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Atomos Samurai Blade

Atomos Samurai Blade

Professional functionality (Record, Play, Monitor and Edit) added to any SDI Camera to improve the speed, quality and affordability of your workflow.

The AtomOS operating system is intuitive, easy to use and always two or fewer touches away from your function.

HD off the sensor in edit friendly 422 10-bit Apple ProRes. 422 for improved colour accuracy & 10-bit for the extended color depth demanded in post production.

We support affordable, readily available HDD or SSD. HDD is the most affordable option, perfect for most situations. For vibration sensitive shoots SSD is supported.

We’ve teamed up with leading camera brands (Canon, Sony, Panasonic, RED and Arri) to give you frame accurate timecode and start/stop triggers over SDI.

You get more than expected with Atomos. Included in the price is a rugged carry case, battery, charger, AC adapter, HDD/SSD caddy & dock, D-Tap adapter.

Synchronize with the camera’s timecode for independent external recording.

Our low power design (less than 7W) coupled with our patented Continuous Power dual battery system ensures you will never be without power in the field.

Monitor up to 12ch digital and 2ch analog audio all locked frame accurately, never drifting. Take a line in from a mixing desk & even manually adjust for delays from the camera.

Our products are ready for the field with aircraft grade Aluminum, locking mechanisms on removable parts, low weight and wide operating temperature(-30 to +45 C).

Use the optional Spyder to calibrate to SMPTE Rec 709 & D65 whitepoint or Canon C-Log. Normally reserved for more expensive monitors, never has it been easier to get one click calibration.


Without batteries & HDD 345g / 12oz (without batteries & HDD)
With batteries & HDD 696g / 25oz (with batteries & HDD)
Dimensions (W x H x D mm) 153 x 87 x 48mm, 6.0 x 3.4 x 1.9”
Construction Aircraft-grade Aluminum for durability & portability
Fan-less for silent operation


Operating power 3.3W (monitoring only) / 6.8W (Rec, Mon, Play)
Compatible batteries NP series, D-Tap and supporting accessories (Nikon ENL6, Canon EL6)
Input voltage (battery) 6.2V to 16.8V
Battery time (based on 7.4V) 2600mAh - up to 4hrs
5200mAh - up to 8hrs
7800mAh - up to 12hrs
DC Out -
Continuous power* Patent pending Primary-secondary battery system
Change batteries without losing power
Loop batteries continuously
Power Station continuous power dual supply Optional

Touch Screen

Size 5”
Resolution 1280 x 720
PPI 325
Aspect ratio 16:9 native / 4:3 Letterbox
Color standard REC709 HDTV
Native frame rate playback 48-60Hz
Technology SuperAtom IPS panel (capacitive touch), calibratable to REC709 with optional Atomos Spyder

Video input/loop out

Signal Uncompressed 10/8bit 4:2:2 (camera dependent)

Video output (play out)

Signal Uncompressed 10/8bit 4:2:2 (Playback file dependent)

Supported loop out formats

SDI to SDI 720p 50
1080i 50/60
1080psf 24/25/30
1080p 24/25/30

Video signal conversion


Supported formats (in/out)

4K -
HD - high frame rate -
HD 1080i60, 1080i59.94, 1080i50, 1080p30, 1080p25, 1080p24, 1080p23.98, 1080pSF23.98, 1080pSF24, 1080pSF25, 1080pSF30, 720p60, 720p59.94, 720p50, SD 480i, 576i

Realtime hardware encoding

4K-UHD 3840x2160 8/10-bit 4:2:2 to - -
1920x1080 8/10-bit 4:2:2 to Apple ProRes
Avid DNxHD

Onboard processing

Pulldown conversion 50i from 25PSF > 25P (2:2 Pulldown)
60i from 30PSF > 30P (2:2 Pulldown)
60i from 24P > 24P (3:2 Pulldown)
60i from 23.98P > 23.98P (3:2 Pulldown)

Audio input (48kHz PCM audio)

Analog Line 2ch 48kHz
SDI 12ch 48kHz 16-bit

Audio output (48kHz PCM audio)

Analog Line 2ch 48kHz
SDI In 12ch 48kHz 16-bit
Balanced Line (XLR) -
Mic Level -

Remote start/stop

SDI SDI Trigger Camera Selectable
Other LANC control – Slave


Supported media
(Approved List Only)
SSD 2.5”
HDD (5400 to 7200rpm)
Master caddy case Master Caddy 1 (included)
75mm x 105mm x 12mm
Master caddy dock 2.5” SATA to USB 2.0/3.0
Supported applications Supported Applications FCPX/FCP7+ / Media Composer 5.0+ / Premiere 5.5+
EDIUS 6.0+ / Vegas Pro 10+ / Lightworks / Autodesk Smoke 2015+
Accessories included Main unit, Universal battery charger 110-240V, AC adapter & car charger, docking station & leads, 2 x master caddy cases, 1 x Atomos 2600mAh battery, Rugged carry case, D-Tap adapter
Optional extras 5 x Master caddy cases, Sunhood, Carry cases, Canon & Nikon adapter plates, Connect H2S converter, Connect S2H converter, Powerstation

All specifications correct when published, subject to E&OE.