SmallHD live up to their name with 5″ device

SmallHD have announced a tiny new on-camera monitor to be launched at NAB 2015.

The 5″Ā device, which looks unnervingly as if someone took a smartphone and removed all the phone, boasts a whacking Full HD display of 1920 x 1080 pixels, giving it a DPI count of 441 which is better, they say, than the latest iPhone.

SmallHD "502" 5 inch monitor on flexible arm
SmallHD “502” 5 inch monitor on flexible arm

It’s branded the 502 and is the first in a series of similarly sized monitors. The company says it has a 179 degree field of view and a colour gamut that “rivals OLED”!

The monitorĀ supports 3G-SDI and HDMI input, output, and cross conversion. The monitor is format and frame rate agnostic, automatically adapting to a wide range of video signals.

It will display framing guides, focus assist, false color and zebra bars with 3D LUT (lookup table) import from a full-size SD card slot which also provides a snapshot image export facility. Neat.

It uses an aluminium frame with rubberised chassis and weighs in at 0.25 kg (9-oz), measuring 75mm x 146.8mm x 20mm (2.95ā€ x 5.78ā€ x 0.80ā€)

Power comes from a DC mains adapter, D-tap, camera battery via LP-E6 plate, or a pair of rechargeable LP-E6 batteries which SmallHD reckon will last “all day”

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The company has also announced a rather splendid-looking EVF version of the same monitor – in other words, the 502 with a viewfinder lens attached, which rotates into position over the monitor when you’re using it on-camera.

Here, a picture will help, we think:

SmallHD SideFinder half open
SmallHD SideFinder half open

They’re badging it the “SideFinder” – nice – and will reveal price and availability at NAB in a couple of weeks. It ships with a side-mount bracketĀ butĀ can be fastened to any camera using a 15mm rod system, Ā¼-20 based EVF mount, NATO rail clamp orĀ an Arri-style Rosette mount. More info atĀ

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