PORTKEYS BM5 III WR Touchscreen Monitor and Atomos Shogun 7 HDR Monitor

Today we will talk about Shogun 7 HDR Pro/Cinema Monitor, an Atomos professional monitor that can switching between up to four 1080p60 SDI ISO camera streams. Since this monitor is a professional-grade camera monitor, we still use Portkeys’ cost-effective professional monitor BM5 III WR for comparison.

The Atomos Shogun 7 HDR Pro/Cinema Monitor with recording and switching functions is priced at $999. The Portkeys BM5 III WR sells for $749, but the BM5 III WR has a camera control feature that many camera enthusiasts love. You can easily control the camera through the BM5 III WR.

PORTKEYS BM5 III WR has a 5.5-inch 2200nit high-brightness Touchscreen. Set your exposure properly and focus accurately when capturing video with the help of the PORTKEYS BM5 III WR 5.5″ HDMI Touchscreen Monitor. This ultrabright camera monitor features a wide color gamut, a durable aluminum build, and both HDMI and 3G/SDI video inputs and SDI output. The included wireless control module offers Wi-Fi control for the RED KOMODO and Bluetooth control for BMPCC 6K/6K Pro and 4K cameras. Wired control is available for select Canon, Blackmagic Design, Panasonic, Sony, and ZCAM E2 cameras. The BM5 III WR with Camera Control maintains the same reliable BM5 clarity, vivid color details, and dynamic touch screen camera control, and it offers touch focus for the KOMODO, the Panasonic BGH1, and the ZCAM E2.

Monitor, record, and switch in the field with the 7″, 1920 x 1200 Shogun 7 HDR Pro from Atomos. This versatile on-camera recording monitor offers up to DCI 4K raw recording and HDMI and 12/6/3G-SDI inputs/outputs. With the AtomOS 10.4 firmware update, the Shogun 7 provides ISO recording of up to four HD-SDI camera streams plus program capture. Output your content for director or client viewing in Dolby Vision HDR using the Shogun 7, AtomOS10 platform, and a compatible display.

This touchscreen monitor supports resolutions up to DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 60p and up to 2K at 240p for slow-motion effects. Record to 2.5″ SSDs using Apple ProRes Raw, ProRes, CinemaDMG (up to 30p), and Avid DNxHD codecs. Record all your event’s action with live multicamera monitoring, recording, and switching between program and up to four 1080p60 SDI ISO camera streams. When used with Final Cut Pro, a fully configurable, multicamera .xml can be generated for easier editing.

The Shogun 7’s 10-bit (8+2 FRC) panel features 360-zone backlight, 3000 cd/m² brightness, and a 1,000:1 contrast ratio. Its native AtomHDR (log) display enables you to more accurately monitor your log gamma footage without having to view flat, washed-out images or use a LUT to compress the dynamic range and color space. Built-in presets accurately translate popular log formats from ARRI, Canon, Fujifilm, JVC, Nikon, Panasonic, RED, and Sony cameras.

Based on the above description, you will find that the Shogun 7 Monitor is priced reasonably at $999. Not to mention its recording and switching functions, the Shogun 7 Monitor’s 7-inch screen has a brightness of up to 3000Nit, provides up to DCI 4K original recording and HDMI and 12/6/3G-SDI input/output, which is also quite high configuration. The touchscreen monitor also supports resolutions up to DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 60p and slow-motion effects up to 2K at 240p. It can be found that Shogun 7 Monitor is excellent in signal transmission and image display. Plus it can record video directly through the monitor, as well as the ability to switch cameras. If you don’t need the camera control features of the Portkeys BM5 III WR, then the Shogun 7 Monitor will be a good choice for you.

In terms of basic monitor parameters and functions, such as resolution, contrast, HDR, false color, zebra, etc., Portkeys BM5 III WR and Shogun 7 Monitor are the same comprehensive. But the Portkeys BM5 III WR has Portkeys’ unique new peaking algorithm and camera controls. Portkeys’ new peaking algorithm allows you to focus accurately even when focusing on faces under the sun. And the BM5 III WR’s camera control function allows you to easily control the camera directly through the BM5 III WR’s touch screen when using a stabilizer or other difficult to touch the camera. If you are interested in this camera control function, you can check the product details page of BM5 III WR, which has a detailed introduction. All in all, if you do not have the functional requirements for recording and switching, then the BM5 III WR will be a very cost-effective choice for you.