SmallHD has been a leading provider of high-end field monitors for professional video work. Up until now, their highest resolution monitors are found in their DP7-PRO series with a maximum resolution of 1280×800 which is just slightly over 720P.
With the influx of 4K capable cameras, a 1080P monitor is ideal to help ensure critical focus with the increased resolution that 4K provides. Atomos' recently released their Shogun took advantage of this market with both a stellar 1080P display and external 4K ProRes recording capabilities. The downside of the Shogun is the high cost, bulky size, and unnecessary recording capabilities for some.
SmallHD has just announced their plans to dive into the full 1080P market with the release of their 502 field monitor.
- 5-inch full 1080P HD panel (441 PPI)
- Small and light form-factor (6 oz. and 3/4 inches thin)
- Rugged design offers aluminum frame with rubberized chassis
- Support for HDMI or SDI
- Support for 3D LUTs (loaded via SD card)
- Quick 3-second boot time
- 85% NTSC Color Gamut (more than REC. 709)
- Helpful tools like framing guides, focus peaking, false color & zebras
- Can be powered by AC/DC adapter, D-tap, or LP-E6 batteries
Unfortunately, the biggest questions about this monitor concern its price and availability and these answers have not been released at this time. SmallHD will have the 502 on display at NAB which takes place in just a few weeks so I think it is safe to assume these details will be withheld from the public until then.
As a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and our Managing Editor, Colt loves testing out the newest tech products/services. His goal is to help better educate other consumers to ensure the most satisfying purchases decisions on consumer electronics and services. When he is not working on creating new content, Colt enjoys spending time with his two Australian Shepherds, Mia and Zoey.