Atomos Shinobi review: A light, bright delight

This compact and lightweight monitor is excellent for filmmakers on the go

Atomos Shinobi on-camera monitor mounted on a Panasonic mirrorless camera
(Image: © Luke Baker / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Atomos Shinobi is an affordable on-camera monitor that’s packed with features and tools to ensure that you get a perfect image every time. It’s high quality, compact, and lightweight, making it a perfect companion for run-and-gun filmmakers.

Pros

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    Compact and lightweight design

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    High brightness output

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    Feature-packed

Cons

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    No mounting solution included

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    Hasn’t been updated in a while

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    No HDMI output

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The Atomos Shinobi was initially released in 2019, and since its launch, it has cemented itself as one of the best on-camera monitors around. Atomos is known for its external recorders, like the Ninja, which doubles up as a monitor and an HDMI recording device, but the Shinobi is a little different. It comes at a more affordable price point, and it only functions as a monitor, with no recording capabilities.

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Display5.2-inch SuperAtom IPS touchscreen
Resolution1920x1080
Supported inputUp to 4K30 DCI/UHD
PortsHDMI in, headphones, remote, SD card
Compatible batteriesSony NPF
CoolingPassive
BodyPolycarbonate ABS Plastic
Mount points1/4" tripod thread top and bottom
Dimensions (W x H x D mm)151 x 91.5 x 31
Weight196g
Atomos Ninja V

The Atomos Shinobi is a great on-camera monitor, but it’s important to consider if what you really want is an external recorder. If you think you’ll want to record ProRes externally in the future, then it’d be worth spending more to get the <a href="https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/reviews/atomos-ninja-v-review" data-link-merchant="digitalcameraworld.com"">Atomos Ninja V. It has all the same benefits as the Shinobi, and a very similar form factor, but will allow you to record higher-quality video to SSDs. The downsides are that it’s heavier, and the battery won't last quite as long.

Portkeys LH5P II

Another compelling alternative is the <a href="https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/reviews/portkeys-lh5p-ii-55-inch-monitor-review" data-link-merchant="digitalcameraworld.com"">Portkeys LH5P II. This monitor is only slightly more expensive, and it offers the ability to control camera functions through the monitor itself. It also offers more physical buttons, which could be beneficial over the touchscreen-only interface of the Shinobi. However, the user interface is much more primitive, and Portkeys doesn’t have quite the same reputation for quality as Atomos does.

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Luke Baker
Freelance Writer

Luke is a freelance tech journalist who has been working in consumer electronics for over a decade. His specialties include cameras, drones, computing, VR, and smartphones. Previously Features Editor at Pocket-lint, Luke can now be found contributing reviews and features to a variety of tech publications, as well as running a YouTube channel called Neon Airship in his spare time.