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Joe Tyler
Suggestion for a good Field production monitor?
on Oct 29, 2009 at 8:13:04 pm

I'm thinking ONcamera. 9" may be the largest I would consider, HDMI or HDSDI.

I have a 24" Panasonic for confidence and color on location, but I'd like a little on-camera monitor to double check focus. I'm shooting tons with the Letus 35mm adapter and while the EX3s viewfinder is nice. I'm looking for a bit better with these shallower depths of field.

Marshall feels a little cheap, any experice with SmallHD? Nebtek? or any favorites? HDMI or HDSDI

Suggestions? Please and thanks.

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Clint Fleckenstein
Re: Suggestion for a good Field production monitor?
on Oct 30, 2009 at 3:48:57 pm

I'm looking too, although not for an on-camera monitor. I was wondering if any of you guys had heard anything about this JVC model: DT-V9L1DU.


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Bob Mark
Re: Suggestion for a good Field production monitor?
on Nov 2, 2009 at 4:12:24 am

Funny how these HD monitors have SD resolution.


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Rafael Amador
Re: Suggestion for a good Field production monitor?
on Nov 2, 2009 at 4:47:49 am

There are many new brands for HD monitors. You can have a look to the IKAN or the Manhattan LCD.
All those monitors (around 400/700US$) are really helpful on the field as reference monitors.
This may be enough.
If you want a Pro monitor then you have to go to something like the JVC or the Flanders.
Just the Videoscope of the Flanders makes this monitor very good value.
I want one.
About the JVC monitors I think that they are really good and normally much better priced than other brands.
I have one.

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Andy Mees
Re: Suggestion for a good Field production monitor?
on Nov 2, 2009 at 4:57:32 am

Not really Bob ... have you ever seen or even heard of a 7" monitor with full HD resolution? You might find the following post interesting:

I'll quote a few salient points noted in the above:

The vast majority of LCD panels used in professional broadcast monitors were NOT built specifically for that purpose. The capital investment needed to build a new LCD panel manufacturing plant is astronomical (think 500 Million+ dollar range). The broadcast market is simply not large enough for any of the big panel manufacturers (and there are only really a handful) to justify building a dedicated plant to building panels just for this industry.

Below 21.5" you find a very limited selection of native HD (1920x1080) panels because their is very limited demand for those on the consumer side.

I understand what you are saying about 'more resolution is better', but I assure you that is only true if all other characteristics are equal. I think even an untrained eye can tell you he likes the monitor with better off-axis viewing, wider color gamut, and better white uniformity...he may not be able to tell you exactly why, but even this 'Joe Consumer' will say "it just looks better." Resolution IMHO is secondary to these other characteristics and the untrained eye is much more likely to NOT notice the lower resolution, especially when dealing with smaller monitors.

... because of the computer world one of the dominant resolutions at the 7" size is becoming 800x480 (this is the WVGA standard). The consumer market (PDAs, Netbooks, portable DVD players,etc.) again drives the availability and resolution standard of these smaller panels.


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Reed Phillips
SmallHD Review
on Dec 2, 2009 at 4:01:49 pm


Here are a couple of links we particularly like ;-)


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