Atomos Samurai Blade – new affordble disk recorder with 720p IPS panel

Atomos updates the Samurai, their famous SDI harddisk recorder, and adds a high quality 720p lcd screen on top making it a true solution as a monitor / disk recorder combination.

Atomos Samurai BladeWe have checked out the Atomos products several times in the past as they offer an affordable solution to get more quality out of our large sensor cameras. These devices allow you to record the live hdmi or SDI feed from your camera directly into a high quality format, widely used Apple ProRes among others.

The Samurai and Ninja panels were upgraded before, but the quality of these monitoring solutions was still not high enough to be used in most shooting situations for accurate focusing, especially on outdoor scenes where the sun can be a lot brighter than most lcd’s.

Jeromy from Atomos showed us a pre-prdoduction version of the Blade that is said to finally offer a great screen.

“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.”

Technical Specs
– 1280 x 720
– 5 inch touchscreen
– gamma, brightness and contrast control
– peaking, zebra, false color and blue-only, waveform
– as well as vectorscope and RGB/luma parade
– 10-bit 4:2:2 recording via SDI
– Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD codecs
– records to HDD or SSD drives

Pricing and Availability
Samurai Blade will ship in May 2013 with an MSRP of $1,295

Also with immediate effect, the price of the Atomos Samurai is reduced to $995.

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Ed April 10, 2013

My audio knowledge isn’t up to scratch so perhaps there’s a reason I just don’t know of – but why do so few comparable records have XLR connections?

Sound Devices PIX220 and 240 are the only ones I can think of in the price range.

MrVFX April 11, 2013

I think this product is way better then the blade –>


LittleRavenPix April 29, 2013

@MrVFX, No doubt! Those are sweeeet!

Klaas van Urk June 15, 2013

The Odyssey7 price is for the monitor option only. You have to rent or buy the recorder option separately. Prices are not set yet. So you can’t compare it to the Blade for now.

JayQ February 3, 2014

The issue I have with the 7Q is that they only use their proprietary SSDs.

Brady Brandwood April 20, 2014

What we’re seeing in the video is an HDMI cable straight from a 5d Mark 3 to the Samurai Blade??? But on the photo we see only 2 SDI ports. In reality isn’t the SDI to HDMI converter required to go from a 5d to the Samurai Blade??? WHich is an additional cost of $300? This isn’t clear from the sample video.

Sebastian Wöber April 20, 2014

The shot with the 5D is the Ninja 2. If you want hdmi you can now pre-order the new Ninja Blade.

Brady Brandwood April 20, 2014

Awesome Sebastian, thanks for the info.