Guest post by Nate Weber:
At the Cinegear in LA this week Atomos were showing the production version of their diminutive Ninja Star recorder. Announced earlier this year at NAB it is their smallest ProRes recorder ever and weighs in at 110 grams without a battery, making it ideal partner for smaller cameras and also for quadrocopter use. The recorder with basic accessory kit is priced at $295 US.
Atomos have made their own line of CFast 1.0 cards to compliment the Star, that will deliver speeds necessary for ProRes HQ HD recording. The Ninja Star can use the more expensive CFast 2.0 cards that are used by the Arri Amira and Blackmagic Design URSA, but they offer no advantage for recording as the cheaper CFast 1.0 cards are already fast enough for the highest bitrates that the Star offers.
A 64GB CFast 1.0 card comes in at $160 US, and a bundle with two 64GB cards and the Atomos USB 3.0 CFast 1.0/2.0 card reader for $300 US.
Another addition from Atomos is their new coiled HDMI cable range. This includes the only microHDMI to microHDMI cable on the market – needed if you want to connect the Ninja Star to the GoPro or newer cameras like the Panasonic GH4. They also carry variations of mini and standard HDMI cable to suit your needs, pricing will be between $20 and $30 depending on port and length.