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
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SmallHD firmware update 2.2 is available for all 500 and 700 series monitors. The update includes a fully customizable vectorscope, on-screen battery display, dual zebras and most significantly pre-loaded Rec 709 LUTs for a host of log camera profiles. As a user of the SmallHD 502, I am really looking forward to the use of a pre-loaded log to Rec 709 LUTs. Support will include Sony S-log, Canon C-log, Arri Log C, and GoPro Protune—to name just a few. Of course, not all cameras support LUTs in-camera and those that do sometimes have a funny way of grouping certain outputs in regards to menu overlays and the internal recording (ahem… FS7… ahem). Therefore, it is good to have options at your disposal when recording one profile, sending another to your client, and viewing another yourself. Vectorscope is a welcome addition also, like all exposure aids it will be fully customizable in size, location, and opacity. Full list of features for SmallHD firmware update 2.2 for 500/700 series monitors: 1. Full Support for 700 Lite Series Monitors Added 2. A library of Reverse LOG LUTs has been added to the monitor. These are accessible using the LOOK Tool on any page 3. Default Calibration LUTs have been added to the 702, 702 Lite and 701 Lite 4. On-screen “Status Display” may now be enabled in the settings menu This feature displays: – Input Type – Input Format – Time – Battery Status- Voltage and Percent remaining for compatible LP-E6 Canon Batteries 5. LUTs now have an “intensity” slider – When modified on the Output Page the intensity of the LUT is altered downstream as well 6. Vectorscope has been added – Vectorscope displays data modified by LUTs loaded on pages 7. Settings menu option to automatically perform an image-capture when SDI Record signal occurs 8. Low Battery indicator now appears on top of video when a chipped Canon battery reports <15% remaining 9. Backdrop at boot time, background in collage, and background on individual pages changed from black to dark gray Improvements and Bug fixes: 1. Improvements to the “Calibration” settings page. – “Brightness, Contrast” renamed to “Black Point, White Point” 2. “No Signal” text now includes source signal -> “No HDMI Signal” | “No SDI Signal” 3. Up to 2 zebra tools may be enabled simultaneously 4. Waveform Improvements: – User-selectable intensity – User-selectable Color when in “LUMA” mode 5. Improved LUT support: – LUTs with negative values should now load – LUTs with values that range from 0.0-1.0, but also include illegal values above 1.0 should also now load 6. Fixed a bug that kept some joysticks from working when upside down SmallHD firmware update 2.2 can be downloaded here, where you’ll also find instructions on installation.Read more
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
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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