Top 7 field monitors

Alexandria Huff's recent article written on highlights the 7 best external camera monitors and how to choose which one is right for you. He says "external recording monitors are essential tools for analyzing composition, color, exposure, and for backing up your footage." 


Here are his favorites! 

  1. Atomos Ninja V 
    The Ninja V has a super bright 5” HDR display and gives you increased dynamic range on-screen. Add to this the flexibility to record up to 4Kp60 over HDMI 2.0 or SDI in a range of codecs including Apple ProRes, ProRes RAW and Avid DNxHR. It supports Log formats from ARRI, Canon, Panasonic, RED, and Sony as well as Apple ProRes Raw from the Nikon Z6 and Z7.

  2. Another Atomos product! The Atomos Shogun Inferno
    The Shogun Inferno is the big brother to the Ninja V. It has a 7” monitor packed full with a wide range of professional features, including an extensive range of I/O ports and 20 x 1200 resolution, giving room for additional information underneath the Full HD footage. The Shogun can capture both raw and Log footage from Sony, Canon, ARRI, Panason, JVC, and RED.

  3. Atomos Sumo 19
    The Sumo 19 monitor-recorder records 4K 12bit Raw, 10bit ProRes/DNxHR, plus 1080p60 live switching and recording. It large 19" screen makes it a great option for directors monitoring their footage from the side. 

  4. Blackmagic Video Assist 4K
    "The Blackmagic Video Assist 4K gives you another option for a premium 7” monitor but at a more accessible price point than the Atomos Shogun, says Huff. It gives you recording capabilities up to UHD 4K at 30p in Apple ProRes 422 HQ format. You get a range of I/O ports as well as multiple mounting options, allowing you to fit it into almost any setup you want."

  5. Blackmagic Video Assist 5” 12G HDR
    This is a great option for a portable monitor setup with its super bright 5" monitor. It offers Full HD resolution, an SD memory card slot and USB Type-C 3.1.

  6. SmallHD Cine 7
    The SmallHD Cine 7 offers a 7" monitor with a very bright Full HD touchscreen. Huff says "to unleash the full power of the Cine 7, you can pair it with a Teradek system allowing for wireless monitoring as well as follow focus system capabilities."

  7. SmalHD Focus OLED
    The SmalHD Focus OLED offers a 5" touchscreen monitor and features including including waveform, false color, vectorscope, focus peaking, and real-time 3D LUTs.

Check out the full article here!

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