Best Camera Monitors

Best Camera Monitors – Camera monitors can be great tools for filmmakers offering flexibility in monitoring and recording or even wireless. It’s important to consider the features that fit your workflow needs. Finding that perfect balance between functionality and price point starts by asking yourself a question: What type of monitor is best for me? If you have found a preferred monitor already, let us know in the comments below.

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1.Atomos Ninja V

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The Atomos Ninja V could be one of the best video accessories you buy. If you use your mirrorless camera to shoot video then you’ll soon realize the standard screen is small and often difficult to see, especially if it isn’t fully articulated. And the majority lack professional-style monitoring tools like waveforms, vectorscopes or false color. Almost all mirrorless cameras have limits on how long you can record for and the footage is often heavily compressed to squeeze onto memory cards.

By using a combined on-camera monitor and recorder unit like the Atomos Ninja V, not only do you get a better view of what’s going on but tools to help you set your camera accurately in terms of focusing and exposure. And for many, the biggest benefit is the recorder often improves the actual quality of the footage.

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2.Blackmagic

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Add professional monitoring and high-quality recording to virtually any camera with the Video Assist 5″ 12G-SDI/HDMI HDR Recording Monitor from Blackmagic Design. It features a bright 5″, 1920 x 1080 display with 2500 cd/m² brightness to help you frame and focus your shots, and provides 12G-SDI and HDMI inputs for recording the video output from professional and consumer cameras. You can monitor and record HDR video up to DCI 4K, UHD 4K, 2K, or HD 10-bit 4:2:2 and up to 16 channels of embedded 24-bit 48 kHz audio.

The Video Assist records using a single high-speed UHS-II SD slot to SDHC/XC memory cards. You can also use the USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port to record to an external drive, as well as use it for configuring and upgrading the monitor. Video is recorded using industry-standard Apple ProRes (HQ, 422, LT, or Proxy) and Avid DNxHD and DNxHR codecs.

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3.FEELWORLD F6

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Feelworld is known for making one of the best budget camera monitors. I’ve used the F7 model for a long time but I wanted something smaller and I went with the F6 model that has a smaller 5.7” display and some other useful features. Learn more in our Feelworld F6 review.

In terms of the design, the Feelworld F6 is made of quality plastic. Even though the difference is not significant, I found the overall build quality to be slightly better than the F7 monitor that I also like using.

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4.SmallHD Focus OLED

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The FOCUS is powered by a standard Sony L-battery, those large batteries that can pack lots of electrons. SmallHD also has a kit of accessories to fit a fake battery inside your camera so that the big L-battery powers both your camera and the FOCUS monitor!

One of the accessories that comes with the FOCUS is a tilt arm that allows you to install the monitor in your camera’s hotshoe mount. The display can tilt from face to back very easily and it even auto-rotates the image on the display. The word that keeps coming up in my head is simplicity.

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5.Lilliput A7s

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The A7S 7″ Full HD Monitor with red rubber case from Lilliput features an HDMI 1.4 input, making it suitable for UHD 4K filmmaking and photography. With a 16:10 aspect ratio and 1000:1 contrast ratio, the LCD panel displays Full HD images. The HDMI loop-through function allows you to output via HDMI to any other compatible device.

If you have upgraded to the 4K workspace, the A7S offers control over your shooting workflow both in the field and studio. You can create shortcuts to your favorite and most used monitor functions using the two customizable function keys. You can mount the monitor onto your camera by attaching the included shoe mount adapter to the 1/4″-20 threads at the bottom. You can also use the VESA 75 hole at the back to attach the A7S to other mounts.

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Best Camera Monitors – On-camera monitors may seem like a luxury to anyone new to video, but most videographers see them as a necessity on a shoot. They offer so many additional features when compared to the tiny displays on the back of most cine cameras, mirrorless cameras or DSLRs. They’re also ideal for both vloggers and photographers, and some have built-in drives to allow them to act as external video recorders too.

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