1. color ‘gamut’ (or ‘spectrum’) Each OLED pixel consists of a red, blue and green LED as opposed to an LCD panel where a colored filter is simply
covering a white LED backlight array. We can begin to gather why this is important because...

colored LEDs are vivid. and as a result...OLED displays are vivid. (view the charts below to see the actual, measured difference)

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    This entire chart (named “CIE 1931”)
    represents all of the colors visible to
    the human eye. No monitor,
    television or projector is yet capable
    of recreating all the colors of this

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    Each display forms a triangle based
    on the best “red”, “blue” and “green”
    color it can produce from the
    spectrum. It can then reproduce any
    color within that triangle. Popular
    5.6-inch LCD field monitors from
    TVLogic, Marshall, iKan and SmallHD
    represent a very limited range of the
    spectrum (pictured).

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    The DP7’s OLED color gamut
    (pictured) represents a massive
    increase in displayed color, resulting
    in immediately evident clarity and
    accuracy in color reproduction.
    Simply put, red tones are more “red”
    looking—the same is true for blue
    and green tones as well.

color gamuts compared

so – a beautiful image...but does it really matter?

The quick answer is  yes.

(and here’s why...)

When monitoring a high-gamut image on a low-gamut monitor (ie. any current LCD on-camera field
monitor), you are effectively unable to see the true colors that are being captured.

OLED shows you colors that LCDs cannot – meaning you are seeing more of

your image than before.

Like how a high-end set of headphones allows you to hear much ‘further’ into audio by reproducing
more sound frequencies, SmallHD OLED screens let you see much ‘further’ into your true image by
reproducing more wavelengths of light
(as opposed to exaggerating it).

2. black point / turning pixels off

Unlike LCD, OLED pixels are like tiny red, blue, and green light bulbs. When they are all turned “off” (to represent “black”), they are
literally producing no light. This is unlike LCD displays which try to “block” light (produced by a backlight) that is always trying to
shine through. That’s why LCDs produce a glow even when attempting to show a completely “black” screen.


    Above: Each OLED pixel consists of a red, blue and green LED which create white to the human eye when combined, and turn completely off when black. A literal absence of light makes for super-rich dark tones.


    Above: LCD panels achieve colors by placing color filters (similar to lighting gels) over white backlight panels, meaning less efficiency and difficulty achieving pure black.

  • OLED vs LCD

    Above: Simulation of the difference in black level of an OLED verses a traditional LCD.

3. incredible contrast / "infinity-to-one"

A display’s contrast ratio is measured by a ratio of how bright a white pixel is compared to how bright a “black” pixel is.
Because OLED’s black pixels are literally off, the contrast ratio is virtually infinity-to-one.


higher contrast ratio= higher perceived brightness

A happy side-effect of such a high contrast ratio is a much higher perceived brightness. The reason for this is that the eye becomes accustomed to such vivid dark values that the bright ones appear extremely bright.

4. expanded bit depth / “smooth gradients”

Bit Depth Defined — Color Depth or “Bit Depth” determines how many increments of value (lightness) there are between the
brightest and darkest shades of red, green and blue. Bit depth, unlike color gamut, has nothing to do with how “vivid” the display is.
6-bit panels reproduce 64 levels of color per “channel” (or color). These numbers multiply together to reach the total number of
colors the panel can reproduce. 64x64x64 = 262,144. 8-bit panels have four times the amount of R,G,B shades as 6-bit meaning 256
colors per channel. This means an 8-bit panel achieves 16,777,216 colors — 64 times more colors than a 6-bit panel.

Both the DP7 LCD and OLED panels are 8-bit, meaning they can display16,777,216 actual, measurable colors.

so... what does this actually mean to you?smooth, accurate gradients. here are some to look at.

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    8-Bit Gradient (256 levels of grey)
    This image is an accurate representation of how the DP7 LCD or OLED will display a gradient (unless viewing this page on a 6-bit panel).

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    8-Bit Photo (256 levels of R, G and B)
    This image is an accurate representation of how the AC7/DP7 LCD or OLED will display a photo with a natural gradient (unless viewing this page on a 6-bit panel).

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    6-Bit Gradient (64 levels of grey)
    This image represents what the 8-bit gradient (top) looks like when shown on a 6-bit panel that does not have dithering enabled. Note the distinct lines between each shade of grey.

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    6-Bit Photo (64 levels of R, G and B)
    This image represents what the 8-bit photo (top) looks like when shown on a 6-bit panel that does not have dithering enabled. Notice the distinct color banding throughout.

“Wait, I have a monitor with a 6-bit panel
and I don’t see this banding...”
Our own DP6, the TVLogic VFM-056W/WP, the iKan D5 and Marshall V-LCD56MD all utilize the same 6-bit panel, but they don’t experience this level of banding.


the answer is something called “dithering”.

Dithering essentially paints a very fine amount of noise across the entire image which breaks up the banding that would otherwise be very apparent.

Below are examples of actual 6-bit
images with dithering applied.

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    6-Bit Gradient (Dithering applied) (64 levels of grey)
    This image still only contains 64 levels of grey but with a minor amount of noise applied to the gradient, the banding disappears.

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    6-Bit Photo (Dithering applied) (64 levels of R, G and B)
    This image still only draws from 64 levels of red, green and blue but with a minor amount of noise applied to the entire image, the banding disappears.

If dithering looks this good, why do I need 8-Bit?

A field monitor by nature is meant to be a device that gives you an accurate indication of what the camera is seeing so that there are no surprises when viewing the footage in post-production. This is where the term “confidence monitor” comes from.

Even though a dithered 6-bit image does quite a good job of smoothing out the banding, it still is innately a less-accurate image than what an 8-bit panel can produce, simply because...

6-bit is still only displaying
one sixty-fourth the amount of colors as 8-bit.
so... why not 10-bit?

While we agree that would be nice, 10-bit panels today are very expensive, bulky and typically reserved for professional color-grading applications. Right now the cost/benefit ratio for a 10-bit field monitor does not make sense to us, but somewhere down the line the industry will see improvement in this area and when it does we will move with it.

common industry “myths”

(and lies) Here are some tactics being employed by the industry right now. Watch out for them.
10-Bit “Panel Drive” : misleading

This only indicates the hardware driving the panel is capable of 10-bit. NOT that the actual panel is 10-bit. All AC7/DP7 monitors have a 10-bit panel drive with an 8-bit panel. Which is why we say “8-bit panel” on our marketing materials.

18-Bit, 24-Bit panel : misleading/false

Monitors do not exist in bit-depths this high. These numbers come from multiplying the panel’s native bit-depth by 3 (6bit x 3 = “18bit”). While R, G and B may each contain 6 bits, this does not mean these numbers are simply added together to get the panel’s true bit depth.

If you see claims of a monitor’s bit depth being 18 or higher, divide by three and you have your magic number.
Any 5.6 inch, 1280x800 monitor claiming 8-bit color : false

Currently, the only available panel in the world that is 5.6 inches and 1280x800 resolution is the one SmallHD first used in the DP6—we know it is a 6-bit panel. One company has claimed it is 8-bit, 16 million colors on their website. This is not true. We’d rather not say this company’s name, we only intend to clarify the matter so that people can make decisions based on facts.

Compare Panels




street price

VFM-056W /
LCD HD 6-BIT $1,120.95 /
LCD HD 6-BIT $799
(with SDI)
d5 /
LCD HD 6-BIT $799
(with SDI)
dp6 slr /
DP6 sdi
LCD HD 6-BIT $799
(with SDI)
OLED NON-HD 8-BIT $2,250
LCD HD 8-BIT $599
(with SDI)
OLED HD 8-BIT $1299
(with SDI)

5. TRUE High Definition

Staying true to the idea of a “confidence monitor,” a large portion of the accuracy of an image is down to its resolution, which is what brought us to start this company to begin with. The AC7 and DP7 LCD and OLED screens are both HD at 1280x800, providing the ultimate tool for achieving critical focus and accurate exposure.


The debate is over.hd monitoring matters.

6. Low Power Consumption

No constantly burning backlight means lower power usage for OLED technology. AP7-OLED models only draws 12 watts—an amazing reduction in power consumption over other display technologies featuring a similar color gamut – even including competing OLED monitors.

ac7 OLED

  • 7.7-inch monitor (1280x800)
  • 8-bit color depth
  • HDMI, Component (YPbPr), Composite (CVBS)
  • Focus Assist, Focus in COLOR
  • False Color (multiple versions)
  • 1:1 Pixel Mapping and 2x Zoom
  • Anamorphic De-squeeze and more...

$1299 BUY



  • All the Features of the AC7 OLED
  • SDI Input with Loop Through (3G/HD/SD)
  • Locking Power Connectors

$1599 BUY



  • All the Features of the AC7 OLED-SDI
  • Waveform/Vectorscope (PIP)
  • 2-Way SDI/HDMI Conversion
  • ALL Signals Pass-Through
  • Smart Keys, Tally, L/R Speakers
  • Battery Level, Audio Meters
  • SD Card Slot and more ...


(Availibility TBD)


  • All the Features of the DP7-PRO OLED
  • Full-Screen Signal Analysis Tools
  • Full Signal Conversion Suite
  • LUTs — Log to Rec709 conversion
  • 720p video proxy recording
  • Horizon Indicator, FX Out SDI/HDMI
  • X-PORT Accessory Slot (Wireless)


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