February 17, 2016

SmallHD is Introducing New Budget 7" Monitors: 701 Lite & 702 Lite

SmallHD 701 Lite Front
SmallHD has been on a roll as of late introducing 1080p monitors, with the 501, 502, and 702 Bright. 

[Update]: The 701 Lite and the 702 Lite have been officially announced.

This time, however, they've gone with a lower-than-1080p resolution to bring the price way down. The panels on the 701 Lite and 702 Lite will be 1200 x 800, and though that may be disappointing from a resolution standpoint, if it's as good or better than the one on the standard DP7, it will be plenty good for focusing, and should be fine for color. From a software standpoint, these look to share the same 3D LUTs and custom pages as the 702 Bright. 

SmallHD 702 Lite Front 2

The new monitors will come in at $700 and $900, which is quite a difference compared to the $1,500 702 Bright, but the discount is thanks to lower resolution and lower brightness (450 nits vs 1000 nits).

Thanks to 4K Shooters for the initial scoop, here is official info on both monitors, which look more or less identical to the previous 702 Bright on the outside:

SmallHD 701 Lite Back

701 Lite:

  • 7” 1200 x 800 IPS Display
  • HDMI In & Out Only
  • 450 nits brightness
  • User Definable Presets
  • Discrete Display/Output 3D LUT Support
  • Joystick Menu Navigation
  • Focus Assist, Focus Zoom, Waveform, False Color, Zebras
  • LP-E6 and Sony NP-F battery slots
  • Weight: 10oz (without battery)
  • Price: $700
SmallHD 702 Lite Back 2

702 Lite:

  • 7” 1200 x 800 IPS Display
  • 3G-SDI In/Out and HDMI In/Out with Cross Conversion
  • 450 nits brightness
  • User Definable Presets
  • Discrete Display/Output 3D LUT Support
  • Joystick Menu Navigation
  • Focus Assist, Focus Zoom, Waveform, False Color, Zebras
  • LP-E6 and NP-F battery slots
  • Weight: 10oz (without battery)
  • Price: $900

Both monitors are available to pre-order right now.      

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very tempted by that 702 Lite. Will go great with my URSA mini.

February 17, 2016 at 3:09PM

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Dan Keeble
Video Editor + Cameraman
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Pretty sweet

February 17, 2016 at 3:55PM

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I have the 501 with sidefinder. It would be nice if there were viewfinders for 5in and 7in, that don't use a mirror like a sidefinder. A straight viewfinder for these sizes.
The sidefinder, doesnt even use the whole monitor, and it just doesnt seem as clear as it should at times.

February 17, 2016 at 4:03PM, Edited February 17, 4:04PM

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cee dee
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correct me if i am wrong but isn't the BlackMagic video assist a much better option then these two.

The video assist is a monitor and recorder with a 1080P screen, runs on LP-E6 batteries, has SDI and HDMI, Zebra, peaking, markers and tons more.

And the price is $500

February 18, 2016 at 9:41AM, Edited February 18, 9:57AM

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Michiel van Zummeren
Editor, second camera unit
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It depends on what you need it for. Right now, the VA does not have false color or lut support which is a big selling point for a lot of people. If it had those two features (and who knows, someday it might get it) then there really wouldn't be a reason not to pick one up.

February 18, 2016 at 1:23PM

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Every decent video camera shoots log. These monitors have built in luts so you can see a closer image to what its going to look like. i dont want to see a log image on my monitor.

February 18, 2016 at 10:50PM, Edited February 18, 10:51PM

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cee dee
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I'm looking for a new monitor but the BMD Video Assist is a no-go for me at least as:

#1: The BMD VA has a built-in fan (big deal breaker for me)
#2: No waveform monitor.
#3: No way to calibrate the screen.

February 19, 2016 at 4:16PM

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Aaron Nanto
Cinematographer / Filmmaker / Editor
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You're absolutely right. These monitors are extremely overpriced when compared to others on the market. The BM Video Assist is such a better deal especially since it records ProRes as well. The lack of a built in LUT means absolutely nothing. If you can't judge what your shooting in LOG without a built in LUT then you need to spend more time shooting and editing. Im sure there a few advantages to each but at $400 less the choice is obvious to me. For just a few $$$ more you can get a Atomos.

February 20, 2016 at 8:29PM

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Kaster Troy
Director, DP, Editor
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That's great, more new releases. My question is - when is SmallHD going to release another DP7 firmware update????
The only stable current firmware update is from march 2014, the others have all been pulled from their site. It still can't send a LUT out through SDI...which is kind of what you'd expect from it, no? The newer monitors all have better functionality, what about the DP7? Oh wait the marketing department is running the company since they've been bought out - its all about that prosumer market now....

February 18, 2016 at 3:12PM

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Rob Wilton
DoP
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Meanwhile, those in the Video Devices camp have been racking up substantial Firmware updates almost at a quarterly basis! ;)

February 18, 2016 at 7:39PM

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Sam Bryce
Cinematographer/Editor at Cassiar
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Aputure has 2 Monitors for $198/$279 that are 7" and 1920x1200. Seems like a much better deal for more thna these SmallHD monitors are giving you.

February 18, 2016 at 3:24PM

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Alex Everingham
Video Editor
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Those prices do sound nice, but from what I read (correct me if I'm wrong), the Aputure monitors don't have LUT capabilities.

February 19, 2016 at 7:16PM

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They don't. I sent them an email a few days back saying that LUT support would be great in the current or future monitors. I didn't get a reply...

February 19, 2016 at 8:56PM

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Dan Horne
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Holding out judgement till I see this screen in person, but the 502/702 have the best looking images on a camera monitor that I've ever seen.

February 20, 2016 at 7:13AM

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