Atomos Samurai BladeThe new Atomos Samurai Blade, a follow-up to the original 5" HD-SDI Samurai, is now shipping (though stock seems to be low at the moment). Originally introduced at NAB, the external monitor/recorder has a 5" 1280 x 720 touch screen, which is quite an upgrade from 800 x 480 panel in the previous model. Check out some videos and specs for the recorder below.

Here are the specs:

  • 1280 x 720, 325 DPI 5" IPS Capacitive Touchscreen Display
  • Records Up to 1080/30p/60i, 10-bit, 4:2:2
  • ProRes or DNxHD Encoding and Playback
  • SDI Input and Loop-Output
  • HDMI Input via Optional Atomos Converter
  • Stores to 2.5" HDDs/SSDs
  • Supports ARRI and RED for Monitoring
  • S-Log / C-Log
  • Synced REC trigger
  • Timecode from Camera
  • Cut and Tag Editing Tool
  • 6W Power Consumption
  • Price: $1,300

Introduction video from Atomos showing what it can do:

Here is AbelCine from NAB 2013 on the new recorder:

It looks like power consumption is down from the original Samurai almost 1 watt, which means you should be able to run slightly longer on the same batteries. Obviously if your camera only takes HDMI, you'll need some kind of converter to be able to use it, and Atomos just so happens to make such a converter. I would imagine at some point that Atomos will also introduce the new display for the popular Ninja HDMI recorder, which should come in at a few hundred dollars cheaper. You can order now or learn more about the Samurai Blade using the links below.