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Atomos Ninja Inferno Vs. Video Devices PIX-E5
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As you’ll see in the episode, I love the physical design of the Video Devices PIX-E series of recorders. Great balance, physical buttons, compact media and the option of a spectacular XLR adapter make this the best-designed recorder out there, in my opinion. The way we shoot, moving quickly and with little to no crew, our external recorders often take a beating, and the PIX-E5 has proven itself a durable little unit time and time again.
The Atomos line is by far the most frequently updated of any other external recorder series, so it often benefits from the latest tech. The Ninja Inferno is no exception, as it can record higher frame rate 4K than the PIX-E5 (60 fps vs. 30 fps), but it also has a more modern, brighter, HDR-compatible display. The latest Atomos recorders boast a beautiful, intuitive interface that makes the more utilitarian software from Video Devices and Convergent Design look extremely dated.
If you’re looking to squeeze every bit of video quality out of your camera, an external recorder is probably something you’ve looked at. But don’t just look at the spec list and make your decision; spend some time investigating the design, interface and future expandability before making a decision. From focus/exposure tools to LUT support and HDMI pass through, external recorders offer plenty to make your shoot easier, so make sure you do your research to find the right one for you!
We tested these two recorders with the Panasonic GH5, our primary camera for shooting TCSTV. This is our full review of that camera after shooting our show with it for 6 months.
Panasonic GH5 Review
Check out HDVideoPro’s overveiw article “Capturing The Best Video Possible”