Ninja V, which has been available since 2018, is getting a new codec option. Starting in May 2021, users will be able to purchase an H.265 (HEVC) codec for via the Atomos online store, which is said to enable recording up to 4Kp60 in 10-bit 4:2:2 "full 'i' frame". There will also be 8-bit variants to choose from. Atomos also promises continued updates to cameras and additional features via AtomX modules for the Ninja V, while maintaining the price point. In Pro Kit (with the otherwise optional RAW over SDI), the Ninja V is expected to cost .
Also from May, there will be a new Ninja V base model, the Ninja V+. Compared to the "normal" Ninja V, the Plus model will bring the H.265/HEVC option out of the box. In addition, the V+ will also be able to record 8Kp30 and 4Kp120 in Apple ProRes RAW. 8K ProRes RAW is supposed to be possible with the Canon R5, among others.
The Z CAM E2 and E2-M4 models, on the other hand, should make the first 4Kp120 ProRes RAW possible with the Ninja V+. However, the FX9 still needs the XDCA-FX9 expansion unit for this and both the FX6 and FX9 need the AtomX SDI module with RAW activation.
The latter is also available for the Ninja V+ as an option or together in the Pro Kit. The Ninja V+ will cost 1499 dollars at launch, the accompanying Pro Kit will go for 1699 dollars over the counter.
Atomos has also announced the Ninja Stream. However, without a concrete price or a delivery date. This is a special model optimised for streaming tasks.
Among other things, it offers simultaneous recording in ProRes and H.264/5 proxy with shared filenames and timecode, while simultaneously sending video feeds to other Ninjas, smart devices or web-based platforms. For this purpose, the Ninja Stream is equipped with Wi-Fi, Ethernet and USB-C to get well connected everywhere.
And for those who have now lost track of everything, here is a tabular overview of the new models and functions: