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Top 5 4k Recorders Review

Apr 29,2019• Proven solutions

When it comes to quality 4k disk recorders there are only a few options available in 2016. Because 4k cameras are still relatively new, the disc recorders that are capable of handling outputs from these cameras are also very new and untested. We decided to do a rundown of some of the best 4k recorders available on the market today so that you can find the best 4k disc recorder for your needs in production. Here are the top five 4k recorders available in 2016:

Top 5 4k Recorders Review


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PIX-E5: The video devices Pix-E5 is a device that has been around over the past year and it's one of the most affordable as well as best well rounded 4k solutions through an HDMI/4k SDI recorder. Not only is it one of the smallest available on the market for small rigs and cameras but it still features an impressive 1080 P resolution screen. Although you may not pick up the subtle nuances of 4k video, it's nice and portable and perfect for many spaces. The Pix-E5 is also one of the lightest on the market but it does only have a battery life of around 35 min. on just one battery. Overall the recording time is reasonable but the fan on this device will switch on quite fast after it starts operation. It features a Rec- trigger which can be very useful for quick recording as well. This is a versatile product that's nice and portable if you want a 4k recorder you can take in a camera bag.

Atomos Shogun

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Atmos Shotgun: With a good size 7 inch screen as well as an impressive weight of around 700 g, this is a beautiful display for a 4k recorder. The Atmos shotgun is an industry favorite although it can be a little bit cumbersome to include in some smaller camera rigs. Overall it leads the industry in battery life at 48 min. on a single battery charge, a quiet fan as well as the ability to record in avid DNxHD codec. The only real drawbacks to this device is that it feels somewhat more fragile than some of the others on the marketplace. It has just a simple casing and really wouldn't be great for high-intensity shooting.

Atmos Ninja Assassin 4k

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Atmos Ninja Assassin 4k: The Ninja Assassin is a 4K recorder that's a little more lightweight than the shotgun with some upgraded features. As well as a 7 inch screen, this device also features DC in for continuous streams of power. The battery life on this device is also significantly increased with up to 2.2 hours of power recording and 4K. With many of the same features that can be found on the Atoms Shotgun, the Ninja is a heavily upgraded version of this disk recorder. With remote start and stop features as well as custom time lapse support you can enjoy extra features from a versatile device.

Odyssey 7q 4k Recorder

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Odyssey 7q 4k Recorder: This converter has the option of a full-size 256 GB hard drive on board. With an OLED touchscreen monitor you also get a much better video quality on the screen monitor which is 7.7 inches. This monitor is one of the largest tested and it's fairly reasonably priced for OLED and for the capabilities that this device provides. With direct support for Apple prores 422 as well as two HD video signals capable of recording into one pro res format. This is a professional device. 2k apple prores as well as 4k support are available. A comprehensive exposure meter and spot meter can improve film quality as well. This is a professional tool with an excellent screen, unfortunately due to the size it can be tough for portable camera rigs.

AJA ki Pro Quad solid state

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AJA ki Pro Quad solid state: This capture device is one of the most expensive on the list but it also allows for 4K raw capture and transfer. With 4k transfer available and monitoring from to two displays this device may not feature a giant screen like other options but it does have analog button support as well as sound monitoring apart from the screen. With balanced audio and support for thunderbolt, XLR, Ethernet, HDMI and SDI this is one of the fastest recorders available on the market. If you can get past the small screen and the meagre appearance this is definitely a professional level tool. Although it is expensive and difficult to add into a portable camera rig, if you want consistency this is the device for you.

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Liza Brown
Liza Brown is a writer and a lover of all things video.
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