SmallHD’s New 5-inch Monitor

Often overlooked on the set, proper monitoring is one of the most important aspects of digital filmmaking. Since most cinematographers are creating the look of the film on set, you really need to know what you’re capturing, especially in terms of focus.

SmallHD has quickly become one of the most innovative manufacturers of on-camera monitors for filmmakers. Their DP7-PRO, AC7, and DP4 series of monitors have been extremely popular with both indie and professional filmmakers.

SmallHD just announced a new product that will be a part of their new 500 Series of 5″ full HD on-camera monitors. The 502 has two digital inputs and delivers 1920 x 1080 resolution. It also looks sort of like a smart phone. Just from the look of the specs, the 502 looks like a very promising piece of gear. Can’t wait to see it at NAB.

Press Release

Cary, NC: March 25, 2015SmallHD, known for pioneering compact, high definition field monitors, announces the first product in its innovative new 500 Series of 5-inch Full HD on-camera monitors, the 502. Based on a brand new platform from SmallHD, this elegantly simple new device supports 2 digital inputs and delivers unprecedented 1920×1080 resolution images, achieving superior sharpness and detail in a compact, cost-effective package.

The slimline 5-inch diagonal screen takes HD monitoring to a whole new level. According to SmallHD co-founder Wes Phillips, “The image on the 502 is simply stunning. With a display that is sharper than the newest iPhone, shooters will be able to truly experience the full detail their cameras are capturing without breaking the bank.”

With a densely packed 441 pixel-per-inch screen, the cinematographer can depend on the 502 for critical focusing. It also features a 179-degree field of view for group viewing, and a wide color gamut that rivals OLED display technology.

The 502 supports 3G-SDI and HDMI input, output, and cross conversion. The monitor is format and frame rate agnostic, automatically adapting to a wide range of video signals. It provides the remarkable toolsets SmallHD users have come to expect, including the display of industry-standard and custom framing guides, focus assist, false color and zebra exposure indicators, and 3D LUT (lookup table) import. The monitor’s full-size SD card slot that facilitates 3D LUT import, also allows export of screen captures for continuity and other purposes.

An all-new operating system developed for the 502 and future SmallHD monitors greatly simplifies menu navigation. With a flick of the thumb the monitor will instantly zoom in or out of the source image, switch between tool presets, and zoom out to view 3 presets at once. The menus are designed to be conveniently customized to allow instant switching between frequently used features.

The 502 is rugged, housed in an aluminum frame with rubberized chassis, and is extremely portable, weighing in at only 9-oz (.25 kg) and measuring just 2.95” x 5.78” x 0.80” (75mm x 146.8mm x 20mm). The 502 monitor can be carried in the pocket, even with a pair of rechargeable LP-E6 batteries installed. The monitor can also be powered by an AC/DC adapter as well as from the D-tap on a camcorder or camera battery pack using the LP-E6 battery interface. Power draw from the monitor is paltry, allowing all-day operation off of two LP-E6 batteries under normal use. For more information about SmallHD products visit the 502’s official website.

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