April 24, 2017
NAB 2017

SmallHD Introduces Affordable Touchscreen Field Monitor

The 5-inch micro HDMI FOCUS monitor may be a great solution for run-n-gun productions.

SmallHD unveiled its first touchscreen HD video monitor this morning at NAB. The FOCUS will be available in early June 2017 for under $500.

SmallHD's new 5-inch FOCUS is perfect for low-profile camera setups, providing daylight visibility with an 800-nit display.


  • 2-3x brighter than most camera LCD screens
  • More pixels per inch than an iPad with Retina display
  • Incredibly simple touchscreen navigation

FOCUS attaches to the camera via shoe mount with the included tilt arm providing the user with 180 degrees of vertical rotation. Included on the FOCUS mount is an additional shoe mount, so you don't have to give up one accessory to have the other.

5-inch FOCUS touchscreen monitor attached via shoe mount.Credit: SmallHD

Tilt Arm

  • Allows the FOCUS to tilt 180 degrees for viewing convenience
  • Includes a shoe mount of its own for accessories like microphones
  • Secure and lightweight mounting via shoe adapter or ¼” 20

In addition to flexibility, with a center-mounted Sony L-Series battery, this monitor can now power small-format cameras with its auxiliary power out and camera-specific battery adapter cables. The FOCUS is equipped with micro HDMI input, an SD card slot for loading 3D LUTs, and SmallHD’s professional suite of software tools such as Waveform, Focus Assist, or Pixel Zoom. 

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Your Comment


This is beautiful.

April 24, 2017 at 4:32PM

Craig Douglas
Writer/ Director/ Editor/ Videographer

Very nice for people shooting mirrorless or DSLR.... I am on the C300 Mark II now and I think I might pick on of these up as another viewing option.

April 24, 2017 at 4:54PM

Walter Wallace

Serious question... Why would someone buy this when you can buy an Atomos Ninja Blade for the same price which is a display and a recorder?

April 25, 2017 at 1:46PM, Edited April 25, 1:46PM

Kaster Troy
Director, DP, Editor

Personally, I think the Ninja Blade is a terrible monitor. The colors looked washed and it has almost no blacks to speak of. It also doesn't seem very sharp. It's also much larger (thicker) and requires way more batteries. It does have exposure tools and internal recording, so if you need that, it's great. But if you're gonna use it just as a monitor, it's better to get a dedicated monitor, you'll get a much better on-screen image and tools.

April 25, 2017 at 2:50PM


Like Chris said, the Ninja blade is a decent recorder and a decent monitor. SmallHD is known for their amazing monitors, and they specialize in it, with features you won't find in an Atomos recorder, better usability, and insane sharpness and color rendition. At least, in their pro lines. Hopefully, this monitor lives up to expectations. If you need a monitor and a recorder, then the ninja blade is still a serious contender, but if not, dedicated monitors take the cake.

April 26, 2017 at 3:54PM

Craig Douglas
Writer/ Director/ Editor/ Videographer

I wonder how this compares to the Small HD501/502 series?

April 26, 2017 at 4:42AM

Ronan Quinn