7 reasons to upgrade to a SmallHD 500 Series monitor

SmallHD Sidefinder

For many filmmakers, an on-camera monitor does more than analyze an image; it brings confidence to the creator.

There is value in knowing (in real-time) that your shot is what you need.

Whether you’ve heard about the 500 Series or not, here are 7 reasons to consider purchasing a SmallHD 500 Series monitor in the near future:

1. Put a crisp display on your gimbal.

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If the 500 Series monitor was fried chicken, it would be extra crispy.

It’s 5 inches of Full HD resolution with an pixel density greater than the iPhone.  What makes it an even tastier option for gimbal operators is that it only weighs 7.4 ounces.

2. Nail your focus in any environment.

The 500 Series monitor and the Sidefinder attachment are a perfect marriage.

Shooters can now use tools like customizable focus peaking and waveform on a sharp, 5-inch display OR through the adjustable optics of a high resolution EVF.

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Whether shooting an interview in-studio or a wedding on the beach, the 500 Series + Sidefinder are an excellent option for better or for worse shooting environments.

3. Upgrade your onboard monitor/EVF stock options.

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With camera manufacturers having to compete against each other on price point, how much priority do you think they give the built-in LCD and/or EVF-loupe?

Display quality and functionality are SmallHD’s top priorities by nature (on-camera monitors/EVFs are what we do).

When the image you are creating on set is quite literally your work and your reputation, how important is the quality of the display you’re choosing to use?

4. Add color confidence for you and for clients.

Whether you like to be involved in the color correcting process of a production or not, chances are, someone has asked you, “Is that what the final image will look like?”

If a client or director has concerns about color, what’s the easiest and fasted way to eliminate this fear? (here’s a hint, it’s not trying to explain what a LOG gamma curve is).

With the 500 Series monitor and Sidefinder, loading post-production looks (or 3D LUTs) is done effortlessly; providing real-time confidence that the shot will look awesome when all is said and done.

Firmware update 2.0 brought some particularly useful functionality, adding downstream 3D LUTs and an Output Preview Page as outlined in the video below:

5. Travel lighter.

The form factor of the Sidefinder is appealing to those that find themselves living out of suitcase.

Not only is it two products rolled into one, the Sidefinder (monitor + EVF attachment) weighs in under one pound (450g).

It’s also wrinkly-free.

6. Don’t be afraid to actually use it in-the-field.

No, we’ve never put a 500 Series monitor in a blender or tied rubber bands around it until it burst, but it does pass the “usability” test with flying colors.

With a milled aluminum frame and rubberized coating, the SmallHD 501 and 502 does a great job protecting its shock mounted, LCD display.

Here are some less-than-scientific durability tests we shot outside the SmallHD office:

7. Save money when you bundle a Sidefinder 501 or 502.

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To see a complete list of specs and features for the 500 Series on-camera monitors, please visit us here.