Atomos Shogun – A First Look at the 4K HDMI Recorder for the Sony A7s

NAB 2014 opened yesterday in Las Vegas and a whole range of new products from a long list of manufacturers were announced. At the same time that Sony introduced te A7S (which we have covered here in depth yesterday), Australian manufacturer Atomos introduced the Shogun 4K Apple ProRes and RAW capable 12G-SDI and 4K HDMI recorder.

This little unit (which will be available between Q3 and Q4 this year – more or less at the same time as the A7S itself) is a 12G SDI & 4K HDMI I/O monitor recorder which includes a 1920×1080 SuperAtom IPS 7″ touchscreen with 325 PPI 179-degree viewing. 400nit brightness and multi-frequency (48/50/60Hz) operation, depending on video input, giving super-smooth monitoring and playback.

According to the company “The Shogun utilises both 4K and HD clean output from HDMI cameras such as the latest Sony A7S, Panasonic GH4, 4K SDI C500, and can record 24, 25 or 30p from the camera and up to 120fps HD if the camera is capable. It also has genlock in for synced playout and features optional Wifi for remote control from iOS or Android devices. Improved audio handling with the included Lemo breakout cable for XLR Audio gives balanced audio, mic and Phantom power”.

On the video above, Matt Allard from newsshooter talks to Atomos CEO Jeromy Young to learn more about the unit which like the existing Atomos Ninja Blade recorder can shot with waveform and monitor assist tools, record 422 10-bit video straight from the camera sensor to a single SSD or RAIDed HDDs, captured using 4K/HD ProRes, Uncompressed RAW Cinema DNG or Avid DNxHD codecs.

More info on the Atomos Shogun can be found on the Atomos website.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.


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