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NAB 2013: Atomos Ninja-2 Price Drop & DSLR Support

After discovering Atomos back in January at San Francisco Supermeet, we were intrigued by their Ninja-2 and Samurai field recorders, which record straight out of the HDMI or HD-SDI outputs of your camera.  

For those unfamiliar with Atomos and the Ninja-2, it’s a portable field recorder and touch-screen monitor.  It records footage at 10-bit 4:2:2 straight from the camera sensor. It can record to Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD editing codecs onto 2.5” computer HDD or SSD drives.

This means good bye to cards forever.  Beyond this, it’s full of all the features you would expect from a professional monitor including, peaking, false color and zebra.  You can also play back your recording straight out of the Ninja 2 and set in and out points and other meta data as well.

It also features “continuous power”, where recording will continue, unimpeded, when the compact flash card is full. It does so with no signal interruption whatsoever, providing a healthy recording backup.

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The Ninja-2 has a compact package, fantastic image quality and recording capabilities. However, as we shoot with the 5D Mark III, it was a bit of a shame as Canon did not have a clean signal coming from the HDMI so you couldn’t use the Ninja 2.  However, as mentioned by Chuck Westfall of Canon in our recent interview, a new firmware is on the horizon which will allow for a clean signal out of the 5D Mark III.  This new firmware is due out April 30th.

While that is good news alone, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In light of the update, Atomos is turning this into a sort of product reworking, offering a package at a lower price of $695, keeping it in line with the economic viewpoint of HDSLR cameras.

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The new package comes with the Ninja-2 unit, a redesigned docking station, battery, AC mains adaptor, a single battery charger and shims for Canon and Nikon batteries.  Look for our full review of the Ninja 2 coming soon, and for more information about The Ninja 2 and all of the great products from Atamos, go to their website at www.atomos.com/ninja

Here’s the press release about the Ninja 2 from Atomos:

Atomos Announces Ninja-2 Support for New DSLR Cameras

The perfect partner for DSLR-based filmmakers

Melbourne, Australia – April 8th 2013: Atomos, creator of the award-winning field recorders Ninja-2 and Samurai, and the acclaimed Connect converters, announces Ninja-2 support for many new DSLR cameras, (8-11 April, Las Vegas Convention Center, booth number C8218).

“Our close relationships with major camera manufacturers means that at NAB this year we have over 20 different cameras on our booth working with our field recorders,” said Jeromy Young, CEO and Founder of Atomos. “Of these, over half are DSLRs with ‘clean’ HDMI video output. This time last year there was only one. This is a great illustration of just how DSLRs and affordable large sensor video cameras are changing the world of professional video.”

Atomos is incredibly proud to be showing a special, pre-release version of the Canon 5D MkIII working with the Ninja-2. “With this new firmware update from Canon, we have a clean HDMI feed, and a co-developed start/stop trigger and timecode over HDMI essential professional tools. This combination is an absolute game-changer, which we’ve responded to by changing the price of the Ninja-2 to $695, making it more affordable for the whole filmmaking community” added Young.

Atomos has now shipped a staggering 10,000 field recorders worldwide. The Ninja-2 allows the recording, monitoring and playback of pristine, 10-bit 4:2:2 images straight from the camera sensor directly to Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD editing codecs. Atomos makes production truly affordable by using commodity, off-the-shelf 2.5” computer HDD or SSD drives.

The Ninja-2 has been repackaged to appeal to DSLR users. The main recording unit remains unchanged, but the box includes a redesigned docking station, battery, AC mains adaptor, a single battery charger and shims for Canon and Nikon batteries. The Ninja-2 is available for just $695, excluding sales tax.

See www.atomos.com for more details.

About Atomos

Atomos designs and manufactures smart production tools: affordable, easy-to-use field recorders that offer monitoring and deck playback functionality along with converters that save video professionals time and money, without sacrificing quality.

Atomos is based in Australia, with offices in the USA, Japan, China and Germany partnering with a worldwide distribution network. Further product information can be found at www.atomos.com. Connect with Atomos on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (@Atomos_News)

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