Sound Devices' 4K Monitors Offer Touch Sensitivity & Full Range of Apple ProRes Codecs

At NAB, Sound Devices showed off their robust line of 5" and 7" field monitors, the PIX-E Series, which offers tons of monitoring tools, SDI and HDMI I/O, 4K recording, and the full range of Apple ProRes codecs.

There are a lot of great features that come with these field monitors, like touch sensitivity, TapZoom (for focus checking), and a hi-res, color-accurate screen. However, the most impressive aspect of the PIX-E series is the fact that they are "the first on-camera monitors to offer the full range of Apple ProRes codecs", which includes Apple ProRes 4444 XQ.

Key Features

  • Full HD Ultra-Bright IPS Touchscreen
  • TapZoom for Rapid Focus
  • PIX-Assist Monitoring Tools
  • 4K Recording (4K up to 24 fps, UHD up to 30 fps, 1080p or 720p up to 60 fps)
  • Apple ProRes 4444 XQ, 12-Bit
  • Real Buttons for Fast Tactile Control
  • Robust; Die-Cast Metal Chassis
  • Virtually Indestructible Gorilla Glass 2

Monitoring Tools

  • Waveform Monitor
  • Vectorscope
  • Histogram
  • TapZoom
  • Peaking
  • Zebras
  • False Color
  • Frame Markers
  • Four Way View
  • LUTs

These monitors come in three flavors and are set to hit the market this summer:

  • 5" PIX-E5H (HDMI only): $1195
  • 5" PIX-E5: $1395
  • 7" PIX-E7: $1595

To learn more about this line, head on over to Sound Devices website.

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Using msata is a brilliant idea. Low cost and decent speeds.

April 22, 2015 at 11:03AM

Cat Herder

Would be amazing if it had cross conversion for the HDMI signal, but so far no one mentioned it, so I guess - not happening. Would buy instantly for the A7s and basically any camera, but now I have to consider the bulky Odyssey.

April 22, 2015 at 11:12AM

Gleb Volkov
Director of Photography

the odyssey is not bulky at all - this guy beats it in one thing - 4444 pro res codec - but the odyssey also can do multistream, much more varieties of raw, and already out for over a year - tons of firmware updates and very power efficient

I'm curious about this guy - but I still don't think it will overtake the odyssey 7q+ anytime soon

April 22, 2015 at 2:06PM

Ed David
Director of Photography

The Odyssey is definitely more capable, but that's only if you need all that stuff. I do think it bulky, especially with the battery plate, for anything smaller than an F5, for example. For the A7s it's like a giant sail, twice the size of the actual camera. Could be a good rental option for when you need all the capabilities (RAW etc.), but on a daily basis I'll take this compact 5''.

April 22, 2015 at 7:26PM

Gleb Volkov
Director of Photography

It does pump the hdmi signal out the Sdi and vice versa. It won't downconvert or cross convert the signal.

I have a shogun and love it. It's now only $1695 with canon raw and Sony raw coming soon.

April 23, 2015 at 7:47AM, Edited April 23, 7:47AM

Thomas Koch

When can we expect it?

April 22, 2015 at 12:02PM, Edited April 22, 12:02PM

Pedro M

Isn't the headline a bit misleading? They are 4K recorders, not 4K monitors (the displays top out at 1920x1200 for the 7 inch model).

April 22, 2015 at 2:22PM


I wonder if you guys have any information -price and availability- about their PIX-LR interface. How about the sound recording quality of this new PIX series? Anything close to Sound Devices field recorders, say 702 model?

April 22, 2015 at 4:16PM, Edited April 22, 4:42PM