Camera monitors seem to be popping up a lot for me lately. Perhaps it’s just that I’ve been thinking about getting a couple lately. Or it could be the increase in photographers adding video to their repertoire that’s causing them to simply be more popular. Regardless, there are a few names that keep popping up. Aputure, Atomos, and SmallHD amongst them.
Today, I noticed that B&H are running a huge sale on the SmallHD 702 Bright on-camera monitor. It’s a 7″ 1080p display, with 1000 nits brightness, LUT support, HDMI passthrough, waveform, vectorscope, false colour, focus peaking and a whole bunch of other features. And it’s currently seeing a $700 discount. But if you want one, you’ll need to make a decision quick. The sale ends in just 15 hours.
This 7″ monitor shows 100% of the REC 709 colour gamut, and 85% of NTSC, at 323PPI with a 1920 pixel resolution. The brightness level of this thing is what really sets it apart, though. The LED backlit screen offers 1,000 nits, which should be plenty for viewing in bright conditions. By comparison, the OLED screen on the iPhone X is around 630 nits.
The price of the SmallHD 702 Bright is temporarily down from $1499 to a mere $799, which is a pretty amazing saving. It’s actually $500 cheaper than the smaller 502 Bright right now. So, if you’ve been considering one of those, now you can go larger and save some money at the same time.
You can get it for $799 here right now, but the sale does end in a little under 15 hours. So, if you want one, better hurry!
Personally, I think if I were spending this much money on a monitor, I’d want something that would be able to record, too. The Atomos Ninja Flame 7″ 4K, perhaps, which is the same as the 702 Bright sale price. It doesn’t have quite the same feature set, but it does offer even more brightness as well as 1080p and 4K UHD 4:2:2 ProRes recording.
If you still want to spend a little less or go a little smaller, then check out this comparison of the 5″ SmallHD Focus along with 3 other HD monitors.