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The New Atomos Ninja Assassin: Affordable 4K Recording Power In Compact, Armored Package

For those looking to buy the Atomos Shogun 4K recorder, but have been held back by the price tag, you are in luck. Atomos just announced the Ninja Assassin, an affordable, 7″ 4K recorder similar in function to the Shogun.

The Atomos Ninja Assassin is 10% lighter than the Shogun and costs 30% less with a price tag of $1,295. This makes it perfect for DSLRs and other small form cameras, and provide a number of features that expand camera functionality, essentially “assassinating camera limitations”. For example the Ninja Assassin helps compensate for the shortcomings of 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 color compression, 30-minute time limits and the disadvantage of monitoring on a small 3” screen.”
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It shares many of the Shogun’s 4K recording features, boasting an impressive list for its size and price, such as:

  • Record more accurate, higher resolution colors (4:2:2, 10-bit) direct to visually lossless editing formats (the only brand to do both ProRes and DNxHR).
  • No Record time limits – Recording externally to the camera puts an end to the traditional 30-minute recording barrier and allows larger media capacity.
  • Professional shot setup you can trust on a calibrated high resolution 7″ monitor with over 320 pixels per inch.
  • Anamorphic de-squeeze, the perfect companion for Panasonic’s GH4 and affordable Anamorphic lenses/adaptors.
  • Easy to use professional monitoring tools including Focus Peaking Assist, 1:1 & 2:1 Zoom with silky smooth image pan & scan, False Color (skin tones), Zebra and Waveform/Vector Scopes for in-depth image analysis.
  • Go back in time with Pre-Roll cache recording, up to 8 seconds of HD or 2-3 seconds of 4K so you’ll never miss that shot
  • Video Time-lapse with up to 10 different sequences, speed ramp and scheduled start and end times over 24 hrs.
  • HDMI focused audio/video connections
  • 3D LUT’s allow you to create a specific signature look or even recreate classic film stock instantly, with 50:50 split / LUT on / LUT off view, you can compare effects and make creative decisions on the fly.
  • Playback for instant review and editing on the fly with a choice of 10 tags in both record and playback mode. Our NLE support means that whether you are Mac, PC, Apple, Avid or Adobe we support you.
  • Ships with red Atomos Armor Bumper


Despite the Ninja Assassin’s impressive feature set, a smaller price tag does naturally mean that it won’t share all of the Shogun’s abilities. Some of the features not included with the Ninja Assassin are:

  • 12G/6G/3G-SDI connectivity
  • RAW recording functionality
  • In-built conversion
  • Genlock
  • Balanced XLR audio connections

The Ninja Assassin is ready and available to assassinate your camera’s limitations right now for $1,295. As with all things Atomos, be sure to visit
*Also, Atomos is offering a free Power Station with Ninja Assassin purchase to customers who bought a Ninja 2, Ninja Blade, Samurai Blade, Ronin and/or Shogun in the last 3 years. This offer ends October 31st, and you’ll need to do the following:

  1. Provide the serial number and DID number of your registered eligible Atomos monitor-recorder to the authorized reseller at the time of purchase of your Ninja Assassin
  2. The reseller will send through the details along with Ninja Assassin proof of purchase to to confirm details
  3. On approval the Power Station Video will be shipped to the reseller for pick up

Written by Jake Fruia

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