MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — This month, Atomos (atomos.com) will begin shipping its new Neon 17-inch and Neon 24-inch precision HDR monitor/recorders. Since the original announcement back at Cinegear 2019, Atomos has been listening to users and working on a series of changes to create high-end precision monitors with recording capabilities that seamlessly work in a range of scenarios, including studio monitoring, virtual production monitoring and color grading.
The Neon series debuts with 17-inch and the 24-inch models that are a response to increased need for accurate monitoring in both production and post. The 17-inch model is well suited for focus pullers, gaffer, wardrobe and as a production monitor for mobile laptop edit systems. The 24-inch model can be used in a video village, or by a DIT or cinematographer. The accurate and affordable monitor is also designed for use with an NLE or grading application.
Both models offer accurate and consistent SDR/HDR monitoring and provide recording functionality for easy shot review or render free output delivery to Apple ProRes or Avid DNx at up to 4K DCI 60p. All screens are factory calibrated or can easily be user calibrated with the optional USB calibration cable and Xrite i1 Display Pro Plus. The Neon 17 uses an FHD 1920x1080 panel with 10-bit display processing. The Neon 24 features a 4K DCI resolution panel with true 10-bit fidelity and HD/2K to 4K UHD /DCI upscaling that avoids interpolation methods. Both displays incorporate Full Array Local Dimming (FALD) backlight technology to deliver deep blacks at 1000-Nits full screen HDR peak brightness.
The AtomHDR engine provides the ability to accurately manage input and display gamma/gamut. Selectable monitor modes allow users to work in either SDR or HDR settings that match both camera acquisition settings or defined delivery standards, including Rec.709, Rec.2100 HLG or ST.2084 PQ. Built in transforms allow for the conversion of LOG to HDR EOTFs for display on the Neon or down-stream to client monitors.
Users have the ability to connect cameras or any video source via SDI, supporting up to 4K DCI 60p via 12G or Dual 6G or lower resolutions and frame rates via 1.5/3G SDI with up to 12 channels of embedded audio. Recordings can easily be played back and reviewed without needing to offload media or take the camera out of record mode. HDMI signals without HDCP are supported up to 4K/60p or HD 120fps, with up to eight channels of audio and detection of HDR info frame to automatically match the input signal type.
Built into the Neon line is LE Bluetooth, providing the ability for remote operation via AtomRemote OS from Apple iOS devices running Version 12 or above. Development is underway to expand the control of the Neon line to other devices. Atomos is also considering the development of 31-inch and 55-inch models in the future.
Pricing for the 17-inch model is $3,999, while the 24-inch Neon will run $6,499.