Review: Atomos Sumo

Pejman Ghorbani at AMT takes an in depth look at the Atomos Sumo production/studio monitor
Pejman Ghorbani, senior product manager, Advanced Media Trading.
Pejman Ghorbani, senior product manager, Advanced Media Trading.


Pejman Ghorbani, senior product manager at AMT, takes an in depth look at the Atomos Sumo production/studio monitor

Launched at NAB in April, Atomos Sumo was the first production/studio monitor to combine a 19” HDR 1200nit 10+ stop panel with 4K 12bit Raw or 10bit 422 ProRes/DNxHR recording, HD recording up to 240p or live switching and recording of four 1080p/60 channels.

In the studio the 19” Sumo becomes a powerful HDR monitor. With 10 stops dynamic range, 10-bit processing and X-Rite calibration it will accept Log, PQ or HLG signals from your grading software and display HDR in all its glory.

The Aluminium alloy chassis houses ten mounting points around the top/bottom/side, as well as a rear panel VESA mount and a stand for various mounting configurations. Alongside of the XLR connections for power and balanced audio, there is a 3.5mm stereo headphone jack and built-in speakers.

The optional mounting plates connect dual V-Lock or Anton Bauer batteries work in tandem with our patent pending continuous power system. This allows batteries to be hot swapped to ensure users are never without power in the field.

Digital Studio caught up with Pejman Ghorbani, senior product manager at Dubai-based distributor Advanced Media Trading, to put the Atomos Sumo through its paces. Ghorbani said that the monitor, which is designed for field production as well as studio post production, has a number of key benefits for the user. “As a monitor, the panel has the brightness of 1500 nits which allows to preview up to 10 stops of dynamic range when the camera records in RAW or LOG in HDR mode (High Dynamic Range). By adding an SSD into the slot, it records up to 4K60p in Apple ProRes, Avid DNX or Cinema DNG RAW from SDI or HDMI source,” he said.

In terms of what differentiates the product from its rivals, Ghorbani said that Atomos products are “kind of unique in the market” when it comes to picture quality, dynamic range and recording facilities all in one package. “Great features such as waveform monitor, focus assist, editing tags, time-laps, etc make it a must-have-tool,” he said.

The product also benefits from a user-friendly interface. For example, the touch screen menus and graphical buttons are very easy to use and understand, according to Ghorbani.

“HDR is getting more and more popular in the Middle East market and it’s very important to see the actual output on the field or in the studio,” Ghorbani said, adding that is likely to strengthen demand for the product in the region.

Atomos Sumo is available from Advanced Media in UAE, AAB World in Kuwait, Qomra in KSA and will soon be available in other locations.

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