SmallHD goes big with the new FOCUS 7″ 4K touchscreen field monitor

Mar 7, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

SmallHD goes big with the new FOCUS 7″ 4K touchscreen field monitor

Mar 7, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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The new SmallHD Focus 7 brings not only a size upgrade over the previous SmallHD Focus model but also some tech upgrades. It has a 1920×1200 touchscreen display, supports 4K video input, it a compact design weighing only 386g that features four separate 1/4-20″ mounting threads, and is powered by a pair of hot-swappable Sony L series integrated batteries.

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The SmallHD Focus 7 boasts an impressive feature set.

  • 7″ 1920×1200 touchscreen 10-bit IPS display with 160° viewing angle
  • 1,000 nit brightness for daylight viewing
  • A full-sized HDMI input
  • Accepts up to 4K UHD 30fps signals with no noticeable lag (1080p up to 60fps)
  • 4 1/4-20″ mounting sockets
  • 2x Sony L series battery slots (hot swappable)
  • 75% DCI-P3 colour reproduction
  • Unlimited real-time 3D LUTs via full sized SD card slot
  • 7.2V output for powering cameras from Sony L batteries

So, gone is the micro HDMI input, the brightness has had a nice boost, dual hot-swappable batteries so that you don’t need to stop the whole production when one dies, and it can power your camera. But it features the Touchscreen, sleek rugged design and light weight that users of the original have become accustomed to.

The touchscreen LCD allows you to pinch zoom just like you can with photos on your phone, and of course it features all of the usual tools we’d expect from a field monitor of this calibre. So, it’s got focus peaking, false colour, zebras, waveform, vectorscope, histogram and RGB parade. And with the full sized SD card slot, you can store an unlimited number of LUT files for a live preview of your final shot while you’re recording.

Overall, it looks like an impressive upgrade to the slightly smaller SmallHD Focus 5″ screen, while still offering a lot of familiarity for existing users.

The SmallHD 7 is available to buy now for $699 and is already shipping.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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    not bad