NAB 2019: Atomos Shogun 7 offers a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio

Having released Shinobi SDI in Feburary, Atomos has announced the Shogun 7. The device serves many purposes, operating as a monitor, recorder and switcher.

With monitoring, recording and switching functionality, the Shogun 7 seems to be a versatile tool for videographers. But versatility isn’t all this monitor has. Atomos says it features a “truly ground-breaking HDR screen” that’s the best of any production monitor in the world — a pretty big claim. What does Atomos have to back it up? The Shogun has a 1500nit daylight-viewable, 1920×1200 panel with a crazy 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio and 15+ stops of dynamic range.


The Shogun 7 records images up to 5.7Kp30, 4Kp120 or 2Kp240 slow motion in either RAW/Log or HLG/PQ over SDI/HDMI. Also, after the shot is recorded, it’s stored directly to the compatible SSD drives. Additionally, there’s recording options for Apple ProRes RAW and ProRes, Avid DNxHD and Adobe CinemaDNG RAW codecs.

Shogun 7 has four SDI inputs plus an HDMI 2.0 input, with both 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 outputs. The monitor’s four SDI inputs allow the connection of most Quad Link, Dual Link or Single Link SDI cinema cameras. Also, the Shogun 7 offers data rates of up to 1.8Gb/s.

Back of Shogun 7
The Shogun 7 has a 1500nit daylight-viewable, 1920×1200 panel with a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. Image courtesy Atomos.


The Shogun 7 eliminates the need for a separate audio recorder. You can add 48V stereo mics through a balanced XLR breakout cable, which is optional. Also, you can also select Mic or Line input levels, plus record up to 12 channels of 24/96 digital audio from HDMI or SDI. Additionally, the selected stereo track can be monitored through the monitor’s 3.5 mm headphone jack.

Dolby Vision Support

Atomos and Dolby worked together to create Dolby Vision HDR “live”. The monitor uses Dolby’s HDR processing algorithm to deliver HDR content on a Dolby Vision-supporting monitor or TV over HDMI.

AtomOS 10

The Shogun 7 uses the latest AtomOS 10 with monitoring tools like Waveform, Vectorscope, False Color, Zebras, RGB parade, Focus peaking, Pixel-to-pixel magnification, Audio level meters and Blue only for noise analysis.

Pricing and availability

The Shogun 7 will be released in June for $1499.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's managing editor.

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