Atomos announce Shogun Inferno, AtomOS updates and what this means for the Odyssey 7Q+

Atomos Shogun Inferno

Earlier today, Atomos announced their latest flagship recorder/monitor…  The Shogun Inferno.

The new unit is capable of 4K RAW up to 60p, HD up to 240fps, includes the new HDR operating system and has quad SDI. 

Coupled with 10bit 4:2:2 (ProRes & DNxHR) recording, this will become a powerful tool for filmmakers regardless of whether they are outputting RAW from an FS7, C300 Mark II or Panasonic VariCam LT, or shooting high quality ProRes files from mirrorless or DSLR cameras. 

This is the first Atomos recorder capable of capturing super slow motion (240fps) in HD and up to 60p in 4K. Up till now, Convergent Design and their Odyssey recorders have basically been the only option. 

Atomos Shogun Inferno 2

I loved the original Shogun, I still have it and mostly use it with my A7S. However when I needed to be able to capture 4K slow motion out of the FS700 I had long hoped that Atomos would maybe release a firmware update to allow slow motion recording in 240fps. Now I also have the Odyssey 7Q and can capture 100fps in 4K, something the Shogun Inferno still can’t do unfortunately. Maybe this will be possible in a future update. 

However, I do have to admit that Atomos are far better at designing their products as the UI and UX design of the operating system is simply superior. 

The Odyssey however, has historically had better displays with the 7Q and 7Q+ typically being better field monitors. 

I’m still to find out whether the Shogun Inferno flips this on its head. It can be used in direct sunlight situations without a sun hood with the 1500nit brightness display. Not only that but with the newly developed 10bit HDR display, it will be able to accurately reflect the LOG profiles most cinematographers choose to shoot in. 

Those who own the current lineup: The Atomos Samurai Blade, Ninja Blade, Shogun and Ninja Assassin will be treated to a free firmware update with the new operating system, AtomHDR which is available in May. 

“HDR is simply amazing, it’s the next revolution for filmmaking, once again Atomos are first with the technical solution to make it quicker, easier and more affordable for filmmakers” said Atomos CEO and co-founder Jeromy Young, “Anyone that sees HDR, from content creators to consumers are immediately sold, more life like shots and real world detail. Our job is to open up HDR to all filmmakers by removing the technical and affordability hurdles that might slow its progress.”

The new Shogun Inferno has all the same features as the new Shogun Flame such as 10 stops of dynamic range with AtomHDR (monitoring), 1500nit brightness for outdoor monitoring & 10-bit processing for smooth color transitions. In addition, the Inferno also adds;

• High quality 4K 60p and HD 240p ProRes and DNxHR recording, from either a video or Raw signal – perfect for sports broadcasters and slow motion recordings

• Raw to Raw CDNG recording up to 4K DCI/UHD 30p or 2K/HD 120p. CDNG support will also be added to existing Shogun Flame, Shogun and Shogun Studio users one month after the launch of Inferno.

• Versatility of Quad SDI connections to let you input from cameras with 1.5/3/6/12G SDI outputs without the need for converters – perfect for 4K HDR multi cam events

• PQ (ST-2084) input that allows you to use Inferno as a grading monitor in Post

• PQ (ST-2084) output standard HDR to compatible TVs and monitors

“The best technology booms are the ones that truly WOW long standing professionals. HDR on the Atomos products leaves even the most experienced video professional excited like a kid in a candy store – never before have you actually been able to monitor and shoot what you are actually seeing” said Jeromy Young CEO and Co-founder. “Just as we opened up the changeover from MPEG to ProRes and the upgrade from HD to 4K, we’re focused on ensuring the exciting breakthrough that is HDR easily becomes part of every filmmaker’s arsenal. To do this all at 4K 60p is a real revolution”.

The Shogun Inferno ships with host of accessories including a HPRC hard case, a snap-fast HDR sunhood, fast battery charger, control cable, 2 x NP-F750 4 cell batteries, USB 3 Docking Station, D-Tap Cable, 5 x Master Caddy Cases, Break-out XLR cable and a 12 V 3A AC-DC Power Adapter. MSRP is US $1995 with availability in Q3 2016.

I can’t help but continue to compare the new Shoguns to the Odyssey 7Q+. As with all things, the choice will largely come down to what you plan to shoot with. My personal preference is going with Atomos as you get a better designed product. Plus you’re also buying into an ecosystem where you’re treated with frequent software updates. If you shoot on a DSLR or Mirrorless camera, I’d recommend going with the new Ninja Flame. The Shoguns are best for those who have the option of SDI. But unfortunately Atomos have not addressed the one disadvantage they have  compared to Convergent Design. …

As well as having a truly accurate display, the Odyssey still beats the Shogun Inferno for 4K slow motion. I can’t take full advantage of my FS700 in 4K 120fps with the new Atomos recorder. 

If you still shoot on an FS700 or with the newer FS7, stick with the Odyssey 7Q+.

If you are looking to buy the new Panasonic VariCam LT, you are limited to 60p 4K and 240fps HD so the Shogun Inferno is a perfect fit. 

If you shoot with Canon (particularly the Canon C300 Mark II), probably go with the Shogun Inferno. 

However it all depends on the user and how you’re building your kit. 

Shogun Inferno

US: $ 1,995 ex. TAX
EU: € 1,995 ex. VAT
GBP: £ 1665 ex. VAT
AUD: $ 3099 Inc. GST
JPY: Yen 278,000 inc VAT

Additionally the Shogun Flame and Ninja Flame are currently available:

Shogun Flame

US: $ 1,695 ex. TAX
EU: € 1,695 ex. VAT
GBP: £ 1,295 ex. VAT
AUD: $ 2,695 Inc. GST

Ninja Flame

US: $ 1,295 ex. TAX
EU: € 1,295 ex. VAT
GBP: £ 995 ex. VAT
AUD: $ 2,049 Inc. GST