Atomos was kind enough to let us borrow one of the first production units of their new Samurai Blade External Recorder. The original Samurai External Recorder is a hot rental for us, so we were very excited to test out all of the features of the new Blade.
The Samurai Blade records the same quality as the Samurai: 10-bit 4:2:2 Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD files , but has some great new features that make it a very useful onboard monitor (the director’s cut feature is also available on original Samurai Recorders via a firmware update).
Josh at Stray Angel shot a quick video overviewing the Atomos Samurai Blade:
The new Samurai Blade features include:
- New 1280×720 Screen Resolution
- Full Waveform
- Director’s Cut
While the recording quality is no different than the original Samurai, we shot some test videos with the C300 for your viewing pleasure:
Here are some HQ Stills from the Atomos Samurai Blade VS C300 Tests: