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 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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