In the past month, two relatively revolutionary photo/stills cameras have hit the market. I'm talking, of course, about the Panasonic GH4 and the Sony A7s, both of which feature the ability to record 4K video (although not internally in the case of the A7s), and both of which offer high frame rate shooting at 1080. For a multitude of reasons relating to image quality, both of these cameras beg to be used with an external 4K HDMI recorder of some sort. The only problem -- no such recorder is available on the market yet. In a few months time, however, that will not be the case, as Atomos will have released its highly anticipated Shogun 4K recorder/monitor. Today, the company opened up the pre-ordering process for the Shogun, and for people who order prior to July 31st, Atomos is throwing in a kick-ass free gift as well.

First off, let's take a look at the features and specs of the Atomos Shogun, and you'll quickly see why people are so stoked to get their hands on this thing. These images and feature charts come straight from the Atomos site. Click for full size.





At this point, you're probably wondering about that free gift that we mentioned earlier. Well, for people who pre-order the Shogun before the 31st of July, they'll throw in a free Atomos Spyder, a portable tool which will help you calibrate your Atomos monitors so that you can get accurate color while you're on set. It's essentially a smaller version of the well-known Datacolor Spyder calibration systems that are designed for the Atomos monitors.

If you're interested in being one of the first to get your hands on the Atomos Shogun (and snagging the Spyder for free), head on over to this page on the Atomos website and set your pre-order in motion.

Link: Shogun-Preorder -- Atomos