Atomos Shinobi | The best 4K 5-inch HDR monitor for video?

Kriss Hampton gets his hands on the newly announced Atomos Shinobi - a portable 1000nit 4K HDR monitor


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TL;DW: Too busy to watch Kriss' ramblings right now? Scroll to the bottom of this article and check out his key points…

The Atomos Shinobi is a high-brightness, 1000-nit, 5-inch HDMI monitor that’s ideal for vloggers, creatives and photographers. Shinobi is Atomos’ first stand-alone small monitor and features all of the screen-processing technology and professional monitoring tools we’ve come to expect from the Australia-based manufacturer – packed within a small ‘monitor only’ device.

According to Atomos, Shinobi “features a ‘run all day’ single battery”, a 1000-nit, high-brightness screen, HDR capabilities and advanced functions that are easy to use. There’s even a new selfie Mirror Mode for vloggers and a new multi-tool Analysis View. You’re also able to set up shots accurately using the device’s advanced histograms, waveforms and video scopes.

The monitor features a 5-inch, 10-bit HDR or SDR display and allows you to see your images clearly in daylight on its 1000-nit, anti-reflection screen. The sleek lightweight design is crafted for maximum efficiency and weighs just 200g, making it one of the lightest 4K monitors on the market.

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Who’s it for? Anyone looking to up their monitoring game, especially if you’re still relying on those pesky small dim screens on mirrorless cameras

What does it compare to? Naturally its more expensive sibling the Atomos Ninja-V recorder, or the SmallHD Focus.

Why should you care? You can chuck all the money you want at a great camera and lens, but if you’re struggling to nail your composition, exposure, and focus it’s all for nothing really.

What does Kriss think? It's probably the best all round 5” screen that I’ve had the pleasure of using, but not only that, it's jam-packed with all the professional monitoring tools that you need. Given its price and lightweight body, it’s an ideal companion for filmmaking on mirrorless camera that won’t break the bank.

About the Author

Kristian Hampton is Wex Photo Video’s Technical Editor for Pro Video. A video specialist who has worked in corporate studios for companies such as Vodafone Group and PwC, as well as working as a freelance grip on various TV productions and features. He also runs Krade Media, providing enterprises with production services. Follow Kristian on twitter @KrissHampton