Whenever someone says “worst thing ever invented,” it sounds suspiciously like our 17-year-old (whose brain is still forming and we hope will someday complete the process). But in this case, we sympathize with Luke Neumann of Neumann Films when he describes the micro HDMI out port of the Sony A7s just this way. Have no fear, however: he found a solution, and it’s called the Lockport A7.
But what is surprising (to those who haven’t already experienced the micro HDMI port on ANY camera) is that Luke saves his only real criticism for something as mundane as the port that connects the two together:
“… The fact that a camera company advertised this camera as 4K ready yet only gave us a micro HDMI out to achieve that 4K is a cardinal sin…micro HDMI is the worst thing ever invented. I lost about a week of shooting trying to get a good micro HDMI setup for the Sony A7s…”
I feel you, brother.
When I first connected a field monitor to my a6000 (clean HDMI out, oh yeah!), I couldn’t get a reliable connection from the micro HDMI port on the camera. I thought it was defective, and arranged for a return and exchange. But then I thought I’d try a different cable, and lo and behold, it worked. Better, anyway (stay tuned for a separate piece on how I more fully solved the micro HDMI port issue on the a6000). I kept the camera, and have been enjoying it immensely ever since.
Luke’s solution for the A7s was to purchase a device called the Lockport A7, which is essentially a custom-machined base plate with integrated side clamp and 90° micro HDMI to HDMI adapter. It truly locks the micro HDMI connection into place, and then allows any HDMI to HDMI cable to be used back to the Shogun – or any other full HDMI port. [bctt tweet=”If I was running Atomos, I would hook up with these guys and include the LockPort with the Shogun”]
“… if you’re going to buy a Shogun for your A7s, this is an essential purchase… If I was running Atomos, I would hook up with these guys and this product would be included in the Shogun purchase – or at least as an optional accessory. Don’t purchase the Shogun without this…”
At $169 it isn’t cheap, but on the other hand that price is just noise when you consider the peace of mind it brings. I think Luke is exactly right.
Having written this, Atomos’ own Ninja Star uses the micro-HDMI port, and their implementation is a uniquely tighter fit, in my experience. Even so, I’d expect it to loosen up quickly.
So: no harm/no foul, Atomos and Sony, for doing everything you can to shrink the footprint of gear, but please: get rid of micro-HDMI, fix it, or throw in something like the Lockport A7 for all of your models (though this really does undo whatever size advantage gained by going micro-HDMI in the first place).
Atomos Shogun / Sony A7s Impressions
Via Youtube Description:
The Atomos Shogun 4K Recorder/monitor is an essential purchase to go alongside your Sony A7s. The most important thing to consider is the Micro-HDMI connection on the A7s and purchasing the right adapter could save you a lot of stress later on.
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