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VariZoom VZ-TFT7 7" LCD Monitor

B&H # VAVZTFT7 Mfr # VZ-TFT-7
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Product Highlights
  • 1440 x 234 Pixels / 480 x 240 Lines
  • 250cd/m²
  • 16:9 / 4:3
  • NTSC / PAL Autoswitch
  • Low Power Consumption

The VZ-TFT-7 monitor serves two valuable purposes for the serious videographer. First, it functions as an external video display, allowing the shooter to step back from the camera while recording (no more bending over to peek through a tiny viewfinder). Combined with a tripod-mounted camera and a VariZoom lens controller, the VZ-TFT-7 emulates a 16:9 studio-style rig costing thousands of dollars. Used on a hand-held camera, the VZ-TFT-7 enables the operator to walk around with ease while accurately framing shots. Additionally, the VZ-TFT-7 provides a highly compact and affordable alternative to bringing a conventional CRT video monitor into the field for video playback.

Use the VZ-TFT-7 to review footage on an airplane or any other small space. Whether mounted on the camera using the optional swivel shoe mount (VZ-Shoe) or near the camera using the included stand, the monitor provides instant playback of footage for small groups. This monitor easily switches between 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratio as well as helpful image orientation controls for DOF adapters.

Note! Shoe mount and battery must be purchased separately

The active matrix, 16:9 aspect ratio TFT display offers a large, bright 7" image with a wide viewing angle.
The TFT (Thin Film Transistor) technology built-in to the display reduces blurring and strobing effects that are commonly found on competing displays. The displayed image is more responsive with a wider viewing angle range.
Screen Size 7" TFT LCD
Video System NTSC/PAL
Picture Elements 1440 x 234 pixels, 480 x 240 lines
16:9/4:3 Switchable
Brightness 250 Nits TYP
Viewing Angle 30/60/60/60° (Top/Bottom/L/R)
Picture Controls Color, Brightness, Contrast, Tint
Inputs/Outputs Composite Video: RCA (x1 Input)
DC In
Power Consumption 10W
Power Requirements 10-17VDC
Dimensions (WxHxD) 7.6 x 4.17 x 0.98" (19.3 x 10.6 x 2.5 cm)
Weight 0.84 lbs (0.38kg)
VariZoom VZ-TFT7 7" LCD Monitor
  • AC Adapter
  • 4' RCA Cable
  • 90-Day Parts & Labor Warranty
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    VariZoomVZ-TFT7 7" LCD Monitor
     
    3.7

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (6)
    • Easy to use (5)
    • Great picture quality (5)
    • Versatile (5)
    • Adjustable (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Independent films (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Quality oriented (7)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (8)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      LCD Monitor

      I really liked this monitor and it works well with my camera. Yes, record in HD too, but didn't expect to get HD quality type of images on the monitor. So for the...Read complete review

      I really liked this monitor and it works well with my camera. Yes, record in HD too, but didn't expect to get HD quality type of images on the monitor. So for the guy that left the review prior to mine....I don't know why you spent money on a cheaper monitor and expect HD quality image.

      I use this for my SteadiCam and it works really well. I expected the colors to be good, which they are. I expected it to mount on my SteadiCam, which it does. In my opinion, this monitor is a great buy for its money. If you want to get a good quality image on a monitor then this is what you should get for a cheap price.

      If you want crazy features and HD quality image, then spend more. "You get what you pay for". In this case it is definantly worth the cost.

      The batts mount perfectly on the bottom and the wire connecting to the monitor hangs, but it isn't something that double-sided tape can't fix. I rather have some extra cable that hangs and allows for me mount it the way I want,rather than getting something exact and unable to mount it the way I want.

      So I would say....Buy this if are in a bind for money and you need a product that SIMPLY WORKS. This works great for me and I have no problems with video image and nor should you.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Not bad for the price-point.

      I bought this to see what I was shooting when using my camera on my jib arm. It's purpose is to show me what I'm shooting, and that's what it does.
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      I bought this to see what I was shooting when using my camera on my jib arm. It's purpose is to show me what I'm shooting, and that's what it does.

      The image quality is acceptable, and what you expect for the price. Bear in mind though, that it is not a HD CRT field monitor. You are getting what you pay for.

      It is not suitable for focus or color reference. It does come with brightness and saturation controls which I was able to adjust to get an acceptable image.

      The unit is lightweight and easy to use, with image filp and various ratios.

      I got about 2 hours of continuous run time from a single battery. I would definately advise buying additonal batteries, as I have, they're really quite cheap too.

      Of course there is no BNC connectors on this unit, if you're wanting something with more professional inputs, and great image quailty for focus and color reference you need to look elsewhere. However, if you're just after a video assist montior for framing, you really can't go past this unit for value.

      Reviewed by 15 customers

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      3.0

      Not really compatible

      By Raymond

      from Savannah, GA

      About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Quality Construction

      Cons

      • No Performance Improvement

      Best Uses

      • Shooting Indoors
      • Shooting Outdoors

      Comments about VariZoom VZ-TFT7 7" LCD Monitor:

      As far as a monitor, yeah it is one.

      Quality is okay, however, it is RCA only.
      So display is iffy.

      And you need a variety of "converters" to make it work.

      Also, no battery pack option

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Great for the price

      By Mcnordy

      from Austin, Tx

      About Me Live sports cameraman

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Quality Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Shooting Indoors
        • Shooting Outdoors

        Comments about VariZoom VZ-TFT7 7" LCD Monitor:

        I use this as a program monitor for live sports broadcast. Looks & works great. Easy to use controls.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Well Worth the Price Tag

        By New Concept Video

        from Hobart, Indiana

        About Me Film Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Quality Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about VariZoom VZ-TFT7 7" LCD Monitor:

            Good picture quality for the price tag.. Being a videographer I was looking for a reasonably priced monitor that has the quality of higher prices models.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Very very good

            By antony

            from norway

            About Me Professional Artist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

            • Lacks Functionality

            Best Uses

            • In The Studio

            Comments about VariZoom VZ-TFT7 7" LCD Monitor:

            I am using Lcd moniter to as viwefinder . that is really super result.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Pretty Good

            By fwright0408

            from Woodburn, KY

            About Me Church

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Movies
              • Independent Films

              Comments about VariZoom VZ-TFT7 7" LCD Monitor:

              I use this as a larger screen than the viewfinder on our camera to watch what I am shooting. It does not have any guides (rule of thirds, 16:9 area, etc.) and only has rca input; plus you have to have an outlet handy to plug it into. Also, if you just order the monitor by itself make sure you also order the shoe mount (didn't realize this until after I got the monitor). Also, the resolution on the monitor is not the best & you definitely need to set the color, brightness, etc. to make sure you are getting a good idea of what you are shooting (but hey, it is just a monitor, you aren't using it to get the correct color, etc.). Anyways, for the price, I would probably buy some more if we had more than 1 camera.

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              4.0

              Good for price!

              By Cameralover

              from Norway(that`s not the capital of Sweden)

              About Me Film Student, Hobbyist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Improves Performance

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Movies
                • Independent Films

                Comments about VariZoom VZ-TFT7 7" LCD Monitor:

                This product was very usefull for its price. Easy to handle and long lasting batteries. I would not recommend it for single use, but in addition to the little camera monitor it works excellent.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                A decent monitor for a great price.

                By Filmmaker Pro Studios

                from Columbus, Ohio

                About Me Business Owner

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Easy To Use
                • Highly Compatible
                • Improves Performance
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                • No mounting hardware

                Best Uses

                • Independent Films
                • In The Studio

                Comments about VariZoom VZ-TFT7 7" LCD Monitor:

                The VZ-TFT7 was a fairly inexpensive monitor, yet performed well on the Cobra Crane Boom. Just make sure you change the settings to ensure correct aspect ratio to match your camera etc.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Perfect for previews

                By Gaushell

                from Memphis, TN

                About Me Quality Oriented

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Sharp Image
                • Vivid Colors

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about VariZoom VZ-TFT7 7" LCD Monitor:

                    A great preview monitor for those extra sets of eyes on the set. Clear, good size, nice travel bag and accessories.

                    The only cons - short battery life. Plan on extra batteries if you are using in the field without a hard power connection.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business

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                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    "Makes video easy"

                    By Preacher

                    from Panama City, Fl 32409

                    About Me Quality Oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Adjustable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Sharp Image
                    • Versatile
                    • Vivid Colors

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Multimedia

                      Comments about VariZoom VZ-TFT7 7" LCD Monitor:

                      We purchased the LCD monitor to use with our canon to record our church services. It works wonderfully.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Best for the Money

                      By Chris

                      from New York City

                      About Me Quality Oriented

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Adjustable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Sharp Image
                      • Versatile
                      • Vivid Colors

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about VariZoom VZ-TFT7 7" LCD Monitor:

                          I use this monitor with my Sony EX-1 and a Glidecam jib. I chose the kit which included the power supply, mounting bracket, and hood.
                          The monitor's image is clear, bright, and visible even in high ambient light conditions.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business

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                          (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          3.0

                          LCD Varizoom VZ-TFT7 - not bad but...

                          By Trax

                          from Prague, CZ

                          About Me Quality Oriented

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Sharp Image

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about VariZoom VZ-TFT7 7" LCD Monitor:

                              This LCD isn't so good for HDV or HD cameras because low resolution cannot usable for focusing with DOF adapter. But for composition view is good.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business

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                              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              VARIZOOM GREAT

                              By Andres Roncancio M.

                              from Image Arts Studios Cali, Colombia

                              About Me Quality Oriented

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                              • Dead Pixels

                              Best Uses

                              • Multimedia

                              Comments about VariZoom VZ-TFT7 7" LCD Monitor:

                              A FUNCTIONAL LCD MONITOR, IT WORKS

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business

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                              (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              3.0

                              Not bad for the price-point.

                              By Jared

                              from Melbourne, Australia

                              About Me Quality Oriented

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good image for the price
                              • Lightweight
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                              • Composite only

                              Best Uses

                              • Framing
                              • Video Assist

                              Comments about VariZoom VZ-TFT7 7" LCD Monitor:

                              I bought this to see what I was shooting when using my camera on my jib arm. It's purpose is to show me what I'm shooting, and that's what it does.

                              The image quality is acceptable, and what you expect for the price. Bear in mind though, that it is not a HD CRT field monitor. You are getting what you pay for.

                              It is not suitable for focus or color reference. It does come with brightness and saturation controls which I was able to adjust to get an acceptable image.

                              The unit is lightweight and easy to use, with image filp and various ratios.

                              I got about 2 hours of continuous run time from a single battery. I would definately advise buying additonal batteries, as I have, they're really quite cheap too.

                              Of course there is no BNC connectors on this unit, if you're wanting something with more professional inputs, and great image quailty for focus and color reference you need to look elsewhere. However, if you're just after a video assist montior for framing, you really can't go past this unit for value.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business

                              Share this review

                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              LCD Monitor

                              By Jonny Walker

                              from Reston, VA

                              About Me Quality Oriented

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Adjustable
                              • Lightweight
                              • Sharp Image
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                              • Little Detail

                              Best Uses

                              • Low-Budget
                              • SteadiCam Systems

                              Comments about VariZoom VZ-TFT7 7" LCD Monitor:

                              I really liked this monitor and it works well with my camera. Yes, record in HD too, but didn't expect to get HD quality type of images on the monitor. So for the guy that left the review prior to mine....I don't know why you spent money on a cheaper monitor and expect HD quality image.

                              I use this for my SteadiCam and it works really well. I expected the colors to be good, which they are. I expected it to mount on my SteadiCam, which it does. In my opinion, this monitor is a great buy for its money. If you want to get a good quality image on a monitor then this is what you should get for a cheap price.

                              If you want crazy features and HD quality image, then spend more. "You get what you pay for". In this case it is definantly worth the cost.

                              The batts mount perfectly on the bottom and the wire connecting to the monitor hangs, but it isn't something that double-sided tape can't fix. I rather have some extra cable that hangs and allows for me mount it the way I want,rather than getting something exact and unable to mount it the way I want.

                              So I would say....Buy this if are in a bind for money and you need a product that SIMPLY WORKS. This works great for me and I have no problems with video image and nor should you.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business

                              Share this review

                              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              1.0

                              Not inspiring

                              By Free Lancer Lot

                              from North Carolina

                              About Me Value Oriented

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Image flip

                              Cons

                              • Inaccurate Colors
                              • Little Detail
                              • Poor image quality

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about VariZoom VZ-TFT7 7" LCD Monitor:

                                I must say that I'm really disappointed with this purchase. This monitors picture quality is not even as good as a cheap portable DVD player. It cannot be used for critical focus or color reference. It's only plus is its image flip capability if you're using a 35mm adapter like a Redrock. I have to explain to clients that what they see on this [*] monitor is not what they will see on air.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business

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