Friday, August 18, 2017

SmallHD Focus 5" Monitor Unboxing - Panasonic Bundle

I found that when traveling and trying to shoot video, I often find the built in LCD screens for most DSLR and mirrorless cameras tend to be extremely hard to see in bright sunlight, and it can also be difficult to nail critical focus with such a small screen.  A loupe or an expensive 3rd party EVF could have been the solution, but I opted to go with the SmallHD Focus 5" monitor which retails for $599 USD for the camera specific bundles or $499 USD for the monitor by itself.

The camera bundles includes a dummy battery to power your camera from the monitor battery, a tilt arm for mounting to a hot/cold shoe, and several other very useful accessories. A couple of bonus items that caught me by surprise were the tempered glass screen protector, and the full sized HDMI coupler. Kudos to SmallHD for including these items.

This monitor is supposed to be great in bright sunlight and has built in focus and exposure assist tools. We shall see... Once I thoroughly test it out, I'll be back with a more in-depth review. If it does what it's supposed to do, I believe it will be a great monitor to travel with when you need to make sure your shots are the best they can be. Stay tuned...

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