by Sebastian Wöber | 16th February 2017
SmallHD announced the 702 OLED, an upgrade to its popular 702 Bright field monitor, as well as a new 17″ reference grading monitor, the SmallHD 1703-P3 with 10-bit color processing. The SmallHD 702 OLED The upgraded SmallHD 702 OLED is a wide color-gamut field monitor with an OLED panel for color accuracy. According to the manufacturer, it is “slightly more sophisticated” than the top 0f the line smallHD 702 Bright. That said, this 7.7-inch panel seems to be limited to a resolution of 1280×800 pixels, just like its more affordable companions, the SmallHD 702 Lite and SmallHD 701 Lite, while the original SmallHD 702 Bright features a 1920×1080 panel. OLED certainly is appealing due to its rich and accurate color display, but $1,599 for a field monitor might be a stretch for most of us and seems like an attribute reserved for specific color critical applications. In terms of specs, the SmallHD 702 Bright has a higher resolution, larger viewing angle and more than twice the brightness. SmallHD 702 OLED Specs: Panel Type: OLED Size Diagonal: 7.7 Resolution: 1280×800 Aspect Ratio: 16:10 Native Brightness: 300 nits (For comparison: the 702 Bright features 1000) Colour Gamut: Wide Color Gamut Colour Depth: 24 Bit (8bpc) Viewing Angle: 160°+ Adjustable Backlight: Yes Temperature Adaptive Colour: Yes The SmallHD 1703-P3 This is SmallHD’s “first reference grade monitor”. Though the 1703 line already existed, the new SmallHD 1703-P3 features true 10-bit color processing and delivers 100 percent of the DCI-P3 color space with a 1500:1 contrast ratio, 450 nits of brightness and a 179° viewing angle, which is a lot more contrast and brightness than the 700:1 , 300 nits of the original SmallHD 1703. This monitor offers true reference grade cinema color, covering 100% of the DCI-P3 color space, which makes it the perfect monitor for DIT’s on-set and for mastering in post,” says SmallHD co-founder Wes Philips. Apparently, the 1703-P3 monitor comes pre-calibrated for DCI-P3 mastering. There’s one HDMI and two SDI inputs, as well as one HDMI and two SDI outputs, but apparently there are no composite connections. It seems to me like this monitor is directly competing monitors like the Flanders Scientific DM170, which has similar specs and price point at just under $4,000. This is not a cheap monitor and is certainly targeted at professional colorists who will appreciate the many useful features and high quality it comes with. It is remarkable to see what this company has achieved, having only a few years ago sold their first DP1 field monitor which I still use own. For more information on both monitors, go to SmallHD.com.Read more
by Olaf von Voss | 22nd August 2016
Being able to power your devices on set is crucial. For this reason, SmallHD’s recent update for its 500 & 700 series monitors is a really nice addition. There are now 5 different options to power the monitors externally, one for pretty much every scenario out there. 500 & 700 Series – Power Options The ‘bigger’ brothers in the lineup of SmallHD monitors, such as the AC7 or the DP7, had different power options right from the beginning. The 500 & 700 series of on-board monitors only offered support for Canon LP-E6 style batteries, as well as Sony L batteries for the 700 series. But this drawback is about to cease as the US-based company has just announced a variety of new power options for these monitors. One by one, the following power options are now available: DCA5 Kit ($139.99). The kit includes an LP-E6 dummy battery, as well as a 36-inch D-Tap cable for connecting the monitor to a D-Tap power source. The battery end of the cable is equipped with a standard barrel-type connector. DCA5 Kit – for powering via D-Tap DCA5 LEMO to D-Tap Kit ($279.99). With this you’ll be able to power up your monitor via a LEMO connection on one end of the cable and the common D-Tap connector on the other end. This kit is more on the pricey side of things, but if you’re handling a lot of LEMO powered devices, this should come as no surprise. DCA5 LEMO to D-Tap Kit Gold Mount Battery Bracket Kit ($249.99). If you want to attach a full-size Anton Bauer battery to the back of your 700 series monitor, you’ll need this kit. Again, an LP-E6-style dummy battery is provided in order to connect the Anton Bauer to the monitor itself. This setup might be of good use if you want to build a compact director’s monitor. Unfortunately, it’s not available for the 500 series. Gold Mount Battery Bracket Kit V-Mount Battery Bracket Kit. Do you prefer V-mounts as a power source instead? This kit provides everything you need. It’s almost the same as the gold mount version, so again, you’ll get a LP-E6-style dummy with it. DCA5 Barrel to AC Power Kit ($139.99). Actually, this one shouldn’t even be an additional accessory. Unfortunately, the 500 & 700 series monitor lack a proper AC input, but you can purchase this kit to get over that limitation and get constant power. DCA5 Barrel to AC Power Kit So, in addition to the already existing power option, the good old Canon LP-E6 style battery, these kits allow you to power up your 500 & 700 series SmallHD monitors with almost every power source you’ll find on set. The 700 series can also be powered with Sony L batteries, which adds up to 7 different power options for that model. That’s pretty amazing, considering that it’s always nice to have choices. But there is always a downside, right? This time, it’s the pricetag. $139.99 for an AC adapter that should be there in the first place? I don’t know… What do you think of this new variety of power options? source: SmallHD websiteRead more
by Tim Fok | 9th September 2015
SmallHD has announced a new 7″ LCD monitor. The 702 is the first of the 700 series line offering 1080p resolution and daylight viewable brightness. The 702 looks very much like a larger version of the SmallHD 502; sleek design with joystick and single button on the front. It has both HDMI and SDI in and out (expect cross conversion) and a very neat solution for offering both dual Canon LP-E6 and Sony NP-F batteries natively. It looks like one of the main selling points of the 702 is the high brightness display. We’ve seen this feature in their DP7-PRO High Bright, SmallHD label the new 700 series monitor as daylight viewable. The 702 offers 1000 NITs of brightness, if you’re not familiar with that measurement it is said to be 2-3x brighter than a traditional LCD. The DP7-PRO High Bright offers 1500 NITs, but the new anti-glare reflection coating is likely to compensate. “The LCD panel features optically bonded glass with anti-reflective coating. This greatly reduces glare and helps the high resolution, color accurate display remain visible.” Unsurprisingly like the 500 series monitors the SmallHD 702 will run on the Page Builder OS, expect the handy swipe between pages interface, customizable focus and exposure assists, 3D LUT support including custom & sending downstream. Pricing starts at $1499.00 and if it’s further more like the 500 series we may see a cheaper HDMI only version too at a later stage.Read more
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