The Atomos Ninja V just went on sale with an instant savings of $196.00 at BHphoto.
Something I’ve been watching and waiting to pull the trigger on for some time now is this Atomos Ninja V recorder.
Lo and behold it’s on sale right now for $499. Glad I waited.
Atomos Ninja V – BHphoto
Keep in mind, if you’re coming into one of these without any gear already, it will still cost you close to $800 to get fully set up with an external SSD, power kit, and mounts with Atomos accessory kits.
I was able to get set up with everything I needed for $639 by shopping for only cheap third-party accessories. Once I test everything I’ll show you my accessory list. But shopping for third-party HDMI cables for the Atomos is a massive pain because you need only the newest cables if you want 4k60 at 10-bit and it’s hard to find those that go from Type-A Full to Type-C mini.
For me, the whole reason for getting one of these was to get 4:2:2 10-bit out of my Nikon, Canon and Fujifilm cameras. This would give me some more flexibility in general and I could even use it for screen cap.
My problem with a Ninja Recorder at the old price was to get fully set up with one, you need to spend at least $800-$1,000. So I got to thinking that if I’m about to spend that much, I should hold back because the Canon R6 will also have internal 4:2:2 recording and likely a flip screen and I would rather put that money towards something like that. Or a future Fujifilm X-H2 or Sony A7sIII that I imagine will upgrade to match. Everything will have 4:2:2 10-bit moving forward most likely, or at least the video-focused cameras from different companies will.
I will order this now because having the flexibility to record 10-bit 4:2:2 on all my cameras is still really nice. I know the future is all going to be 4:2:2 internal with the next generation of cameras, but for now, this will be more than enough for me. They’re also great for game cap.
Keep in mind, if you want 4k 60p at 10-bit you will need an HDMI 2.0 cable at least. But a lot of cables will do 10-bit 4k30p. And if you’re on Sony and can only go out 8-bit, you’ll have even more options available to you. Most of the bad reviews I see online look like they are due to people having an under speced HDMI cable.