Today Nauticam is providing pre-release renderings of it's upcoming housing underwater housing for Atomos Ninja and Ninja 2 uncompressed video recorders.
The Ninja bypasses the image degrading compression used by on-camera flash storage, capturing image date directly from the camera's sensor and recording it in Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD formats to inexpensive 2.5" hard disks or SSD. In addition to being a high quality recorder, Ninja is also an external monitor with exposure and focus confirmation tools. Atomos recently reduced the price ofNinja2 to $699, providing a 4.3" external monitor and high quality recorder at an attractive price point.
"This housing make sense because of Canon's support for clean HDMI out of 5D Mark III in the new firmware 1.2.1, released yesterday. This new firmware offers clean HDMI out to external recorders, mirroring the on camera lcd and external monitors, time code, and "record command" which sends a flag over HDMI to start capture on the external recorder when record is triggered on camera.
The camera can be operated as it always has been, but Ninja is simultaneously recording video at bit rates up to 220mb/s in Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD formats with 4:2:2 chroma subsampling. You can drag and drop these files into an editor with no transcoding, and the 4:2:2 color provides significantly more room for color correction in post processing. This is a big deal for underwater videographers using the 5D Mark III, and I expect this housing will make its way into the gear cases of Sony FS100, Canon C300, and Nikon DSLR shooters too. " - Ryan Canon, President, Reef Photo & Video