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06-07-2011, 01:07 PM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by Harald Quote
- bigger than expected, especially with battery

Let see how this handles in real work.....
That why I choose my screen, more expensive but in the back there is a built-in battery.

I wonder how it works.

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Bloody UPS! Still don't have mine *whines*
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So I got my SmallHD Pentax Field Monitor at work this morning and first impressions are very good indeed.
  • As expected the HDMI field monitor takes over everything you'd see on the back of your cam which itself is left off.
  • Unlike the Marshall 5", the signal is fine, and on all resolutions.
  • Beautiful high res display which can be stretched, squashed and viewed 1:1 pixel by pixel. You can lose any black bars that you want on 480, and you can resize it in various ways to more or less lose all black bars on the other settings too.
  • Sits comfortably on the flash bracket with a very thin rechargable battery on the back (comes precharged).
  • Solid as a brick, and the anti-scratch screen fits beautifully.
  • The focus assist feature works really well, as does peaking, false colour etc.
  • It has a split screen feature which allows for 2 simultaneously visible inputs, one via hdmi one via composite.
  • The factory colour setting looks pretty far off the mark but there are all sorts of controls to correct it.
  • The screen remote which I thought looked a bit gimmicky is in fact very useful.
  • I'm on SmallHD V1.3; V2 is due to come out soon which is a free upgrade with yet more functionality - colour assists, grids etc

I'll put it through its paces properly and report back in due course.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Nass Quote
So I got my SmallHD Pentax Field Monitor at work this morning and first impressions are very good indeed.
  • As expected the HDMI field monitor takes over everything you'd see on the back of your cam which itself is left off.
  • Unlike the Marshall 5", the signal is fine, and on all resolutions.
  • Beautiful high res display which can be stretched, squashed and viewed 1:1 pixel by pixel. You can lose any black bars that you want on 480, and you can resize it in various ways to more or less lose all black bars on the other settings too.
  • Sits comfortably on the flash bracket with a very thin rechargable battery on the back (comes precharged).
  • Solid as a brick, and the anti-scratch screen fits beautifully.
  • The focus assist feature works really well, as does peaking, false colour etc.
  • It has a split screen feature which allows for 2 simultaneously visible inputs, one via hdmi one via composite.
  • The factory colour setting looks pretty far off the mark but there are all sorts of controls to correct it.
  • The screen remote which I thought looked a bit gimmicky is in fact very useful.
  • I'm on SmallHD V1.3; V2 is due to come out soon which is a free upgrade with yet more functionality - colour assists, grids etc

I'll put it through its paces properly and report back in due course.
I was getting all excited about this one.....and then I saw the price. Holy crap! $900?

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Maybe the smaller model due to come out this month would be the one to look at for you - the DP4. This does have a different resolution though, which was one of various reasons offered for the Marshall 5" one not working (allegedly us pentaxians need 720 min)
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QuoteOriginally posted by Nass Quote
  • Beautiful high res display which can be stretched, squashed and viewed 1:1 pixel by pixel. You can lose any black bars that you want on 480, and you can resize it in various ways to more or less lose all black bars on the other settings too.

I'll put it through its paces properly and report back in due course.
I'm very interested in the future that ther are no black bars when recording video (playing them is different, since then it futures 16:9 output) and how that works for resolution, since the video recording output, the little screen between all the bars is only 640*360 pixels.

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I was getting all excited about this one.....and then I saw the price. Holy crap! $900?
Yes indeed, that is why I bought something else.
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maybe in the not far future some chinese cheap one will appear on ebay......
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If there isn't already, there will soon probably be a tablet with a HDMI input for less money, lighter weight, and many more uses, not to mention a really large screen. I'll just wait.

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Yes I think there's already one -- APad - Android 2.1 MID Tablet with 7 Inch HD Touchscreen + WiFi - US$ 299.98. I had a long hard look at what could and couldn't be done with my iPad but I couldn't find a way of using it as a livescreen viewer without it getting nasty in some way. I could also have used my laptop but that rather defeated the goal of small and light.

Where these specialist field monitors differentiate themselves is the extra functionality like peaking and fine focus filter etc which give you functionality over and beyond it being an extravagant large articulated screen. No denying though that HDMI gives a much cleaner liveview than composite as well. BUT! for anyone feeling constructive who is looking for a field monitor on a budget that uses composite - have a look at this $28 project: Dirt Cheep Monitor project! | DSLR Film Noob
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QuoteOriginally posted by Nass Quote
Yes I think there's already one -- APad - Android 2.1 MID Tablet with 7 Inch HD Touchscreen + WiFi - US$ 299.98. I had a long hard look at what could and couldn't be done with my iPad but I couldn't find a way of using it as a livescreen viewer without it getting nasty in some way. I could also have used my laptop but that rather defeated the goal of small and light.

Where these specialist field monitors differentiate themselves is the extra functionality like peaking and fine focus filter etc which give you functionality over and beyond it being an extravagant large articulated screen. No denying though that HDMI gives a much cleaner liveview than composite as well. BUT! for anyone feeling constructive who is looking for a field monitor on a budget that uses composite - have a look at this $28 project: Dirt Cheep Monitor project! | DSLR Film Noob
I don't think that will work since most of those devices only run HDMI-Out so you cannot put in your videosignal. Try your laptop and report how it works.

Other problem is that the output of our camera is very different between HDMI and DC-out, so we have to get a screen with HDMI and they are expensive.
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Yes, that was my initial thought too. But according to this thread here, it can take HDMI in as well - Recent 7-10 inch tablet for field monitor? - Canon Digital Photography Forums

The output is different, yes - but you don't absolutely have to have HDMI. It's better quality, agreed, but if you're on a budget and just want a larger view, composite will display on external screens...?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Nass Quote
Yes, that was my initial thought too. But according to this thread here, it can take HDMI in as well - Recent 7-10 inch tablet for field monitor? - Canon Digital Photography Forums

The output is different, yes - but you don't absolutely have to have HDMI. It's better quality, agreed, but if you're on a budget and just want a larger view, composite will display on external screens...?
There is no reporting off it does work!!!!!
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Resurrecting an old thread ... again!

So I got into the habit of resurrecting old threads and this one seems to be quite appropriate for what I am looking for:

A small, orientable external monitor which I could use for taking bird "low shots" without having to crouch low in mud .... is there anything out there resembling what I am looking for?
I mean, Canon 60D has an orientable monitor that does just that.

Any suggestion(s) would be appreciated!

Thanks.

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The Zacuto ZFinder/EVF is where I am heading when I get an extra $750 or so. FYI the Zacuto website is horrible, so don't go there.

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$750? That's a lot of clams.

Try searching eBay for 'Lilliput LCD field monitor" to get a 7 inch HDMI field monitor for about US $200.
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