do a few quick test with it and show you a preview of some of the features.

The Atomos Shinobi is a 5 inch 1920x1080p monitor that can take 4k signal over HDMI. Its small and compact to work with many mirrorless cameras without making it too large, yet give you a bigger screen than your camera to hit your focus better. Also it have several features to help you with your focus like peaking and even digital zoom.

The name of Shinobi is quite interesting as Shinobi is another word for Ninja. If you put the Atomos Ninja V next to the Atomos Shinobi they look quite a like, however the Ninja V got recording capabilities while the Shinobi doesn’t, but you do get the great screen of the Ninja V to work with on the Shinobi, with also many features to help you to expose, focus and frame your shots properly.

Using the Shinobi because of the touchscreen make it very intuitive to use and the AtomOS menu is quite easy to go through and can learn to use this monitor in just matter of minutes and not really need to search the manual to see where which feature is. Also because it is a touch screen you don’t even have to search for any button that might be out of sight on many of the other monitors out that, making it quite easy and fast to change any setting without needing to search a button.

Ofcourse this monitor is not only meant for small mirrorless cameras and works great on professional cinema camera also. Combining it with my Canon C100 Mark II, I was impressed it could get a 1080p signal out, while many other screen I tried gave a 1080i signal instead.


A feature that I am very excited about is that the Shinobi can live desqueeze anamorphic signals making it much easier to see the result on screen directly. As this is great for using anamorphic lenses on camera’s that does not have this feature build in and really many cameras does not have this.

Another interesting combination is pairing it up with a gimbal, here I mounted the Shinobi with my Zhiyun Weebill, this give you a nicer larger screen to see your focus and framing, plus its a wired signal so you don’t have to worry about any large lag caused by wireless signals of your surroundings with the image transmission through the phone app.

To mount the Shinobi on my Zhiyun Weebill I am using a Smallrig Nato Rail, which makes it possible to also quickly detail this monitor from the Weebill and mount onto a shoulder rig. But also its mounted in a way it would not block the movement of the gimbal.

Batteries, HDMI cable and mounts are not included in the package, so when you purchase this, you might need to budget those in if you don’t already own them. However there is a power adapter included in the package, which adapts to the NFP plate on the back of the Atomos Shinobi.

On the left side of the Atomos Shinobi you will find a Full Sized HDMI port which takes a signal IN, however there is no additional signal outport if you want to connect multiple Shinobi together you would need to use a HDMI splitter. Under the HDMI you find a headphone out to monitor the audio and the volume can be easily changed in the menu.

On the right side you will find a SD card slot which is not for recording videos, but is for updating the AtomOS firmware and adding LUT to the Shinobi. Under the SD you will find a remote port, this is not to control the camera, but used for a remote to control this monitor instead. Also there is an X-Rite calibration device that can be connected to this port to calibrate the monitor of the Shinobi.

Overall the Shinobi is a great intuitive monitor to use, with quick access to many of its features with an easy menu. However it being priced at $399 usd it might be a hefty price as there are many affordable 1080p monitors out there, however most of them are not a touchscreen nor is as easy to use as the Atomos Shinobi.

But another thing is if you pay $695 usd, you be able to buy the Atomos Ninja V which included recording capabilities including ProRes RAW. But in reality the price of being able to start recording is a bit higher, as you still would need to purchase a suitable SSD drive, the correct HDMI cable and batteries to start, which you end up closer to a paying a $1000 usd.

As this is just a preview I haven’t really tested every feature of it yet as I literally only gotten it 24hours ago and will be trying out this monitor for the coming weeks to make a more proper review of the Atomos Shinobi.

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