The Blackmagic Video Assist range of monitors has been a popular choice for many camera operators since the first versions were released. Now, Blackmagic has updated the Video Assist, with internal 12-bit BRAW recording in both 7″ and 5″ sizes. We caught up with Blackmagic at IBC 2019 to find out more about the capabilities of the new monitors.
I’ve become a big fan of Feelworld’s monitors over the past few months. While they don’t always offer the bells and whistles of some higher-end field monitors, they’re excellent value for money, especially if all you need a monitor for is to check composition and focus. But Feelworld has stepped up their game now with the new LUT7 monitor, offering a touchscreen UI, waveform, vectorscope, and LUT support. We stopped by their stand at IBC 2019 to find out more about it.
Just about all cameras come with a built-in EVF, so why would you spend thousands of dollars on a Zacuto Gratical HD EVF?
Well, not all EVF’s are created equal. Also, not all cameras are created equal when it comes to monitoring options. Here are some examples. The resolution and quality of built-in EVFs on cameras vary hugely. You may get a camera that is amazing, but its EVF is not the best. You may then also get a camera that has an amazing EVF, but the camera may be missing features. When it comes to the EVF, here are some of the features that could be missing in-camera, but the Gratical adds:
Initially announced last April, the Atomos Ninja V finally went on sale in January of this year. Since then, it has rapidly become one of the most popular 5″ monitor recorders out there. It has a wide range of versatility and some unique interaction with certain products like the Nikon Z6 & Z7 as well as the Panasonic S1 and S1R. We spoke with Atomos at NAB 2019 to find out more about the Ninja V and what it offers.
When the 5.2″ Atomos Shinobi was announced only last month, it got a lot of people very excited with its 1920×1080 pixel 1000 nit 427ppi touchscreen IPS display. Now we have a nice, fairly inexpensive HDMI field monitor capable of displaying 4K footage over HDMI with all of the usual bells and whistles we’ve come to know from Atomos’s higher-end recorder monitors.
The folks with higher-end cameras weren’t so pleased, though. While HDMI is ideal for those shooting DSLR or mirrorless cameras and others who only have HDMI outputs, those with more dedicated video cameras need SDI. Now, Atomos has announced a new SDI version of the Shinobi, and it’s only $499.
For me, the separation between SmallHD and Atomos was pretty clear. Atomos made recording monitors (mostly) and SmallHD made monitors that do not record. This is changing with Atomos latest Announcement, the Atomos Shinobi. The Atomos Shinobi is a 5.2″ on camera monitor that has (give or take) all the fancy features that the Atomos Ninja V has, sans internal recording and $300.