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Forum: Pentax K-5 12-15-2011, 08:50 AM  
Pentax K-5 and external HDMI LCD screen
Posted By Nass
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Yeah, I think what differentiates the more pricey models from the not so pricey is the added functionality built into the unit. Not so pricey and you get a screen which will display, a bit more pricey and you get a screen which will display and a bunch of functions on the device that do things like peaking, assist focus, false colour, guides and so on.
Forum: Pentax K-5 12-09-2011, 10:32 AM  
Pentax K-5 and external HDMI LCD screen
Posted By Nass
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Do be aware that there's always a bit of delay using HDMI - part of a second? Personally I find the DP6 peaking and focus assist+ functions lifesavers for macro... But YMMV
Forum: Pentax K-5 11-02-2011, 11:06 AM  
Pentax K-5 and external HDMI LCD screen
Posted By Nass
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Yeah I've got the SmallHD DP6 and now use it with a K7. It's pretty nifty, has peaking too. The Marshall peaking looks slightly better but their models don't work with Pentax.
Forum: Pentax K-5 06-09-2011, 09:04 AM  
Pentax K-5 and external HDMI LCD screen
Posted By Nass
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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...?
Forum: Pentax K-5 06-09-2011, 07:01 AM  
Pentax K-5 and external HDMI LCD screen
Posted By Nass
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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
Forum: Pentax K-5 06-08-2011, 08:11 AM  
Pentax K-5 and external HDMI LCD screen
Posted By Nass
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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)
Forum: Pentax K-5 06-08-2011, 06:07 AM  
Pentax K-5 and external HDMI LCD screen
Posted By Nass
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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.
Forum: Pentax K-5 06-07-2011, 02:20 PM  
Pentax K-5 and external HDMI LCD screen
Posted By Nass
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Bloody UPS! Still don't have mine *whines*
Forum: Pentax K-5 06-03-2011, 06:38 AM  
Pentax K-5 and external HDMI LCD screen
Posted By Nass
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Just judging by the fact that these smallHD monitors get very very hot during extended use, seems to me that the monitor on the back of the cam is probably the likelier culprit? I'll test it, I can pull off temp. data in EXIF and compare temp with and without field monitor.
Forum: Pentax K-5 06-03-2011, 02:21 AM  
Pentax K-5 and external HDMI LCD screen
Posted By Nass
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Don't need a dry ice machine. As other have already said, the onboard monitor is automatically switched off when you use an HDMI field monitor. So actually the cam doesn't heat up or nor will the battery run out. So LiveView use is measured in hours rather than minutes with the only limitation being whether you have a spare battery charged up for the field monitor.
Forum: Pentax K-5 06-02-2011, 02:43 PM  
Pentax K-5 and external HDMI LCD screen
Posted By Nass
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We should compare notes. I've got a smallHD DP6 arriving tomorrow or Monday.
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