SmallHD has added two new 13" Production Monitors to its lineup that already includes 17", 24", and 32" flavors. The 1303 HDR and 1303 Studio boast 10-bit color engines, full HD, SDI I/O, HDMI I/O, and 3D LUT processing.

Both will be on display at this year's IBC Convention in Amsterdam, but we're here to break them down for those who can't attend. 

The 13" is what you might expect: a cut and paste of the same technology, but scaled down in size.

Shared features

If you're familiar with the existing production monitors, the 13" is what you might expect: a cut and paste of the same technology, but scaled down in size. Each unit is made from a solid aluminum chassis to help protect against bumps and bruises. Both panels have a thick 3mm screen impact protector that can be replaced in seconds if damage does occur.

As for the display, the production monitors tout 1920x1080 images on 10-bit IPS LCD panels and all functionality is accessed through its graphical user interface (GUI) Page Builder OS. 

For connections, there are two 3G-SDI I/Os and one HDMI I/O. Cross conversion is featured from input format to output format taking place in less than one frame. Both can be set up on a rack, tabletop, arm, C-stand, or cart and offer several 1/4-20 mounting options around its frame for extra add-ons. There's a carrying handle on the top and built-in Vesa mount on the back. A RapidRail system gives quick mounting points for other accessories, like a Teradek wireless receiver

The director/client can view one treated image while you can view another​.

The 1303 supports 3D LUT creation using SmallHD’s ColorFlow technology. ColorFlow allows you to import LUTs and display the treated image side-by-side with the untreated image to gauge exposure while visualizing what's being recorded on camera. LUTs can be loaded via SD card slot on the monitor; LUTs edited on set with a third party software like LiveGrade can be viewed on the monitor and then uploaded to an SD card for post. Additionally, separate LUT-treated images can be sent downstream over SDI or HDMI to outboard monitors, so the director/client can view one treated image while you can view another. 

The production monitors accept AC or DC from a 4-pin XLR with a V-mount or Gold-mount battery plate options sold separately. There's also a handy 12V LEMO output that can provide power to mounted accessories.

When it's time to calibrate, a color probe is attached to the monitor’s USB connector and does not require a computer to adjust.  

1303 HDR

This monitor features a 1500 nit display that's viewable in full sunlight. There's an HDR Preview function with additional tools for real-time monitoring and customizing gamma settings. HDR allows you to show the full brightness range of an extended picture profile, displaying the brightest highlights and deepest shadows so you know exactly what the video signal contains. The aforementioned side-by-side preview can also be used with the HDR Preview function. 

1303 Studio

Usually the cheaper of the two models, the 1303 Studio has a 500 nit display and lacks HDR and high brightness support. It's typically good for users in more controlled lighting environments. 

The 1303 HDR costs $3,500 and the 1303 Studio is set at $2,800. 


  • 13" 1920x1080 display
  • 10-bit IPS LCD panels
  • ColorFlow 3D LUT processing
  • SDI and HDMI I/Os
  • Page Builder OS
  • RapidRail Mounting System
  • Aluminum chassis 

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