Well we all know the LCD screen on the 5d mk II is very difficult to use, mainly because of it’s fixed position but also it’s size. Focusing is only really possible when using things like the Zacuto Z-Finder, Hoodman 3.0 or ideally, an external LCD monitor.
I currently own the Ikan 5600.
Here are the specs from Ikan: The V5600 features a panel resolution of 1024 x 600, switchable aspect ratios (16:9 or 4:3) and multiple inputs, including YUV, AV and HDMI. With a robust image that weighs less than a pound, the V5600 is the perfect solution for those seeking a small LCD monitor for field use on either full-size HD video cameras or the new HD-capable DSLR cameras
My thoughts…It’s way better than the LCD of the camera and the image is pretty nice. The output of the 5d mkII is quite odd. It has a mini HDMI socket (don’t bother buying the expensive canon ones, B&H do a nice cheap one!). Playback is full HD, obviously scaled down on this monitor, live output BEFORE you hit record in smaller than full screen, but still high resolution, but when you hit record the screen goes blank for about 3 seconds as the camera drops the resolution, not sure exactly what to…and the monitor re-calibrates, which is still absolutely fine for monitoring and focusing. just a bit annoying! Those three seconds could be crucial. Also you lose any audio playback when reviewing clips as having a lead plugged into the HDMI socket closes down both the LCD screen and the speaker. That would be a nice firmware upgrade, and simple too? Leave LCD on when plugging in external monitoring devices!
It’s not the best monitor in the world, nor did I expect it to be for the price, but if you are looking for something light, good size and good image take a look at it…make sure you get the adaptor to let you use Sony NPF batteries, I forgot and have had to order it, otherwise it’s mains only. It costs around $570. Worth getting the hood for when you film outside too…
Now this new monitor looks great, I have yet to see it and hope to review it soon, it’s the SmallHD.
Here are the specs from the website…
- A full 720P resolution in an 8.9″ diagonal
- Extensive Compatability
- Full RGB Color Control
- Single-piece aluminum chassis
- Bigger screen… Smaller overall
- 2 Year Warranty
Love the idea of it being 720p, should be gorgeous and crisp. Has nice connections including proper component phono plugs. Shame it doesn’t have HD-SDI but at this price, c’mon! People are moaning that it doesn’t have peaking too…This is REALLY cheap for the specs. I just hope the picture looks as good as it sounds. It’s a bit bigger than I would like ideally for mounting on the camera, but I guess it depends on how much it weighs…As soon as I can get hold of one I will report back!!
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