The DMCv3 is a huge upgrade in design, materials and total weight from v2, at the same price point.
Once again, Wooden Camera really put some thought into a redesign of their best-selling Director’s Monitor Cage. Most notably, the overall weight has dropped from 2lbs. 9.6oz (1179.34g) in v2 to 1lb. (476g) in v3, while retaining the exact same footprint.
The DMCv3 is designed to be universally compatible with any monitor up to 9 inches. Here is a partial list of compatible monitors:
- Blackmagic Video Assist
- SmallHD DP4, DP6, AC7, DP7, 500 Series, Cine 7, 702 Touch, FOCUS 5/7 and UltraBright
- TVLogic VFM-056W/WP, VFM-058W, VFM-055A, F-7H, F-5A
- Ikan D5, VK7i, VH8, VL5, VX9e, DH5e, DH7, D7C, S7H, S7C, S7P
- Odyssey 7, 7Q, 7Q+
- Atomos Samurai, Ninja, Shogun, Shinobi
- Carbon fiber rods and handles
- Ships pre-assembled
- Can attach via the top, bottom or rear ¼-20 mounts
- Built-in baby pin clamp with locking thumbwheel for light or c-stand mounting
- Dual wireless receiver mounting brackets
- Dual direction swing-away battery bracket
- V-mount and Gold Mount attachments (mounts sold separately)
- 4-point quick release neck strap for portable viewing
- Teradek XT/LT mounting bracket
- Removable sunshade is included
The intelligence of the design is clear, watching the product release video:
Most adjustments are made with thumbwheels or clamps. The entire package folds up quickly for transport, with the sunshade doubling as a protective cover. We really like the swing-away battery bracket feature, making it easy to access cables.
The system even allows for a sweet dual monitor set-up.
- Weight: 476g (1lb.)
- Dimensions: 279.4 x 177.8 x 101.6 mm (11 x 7 x 4 in)
The entire package is a functional and economical option for on-set monitoring and is a huge upgrade from v2. Wooden Nickel continues to innovate and make major improvements to an already popular (and well-designed) product. It is currently available for pre-order for $299 and will ship mid-June.
Is the DMCv3 now on our must-have kit list? We'd like to hear your thoughts about it in the comments.