Atomos, an Australian manufacturer of technology for videographers, has launched Ninja Assassin, a dedicated HDMI 4K/HD monitor-recorder for DSLR and mirrorless cameras.
The Ninja Assassin extends the legacy of the Atomos Ninja line up in to 4K UHD and 1080 60p. It combines professional 4K/HD recording, 7 inch 1920x1080 monitoring, advanced playback and editing as a compact, lightweight add-on device for DSLR, mirrorless, video and cinema cameras.
The Ninja Assassin boasts the screen size, screen resolution, advanced recording capability and scopes of the premium Shogun model, but forgoes the 12G/6G/3G-SDI connectivity, RAW recording functionality, in-built conversion, Genlock and balanced XLR audio connections.
The main benefit is a 10% weight reduction to 430g and a price tag of $1295 including soft case, SSD caddy and AC adaptor.
The device targets 4K DSLM cameras such as the Sony a7s and a7RII, Canon XC-10 and Panasonic GH4, bypassing their known 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 inch screen.
“The Ninja Assassin eliminates creative barriers and unleashes the true power of the world’s best sensors into the hands of creative pro's over one single HDMI cable. We are truly proud to deliver professional monitoring, video production tools and recording capabilities to assassinate camera limitations,” said Jeromy Young, CEO and co-founder of Atomos. “Seeing an image on the Assassin’s 7” screen and feeling the low weight is when you truly believe it's the only choice for 4K high-res production.”
The Ninja Assassin has HDMI focused audio/video connections and ships with a brand new vibrant red Armor Bumper for increased protection. The Shogun of course is still the flagship product for high-end production that require SDI Raw, Balanced XLR, Phantom 48V and HDMI/SDI conversion.