Atomos, creator of the field recorders Ninja-2 and Samurai and the Connect converters, unveiled the Samurai Blade at this year’s NAB.
"Atomos has now shipped a staggering 10,000 field recorders worldwide, and the Samurai has been a great success. For most professional environments it continues to be the go-to recorder or deck for many of our customers," said Jeromy Young, CEO and Founder of Atomos. "We are now excited to present the next generation of Samurai - the Samurai Blade.
"Blade introduces the SuperAtom IPS screen - super sharp, super bright, super blacks - right down to the last atom. At 325 dpi and a million pixels, this screen is spectacular. With full waveform functionality, the Blade is a monitor that records and a recorder that truly monitors. It's the perfect partner for the new wave of cinematic cameras," added Young.
Powered by AtomOS 5*, the1280 x 720 5" touchscreen gives the Blade gamma, brightness and contrast control, as well as vectorscope and RGB/luma parade features.
"Atomos is raising the bar in the affordable field recorder segment," added Young. "We're the first to combine professional monitor functionality with recording and deck playout, all in a space-saving, camera-mountable portable unit."
Like its Ninja-2 and Samurai predecessors, Samurai Blade allows the recording of pristine, 10-bit 4:2:2 images straight from the camera sensor directly to Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD editing codecs. Atomos makes production truly affordable by using commodity 2.5" computer HDD or SSD drives. The Samurai Blade includes tri-level focus peaking, zebra, false colour and blue-only monitoring in addition to waveform, and has standard BNC connectors.