Within spitting distance of each other on price, convergent design’s Odyssey 7Q+ squares off against Atomos’ Shogun for the title of premier external 4K video recorder.
Which one will actually ship first? That may be the ultimate parameter by which people decide to go with the 7Q+ or Shogun. Both are still listed at B&H as pre-order items, though B&H lists the 7Q+ expected availability as December 24, while there is no expected date for the Shogun. Over at Adorama, on the other hand, the Shogun is listed as “out of stock and on backorder,” while the 7Q+ isn’t yet listed.
Bottom line: neither is yet available.
The similarities between the two are much greater than their differences (both companies have stellar reputations in the industry), but those differences may be – depending on your wants and needs – not so small at all.
Just one example: the 7Q+ trades off resolution to the Shogun (1200 x 800 vs. 1920 x 1200) in exchange for a slighter larger (7.7” OLED vs. 7.1” IPS) screen. Both screens are touch-sensitive.
And, of course, the 7Q+ has a PILE of SDI connectors (six) to the Shogun's two (both also have an HDMI connector).
Convergent Design Announce the Odyssey 7Q+ Monitor
Convergent Design have announced the new flagship model of the Odyssey Family of Products, the Odyssey7Q+. The Odyssey 7Q+ expands on the capabilities of its predecessor the Odyssey 7Q, while maintaining all of the functionality, performance and ease of use. The addition of HDMI 1.4b input means that the Odyssey7Q+ can capture 4K and Ultra-HD video over HDMI. Convergent Design will begin shipping the Odyssey 7Q+ in quantity in the next two weeks.
With the addition of 4K/UHD recording over HDMI, the Odyssey7Q+ continues to be the most advanced, most capable, most versatile monitor/recorder in the world. The Odyssey7Q+ can record HD/2K/UHD/4K. It can record them via SDI and HDMI. It can record RAW (with Record Options), uncompressed DPX, and Apple ProRes 422 (HQ). The Odyssey7Q+ features an OLED 1280×800 monitor with true blacks, accurate colors, 3400:1, extended color gamut and a 176 degree viewing angle. Along with the best image in the industry, the Odyssey7Q+ also features an extensive array of image analysis tools, including an RGB waveform, RGB Histogram, False Color, Pixel Zoom with finger drag, three-mode Focus Assist and monitoring LUTs. The unique Multi-Stream Monitoring mode allows up to four HD video inputs to be viewed at once in a quad-split view or to be live-switched between in full screen. The Odyssey7Q+ weighs a little over one pound, is just one inch thick and can run on any power source from 6.5-34 volts.
The Odyssey7Q+ offers uncompressed HD/2K recording in DPX stacks as well as HD/2K/UHD/4K video recording in Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), all included in the unit. In addition, Record Options for the Odyssey7Q+ are available for purchase or 24-hour rental via the Convergent Design website. Options include ARRIRAW (ALEXA), Canon Cinema RAW (C500), FS RAW (Sony FS7 & FS700) and POV RAW (IO Industries and Indiecam cameras). In addition to capturing RAW data from these cameras, on certain cameras the Odyssey7Q+ also supports converting the RAW data into video and recording it as UHD or HD Apple ProRes 422 (HQ).
For more info, visit www.convergent-design.com
(cover photo credit: snap from Cinescopophilia)
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