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7-inch on-board monitor sees the light of day

A new series of daylight-viewable 7-inch full HD on-board monitors has been unveiled by SmallHD. Based on a new cost-effective platform, the 700 Series monitors come in a very slim, lightweight form factor and promise to provide an accurate 1080p display of focus, exposure, colour rendition and framing, even in broad daylight.

The 323 pixels-per-inch, 1920×1200 display boasts 1000 NITs of brightness plus a bonded glass protector with an anti-reflective coating, offering improved contrast. Its aluminium housing and an optional acrylic screen protector are designed to survive harsh shooting environments.

Features include 3D LUT video output to downstream devices, built-in dual-purpose battery slots than can hold either Canon LP-E6 or Sony L-Series batteries, as well as AC adapter or P-Tap power inputs. Custom 3D lookup tables can be imported via the monitor’s SD card slot, which also allows importing JPEG images of background plates to be overlaid with live video to help match angles.

Various exposure and focus assist features (such as waveform, RGB parade, peaking, HDMI/SDI signal conversion, and image capture) are accessible via a convenient joystick and back button.

For less than $1500, the 701 has HDMI I/O, while the 702 has both HDMI and SDI I/O and provides cross conversion between its inputs and outputs.