Unpackaging and first tests of the Atomos Ninja V with the Nikon Z6, as also sample comparison videos between 8-bit and 10-bit recordings.

Although I’ve been using the Nikon Z6 camera for 1.5 years with great results, I’ve decided to invest to an Atomos Ninja V external recorder to further improve the quality of my video work.

My latest film, “Forest of Tranquility” was shot internally in 8-bit internal recording on the Nikon Z6 using only a Flat profile and the results were very good. However, I’m very curious to see the differences between internal 8-bit 4:2:0 and external 10-bit 4:2:2 recording (and very soon, in 12-bit ProRes Raw as well).

Please Note:

– Internal and external samples had exactly the same exposure settings in each test.
– Only the official Nikon LUT was applied for correction and grading. (I’m not a colorist..) My thoughts so far:
– Minimum ISO for N-Log (10-bit 4:2:2) is 800, so keep it in mind if you are shooting during daytime. An ND filter is going to be super useful.
– N-Log (external recording) seems to underexpose by 1-1.5 stop so it requires proper metering before shooting.
– 10-bit 4:2:2 N-Log (ProRes HQ) recording provides better gradations and colors in general, as also better contrast.
– In case of overexposing, details can be recovered to a point.