In this weeks episode, we do a comparison/review of two popular DSLR monitors, the SmallHD DP6 and the ManhattanLCD HD5. We also show you how to build a set with low cost materials.
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Does the Manhattan monitor have one-touch access to features like peaking, focus assist and false color like the SmallHD DP6 does? The rapid access to these features is one of the most important reasons I like it so much. The light weight and flexible mounting options makes it easy to switch between shooting handheld with a rig, on sticks or a jib. For battery power, I use a Switronix PowerBase 70 to run both my Canon DSLRs AND the monitor with the handy D-tap cables SmallHD has as an accessory. That keeps the moniotr running for hours while lightening its overall weigh, something I feel is especially important when mounted off the camera hotshoe.
BTW, SmallHD currently has extended a great bundle offer on their DP6 versions with nearly every accessory you could want, at $992 for the non-HD/SDI version. The only thing I’d add would be the D-Tap cable and the HDMI pass-through adapter, very handy for jib-mounted work.
The ManhattanLCD’s false color and focus assist features require navigating the menu like changing the picture scaling requires. This is why I mentioned that the SmallHD benefits from a quicker navigation and button options. As I said though, both monitors have their advantages.
Tony your the man. I love how you keep coming up with new useful content while other video/film making sites run out.
Thanks for everything Tony
Thanks Corey! It’s not always easy, but we keep trying.