Atomos Samurai Blade Tests & Overview


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
  • Vectorscope
  • 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:


C300 50mb 4:2:2

Still from Internally Recorded C300 Footage

Still from Samurai Blade ProRes 4:2:2 Footage

Samurai Blade ProRes 4:2:2

Samurai Blade is available for rentals at Stray Angel Films or you can purchase the Samurai Blade at B&H.