April 17, 2012

SmallHD Introduces the OLED DP7 Monitor, Also Selling a Mini-HDMI Port Protector for $40

SmallHD is one of the younger display companies at NAB, but that doesn't mean their products are low-quality. They are introducing a beautiful 1280 x 800 7" screen that takes advantage of OLED technology to produce the richest colors you've ever seen on a monitor. They've got two versions that cost exactly the same, $2,700, but the other monitor uses a super-bright LCD to make viewing in daytime much simpler. I had a talk with Dale Backus from SmallHD, and he introduced both monitors and the Port Protector in the video below.

I currently own a DP6 (for full disclosure), but it's really great to watch a company maturing like SmallHD has over the last couple years. Here are a few specs for both DP7 models:

  • 1280 x 800
  • 7" Screen size
  • 1.2 Pounds
  • 8-bit
  • Inputs: SDI, HDMI, YpBpr, Composite, 10-20v DC and Hirose 4-pin Connector, Stereo line in, Mini-USB, Battery input, Molex Connector for battery plates, Full-size SD Card slot
  • Outputs: SDI, HDMI, YpBpr, Composite, 1/8" Mini Headphone Output
  • Cost: $2,700

One really interesting aspect is the proximity sensor on the LCD version of the DP7, because it will try to detect your hands and intelligently menu-assist. The people at SmallHD assured me that they had built an entire software platform inside the monitor that they can do whatever they want with - this basically means they can upgrade firmware and add all sorts of features that didn't exist before.

Link: SmallHD DP7

Check out some photos below:


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Port protector! Screw all that OLED business, yeah I get it, clear picture with proximity sensors and a free hand job every time I use the monitor.... but holy sh*t if they actually rolled out that little port protector I'd be thrilled. It should be said, I love that we now have $15,000 HDSLRs that shoot 4k and still rely on the shitiest, weakest, crap video output connector that STILL will be a daily headache if you, god forbid, bump the damn thing.

Now all we need is the SmallHD guys to release a Nikon version. I was surprised when they finally released the Nikon backplate for the DP4. Certainly made my life a lot easier. Anyhow, big fan of their company with awesome customer support and reasonable prices for Made in the USA equipment. Bravo.

April 17, 2012 at 3:18PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Anybody else think $2700 seems a little steep for this?

April 17, 2012 at 3:44PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Roger Freeman

Somewhat. I guess the indie world still has the DP6.

April 17, 2012 at 3:59PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Hell yeah.

April 24, 2012 at 5:38AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Geoff Longford

LOVE my DP6!! I originally bought a Marshal but hated the craptacular low res screen and bulky housing. The DP6 was a dream in comparison. SmallHD are another great company with their finger on the pulse that get their customers. Sure $2700 is pricey...but I doubt ANYONE will have an OLED true HD res monitor on offer for anywhere near this price!

April 17, 2012 at 5:21PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


So, where can I buy that port protector? I haven't seen any links to purchase.

April 18, 2012 at 8:48AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


I believe they aren't selling it just yet.

April 18, 2012 at 11:21AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Joe Marine
Camera Department

OLED? No. I buy gear that I'd like to last more than a year.

We already have a war to fight against daylight with monitors already...having something that gets noticeably dimmer really quickly is a bad idea.

Of course manufacturers are gonna love it. Planned obsolescence. Fight this. Don't buy OLED products.

Also, blue dims differently than other colors with OLED...so you will be continually recalibrating it.

April 18, 2012 at 8:42PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Daniel Mimura