Touchscreen monitor in Focus15 September 2017
The SmallHD Focus DSLR monitor is the company’s new entry-level model and its first touchscreen unit. The low cost (£435+VAT), lightweight on-camera 5-inch 1280×720 IPS display is powered by a Sony NPF (L Series) battery and can also power a camera via its USB output. This is useful for extending run times on cameras such as Sony’s A7S (power kits are also available for Canon, Panasonic and Nikon cameras). It connects to the camera via a Micro HDMI input with port protection.
“It comes with a lovely articulating mount with cold shoe for a microphone adaptor,” said Richard Payne, head of technology, Holdan, which is distributing the Focus. The Tilt Arm allows the Focus to tilt 180º for easier viewing, while clips on the back of the mount should help avoid getting cables tangled.
It is daylight-viewable at 800 nits, “which is a lot brighter than usual at that price”, said Payne, and offers the same menus as SmallHD’s other models, with such features as waveform, false colour, focus assist, 3D LUTs, vectorscope, peaking.
It also features pixel zoom, which allows users to pinch to zoom. “It can be used with UHD HDMI input, and will keep the quality as you zoom in,” said Payne.