The new mirrorless full-frame camera Nikon Z7 II has recently started shipping. Atomos takes this again as an opportunity to point out the interaction of this camera with its HDR monitor / recorder Ninja V, whereby videos can be recorded in Apple ProRes RAW format in resolutions of up to 4K at 30 fps.
As with the first Nikon Z6 / Z7 generation, however, the camera&s corresponding video RAW output must first be unlocked at a service point -- in our view, a somewhat cumbersome procedure for a brand-new camera series. The upgrade costs about 200 euros. The same applies to the Nikon Z6 II.
Nikon Z7 II with Atomos Ninja V
The Nikon Z7 II has the functionality of its predecessor, the Z7 (here&s our review of the Z7), and adds a few new features, such as dual EXPEED 6 image processing engines for an eye and animal detection AF, subject tracking, and more, plus dust and dripping water resistance for use in harsh environments, plus expanded support for NIKKOR Z lenses.
Over HDMI, an unlocked Nikon Z7 II outputs 4K UltraHD or FullHD 12-bit RAW -- downscaling kicks in again with this "RAW" signal, since the sensor resolution is, after all, significantly higher at 45.7MP. The Nikon Z7, Z6, Z7 II and Z6 II cameras also offer the option of recording videos in N-Log. This is fully supported in the AtomHDR monitoring pipeline, with the ability to add built-in 709 preview, custom 3D LUTs, and conversion from LOG to HDR for both monitoring and output.
For Nikon Z7 II support, the Ninja V must be updated to latest firmware. This also adds the ability to monitor RAW output as N-Log to allow use of existing N-Log 3D LUTs both on the Ninja and in NLE applications where N-Log is now available as a RAW-to-Log conversion
Nikon Z7 II
Atomos Ninja V HDR Monitor/Recorder. The Ninja V allows users to monitor the camera&s RAW signal on the 1000 nits bright 5" HDR screen in HDR formats such as HLG and PQ(HDR10). The Ninja V provides touchscreen access to tools such as waveforms, 1:1 magnification and focus peaking to control the capture. The Ninja V then records the ProRes RAW data to a removable AtomX SSDmini or other SSD drive.
Now, more than 20 cameras such as the Panasonic Lumix S5/S1H, Sony A7S III, Nikon Z 6II, Fujifilm GFX100, and the Sigma fp support ProRes RAW recording via Atomos Recorder. ProRes RAW is supported in Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro, as well as a number of other NLEs such as Assimilate Scratch, Colorfront, FilmLight Baselight, and Grass Valley Edius.
Improved metadata, ISO and white balance for Nikon Z7 II and Z6 II and the Nikon Z7 and Z6 coming soon. Nikon has announced it will update the firmware of the Nikon Z7 II and Z6 II, as well as the Nikon Z7 and Z6, to support enhanced ISO/exposure compensation metadata for the new Final Cut Pro controls, which will also be included in an upcoming Adobe Premiere Pro update.