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Atomos Shinobi gives the big picture for vloggers and filmmakers

The Atomos Shinomi is a high-quality five-inch LCD display which is designed to offer a big-screen display for those shooting video with the best 4K cameras (opens in new tab), including DSLRs and mirrorless system cameras. On display at The Photography Show (opens in new tab), this external on-camera monitor (opens in new tab) allows vloggers and filmmakers to mount the screen on the hotshoe of their cameras. 

Thanks to its HDMI input the Shinobi is compatible with most recent cameras, smartphones and other video devices. It weighs just 196g, thanks to its polycarbonate body, and features a 1920 x 1080 16:9 5.2in LCD screen. 

Atomos is well known for making monitors with built-in video recorders – such as the Atomos Ninja. But this this is the company's first small-sized standalone monitor – allowing it to be a much more affordable option for the videomaker.

The screen offers a full ten-stop dynamic range, allowing videographers to preview HDR video in the field. It supports a wide range of LOG formats (such as Canon's CLog/CLog2/CLog3 and Sony SLog/SLog2/SLog3) – and can then display these in a variety of ways to replicate your post-production workflow, using LUTs (look-up tables).

There are a wide range of monitoring features, as is usual for an Atomos device - including RGB histogram, focus peaking and focus peaking.

The screen offers a full ten-stop dynamic range, allowing videographers to preview HDR video in the field. It supports a wide range of LOG formats (such as Canon's CLog/CLog2/CLog3 and Sony SLog/SLog2/SLog3) – and can then display these in a variety of ways to replicate your post-production workflow, using LUTs (look-up tables).

There are a wide range of monitoring features, as is usual for an Atomos device - including RGB histogram, focus peaking and focus peaking.

The unit boasts  tripod sockets on two sides, to allow for a variety of mounting options - and there is even a 3.5mm headphone jack for sound monitoring.  

The Atomos Shinobi will retail for £399 / $399.

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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.