Atomos has announced Shogun, the first 4K external recorder compatible with the new Sony A7S mirrroless camera at NAB Show 2014.
The National Association of Broadcasters Show 2014 began on April 5 and will open the doors to visitors in the early hours of today, April 7. The event is focused mostly on video-centric cameras, such as the new Sony A7S, a mirrorless shooter with 4K video recording capabilities.
The A7S can only capture 4K footage when used in combination with an external recorder via its HDMI port. The first device which is compatible with Sony’s camera has just been unveiled by Atomos and it is called Shogun.
Atomos introduces the first 4K external recorder compatible with Sony A7S
The Atomos Shogun continues the legacy of the Ninja and Samurai recorders which can be mounted directly on cameras. The device will be on-display at the NAB Show 2014 alongside the Sony A7S, showing how users can capture videos at 4K resolution using this setup.
It is the only external recorder which supports the A7S, says Atomos. It “takes full advantage” of the 12.2-megapixel full frame sensor, while handling clean HDMI output and timecode with ease.
Shogun features a start and stop trigger, while being capable of doing much more than recording 4K videos. The new recorder can be used for capturing footage at all the camera’s resolutions, including 1280 x 720 at 120fps.
Once users get tired of recording 4K videos, they can focus on capturing creative films in slow motion. This professional-like recorder features a 7-inch 1920 x 1200 IPS display, allowing videographers to compose their shots properly.
Atomos Shogun coming on the market in late Q3 / early Q4 for under $2,000
Atomos adds that the Shogun is also the first 4K HDMI and 12G SDI recorder in the world. Additionally, it supports 10-bit 4:2:2 output, 4K ProRes and uncompressed RAW cinema DNG codecs.
It will work with other cameras as well, such as the Panasonic GH4, but the “killer combination” will include the Sony A7S, which will offer professional video recording for under $5,000. The company will begin selling the shogun during the third or fourth quarters of 2014 for a price below $2,000.
For the time being, Sony has not disclosed the price and release date of the A7S. Although it is not the news you want to hear, it is very likely that the 4K camera will cost $3,000 and will be released in late Q3 / early Q4, considering Atomos’ press release.