Hollyland Mars M1 Enhanced with camera
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Hollyland has launched its latest wireless monitoring product, the Hollyland Mars M1 Enhanced. Described as an all-in-one solution, the Mars M1 Enhanced integrates a transmitter, receiver and monitor into a single unit.

All in one

The Mars M1 Enhanced is an all-in-one transmitter, receiver and monitor solution. You can switch between the transmitter and receiver modes on the monitoring screen. One transmitter can also work with up to two receivers or four mobile apps. In addition, the Mars M1 Enhanced can be used together with other Hollyland products such as the Mars Pro and 4K. This means you can reduce the number of devices you need for a more efficient shooting experience.

Screen

Hollyland Mars M1 Enhanced
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The Mars M1 Enhanced features a 5.5-inch touch LCD screen with up to 1,000 nits of brightness. The display undergoes a professional color calibration during manufacturing so you can rely on the images you see. It also supports the Rec. 709 color gamut for excellent color rendition. In addition, you can use five selectable 3D LUT presets to customize the monitor to your preferred look. The Mars M1 Enhanced has all the tools you need to ensure that you capture great footage. These include waveform, LUTs, zebras, aspect marks, anamorphic de-squeeze and image flip.

Transmission range

Hollyland says that the Mars M1 Enhanced has a LOS (line of sight) range of 450 feet (150 meters) under laboratory conditions. This means you are likely to experience shorter distances in real-world use cases. However, it’s still an impressive indication of the device’s range. It also has an ultra-low latency of 0.08 seconds. In addition, the Mars M1 Enhanced has a Smart Channel Scan feature. Smart channel scan helps determine which channels are occupied so a stable connection is possible automatically at startup.

Build

Hollyland Mars M1 Enhanced back shot
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The Mars M1 Enhanced supports 4K/30 fps input and loopout over HDMI. It also offers SDI input for flexibility and compatibility for professional video production. The Mars M1 Enhanced is built with a highly impact-resistant body shell but weighs only 14.1 ounces (400 g). In addition, you can power the device with a wide range of options including NP-F batteries, batteries with a D-Tap interface and DC power options from 7V to 16V.

What we think

Hollyland Mars M1 Enhanced sides
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The comprehensive range of wireless monitoring solutions from Hollyland just got even better with the release of the Mars M1 Enhanced. The bright color-calibrated screen is ideal for ensuring that your footage is looking great. It’s also good to see that Hollyland has ensured that the Mars M1 Enhanced is compatible with many of its other products. This means you can integrate the Mars M1 Enhanced into your current wireless monitoring setup rather than having to start over.  If you are looking for a new wireless monitoring solution, or an upgrade to your current kit, the Hollyland Mars M1 Enhanced is one to check out.

Pricing and availability

The Hollyland Mars M1 Enhanced is on sale now and retails at $499.

Pete Tomkies is a freelance cinematographer and camera operator from Manchester, UK. He also produces and directs short films as Duck66 Films. Pete's latest short Once Bitten... won 15 awards and was selected for 105 film festivals around the world.