Atomos to launch Ninja Assassin 4K recorder

Atomos Ninja Assassin recorder
Lighter, cheaper: the Ninja Assassin is a slimmed-down version of Atomos’ Shogun.

Atomos is set to launch its second 4K field recorder, the Ninja Assassin.

Aimed at owners of 4K compact system and DSLR cameras, such as the Sony A7S and the Panasonic GH4, the Assassin uses HDMI inputs only rather than both HDMI and SDI. It also drops the additional audio and genlock inputs found on the more expensive Samurai recorder.

The new Ninja is, though, still capable of 4K recording, in 10 bit 4:2:2, as well as HD up to 60p. The Assassin lacks the RAW recording and format conversion of the Atomos Shogun, but Atomos says the new recorder is 10 percent lighter than the higher-spec model.

The Ninja Assassin is based around a seven inch, 1980×1080 screen and records to SSD media which users fit in removable caddies. The Assassin records either in ProRes or DNxHR. The recorder also supports eight channels of audio, over HDMI, and a separate stereo audio track via a 3.5mm jack.

The Assassin also keeps the range of assistance tools provided by the Shogun, including peaking, zebras and histograms.

The Assassin has a pre record cache giving up to three seconds of backup recording in 4K and eight seconds in HD.

The Assassin will cost £899 or US$1295 and is now on sale.