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Atomos may use CFexpress cards for future Ninja monitor/recorders

Atomos Ninja V
(Image credit: Atomos)

Atomos would consider switching from SSD drives to the newly-released CFexpress memory cards in the future - according to Atomos CEO Jeromy Young. Speaking to DCW at IBC 2019 (opens in new tab), the attraction of the new memory format would be to make the successor to products like the best-selling Ninja V (opens in new tab) that much smaller.

"We're right behind that technology, as it comes down in price we will offer it in our products," says Young, speaking to us in an exclusive interview about ProRes RAW (opens in new tab).

But they are sticking with SSD at the moment, because it is a cheaper way of achieving the high data read/write rates needed to record and playback video at the highest resolution and quality. But as CFexpress is so much smaller than the miniSSD drives that Atomos currently uses with its devices, Young is excited about using CFexpress to create units with a smaller form factor - once the price of CFexpress comes down.

CFexpress cards are smaller and faster than SSDs

CFexpress cards are smaller and faster than SSDs (Image credit: Digital Camera World)

Currently Sandisk (opens in new tab) and Angelbird (opens in new tab) are the two card makers to have launched CFexpress cards. SanDisk's and Angelbird's Type B CFExpress cards offer read speeds of up to 1700MB/s and 1400MB/s write speeds. Angelbird’s AtomX SSDmini designed for Atomos monitor/recorders, by comparison, offers read speeds of 540 MB/s and write speeds of 500 MB/s.

We are committed to miniaturization of our products, we're committed to increased performance," says Young. And in that spirit, he also revealed that Atomos is considering a separate video recorder that would be "a small Ninja, without a screen. Kinda click into your camera, you know like the battery packs do".

Read more:

The best on-camera monitors (opens in new tab)

Atomos Ninja V review (opens in new tab)

Why ProRes RAW is the next file format you should really know about… (opens in new tab)

IBC 2019: news and launches from Europe's huge broadcasting expo (opens in new tab)

CFexpress cards are here! Canon first to use SanDisk's superfast memory cards (opens in new tab)

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Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 


His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 11 Pro.


He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.