While can buy wireless HD monitors on the market, but even the cheaper kits are not very cheap. This is why I turned to making my own DIY wireless HD field monitor.
I’m going to use the device both as a standalone, wired unit (via the hdmi-cable) when shooting video so I get all the benefit from the resolution. I’m also going to use the wireless link when I’m doing aerial and flash photography.
The idea was to find an affordable 7″ monitor with a high resolution (1280×800) and with an in-built battery. I also planned to include a video link, that I had purchased earlier, to this project so the monitor box should also have enough space for a receiver. I wanted to use a higher end IPS monitor for better view angles and use in the sun.
- box (GBP 14.99) – RETEX Graphite Grey Aluminium Electronic Enclosure
- screen (GBP 41.72) – HDMI/VGA/2AV driver board VS-TY2662-V1+7inch 1280×800 N070ICG-LD1 IPS LCD panel
- video transmitter (GBP 23.38) – 5.8G 200mW FPV Video Audio 2KM Transmitter TS58200 + 8CH Receiver RC5808
- battery (GBP 6.99) –3000mAh 12V DC Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery Storage Capacity + AC Charger EU
- ballhead (GBP 7.97) – 2x Mini Ball Head 1/4″ Screw Mount
As space is limited, the only option was to start finding parts for the project from ebay. After finding a suitable case I started putting things together and placing parts.
I used a 122x47x190mm project box which looked like it could contain all the parts:
Sadly Happily, I had to cut a hole to fit the IPS panel
Here is how the IPS panel looks like along with the driver and keyboard
And this is the receiver
I am not going to go into the soldering and connecting parts, every out wire only has +/- one in location to go into. If you are not sure, look at the spec sheets that came with the products.
Next I fitted the receiver and battery: When the driver card for the screen and the video link receiver found their place I got to measure the size for the battery.
I had luck with the battery. When I removed some extra parts like the switch, LED and the wires, its measures got small enough to fit in the box.
Here is how the project looks from the back side:
Here is the box for the transmitter side:
Once everything got connected, I ran a quick test. DATA!
The project is not completed for me, though. In the future I’m going to update the antennas for the video link, improve the casing and update the battery (to Lipo battery) on the transmitter side.
About The Author
Hannu Ilkka is a 30-year-old electrician from in Tampere, Finland. He was always keen on photography and have a knack for DIY projects. Especially for photography. You can follow his work on 500px, Flickr, Facebook or on his personal blog.