Atomos Announces Massive Price Drops for Their HD Line, Ninja 2 is Less Than $300

Atomos came out guns blazing at IBC, making announcements for pretty much everything in their product line-up, as well as price drops that include the world's first Pro-Res/DNxHR monitor-recorder under $300.

Price Drops

Atomos has adjusted the price on their HD recorder/monitors to record lows, allowing customers to save over 50%. Here's the pricing breakdown for each:

The big thing here is that with the Ninja being only $300, this means that Apple ProRes and AVID DNxHD recording is affordable for pretty much everyone, or as Atomos CEO Jeromy Young describes it, "ProRes is now for the masses."

Shogun Studio

Aimed at live event, studio, on-set, and broadcast pros, IBC attendees were able to get their first look at "the world's first all-in-one 4K/HD 3RU 2ch dual 7" rack recorder, monitor, and playback deck, the Shogun Studio, which allows users to record two separate inputs simultaneously in their preferred resolution (4K at 30p or HD at 120p).

Features include:

  • 4K, 1080p60 recording to popular professional codecs
  • 2 channels for dual codec, dual resolution recording
  • Scheduled playback and record via Ethernet, Serial & on-screen
  • Class leading monitors & test measurement for perfect 4K viewing & set up on build in HD monitors
  • Powerful & intuitive AtomOS offers one touch simplicity for any operator
  • Utilize the Atomos Master Caddy for reliable, affordable open standard media
  • Continuous build in HDMI and SDI convertor with down scaling for 4K to 2K/HD match you infrastructure
  • Dual IEC c14 PSUs to integrate with your rack power distribution system

The Shogun Studio will be available in Q4, 2015 for $3500.

AtomOS6.5 Update

The Shogun and Ninja Assassin have been upgraded to version 6.5 of AtomOS, which includes plenty of great firmware updates:

  • Motion Blur added to Time-lapse, blurring up to 64 continuous frames together in one sequence
  • New and improved frame guides added for 16:9, 2.40:1, 2.35:1, 1.9:1, 1.85:1, 4:3
  • 1:1 and 2:1 zoom can now be selected when anamorphic de-squeeze is enabled
  • Shogun will benefit from all of the above features as well as the following SDI and Raw based functionality
  • Canon C500 Raw and C300 Mk II Raw to ProRes and DNXHR recording, giving C500 users a viable 4K recording solution and
  • C300MKII users a cost effective alternative to CFast recording media.
  • New 3D LUT’s preloaded onto the unit specifically for C500 and C300 MKII
  • Start/stop trigger for JVC and Ikegami camera triggers
  • Added LTC input via the Genlock input

You can download the firmware for free here.

Ninja Assassin

We've covered Atomos' newest addition to their 4K recorders, the Ninja Assassin. There's nothing really new to share, so we'll just give you a reminder of how powerful this thing is. It delivers 325ppi monitoring functionality, 7” screen size, 1920x1080 resolution, a 10% weight reduction (15 oz.), and is a true 10-bit 4:2:2 professional recording solution for Apple, AVID, and Adobe workflows. The Ninja Assassin is geared towards cameras like the a7s and a7RII, the GH4, FS7, and the DVX-200.

The Ninja Assassin is available now for $1295.     

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Ow, between all the updates from Blackmagic and Rode, this is the one that excites me the most. :D No more having to convert AVCHD files from my old gh2 before starting post production. Jeej! :D

September 12, 2015 at 12:56AM, Edited September 12, 1:18AM


Hey Robert,

If you are interested in recorders for a good price check out the new Black Magic video assist. Its a recorder and monitor that records in 1080 25P and 1080 60P, it also has a 1080P screen ( atomos ninja and blade are 720P screens ). The black magic video assist runs on 2 LP6 ( canon DSLR ) batteries, those are way cheaper to buy than the batteries needed for the atomos. Also the Black magic video assist records in Proress or DNxHR on SD cards instead of SSD's.

And the video assist also costs $500, so the price is also great

Check this link for more info :

September 12, 2015 at 3:13AM, Edited September 12, 3:24AM

Michiel van Zummeren
Editor, second camera unit

Yeah , you're totally right. A very good competitor. :) 1080p, sony batteries, hdmi and sdi... The only thing I like better with the atomos is the fact that it takes hdd's. 1tb for 50 dollars... SD cards can't beat that.

September 12, 2015 at 6:20AM


Except the video assist has been pushed back twice, still isn't available, doesn't have focus peaking and may end up being a little more expensive. I'm cancelling my preorder on the Assist and getting one of these.

September 13, 2015 at 12:47AM

Chris Johnson-Standley
Owner - Rogue Robot Visual Industries

Where the Ninja 2 crushes the Video Assist is the fact it records to HDD/SSD. For fixed cameras recording a long event, those big fast SDXC cards get expensive.

September 29, 2015 at 12:08PM


Looks like Video Devices PIX-E5 5" 4K Recording Video Monitor is scaring the shit out of them!

September 12, 2015 at 3:20AM

Jerry Roe
Indie filmmaker

Shut up and take my money!

September 12, 2015 at 12:23PM

Jesus Garcia
Independent videographer

And here I was about to buy some off-brand monitor on ebay. Lol 500 bucks definitely worth it for me.

September 12, 2015 at 8:20PM, Edited September 12, 8:20PM

Torsten Pearson

Is there any reason to use one of these on a camera that shoots 12bit Raw? It throws away color information lowering to 10bit max, right?

September 13, 2015 at 3:18PM

Vincent Gortho

I had my used Ninja 2 listed on Ebay. I was hoping to use that to help pay for an Assassin...well...looks like I need to adjust the price. That's a great price for those recorders though.

September 14, 2015 at 8:55AM

Jeremy Pommier

Has anybody got the 4k recoding from the c500 to shogun working yet?

September 15, 2015 at 12:47AM

Sam P

working fine just needed to format the drive after shogun OS update.

September 15, 2015 at 7:58PM, Edited September 15, 7:59PM

Sam P

Hold on there, there is no price change on the Atomos website, where are you getting this info?

September 17, 2015 at 4:22AM

Dave Grant
Senior AV Architect

if you go to amazon they have the ninja 2 for under $300

September 17, 2015 at 1:13PM

Keith Kim