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Learn More About the Samurai Blade Recorder/Monitor/WFM/Deck for HD-SDI Cameras from Atomos

Atomos Samurai Blade Camera-Mounted Recorder Monitor WFM & Deck w/ Carry Case
  • Atomos Samurai Blade Camera-Mounted Recorder Monitor WFM & Deck w/ Carry Case
  • Atomos Samurai Blade Camera-Mounted Recorder Monitor WFM & Deck w/ Carry Case
  • Atomos Samurai Blade Camera-Mounted Recorder Monitor WFM & Deck w/ Carry Case

Atomos Samurai Blade Camera-Mounted Recorder Monitor WFM & Deck w/ Carry Case

Manufacturer: Atomos

Item #: ATO-SAMBLADE   •   MFG #: ATOMSMB001


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Introducing the Atomos Samurai Blade, your 10 bit HD-SDI Recorder, Monitor, Player. It's the most compact portable recorder available, with extremely long battery life, a high resolution screen, waveform monitor and vectorscope. Samurai Blade preserves the pristine uncompressed video quality from your camera's sensor by directly encoding it into Apple ProRes or (optionally) Avid DNxHD as it records to HDD/SSD, making it instantly compatible with your NLE timeline. The Samurai Blade's revolutionary "Sensor-to-NLE" workflow is the fastest and best quality available today! With the plummeting price of hard disk storage, the 2½" disks used by the Samurai Blade are very cheap; the cost of storage is no longer an issue. Buying a disk for the Samurai Blade is just like buying a tape - except that with a disk you will have instant "non-linear" access to your video. The Samurai Blade's one-touch IPS "SuperAtom" screen interface is intuitive and simple to use. There are no complicated menus or difficult to find functions, everything you need is instantly accessible from the home screen.

  • Features

    • Unbelievable super-bright 5" IPS 1280 x 720 touchscreen monitor
    • Full waveform vectorscope with zoom & RGB/luma parade displays
    • Standard BNC connectors
    • Real-time monitoring, playback, playout & edit logging in the field
    • Focus assist, zebra & false color monitoring
    • Record direct from the sensor to 10-bit, 4:2:2 ProRes or DNxHD
    • S-Log/C-Log recording
    • Trigger REC/STOP from camera (Canon, Sony, ARRI, Panasonic, RED, JVC)
    • Timecode from camera
    • Uses inexpensive 2.5" HDD/SSD media
    • AC/DC/battery with patented Continuous Power
  • Specifications

    • Construction: Aircraft grade aluminium for durability + portability.Fanless for silent operation.
    • Operating Power: 3.0W (Monitoring Only) / 6.0W (Rec, Mon & Play)
    • Batteries: 7.2V-14.4V Battery System Compatible any source NP Series, D-Tap, and supporting accessories. All 7.4v 1. 2600mAh - Up to 10hrs, 2. 5200mAh - Up to 20hrs, 3. 7800mAh - Up to 30hrs, 4. AC Adaptor (included), 5. D-Tap Adaptor (sold separately)
    • Continuous Power* : Primary-Secondary battery system. Change batteries without losing power.Loop batteries continuously.*Patent Pending
    • Touchscreen:5" diagonal. Resolution: 1280 x 720 Native 23.98pAspect Ratio: 16:9 native/4:3 Letterbox. Rec.709 HDTV Colour Spec, Native Frame Rate Playback (24-60Hz), SuperAtom IPS (in-Plane Switching) panel
    • Video Input: HD/SD-SDI x 1
    • Video Output: HD/SD-SDI x 1
    • Supported Fornats: HD 1080i60, 1080i59.94, 1080i50, 1080p30, 1080p25, 1080p24, 1080p23.98, 1080pSF23.98, 1080pSF24, 1080pSF25,1080pSF29.97, 720p60, 720p59.94, 720p50, SD 486i59.94, 576i50pSF - Progressive Segmented Frame modes are recorded to Progressive rates
    • Realtime Hardware Encoding: ProRes - HQ - 220Mbps, 422 -150Mbps, LT - 100Mbps Avid DNxHD - 220X - 220Mbps (10-bit), 220 - 220Mbps (8-bit), 145 - 145Mbps (8-bit), 36 - 36Mbps (proxy)
    • Onboard Processing: 25pSF (50i) > 25p29.97pSF (59.94i) > 29.97p24p (3:2-59.94i) > 24p23.98p (3:2-59.94i) > 23.98pAspect
    • Audio input: 48kHZ PCM audioSDI 12 channels + 2 analog channels 2 Vpeak with gain controls
    • Waveform & Monitor Assist: WFM Luma/RGB Parade with size, dynamic range & opacity controls.Monitor Assist: Focus Peaking - Color/B&W/Outline, Zebra (0-100%), False Color, Blue Only & Grid Lines (Centre, Active Safe, Title Safe, 4:3)
    • Audio output: 48kHZ PCM audioSDI 12 channels + headphone/line-out 2 Vpeak for onboard review.(Select any pair of channels)
    • Remote Start and Stop: Via SDI trigger / Via SDI timecode / Via LANC controllerSamurai
  • Item Includes

    • 1 x Samurai Blade Unit
    • 1 x AC Adapter for Ninja / Samurai Connect
    • 1 x 2600 mAh Battery - (NP-570 compatible)
    • 2 x Master Caddy HDD/SSD Cases
    • 1 x Docking Station w/USB2.0 & 3.0 only (Ninja-2, Samurai, and Ronin Compatible
    • 1 x Single Battery Charger - 1000 mAh Charger and Cable (US, UK, EU, AU Plug)
    • 1 x D-Tap battery Adapter ( Cable leads not included)
    • SSD & HDD Drives not included
    • Please Note: For best results, please refer to the manufacturer's list of recommended drives


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Atomos Samurai Blade is Awesome

By Live-Online Television

from Denver, CO

About Me Pro Videographer

Verified Buyer


  • Easy to Use
  • Feature rich
  • Great Picture Quality


  • Battery Life Is Weak

Best Uses

  • Electronic News Gathering
  • Eng Shooting
  • HD Shooting

Comments about Atomos Samurai Blade Camera-Mounted Recorder Monitor WFM & Deck w/ Carry Case:

We were surprised by the features in our Samurai. It's a great monitor with responsive audio metering and multiple scope displays. The Samurai replaced our field viewfinder and onboard recorder. Combined with a solid state drive in slightly harsh environments, this is the perfect ENG camera accessory.

Our first unit failed to power after formatting a second drive. Not sure what happened but Atomos sent a replacement via USPS for delivery before our next shoot. Great support.

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