Fujifilm is the latest mirrorless camera manufacturer to add support for 4K 10-bit 422 external HDMI recording. The new 5" Atomos Ninja V HDR monitor/recorder takes full advantage of the Fujifilm's X-T3's 10-bit DCI Cinema 4kp60 (4096 x 2160) resolution HDMI 2.0 output and can record directly hi-res codecs Apple ProRes or Avid DNx.
Fujifilm claims the X-T3 now has the largest sensor of any mirrorless camera that can output to sought after 10-bit 4kp60 resolution and framerate (recently announced full-frame mirrorless cameras by rivals Nikon and Canon offer 10-bit 4kp30).
Previous Fujifilm cameras have had 8-bit color and this step up to 10-bit offers a much larger number of colour combinations. This is massively beneficial for production pros when color grading, manipulating the image or chroma keying.
Typically users will see smoother color gradients, eliminating the commonly seen banding in areas with gradual tone change such as blue skies. Recording to an Atomos recorder preserves this information in the best way possible says Atomos.
Atomos CEO, Jeromy Young commented: "Fujifilm's new offerings really do stake a large claim at the compact mirrorless, photo/video table. The technology improvements in video, especially over HDMI in 4K and in HDR show Fujifilm is listening to its pro customers and delivering what they need faster than almost all other makers. We love our Fuji devices here at Atomos."
HDR images created instantly from F-Log or HLG: Atomos have worked with Fujifilm to ensure their excellent F-Log gamma or soon to arrive HLG is accurately resolved and displayed for perfect HDR or SDR production. F-Log and HLG are also supported on all Atomos Monitor/ Recorders.
The F-Log can also be output to compatible HDR televisions and monitors in standard HLG or PQ directly from the Ninja V. In addition to the F-log and HLG presents users have the ability to load almost all custom LUTs onto the Ninja V.
Atomos says the X-T3 and Ninja V are an ideal size match with the 360-gram 5-inch screen able to sit easily on top of the camera. The whole setup is easy to handle, even when shooting all day long. While built-in screens in mirrorless cameras are difficult to view in bright conditions, the Ninja V is screen suitable for outdoor shoots, delivering 1000nit of brightness in SDR mode.
Atomos says external recording makes sense with the new Fuji camera, because like other new mirrorless cameras on the market, the X-T3 is limited in what it can record internally. Camera manufacturers are already pushing their designs to the limits of computing, heat and power consumption, especially with the new, larger sensors.
This necessitates compromises - limiting the bit depth, codecs used and the data rates used for internal recording. Recognizing that users want better quality and maximum flexibility the camera makers work with Atomos to optimize external recording at higher bit depth and higher bitrates, offering HDR and Post Production quality earlier.
By moving recording to an external Atomos recorder like the Ninja V, mirrorless cameras are freed of many of their key video limitations. Record time limits are lifted and easy-to-edit Apple ProRes or Avid DNx codecs recorded, instead of hard to edit H.264 or H.265.
X-T3 internal 10-bit recording is limited to 4:2:0 color and a codec that can be difficult to work with in post, whereas with the Ninja V you gain much more accurate 4:2:2 color and the established performance of Apple ProRes.
When recording video with the X-T3 and Ninja V you can shoot to the new generation of Atomos AtomX SSDmini drives.