The SmallHD 502 5" Monitor

Makers of tiny field monitors, SmallHD, rolled back the curtain on the 502, a five-inch on-camera monitor capable of 1920 x 1080 Full HD monitoring. The diminuative device features a pixel density greater than an iPhone 6, which, according to SmallHD makes it the sharpest 5-inch camera-top monitor in the world.

Size and sharpness are just the tip of the iceberg with the 502 as color and contrast are the true strong suits for the display. Boasting the ability to produce 85% NTSC Color Gamut (greater than the REC. 709 color standard), the 502 looks to rival the color capabilities of OLED technology.

Looking to be universally adaptable, the SmallHD 502 uses custom processing to accept nearly any resolution and framerate from nearly any camera on the market. It builds on the 3D LUT functionality of their popular DP7-PRO Series, allowing shooters to apply an even higher resolution, more accurate 3D LUT, all in real time.

At the size, weight and resolution of the SmallHD 502, DSLR shooters obviously come to mind as the target market, but being this tiny makes it a good choice for gimbal and shoulder-rig work as well.

Navigating the 502's features forgos the now-popular touchscreen in favor of a joystick. The idea is to have all of the functionality of a touchscreen without all of the fingerprints and clumsiness. It also helps keep the cost of the device down considerably. Add in bluetooth control through an OEM remote, and touching the monitor becomes pretty much unnecessary.

Pricing and availability are not yet announced, but sign up to be notified first on the 502's announcement page.

Russ Fairley
Russ Fairley is a producer, editor and motion graphic designer who enjoys writing for Videomaker. He has also written for About.com (Lifewire.com), RedShark News, Modern Drummer Magazine, and others.He is an Adobe Certified Expert, Adobe Community Leader, and co-founder of After Effects Toronto, Canada's largest motion graphic user group.Fairley is the creator and editor of ProductionWorld.net, a popular production news website.

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