June 28, 2016 at 1:55PM


is it useful to connect the camera to an external monitor? how?

my camera have a mini hdmi connection. I tryed it and it works.
I can see the video signal on my 24inch PC monitor using a mini-hmdi to hdmi cable.
did you ever have used this feature for some work?
is it useful to connect the camera to an external monitor? how? in which situation?



You wouldn't normally hook it up to a PC monitor that large. Many people use small, 5-10 inch battery powered LCD monitors. This gives them a larger image than the LCD on the back of the camera but still remains portable.

Example: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=1090213&gclid=Cj0...

June 28, 2016 at 3:36PM


I use a 27" PC monitor at work for two reasons:

The 7" monitor I have is SD resolution only.

Pulling focus is so much easier.

In my case, I always used to suffer from soft focus when I'd pull off the camera display or the 7" monitor. Since then, I don't have that problem nearly as much. Granted, a proper production monitor with features like peaking or zebras would be far more useful, but a large PC monitor can still come in quite handy.

June 28, 2016 at 8:47PM

Mike Racine

It's a whole lot easier to focus and often gives better exposure results on cameras that don't have histograms or peaking features (granted you need to have a calibrated monitor).

July 1, 2016 at 7:10AM, Edited July 1, 7:10AM

Clark McCauley

It can be very usefull.
I don't know what camera you are using, but it can be usefull in many ocassions:
- when the camera's screen is low res or lacks tools to check exposure and focus
- when the camera's screen in on a spot that makes it hard to see, because of the view angle of because the camera moves differently than you
- when someone needs to see the image as well (like the director, the makeup artist, the focus puller or the client)
- when you can't trust the colors and brightness of you camera's screen

I use it when shooting with a MoVI (the gimbal blocks the camera's screen) or a slider (not having to follow a screen on a moving camera makes such shots a lot easier).
Sometimes I have to shoot with Canon DSLRs: they lack many tools the camcorders already used to have in the 90s: using an HD monitor (although small) with exposure and sharpness tools really makes a difference.

July 2, 2016 at 2:00PM, Edited July 2, 2:09PM

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