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Two Top Field Monitors Square Off: SmallHD and Marshall's Latest

10.27.10 @ 5:12PM Tags : , , ,

Since we’re on the subject of field monitors, let’s take a look at two new field monitors designed specifically for HDSLR monitoring. The SmallHD DP6 and Marshall V-LCD50-HDMI are both 5″ monitors that come in under $1000; while the SmallHD reaches above that price point provided you add the HD-SDI input, it also has a much higher resolution than the Marshall. Cinema5D has a great overview video comparing the two:

Meanwhile, Philip Bloom has a a review comparing the two side-by-side (hint: he likes both). If you’re in the market for a field monitor, check out both links.

Link: Cinema5D
Link: Philip Bloom


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  • It looks like I’m getting a DP6 to test soon, and I’ve used the 5inch already from Marshall. The 5 inch is an outstanding proposition for DSLR work, it’s so light and the image so sharp it’s a real pleasure to use it. The DP6 has a great feature set though and I’ve heard nothing but great things about both. For sure, battle has been joined, and for me, a smart, light, inconspicuous monitor with false colour is absolutely the way forward for DSLR applications.

    • Hey Robin,
      as you tested the Marshall how did you like the downsizing while recording on the 5D? Doesn’t this kinda make it useless for 5D users?

      Would love to hear your thoughts on that.


  • Heres a thought

    you are out on a shoot and you snap the piddly HDMI lead on your 5d or 7d, with the 5 inch marshall you are finished and going home

    with other monitors, you plug in your AV connection and continue your day (at a lower resolution)

    I use the AV on my 5 most of the time nowadays

    Its a sad day when a mini jack plug is the solid option,

    (the 7d has a dumb puny AV connection too so watch you have the right leads with you)