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Atomos Samurai Blade 10-bit HD-SDI Field Recorder and Monitor

10-bit HD-SDI Field Recorder and Monitor
Part No: ATOMSAM002

Samurai Blade is a smart, 10-bit 4:2:2 HD Field Recorder that records pristine, visually lossless video in Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD directly to removable Hard Disk Drive (HDD) or Solid State Drive (SSD) media, while also providing exceptional monitoring and playback capabilities through it's SuperAtom IPS (in-plane switching) 5" 1280x720 display.

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Product Description


The Samurai Blade is the world’s most advanced smart production recorder, monitor and playback device. Every aspect of its physical and operational design has been carefully crafted to deliver simple, intuitive operation and mission critical reliability. Constructed from aircraft grade aluminium it is both lightweight and robust making it suitable for use not only in studios but also in the most challenging field environments.

Camera Log (S-Log2, S-Log3, C-Log, V-Log etc) delivers maximum sensor detail in your recordings, but on monitors it looks washed out & makes judging exposure difficult. AtomHDR brings post production HDR monitoring to the field, displaying high brightness range Log footage with the brightness and vibrancy as the eye sees it on Atomos' SuperAtom IPS 8-bit 400nit calibrated monitor.

This entry level HDR monitor lets you use your current HDR Log camera to future proof your production for HDR. Atomos are proud to deliver a free update to HDR on the existing range. They can offer this because they are in complete control of every aspect of the product – panel, processing and display.

AtomHDR and Log>REC709 fuctionality requires AtomOS 5.2 Firmware.  This is free to all existing and new Blade users and can be found by clcking here

With one millions pixels at 325ppi the SuperAtom IPS 5" 1280x720 16:9 display on the Samurai Blade is a stunning monitor, supporting new monitoring tools as such waveform with luma, RGB parade and vectorscope (including zoom).  Monitor assist tools such as adjustable focus peaking, zebra, false colour, blue only and grid guides add to the Samurai Blade's excellent HD monitoring capabilities.

Samurai Blade records and encodes pristine 10/8-bit HD 4:2:2 video, and up to fourteen channels of 48kHz/16-bit audio, in real-time to either a Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD edting codec directly to 2.5" Hard Disk Drive (HDD) or Solid State Drive (SSD) media via a removable Atomos Master Caddy.

Not only does Samurai Blade have the industry's lowest power consumption by far (at between 3 and 6 Watts), it also incorporates Atomos' patented Continuous Power technology. Featuring two Sony N, L-series compatible plates the Samurai Blade can be powered by battery/batteries, D-Tap, AC, or a mixture of sources, all with continuous and uninterrupted operation. A single power source is used at any one time, but should this source fail or deplete the Samurai Blade automatically and seamlessly switches to the alternative source providing fail-over and cyclical powering of the recording and monitoring device.


  • 10-bit 4:2:2 ProRes and DNxHD recorder
  • 5" SuperAtom IPS Display running at 1280x720 provides a million pixels at a density of 325ppi.
  • Professional, adjustable monitoring including Waveform (Luma, RGB Parade), Vectorscope, Focus Assist, Zebra, False Colour, Blue Only and Grid Guides
  • HD-SDI input and output (HDMI connectivity supported through the use of Connect H2S and S2H converters)
  • Records to low-cost, removable 2.5" Hard Disk Drive (HDD) or Solid State Drive (SSD) media fitted to an Atomos Master Caddy
  • HDMI input and/or output supported through the addition of an Atomos Connect H2S and/or Connect S2H converter
  • Device playback and playout with full transport controls including frame-by-frame nudging
  • Edit logging** of 'favourite' and 'reject' markers during record and playback
  • Features Continuous Power technology for uninterrupted operation
  • Atomos Sun Hood available (optional accessory)
  • Atomos ABS Waterproof Carrying Case available (optional accessory)


Additional Information



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


Continuous power :-

Primary-secondary battery system

Change batteries without losing power

Loop batteries continuously

Power Station continuous power dual supply: Optional


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

Supported formats (in/out)

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

1920x1080 8/10-bit 4:2:2 to Apple ProRes HQ/422/LT, Avid DNxHD 220/220x /145/36

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


Remote start/stop

SDI: SDI Trigger Camera Selectable

Other: LANC control – Slave



Supported media: (Approved List Only)


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

What's in the box

  • Samurai Blade
  • Hard Carry Case
  • D-Tap
  • AC Adapter
  • Single-plate battery charger
  • Master Caddy
  • Docking Station
  • 2.5mm Y Adapter Cable for LANC Loop through