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Atomos’ New Ninja Assassin is 10% Lighter and 35% Cheaper Than the Shogun



Atomos today announced the Ninja Assassin, a lighter and more affordable followup to the award-winning Shogun for monitoring, recording, playing back, and editing 4K footage on DSLR, mirrorless, video, and cinema cameras.

Atomos says the Ninja Assassin is “the only true 10-bit 4:2:2 professional recording solution for Apple, AVID and Adobe workflows and all with a price and weight amongst the lowest on the market.”

More and more cameras are being announced with 4K technology, and Atomos is targeting those new camera lines with the Ninja Assassin. The company cites the Sony a7S, a7R II, Canon XC-10, and Panasonic GH4 as perfect cameras to pair the Ninja Assassin with, as the add-on bypasses the cameras’ 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.”


“The Ninja Assassin eliminates creative barriers and unleashes the true power of the worlds 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,” says Atomos CEO Jeromy Young. “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.”

Here’s an introduction to the Ninja Assassin by photographer Jay P Morgan of The Slanted Lens:

The Ninja Assassin offers 325ppi monitoring and measures 7-inches. It has the screen size, resolution, and scopes of its Shogun counterpart. Features include recording direct to visually lossless editing formats, no recording time limits, anamorphic de-squeeze, monitoring tools (e.g. focus peaking, 1:1/2:1 zoom, false color, zebra and waveform/vector scopes), going back in time with Pre-Roll cache recording (2-3 seconds for 4K), video time-lapse, and more.

Compared to the flagship Shogun, though, it omits 12G/6G/3G-SDI connectivity, RAW recording functionality, in-built conversion, Genlock and balanced XLR audio connections. By removing some of these features features, Atomos is able to offer a high-quality product at a new lower price point: the Atomos is 10% lighter than the Shogun and 35% more affordable. It costs $1,295, and comes with a soft case, SSD caddy, and AC adapter.

The Ninja Assassin is available in stores now. You can find a list of authorized resellers here if you’re interested in purchasing one. You can also find out more about it on the Ninja Assassin website.

Full disclosure: This was a sponsored post published in collaboration with Atomos.