SmallHD have added to their new Production Monitor lineup with the new, 13″ 1300 series. The 1303 Studio and 1303 HDR are scaled down versions of the 17″,24″ and 32″ monitors we saw a few months back, boasting the same key features such as daylight view display, full LUT support, power out for accessories and broad range of exposure and focus aids. It was just prior to NAB 2016 when SmallHD announced their new line of Production Monitors. The now Vitec brand were previously known as a linchpin for on-camera monitoring, and took a natural step into production monitors with their 1700, 2400 and 3200 series. Now, as IBC 2016 gets into full swing, we see some new additions to the line up: the SmallHD 1303 HDR and 1303 Studio. Little comes in changes aside from the smaller size. The 1303 monitors are packed full of the features found on the larger Production Monitors. Here they are at a glance: 13″, 1920×1080 Display 170 PPI (Pixel Density) HD-SDI and HDMI Video I/O 1500 NIT display (HDR, Studio 400 NITs) Colorflow 3D LUT Processing 10-Bit Color Intelligence Engine Page Builder OS RapidRail Shoe-Mount System Aluminum Construction Lemo/XLR in/out for Power Besides a solid image, SmallHD has really put focus on their Production Monitors being robust, ease to manoeuvre and expandable with accessories. Their quick RapidRail shoe mount on the back is great for quickly adding accessories like a wireless receiver, as well as offering power out via Lemo/XLR. As the above spec, the brightness output of each panel separates the two 1300 series monitors, the former offering 1500NITs of brightness over the 400 NITs found in the latter. Looks like the 1303 HDR will retail for $3499 and the 1303 Studio will retail for $2799.Read more
The Cinemartin VENUS is a recently announced high-brightness slimline monitor that provides a professional solution at a competitive price. For a limited time only, it is available with a very attractive rebate offer. Rated at 1000 NIT, the VENUS‘s high brightness makes monitoring and focusing easier when shooting in sunlight, or in situations that present a wide dynamic range. 10-Bit processing allows for more colour information to be displayed too, with up to 1.07 billion colours. This is achieved by FRC (8+2 Bit) ‘that produces an effect to see cleaner, natural, and a greater range of colours’. The monitor is slimline, with an average depth of only 11mm that makes it thinner and lighter than the Atomos Ninja Flame and the SmallHD 702 Bright. Its aluminium chassis makes for a small and light monitoring package that can be used with many cameras via HDMI. The downside to this monitor would be, as noted by the manufacturer: the Cinemartin VENUS is designed to be slim, durable and affordable, choosing to leave out advanced features such as peaking, waveform, vectorscopes, overlays for framing or LUT support. You would have to look at around the $1000.00 price mark for these features. The controls are accessed via buttons on the rear of the monitor rather than through a touchscreen. The reason is that touchscreen functionality would decrease the monitors brightness by 2 stops. On release, the price is certainly very affordable for a high brightness monitor in comparison to other higher-priced products, such as from SmallHD or Atomos. Whether the quality holds up to the other products available, I’m not sure yet. After using Lilliput monitors for a while, I made the switch to Atomos when seeing the visual quality improvement that they offered. The package includes free shipping, 2 battery plates and software for ProRes and HEVC H.265 encoding (valued at €199.00), with a price tag of only $795.00 (€695.00). As part of a limited offer, if you purchase a monitor and send back a video review, Cinemartin will refund $200.00, making the purchase cost $595.00 (€495.00) in the end. Cinemartin VENUS – Specs: Luminance from 700 to 1000 NIT. Bit Depth: 10 Bit (8+2 FRC). True 1920×1080 resolution. 7 inch screen size. Runs on Sony NP batteries. HDMI input. UI features – brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, flip, stretch (16:9 to 4:3), colour temperature. Power rated at 9W. Includes software for ProRes and HEVC H.265 encoding (valued at €199.00), and two battery plates. Are you looking for a high brightness monitor? Could the Cinemartin VENUS be it? Let us know in the comments.Read more
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