When we first met the creators behind SmallHD, it was at a tiny Cine Gear Expo booth nearly a decade ago. Now, they've blossomed into a brand bought out by Vitec Group which owns the likes of Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Litepanels, Teradek and dozens of others. With that kind of support, SmallHD has been rapidly growing its product line for filmmakers.

Known for on-camera monitors, SmallHD has been adding to its line of production monitors in 13", 17", 24" and 32" flavors. The 1700 series now includes its fourth option, the 1703 P3X, only months after debuting the 1703 P3 this year. So what's the difference? An additional 450 nits for $200 more. 

The 1703 P3X is a daylight view-able version of the 1703 P3, providing 900 nits compared to 450 nits on the 1703 P3. Besides doubling the nits, specs on both monitors are nearly identical. The only difference being in contrast: 1400:1 for P3X and 1500:1 on the P3 and one degree less viewing angle. 

Like its P3 counterpart, you're receiving 100% DCI-P3 with a Delta E average of 0.8 on a 1920 x 1080 screen with 133 ppi and 10-bit color depth. You can install your own 3D LUTs with color management solutions including Light Illusion's, LightSpace CMS, or SpectraCal's CalMAN. 3D LUTs can also be installed via an SD card using SmallHD’s ColorFlow 3D LUT engine.

SmallHD 1703 P3XExposure Assist supports both ARRI and Spectrum Credit: SmallHD

Equipped with Pagebuilder OS, you can send your video signal downstream via the Output Preview page where any applied LUTs will be mirrored down the chain. HDMI and SDI signals are easily converted with Cross Conversion and you can display up to three fully customizable scopes on the screen at a given time. 

The monitor allows viewing of input sources simultaneously, and standard markers and safety areas (4:3, 1.85, 2.39:1, 16:9) can be overlaid on the display. To help sharpen your image, features like focus assist and focus peaking are quick to pull up on screen. Exposure assist supports both ARRI and Spectrum based false color with built-in IRE guides for reference. 

Available in V-mount and Gold mount options, the price is set at $3,699. 

Tech Specs

  • 17" monitor
  • Average DLogE of .5
  • Dual Inputs
  • Dual view of both inputs, or single input clean/processed
  • Built-in waveform, vectorscope
  • 1400:1 contrast ratio
  • 178° viewing angle
  • Pagebuilder OS
  • Color flow 3D LUT engine
  • SD slot for LUT load
  • Milled aluminum body
  • 1/4-20 and 3/8" mounting bolts throughout
  • 900 nits brightness