September 15, 2015 at 10:52AM

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Best monitor for Ronin-M ?

Hi all, I recently purchased the Ronin-M teamed up with the BMC 4K and I was having a little issue viewing the monitor on camera while operating the Ronin at the smae time.

Looking for a small portable cheap monitor for the Ronin, any suggestion?

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How small ? How cheap ?

Do you want something bright enough to see it under daylight ? ( gets expensive for this feature )

September 15, 2015 at 6:38PM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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Price under $500 maximum $700? It would be great if it could be seen under day light.

Colvin Ang Wei Song

September 15, 2015 at 8:46PM

(LOL, you were surprise you couldn't see the monitor on the camera?)

Under $500?
I don't know what to recommend at that price point.
Most monitors in that range are 480p only, which make it hard to tell whether or not you are in focus.
Full HD OLED would be perfect, but is expensive.
BMD Video Assist isn't on the market yet AND might not be bright enough.

September 16, 2015 at 12:53AM

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WalterBrokx
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I own three 7 inch monitors that I am very happy with...

Feelworld FW759 7'' Slim HD IPS 1280x800 Monitor : $123 US
http://goo.gl/YrJatN

This is a 6-bit monitor so you may see some "banding" when displaying subjects with a long tonal range, but otherwise it's a great super low cost monitor that is very sharp and easy to focus with. When tuned the color isn't too bad either. ( much better than my old and very crappy Lilliput monitors )

MustHD M701H 7 Inch 1280x800 IPS HD Monitor : $375 US
http://goo.gl/EzsyXj

This is an 8-bit monitor so no "banding" when displaying subjects with a long tonal range, it's a fairly low cost monitor that is also very sharp and easy to focus with, and it produces a very high quality color image. It's a little bit "chunky", but it works really well for just about anything. ( it's also a "pass through" monitor so you can connect another HDMI device to it )

Marshall V-LCD70MD 7 Inch Monitor with Modular SDI Upgrade Option : $799 US
http://goo.gl/nMh2y8

This is an 8-bit monitor so no "banding" when displaying subjects with a long tonal range, it's an expensive monitor that is sharp and easy to focus with, and it produces a very high quality color image. This is an industry standard monitor, so it's built really well and works really well. It offers wave-form IRE display and very good audio meters on the screen. It can also be upgraded to an SDI monitor for higher-end cameras that need SDI inputs. It's also a "pass through" monitor so you can connect another HDMI device to it. It's also a very bright monitor with a display image at 800 NITS, so it's easy to see in the daylight. ( the FeelWorld and the MustHD monitors are about half as bright with an image at around 400 NITS )

This Marshall is my favorite monitor, but I'm not keen on taking it places where it might get a little beat up, so I have the MustHD and the FeelWorld monitors to use instead.

September 16, 2015 at 6:34AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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I wouldn't limit yourself to just using the monitor on the Ronin. I am using my GH3 on a Ronin-M with the SmallHD 502 and couldn't be happier. The 502 has some really great features that have helped me to better expose my images, and obviously it helps with framing when you can't see your camera monitor.

However, I use my 502 pretty much at all times, regardless of whether it's on the Ronin or not. I wouldn't buy a monitor JUST for the Ronin, think of it as a monitor you will be able to use in most any situation. If you think of it that way, it's probably worth it to drop a couple extra hundred bucks to get the monitor that will really work best for you.

September 16, 2015 at 8:18AM

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Gabe Reuben
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I use a 501 on a Movi.
It has great tools, great resolution and it is less chunky then 7" monitor with lower resolution. (Sometimes I'm in tight spaces, like shotgun in a car, hanging halfway out of the window, so 2" less high really make a difference for my manouvrability)

WalterBrokx

September 17, 2015 at 2:14PM

The 5 inch Blackmagic Video Assist is another monitor/recorder to consider...

Blackmagic Video Assist Monitor/Recorder : $495
https://goo.gl/pU6qN4

September 16, 2015 at 9:10AM, Edited September 16, 9:10AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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I was also going to say BM's own Video assist. 5" + 1080p for $495, without scopes though. Nothing comes close in that price range. The recorder won't help you, but for a DSLR with average codecs, what a bonus.

Josh.R

September 17, 2015 at 11:33AM

At the moment it's not available yet. The release date has been pushed further every month: july -> august -> september -> october
It looks promising though.

WalterBrokx

September 17, 2015 at 2:11PM

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