An interview from the 2017 National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas with Wes Phillips of SmallHD. SmallHD has made a name as the leading innovator of on-camera monitoring solutions for professional cinematographers, videographers, and photographers worldwide. Creators of the world’s first high definition on-camera monitor, SmallHD continues to push the envelope of what’s possible in an on-camera display by combining advanced cutting-edge technology with accessible pricing. In this interview Wes talks with us about the 5-inch 503 and 7-inch 703 UltraBright HDR Monitors, as well as SmallHD's first touchscreen HD video monitor, the FOCUS.
SmallHD introduces the new 5-inch and 7-inch UltraBright monitors with breakthrough viewing in full sunlight. The 503 displays a bright 2200-nits while the 703 displays 2500-nits. These on-camera monitors feature a 10-bit, 1920×1080 IPS LCD optically bonded Gorilla Glass screen with LEMO power and both the 503 and 703 UltraBrights offer HDR Preview. For more accurate onset exposure adjustment, users may select Camera Input Gamma in the settings menu and individually tweak footage white point and black point via data values in the form of a histogram.
The UltraBright monitors have SDI and HDMI inputs and outputs featuring built-in cross conversion. A Dual View function allows either two SDI or an SDI and an HDMI input to be displayed side-by-side—an advantage for A/B camera set-ups or viewing LOG and DeLOG footage onset.
Like SmallHD’s other monitors, a useful suite of tools is included in the UltraBrights, offering functions including 3D LUT support, HD Waveform and scopes, Focus and Exposure Assists, and PageBuilder OS that allows customizing menus to each camera operator’s individual preference.
The FOCUS is SmallHD's first touchscreen HD video monitor, the FOCUS. For use with small, low profile camera setups, the 5-inch FOCUS provides daylight visibility and an out-of-the-box mounting solution for under $500.
The FOCUS has a daylight-viewable 800 nit display, which is sharp enough to achieve critical focus and bright enough to be used outdoors. The lightweight FOCUS attaches securely atop the camera via shoe mount with the included Tilt Arm. With 180 degrees of vertical rotation, the Tilt Arm allows run-and-gun shooters to make quick, smooth monitor adjustments. Included on the FOCUS’ mount is an extra shoe mount for accessories like microphones and video lights.
Along with the included Tilt Arm, DSLR and mirrorless camera users will benefit from the FOCUS’ ability to pass through power to the camera. With a center-mounted Sony L Series battery, the FOCUS can power small format cameras like the Sony Alpha series with its auxiliary power out and camera specific battery adapter cables. This means 2-3 times the camera battery life and fewer batteries to carry, while enjoying a daylight viewable display in the field.
The FOCUS is equipped with micro HDMI input, an SD card slot for loading 3D LUTs, and SmallHD’s professional suite of software tools. Activating tools such as Waveform, Focus Assist, or Pixel Zoom is done with simple touch or swipe of the screen. The touchscreen functionality, combined with the compact size of the FOCUS, makes this 5-inch display a true low-profile monitoring tool with high production value.
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