Ikan Debuts a Plethora of Affordable 4K Monitors
Ikan debuted several monitor prototypes with 4K support in a move that is sure to cut into the market.
The DH5-E is an update to their 5" DH5 monitor with a 1080 panel supporting 4K HDMI inputs and a touchscreen. It comes standard with most monitoring tools such as histogram, false color, peaking, pixel-to-pixel, and touch zoom, but it is at a relatively low cost of $350. The VXF7 is another prototype continuation of their 7" VX7 but with an updated 1080 panel and will support SDI and HDMI in/out. They are aiming for a price point around $700, which is much lower than the VX7's $1000 price tag. An interesting addition is the VL35 ($200), a 3.5" monitor that also offers 4K support. The native resolution is 800x480 and supports pixel-to-pixel, which may be all that a shooter needs if they desire a tiny monitoring/focusing solution.
Their flagship on-camera monitor is their 7" DX7 which will feature the additional tools of waveforms, vectorscopes, and LUT support. The monitor also boasts an impressive 1700nit brightness, although colorists should question whether this will alter the color accuracy.
Ikan also showed a new 20" director's monitor that additionally features self-calibration using an X-Rite color checker and a CIE scope for checking color space. It should be available for under $2000.
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