April 3, 2012

Band Pro Announces the NewFinder EVF: a 1920 X 1080 Viewfinder for Digital Cinema Cameras

Band Pro has teamed up with Astrodesign to make a 1920 x 1080 Electronic Viewfinder. We've already talked about what might be the future for small EVFs, but for now, we've got this monstrosity weighing in at 3 pounds. Though many of us won't be able to afford this when we actually find out the price, it will be a fantastic rental and it's a good sign that high-resolution EVFs at affordable prices are just around the corner.

Here is a quote from Band Pro describing the EVF:

The base model uses an Analog connection to keep delay to one frame or less. The model to be shown at NAB will utilize an interface cable that plugs directly into the Viewfinder Output from cameras like the F65, F35, and F800 among others. Future options will include swappable cables that offer direct connections to ARRI, RED and Phantom digital cameras. A model that includes Analog and HD-SDI inputs is also planned for the near future.

These are some of the basic specs:

  • 1920 x 1080 LCOS Screen
  • 1920 x 1080/50i, 59.94i, 60i - 1920 x 1080/29.97p/sF, 30p/sF  -  1920 x 1080/23.98p/sF, 24p/sF, 25p/sF  -  1280 x 720/50p, 59.94p, 60p
  • Analog YPbPr 20-pin connector, HD-SDI will be added
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78 / 1.88
  • Crop Markers: Center / Frame / 1.78:1 / 2.35:1 / 1.85:1
  • Future software upgrades will enable additional markers for 4:3, as well as 1.33x and 2x anamorphic.
  • Delay of one frame or less
  • Smooth Mode with 2x display to remove jutter while panning
  • Weight: 3 lbs.

It's large and it's heavy, but for digital cinema cameras this is going to be as high-end as you're going to get. While performance remains to be seen, it boasts a higher resolution than the EVFs of RED, Sony, and Arri - so that's saying something. Once the HD-SDI version is released it will be compatible with all cameras without needing a special cable, but until then, it looks like you'll need a separate cable for each of the camera. The full release will happen at this year's NAB, and at that point they may announce a price.

Below are a few more photos of the device, and a picture with it attached to the F35.

Link: Band Pro NewFinder EVF

[via Cinescopophilia]


Your Comment


I'll take 2 please. One for each of my F65's....

Hey I can dream...

April 3, 2012 at 8:17AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Lance B

sigh, i guess HDMI out is only for us peasants :/

April 3, 2012 at 8:20AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

John Jeffreys

This thing looks fantastic, but also pretty enormous. With that said, if the price is right and it is HD-SDI out then we might get one for our Scarlet. I just can't see using the camera being very enjoyable without a touchscreen. It's simply the most efficient way to access menus in a lot of cases.

April 3, 2012 at 11:10AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


YAY! More stuff us average joe's can't afford!

April 3, 2012 at 11:55AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

You voted '+1'.

You're calling me average? :)

It's going to be a rental for a lot of people - so many will not be paying for it, the film or show will be paying for it and if you're working on it you'll be using it. To me that's why it's still relevant.

April 3, 2012 at 12:19PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Joe Marine
Camera Department

Rental...???...Remember it's called NoFilmSchool...everyone here goes the alternative way.
Doubt if anyone here will be renting this often..if ever.
"Sure add it to my order along with a set of 7 MasterPrimes to go and put it on the producer tab"

April 5, 2012 at 1:21PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Professionals, semi-professionals, and amateurs all read this site. The idea is that we try to take a rounded approach on all sorts of subjects and hopefully you'll learn something along the way. Just because you are DIY doesn't mean you're never going to work for someone who will be renting equipment - or have a budget on a project to be able to rent gear yourself. If you take a look at the comments here enough you'll find that there are plenty of people with expensive cameras who might be working on projects with this or might consider buying it themselves.

April 5, 2012 at 1:34PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Joe Marine
Camera Department

Well said Joe.

April 5, 2012 at 1:36PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Ryan Koo

this EVF os vaporware?

March 25, 2013 at 1:11AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM