by Tim Fok | 18th February 2016
SmallHD has expanded its 700 series line with announcement of two new 7″ monitors. Taking the slimline, smartphone-like interface goodness from the original 702 and reducing the resolution and OLED brightness output, we are presented with the much more cost effective 701 Lite and 702 Lite monitors. Just like the 500 series, we get SDI/HDMI and HDMI only flavours in the 702 Lite and 701 Lite respectively. The original 702 monitor boasts itself as a daylight viewable monitor, sporting a 1920X1080 display at 1000 nits in brightness. These features are where the Lite version differentiates. Both the 701 Lite and the 702 Lite feature a 1200X800 display at 450 nits of brightness. For real world reference, the Atomos Shogun is 400 nits in brightness, and the Odyssey 7Q+ has a 1200 X 800 display, so the 701 Lite and 702 Lite are on a level playing field with these more or less, subbing the cheaper cost for the lack of recording abilities. Speaking of cost, the 701 Lite and 702 Lite come in at $699 and $899 respectively, a hefty saving on the $1494 SmallHD 702. Being an owner of the 502 monitor, I can say that the software in the 500/700 series from SmallHD is fantastic. Smartphone users will instantly become accustomed to the swipe functionality on the toggle joystick. This is great for setting up a host of pages for your display; one clean, one with a LUT, one with overlays for example. Looks like you get all the exposure and focus functions in the SmallHD 701 Lite and 702 Lite. Customisable peaking, focus assist, zebras, graphs etc.. LUTs can be loaded via SD card and sent downstream. The dual battery type/slot is genius. Canon LP-E6 up top, Sony NPF down low. One feature that has been lost with the 500/700 series is the lack of power from USB. The DP4 and DP7-Pro monitor could power the likes of the IDX CW-1 transmitter (or Radian example), making wireless link setups very compact. The current 500 and 700 series monitor all provide 5v at 0.5A, short of 0.7A-1A required for such wireless accessories. I would not expect to see a change in the Lite versions here, but it would be great if it were addressed across the line at some point (if not for the next generation). SmallHD 701 Lite Specification 7″ 1200 x 800 IPS LCD Display Brightness 450 cd/m2 Backlight LED SDI in/out HDMI in/out Custom Exposure/Focus Aids LUT support inc downstream send Weight 10 oz / 283 g (no battery) SmallHD 702 Lite Specification 7″ 1200 x 800 IPS LCD Display Brightness 450 cd/m2 Backlight LED HDMI in/out Custom Exposure/Focus Aids LUT support inc downstream send Weight 10 oz / 283 g (no battery)Read more
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