Atomos’ Ninja Phone turns iPhone 15 Pro/Pro Max into monitor recorder
April 18, 2024

Atomos’ Ninja Phone turns iPhone 15 Pro/Pro Max into monitor recorder

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — Atomos’ ( new Ninja Phone kit allows users to record from professional HDMI cameras right to their Apple iPhone 15 Pro or iPhone 15 Pro Max. Designed to take advantage of the iPhone’s high-quality OLED display, the Ninja Phone provides a quiet, 10-bit video co-processor to create a portable and connected professional monitor/recorder. 

The Ninja Phone lets users connect any professional camera with an HDMI output to Apple’s OLED screen in HDR. The unit encodes the camera’s HDMI signal to ProRes or H.265 — both formats at 10-bit quality, making them well suited for HDR. The encoded video is sent via Ninja Phone’s USB-C output to the iPhone 15 Pro or Pro Max’s USB-C port. The iPhone’s A17 system-on-a-chip decodes the camera sensor image to display on the high-resolution iPhone screen. The display is an improvement over typical built-in screens that come with most cameras and boasts a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio, as well as support for Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG. It can display 11 stops of dynamic range, with a peak brightness of 1,600-nits, making it well suited for HDR and outdoor viewing. 

The Ninja Phone iPhone app will be available as a download from the App Store, and will run on iOS and iPadOS. It controls and coordinates the operation of both the Ninja Phone and the iPhone, making them feel like a single, responsive device. For social media creators who need to shoot in 9:16 portrait mode, the Ninja Phone app adjusts to horizontal or vertical video modes. 

The Ninja Phone weighs in at 95grams, and at 335grams when coupled to an iPhone 15 Pro. Pricing is expected to run $399 when it ships in June.