Atomos Samurai Blade Drops to $995

Atomos Samurai Blade

Atomos has dropped the price on the Samurai Blade down to $995. That’s a $300 price drop from the old $1295 price point.

The Samurai Blade is a 5″ SDI monitor and recorder. It features a 720p IPS display with capacitive touch screen controls. It offers ProRes and DNxHD encoding and playback; and also features waveform, false color and focus peaking.

An included docking station for 2.5″ HDDs and SSDs connects to your computer via USB 3.0 or 2.0 ports. Check it out here at B&H Photo.

Atomos Releases Affordable CFast Cards for Ninja Star ProRes Recorder

Atomos Ninja Star

The Atomos Ninja Star was announced at NAB 2014 and touted as a ProRes recorder for the GoPro. The immediate downside that everyone saw was that it only recorded to CFast cards.

CFast cards are great from a speed standpoint; however, a 60GB SanDisk CFast card still costs $650! That’s a tough pill to swallow for a $300 recorder. While some more recently released cards are lower, they are still well above CF card prices. [Read more...]

Canon’s Vixia Mini X is a Compact Camcorder with Clean HDMI-Output

Canon Vixia Mini X-4

Canon has been trying its hand at some cameras and features lately that are a bit out of left field. The PowerShot N and G1 X cameras come to mind. In the same vein of “different” comes the Canon Vixia Mini X, which debuted at CES 2014 last month. Just looking at the camera, you are left scratching your head about who its intended users are and how it should/could be used. [Read more...]

Atomos Ninja Hands-On

I checked out a lot of cool new stuff at NAB 2011; however, one of the coolest pieces of tech that I got up close with was the new Atomos Ninja HDMI-based recorder.  In short, the Atomos Ninja captures the uncompressed stream from your camera’s HDMI output.  The stream is captured as Apple ProRes HQ in a much higher quality than what goes through your camera’s compression onto the CF or SD card. [Read more...]