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Atomos announces new ninja assassin external recorder- All you need to know

Some good news for photographers, videographers and film makers, Atomos just announced the Ninja Assassin. It is a follow up to their award winning and hugely popular ‘Shogun’ model. While it does not have all the features of the flagship Shogun recorder, it features some innovative additions and can be seen as being ideally suited for use with cameras with a smaller form factor. The Ninja Assassin enables monitoring, recording, playback, and editing of 4K footage from DSLR, Mirrorless, Video Camcorders and Cinema cameras.

Atomos claims that the Ninja Assassin is the only true 10-bit 4:2:2 colour space professional recording solution for Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premier and AVID editing workflows.

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Atomos is targeting the latest 4K camera releases such as the Panasonic GH4, Sony A7S and A7r MarkII and Canon XC 10 along with other previously released High Definition recording capable cameras such as the Canon 5D MarkIII and Nikon D810.

The Ninja Assassin is the ideal add on recorder for these cameras as ” it bypasses the cameras’ limitations, such as compressed MPEG/h.264 recording, 4:2:0 colour compression, 30-minute time limits and the disadvantage of monitoring on a small 3 screen ” says Atomos.

Atomos also released a short video detailing the use of the recorder-

Video courtesy- Atomos Video on Vimeo


The Ninja Assassin has a 7inch, Full HD (1920×1080) monitoring screen with a high density of 325ppi (pixels per inch). It has the same screen size and resolution of its elder brother, the Shogun. Moreover, it features the same focusing assists and tools such as focus peaking, 1:1/2:1 zoom, false colour, zebra and waveform and vector scopes. The Ninja Assassin will also do anamorphic squeeze/de-squeeze and a Pre-Roll cache recording of 2-3 seconds for 4K (8secs for HD) and video time-lapse (with sequences, speed ramping and scheduled start-stop times over 24 hours.)

Must importantly, the Ninja Assassin uses standard 2.5 inch SATA-interface SSD (solid state drives) commonly used on PCs which makes it and even more affordable and accessible option. As stated below in Atomos’ infographic, The Ninja Assassin fitted with a 1TB drive will record upto 3 hours of 4K footage (in Apple ProRes HQ422 at 25FPS) or upto 10 hours of HD recording.

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Atomos has been able to shrink the weight and the size down considerably from their flagship Shogun recorder by omitting the bigger professional connectivity options such as SDI (3G/6G/12G) for video and the balanced XLR audio connections. Along with that, the Ninja Assassin also does not feature RAW recording, in built conversion and Genlock. By removing the bigger (in size) professional connectors, Atomos have developed a package that is ideally suited for use with smaller cameras such as DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras that do not usually feature these  connectors. Moreover, it further helps when using these cameras in applications such as on gimbals or drones.

Atomos claims to have made the Ninja Assassin 10% lighter and 35% more affordable. It comes wrapped in an ABS Polycarbonate shell covering the body for added protection.

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The recorder is now available for immediate purchase internationally but will only be made available in India in about 2 months time, by the end of October. There is no confirmation on the Indian prices at this point in time. International price is at USD 1,295/- (Approx. INR 86,000/- rupees)

For more info contact the authorised distributor of Atomos in India-


Photosystems India Pvt Ltd
216-A/13, Gautam Nagar
New Delhi 110 029


13/97 Motilal Nagar No.3 off MG Lane
Goregaon West Mumbai 400090
1800 425 2774

Artiz Digital Solution
24/Basement, Ashoka Super Market, S.V.Road, Goregaon (w),
Mumbai 400 062


846 Mount Road
Anna Salai Chennai 600002
1800 425


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