by Thomas Price | 7th April 2016
Three SmallHD Production Monitors have been announced. They may be a little larger than the company’s standard offerings, but they look very promising indeed! Let’s take a quick peek at what these models will bring to the world of field monitoring. HDR ready The size of the new SmallHD Production Monitors isn’t the only pleasant surprise the company has brought with their new announcement. Their 10-bit, 1000+ NIT displays are bringing HDR previews to the field. In a world where standard displays are truncating log and the like, SmallHD’s three new models are looking for a revolution. The two smaller models offer 1,000 NIT (cd/m2) output, giving them SmallHD’s HDR Preview capability. Their big brother, however, has really pushed the boat out. The 32″ Small HD Production Monitor comes with a 1,500 NIT output allowing for True HDR Rendering ! Forget about truncation. Wave goodbye to messing around with gamma curves and LUTs. See the world as your picture profile intended with SmallHD Production Monitors! SmallHD Production Monitors can also be color-calibrated with a calibration probe that is sold separately. Ain’t no sunshine! Of course, super-bright displays are also useful for other things. If the sun is the bane of your life, SmallHD Production Monitors may be just what you’re looking for. In the words of SmallHD themselves: Give ambient light a dropkick to the face with up to 1500 NITs brightness. Thanks, SmallHD! I will. Wireless monitoring Keeping up with the Kardashians is hard. Fortunately, SmallHD Production Monitors haven’t had to try. Instead, they’re keeping up with the ever-growing trend of wireless monitoring. This is thanks to their new RapidRail shoe-mount. To the rear of each model, you’ll find slots for standard shoe-mount accessories. With these monitors, we can well and truly leave the screwing around to Kim and Co. Of course, our accessories will need power. Instead of marrying Kanye West, SmallHD have opted for 3 USB ports and a 12V LEMO output. I have to say I am glad of this. I didn’t want to sign up for Tidal anyway. Powering the monitors themselves is done via AC or DC. You can also opt for a Gold-mount battery plate, which is sold separately. Page Builder OS Carrying on from the success of the 500 & 700 series, the new SmallHD Production Monitors come loaded with Page Builder OS; it allows simple navigation of monitors’ functionality with a joystick. Meanwhile, front-panel buttons are in place for quick access to commonly used monitoring functions. Tough as old boots The impressive tech offered by the SmallHD Production Monitors is all housed in an all aluminum housing. That’s lucky because the last thing you want if for the gear you’ve bought to future-proof your work to last less than a year. When all is said and done, there doesn’t seem to be much that SmallHD haven’t thought about when it comes to designing these production monitors. That’s no surprise, given their pedigree for creating awesome monitoring devices. I am definitely excited to get my hands on one of these bad boys – are you? Let me know in the comments! SmallHD 1703 HDR 17″ Specs 17″, 1920×1080 Display HDR Preview SDI and HDMI Video I/O Bright 1000 cd/m² Panel Colorflow 3D LUT Processing 10-Bit Color Intelligence Engine Page Builder OS RapidRail Shoe-Mount System Aluminum Construction 1 x IEC AC input, 1 x 4-pin XLR 1 x 12 VDC LEMO, 3 x USB (0.5 A max output) SmallHD 2403 HDR 24″ Specs 24″, 1920 x 1080 Display HDR Preview SDI and HDMI Video I/O Bright 1000 cd/m² Panel Colorflow 3D LUT Processing 10-Bit Color Intelligence Engine Page Builder OS RapidRail Shoe-Mount System Aluminum Construction 1 x IEC AC input, 1 x 4-pin XLR 1 x 12 VDC LEMO, 3 x USB (0.5 A max output) SmallHD 3203 HDR 32″ Specs 32″, 1920 x 1080 Display True HDR Rendering SDI and HDMI Video I/O Bright 1500 cd/m² Panel Colorflow 3D LUT Processing 10-Bit Color Intelligence Engine Page Builder OS RapidRail Shoe-Mount System Aluminum Construction 1 x IEC AC input, 1 x 4-pin XLR 1 x 12 VDC LEMO, 3 x USB (0.5 A max output) More info on smallhd.comRead more
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