This week, Atomos has released the AtomOS 10.3 firmware for the Shogun 7. The update will allow for peak brightness up to 3000nit.
Announced last month at IBC 2019, this free firmware update will allow the Shogun7’s panel to display 3000nit peak brightness (+/- 10%). This should improve the dynamic range on-screen for both HDR and SDR. Additionally, the 3000nit peak brightness is automatically applied in PQ and HLG modes. For Rec.709 and ‘native’ modes, 2000nit peak brightness can be engaged. However, it has to be manually turned on.
Additionally in this Shogun 7 firmware, there will be added support for Dolby Vision live output. You can also now record high-frame-rate footage through SDI in RAW. That includes ProRes RAW. Its frame rate functionality supports 2kp240 RAW outputs via SDI from the Sony FS700, FS5, FS5 MkII, FS7 MkI/II, Panasonic Varicam LT, and EVA-1.
Shogun 7 firmware update doesn’t necessarily guarantee the best image
3000nit peak brightness will make images easier to view. However, this doesn’t mean it will always be the best option. For instance, in very bright conditions it would be better to use a different brightness mode. Atomos recommends you use its 1500nit ‘daylight’ mode for Rec.709. Additionally, you can use ‘native’ viewing with the brightness set to maximum.
Pricing and availability
The AtomOS 10.3 firmware update for the Atomos Shogun 7 is free. It’s out now. You can get it on Atomos’ website.