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VariZoom VZ-TFT7U 7" Ultimate LCD Monitor Kit

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You Pay: $299.00
Product Highlights
  • 1440 x 234 pixels
  • 16:9/4:3 Switchable
  • NTSC/PAL
  • Battery, Case, Shoe Mount, Sun Hood

Varizoom's VZ-TFT-7U 7" Ultimate LCD Monitor Kit includes everything you'll need for serious run-and-gun HD shooting. First off is the monitor, which not only emulates a 16:9 studio-style rig costing thousands of dollars, it lets you walk around with ease while accurately framing shots. Mounted on your camera or tripod, it also gives you a larger, more higher-resolution image to focus with than your camera's LCD--critical in high-definition video.

The VZ-TFT-7 also provides a highly compact and affordable alternative to bringing a conventional CRT video monitor into the field for video playback. It easily switches between 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratio and provides helpful image orientation controls for 35mm adapters.

Along with the monitor comes a Li-Ion battery and universal AC adapter, a swivel shoe mount for mounting the monitor to your camcorder, a sun hood for shooting in bright light, and a custom carry case for keeping everything together and ready for transport.

The active matrix, 16:9 TFT display offers a large, bright 7" image with wide viewing angles.
Low power consumption
Lightweight, compact, rugged design
Compatible with NTSC and PAL standards (autoswitch)
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)

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VariZoomVZ-TFT7U 7" Ultimate LCD Monitor Kit
 
3.3

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (9)
  • Compact (7)
  • Easy to setup (6)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Great picture quality (5)

Cons

  • Poor performance (5)
  • Lacks functionality (3)
  • Limited compatibility (3)
  • Little detail (3)

Best Uses

  • Independent films (5)
  • In the studio (4)
  • Home movies (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Business owner (7), Quality oriented (5), Professional artist (4), Budget shopper (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great addition to any setup

I use this primarily when the camera is tripod mounted, and it provides a much better way of viewing than a viewfinder or a 2.5" screen.

Extremely easy to set...Read complete review

I use this primarily when the camera is tripod mounted, and it provides a much better way of viewing than a viewfinder or a 2.5" screen.

Extremely easy to set up and configure -- lots of mounting options and power sources (battery, AC, cigarette lighter).

Easily switches between 16:9 and 4:3 and some great color and brightness settings.

My only suggestion for a better design would be to have 2 composite RCAs -- one for in and out.

Great package!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Amazingly Poor Quality.

We purchased this external monitor as part of a large order of HMC-150's, wireless mics, sticks, lights, and accessories, and when I got around to using it, I was absolutely...Read complete review

We purchased this external monitor as part of a large order of HMC-150's, wireless mics, sticks, lights, and accessories, and when I got around to using it, I was absolutely astounded at how poor the video quality was. Sure, I knew this was not a HD monitor - just a LCD screen, but seriously- the quality is so bad, as I type this I struggle with ways to explain exactly how poor the quality is.

I guess if you can imagine the quality from a webcam from maybe 10 years ago, you can get close. Seriously.

Granted, if all you want to use this monitor for is for lining up a shot- sure. It works great for seeing if the person is in the frame. But if you want to see if you can read that sign on the building behind said person - forget about it. As several other commenters have said, forget about using this monitor to focus, or examine any detail in the shot.

Seriously - the lack of clarity and detail on this monitor is so bad, that just saying avoid purchasing this, is like calling the surface of the sun "hot."

I rarely write reviews, but this product is so bad that I feel compelled to warn other people about it.

And don't get me started about the fact that we ordered an additional 4 batteries for this thing...

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3.0

It does the Job

By KA Boy

from NY

About Me Pro Video

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Poor Performance

Best Uses

  • ENG
  • Home Movies
  • Independent Films
  • In The Studio

Comments about VariZoom VZ-TFT7U 7" Ultimate LCD Monitor Kit:

I did a multi camera shoot the other day and needed a program monitor for one of my camera operators so i could see how they were framing and focus etc. Its does the job but not that great with HD. Grainy, and never looks in focus. Should be used as a reference monitor only.

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1.0

Not what I would recommend

By Darrean

from Oklahoma

About Me Business Owner

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Lacks Functionality
  • Poor Performance
  • Pricey / Poor Value

Best Uses

    Comments about VariZoom VZ-TFT7U 7" Ultimate LCD Monitor Kit:

    I bought this to use as a sync monitor to be able to ensure the picture between my 2 field cameras matched and this product did not work for me. The color on the monitor was horrible. The colors were faded and differed immensely between what was being recorded and what was being displayed. I could not trust this product at all and ended up returning it for a refund.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    3.0

    Limited Control

    By Videoman

    from Boston

    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Lacks Functionality

    Best Uses

    • Home Movies

    Comments about VariZoom VZ-TFT7U 7" Ultimate LCD Monitor Kit:

    I like the set up, but I wish you could adjust the picture to balance the color more. Very limited hue control, only brightness & contrast.

    For the money, I guess its what you pay for

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Poor image quality/poor build quality

    By allklier

    from NYC

    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

    See all my reviews

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Cheap

    Cons

    • Lacks Functionality
    • Limited Compatibility
    • Poor Design
    • Poor Performance

    Best Uses

      Comments about VariZoom VZ-TFT7U 7" Ultimate LCD Monitor Kit:

      It's an ok entry level monitor if you're on a budget, and just need one desperately. But there may be many better choices.

      It's important to note that this is only an SD monitor. That's not the products fault, but few people need just an SD monitor nowadays, and the picture quality is insufficient to do anything beyond basic framing. And for that the onboard monitor is usually good enough. So unless you need just a basic steady-cam monitor, I would not buy it again. The image quality is insufficient for focus pulling, and lacks features like peaking, false colors, etc.

      I would hope this product gets removed from recommended accessories to HD cameras, as it's not a reasonable pairing.

      Then on the build quality, this is a hobbled together piece of gear. Many different parts to connect the cable, the signal, and then the unit, with a batter mounted between the cold shoe and the monitor with a flimsy ball head. The main cable to the unit has a lot of side tension, and eventually ripped the connector of the circuit board bricking the unit. This is not a piece of equipment worth pairing with pro-level gear.

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      2.0

      Not a great picture

      By Tp

      from Arizona

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Inaccurate Colors
      • Little Detail

      Best Uses

        Comments about VariZoom VZ-TFT7U 7" Ultimate LCD Monitor Kit:

        Im sure this monitor works good for some, but on my HD camera it wasnt very clear. I sent it back for a refund

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        4.0

        Great Buy

        By mcproductions

        from Castro Valley CA

        About Me Quality Oriented

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Sharp Image

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about VariZoom VZ-TFT7U 7" Ultimate LCD Monitor Kit:

            I had been looking for a monitor to use in the field. This one is just what I needed and for the cost you can not beat it. In addition the base is a battery and you have enough time to comfortably do what needs to be done without worrying about running out of time. I would say its a go.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Computer Platform:
            • PC

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            AMAZING PRODUCT

            By TELEMAX

            from VENEZUELA

            About Me Business Owner

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Complex Projects
              • Home Movies
              • Independent Films
              • In The Studio

              Comments about VariZoom VZ-TFT7U 7" Ultimate LCD Monitor Kit:

              GREAT OUTDOOR PRODUCTION KIT FOR EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE, QUALITY, GREAT PRODUCT

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              the quality was very bad, not for HD Cam

              By alex

              from oakland, ca

              About Me Professional Artist

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Limited Compatibility
              • Poor Performance

              Best Uses

                Comments about VariZoom VZ-TFT7U 7" Ultimate LCD Monitor Kit:

                it was very bad for HD viewing. no detail, worse than regular monitor.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Extremly helpful

                By 4051 Kommunikation

                from Basel, Switzerland

                About Me Business Owner

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Lightweight
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Independent Films

                  Comments about VariZoom VZ-TFT7U 7" Ultimate LCD Monitor Kit:

                  I do a lot of web videos and videos for presentations with a Sony shoulder cam which only has a very small display. Thats why the monitor kit is extremly helpful. Installing is a little bit boring, but once I have did it, everything's perfect. I apologize for my english, I'm a german speaking swiss ...

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                  5.0

                  Excellent Monitor

                  By Pinnacle-Cascade Productions

                  from Salem, OR

                  About Me Business Owner

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Complex Projects
                    • Independent Films
                    • In The Studio

                    Comments about VariZoom VZ-TFT7U 7" Ultimate LCD Monitor Kit:

                    This monitor produces an excellent image. Much easier to see than the 2 1/2" built on the camera. The sun-hood works great for being able to see a crisp clean image of what you are shooting. Works great with the Sony HXR-MC2000U.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Great Value

                    By McQuillen Creative

                    from Aberdeen, South Dakota

                    About Me Business Owner

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                    • Lots of cables

                    Best Uses

                    • Crane shots
                    • Independent Films

                    Comments about VariZoom VZ-TFT7U 7" Ultimate LCD Monitor Kit:

                    We've not tested this in the field, but we are extremely pleased with the quality of the monitor. It's a great price.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Amazingly Poor Quality.

                    By joeFREELANCE

                    from Atlanta, GA

                    About Me 10-year pro shooter

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Turns on like advertised

                    Cons

                    • Awful camera mount
                    • No clarity
                    • Poor Design
                    • Poor Performance

                    Best Uses

                    • Nightlight

                    Comments about VariZoom VZ-TFT7U 7" Ultimate LCD Monitor Kit:

                    We purchased this external monitor as part of a large order of HMC-150's, wireless mics, sticks, lights, and accessories, and when I got around to using it, I was absolutely astounded at how poor the video quality was. Sure, I knew this was not a HD monitor - just a LCD screen, but seriously- the quality is so bad, as I type this I struggle with ways to explain exactly how poor the quality is.

                    I guess if you can imagine the quality from a webcam from maybe 10 years ago, you can get close. Seriously.

                    Granted, if all you want to use this monitor for is for lining up a shot- sure. It works great for seeing if the person is in the frame. But if you want to see if you can read that sign on the building behind said person - forget about it. As several other commenters have said, forget about using this monitor to focus, or examine any detail in the shot.

                    Seriously - the lack of clarity and detail on this monitor is so bad, that just saying avoid purchasing this, is like calling the surface of the sun "hot."

                    I rarely write reviews, but this product is so bad that I feel compelled to warn other people about it.

                    And don't get me started about the fact that we ordered an additional 4 batteries for this thing...

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Great for SD shoots with EX3

                    By Joe

                    from Southbury, Connecticut

                    About Me Professional Artist, Video producer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Improves Performance

                    Cons

                    • Limited Compatibility

                    Best Uses

                    • Outdoors

                    Comments about VariZoom VZ-TFT7U 7" Ultimate LCD Monitor Kit:

                    I down convert HD footage to SD and this monitor is
                    perfect for framing the SD image. Can focus from it,
                    but it is 720x480, so check your HD viewfinder to be sure.
                    Easy to attach, but you might need additional DV cables to connect to your particular camera.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Awesome Unit

                    By EJanvier03

                    from Canada

                    About Me Value Oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy Setup
                    • Sharp Image
                    • Vivid Colors

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Multimedia

                      Comments about VariZoom VZ-TFT7U 7" Ultimate LCD Monitor Kit:

                      I've been using the LCD monitor for my small productions and it's been nothing but awesome. Almost everything is great, however the Video adapter cable didn't work with my camera so I had to purchase a different one.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Convenient Product

                      By Alex

                      from Columbia, SC

                      About Me Value Oriented

                      Pros

                      • Easy Setup

                      Cons

                      • Little Detail

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about VariZoom VZ-TFT7U 7" Ultimate LCD Monitor Kit:

                        I use this monitor for weddings during the ceremony and it takes about 5 minutes to unpack and set up onto the hot shoe mount on my DVX. very easy to use, very fun to work with. Not very detailed picture though, but you get what you pay for, right?

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business

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                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        Great kit, low Quality,

                        By Joe

                        from Visalia, CA

                        About Me Quality Oriented

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Adjustable
                        • Easy Setup
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Inaccurate Colors
                        • Little Detail

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about VariZoom VZ-TFT7U 7" Ultimate LCD Monitor Kit:

                          Connected to Sony 3 CMOS AVCHD Camera on Jib.
                          Picture quality is not there. You can frame no problem, but you will never know if you have good focus,good exposure with this Monitor.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business

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                          5.0

                          Great addition to any setup

                          By Tim

                          from Philadelphia, PA

                          About Me Quality Oriented

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Adjustable
                          • Easy Setup
                          • Lightweight
                          • Sharp Image

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about VariZoom VZ-TFT7U 7" Ultimate LCD Monitor Kit:

                              I use this primarily when the camera is tripod mounted, and it provides a much better way of viewing than a viewfinder or a 2.5" screen.

                              Extremely easy to set up and configure -- lots of mounting options and power sources (battery, AC, cigarette lighter).

                              Easily switches between 16:9 and 4:3 and some great color and brightness settings.

                              My only suggestion for a better design would be to have 2 composite RCAs -- one for in and out.

                              Great package!

                              Share this review

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great product, on location shooting

                              By newsphoto40

                              from Boston, MA

                              About Me Value Oriented

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Adjustable
                              • Easy Setup
                              • Lightweight
                              • Sharp Image
                              • Vivid Colors

                              Cons

                              • non

                              Best Uses

                              • In the studio
                              • On location

                              Comments about VariZoom VZ-TFT7U 7" Ultimate LCD Monitor Kit:

                              I am using this to view on playback, as a screen for the producer to view and to "run and gun". I also just used this on location where my camera needed to be in on spot "covert" and I was 50' away using my remote control to start and stop recording. This screen is a gem.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business

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                              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Great for the Value

                              By RobRoss

                              from Philadelphia, PA

                              About Me Quality Oriented

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Adjustable
                              • Easy Setup
                              • Lightweight
                              • Sharp Image

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Shot Set-up

                                Comments about VariZoom VZ-TFT7U 7" Ultimate LCD Monitor Kit:

                                The monitor is great for the value. Good for framing up a shot as well as showing the crew what needs to be fixed. Anything better is going to run into the thousands of dollars, i.e. Sony, etc.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business

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