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Kinotehnik LCDVFe Electronic Viewfinder

B&H # KIDVFE Mfr # LCDVFE
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Product Highlights
  • Universal EVF with Retina-Like TFT LCD
  • 24-Bit 3" Screen / 800 x 480 Resolution
  • Real-Time Image Processing
  • Supports Jitter-Free Panning
  • 6 Hour Run-Time on 4x AA Batteries
  • Double Element Achromatic ULD Glass Lens
  • 1.5 Second Boot-Up Time
  • Focus / Exposure Assist Features
  • High Resolution Audio Level Metering
  • 5 Fully Customizable User Presets

The Kinotehnik LCDVFe Electronic Viewfinder is a universal production style electronic viewfinder with Retina-like display, superior ergonomics and real-time response unique to the industry. At its heart is an Altera Cyclone FPGA integrated circuit with very high memory-to-logic and DSP-to-logic ratios, enabling lightning fast startup and HD video processing at highest possible picture quality, while retaining exceptional energy efficiency. This amount of firepower is usually seen in sci-fi movies.

The VF repositions and shoots in no time, whether over the crowd, at waist level or on your shoulder (no time is lost when re-configuring). Opening the flip, changing the battery pack, and many other functions can be fully operated with just one hand.

Advanced Hardware
  • Real-time image processing: virtually no latency
  • Hardware supports jitter-free panning
  • Optional remote control via external USB joystick
  • Works on 4 separately-sold AA batteries with run-times up to 6 hours
  • Accepts universal power supply for unmatched powering flexibility from 4V to 17V -- reverse polarity protected
  • Economy mode for extended battery life; intelligent sleep option built-in with LED indicator light
  • Encased battery compartment to avoid battery drain in extreme cold
  • Super crisp 24-bit 3" LCD screen with 800 x 480 resolution (1.2 megapixels)
  • Sleek yet rugged physical design and maximized usability after hundreds of hours of testing
  • Optical construction offering generous diopter compensation
  • Vacuum laminated double element achromatic lens, utilizing ULD glass element for perfect image quality
  • Separate HDMI transmitter for untouched HDMI loop-through with audio for recording uncompressed video to external devices
  • The HDMI transmitter can be switched off for conserving battery power
Software Advantages
  • 1.5 second boot-up time
  • Auto-scaling for 480p
  • < 0.5 seconds blackout while switching resolution
  • Fully configurable Color Peaking Focus Assist
  • Repositionable and recallable Zoom Focus Assist
  • Fully configurable Zebra Exposure Assist
  • Zone system False Color Focus Assist
  • Anamorphic stretch
  • Frame lines, crop guides
  • Configurable, automatic to crop guides safe area guides
  • High resolution audio level metering with ballistics and peak hold (L/R)
  • RGB and luminance histograms
  • Brightness, contrast, saturation, RGB adjust
  • HDMI loop through with audio
  • Updateable firmware via USB on Mac or PC
  • Up to 5 fully customizable user presets
  • LCDVFe Manager for easy user preset management and sharing and software updates (for Mac and PC)
  • Power saving: configurable automatic suspend, wake-up on signal, and power-off
  • Backlight dimming Eco-mode
  • LED-indication light avoids unwanted battery drain and provides user feedback
Screen Size 3-inch TFT LCD (7.6 cm)
Resolution 800 x 480
Pixel Count 1.2 megapixels
Pixel Density 311 PPI
Color Depth 24-bit 16.7M colors
Connections 1x full-size heavy-duty HDMI input
1x full-size heavy-duty HDMI output
HDMI loop-through with audio
Mini-USB PC/Mac connection
Mini-USB dedicated remote connection
Supported Video Formats SD:
480p59.94, 480pH59.94, 480i59.94, 480iH59.94, 576p50, 576pH50, 576i50, 576iH50, DMT0659p59.94

HD:
720p24, 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60, 1080PsF23.98, 1080p23.98, 1080PsF24, 1080p24, 1080PsF25, 1080p25, 1080PsF29.97, 1080p29.97, 1080PsF30, 1080p30, 1080i50, 1080i59.94 and 1080i60
Diopter Range -2 … +2
Additional 46 mm filter threads for individual diopter correction
Power On-board: 4x AA batteries (6 hour run-time on 2600mAH batteries)
External power: 4-17V, reverse polarity protected
Power drain: 1.9W
Dimensions 6.6 x 3.4 x 2.5" (16.8 x 8.6 x 6.4 cm)
Weight .77 lbs (350 g)
Kinotehnik LCDVFe Electronic Viewfinder
  • Universal 90° Rod Clamp
  • 15mm Rod to Hot-Shoe Adapter
  • 15mm Carbon-Fiber Rod with Safety Stoppers (for Offset Mounting)
  • 2 x Battery Cartridges for AA Batteries
  • D-Tap DC Cable
  • Printed User Manual
  • 2-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    KinotehnikLCDVFe Electronic Viewfinder
     
    4.5

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (10)
    • Professional quality (8)
    • Compact (6)
    • Highly compatible (6)
    • Improves performance (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Independent films (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Business owner (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (10)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      The perfect Viewfinder? Yes!

      I use the Kinotehnik LCDVFe with my Sony FS700. I finally found the ideal way to use this camera in a handheld configuration. This viewfinder has all the essential features needed to keep your...Read complete review

      I use the Kinotehnik LCDVFe with my Sony FS700. I finally found the ideal way to use this camera in a handheld configuration. This viewfinder has all the essential features needed to keep your eye comfortably on the subject before you. The thing I love most about this VF is the friction clutch incorporated so the VF stays where you leave it. Nothing to unlock to adjust it. It works very much like a VF found on a full-size shoulder mount camera. Peaking zebras, histogram, focus, all working the way they should. The LCD is crisp and clear and easy on the eye. The menu is very extensive and very easy to navigate. It's made in Estonia (Europe), upon using it you'd swear it was made in Heaven. In order to get my FS700 to become a handheld wonder I installed the TILTA Quick-Release Baseplate BT-T03 Shoulder Pad, 200mm rods for the Mattebox and Follow Focus and that allows the mounting of the Zacuto FS700 Grip Relocator for the stock Sony grip. It fits very comfortably on my shoulder, everything falls into place. I'd highly recommend getting several Blue Star 90132 Eye Cushions and perhaps a longer 15mm rod, the 4 inch carbon fiber rod that comes with the VF was a little short for the size of my head, I replaced it with a 6 inch rod. A real game changer!

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Almost

      Wonderful form factor and easy to adjust vertical tilt position with one hand. It stays right where you put it. Feels like the professional hand held camera viewfinders I'm used to. However, I...Read complete review

      Wonderful form factor and easy to adjust vertical tilt position with one hand. It stays right where you put it. Feels like the professional hand held camera viewfinders I'm used to. However, I purchased this EVF specifically to aid in focusing a DSLR and unfortunately they just haven't gotten the Peaking feature to work well at all. Turning on Peaking causes "snow" all over the image and it's hard to tell where the peaking is showing sharp focus because of all the other noise the circuit introduces, even with the setting as low as it goes. I'm returning mine.

      It is firmware upgradable so perhaps they will solve this issue. SmallHD certainly has, their Peaking feature works a charm!

      Reviewed by 11 customers

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      5.0

      works great with FS700

      By mark

      from greensboro, nc

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Kinotehnik LCDVFe Electronic Viewfinder:

          a little clunky with the batteries, but i plan to get the dtap working.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Superior Product

          By Phillip

          from Grand Rapids, MI

          About Me DOP

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Battery Life
          • Ease Of Focusing
          • Easy To Use
          • Highly Compatible
          • Innovative Design
          • Lightweight
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Documentary
            • Production

            Comments about Kinotehnik LCDVFe Electronic Viewfinder:

            Perfect match for the Sony FS700. The Kinotehnik has so little lag time and is an absolute joy to use. Focus is easy. The included mounting bracket is solid and instills confidence. The battery life is great.

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            5.0

            So far, so good

            By ak

            from Minneapolis, MN

            About Me ProducerVideographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Highly Compatible
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Complex Projects
              • Home Movies
              • Independent Films
              • Outside

              Comments about Kinotehnik LCDVFe Electronic Viewfinder:

              We were originally looking at a different EVF (shall be unnamed) but were concerned with the magnification of the image from the LCD - had heard from others that this made it harder to determine focus when shooting with a DSLR. With the Kinotehnik we are still in testing mode but so far, so good (we purchased three of them). Great to have a tool like this for shooting outside in bright sunlight in run-n-gun applications. This will definitely give us a better sense of what the end product will be in post after having been burned too many times even after stopping down from what we thought were reasonable settings only to find that the footage was still too "hot" with blown out whites.

              We also purchased the recommended Kinotehnik Blue Star eye cushion accessory item and really like it. Well worth it.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Almost

              By David

              from New York

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy To Use
              • Great Form Factor

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Kinotehnik LCDVFe Electronic Viewfinder:

                  Wonderful form factor and easy to adjust vertical tilt position with one hand. It stays right where you put it. Feels like the professional hand held camera viewfinders I'm used to. However, I purchased this EVF specifically to aid in focusing a DSLR and unfortunately they just haven't gotten the Peaking feature to work well at all. Turning on Peaking causes "snow" all over the image and it's hard to tell where the peaking is showing sharp focus because of all the other noise the circuit introduces, even with the setting as low as it goes. I'm returning mine.

                  It is firmware upgradable so perhaps they will solve this issue. SmallHD certainly has, their Peaking feature works a charm!

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                  • No

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I can see!

                  By Gaetan Mariage

                  from Mexico City

                  About Me Business Owner

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Independent Films

                    Comments about Kinotehnik LCDVFe Electronic Viewfinder:

                    Focus being so critical with 35mm sensors and lenses, the C100's viewfinder is way too small for my old eyes. The C100's LCD won't be a solution either when working at bright daylight. This EVF gives you perfect control over focusing in any situation, and it also provides a third point of stabilization when attached to the camera through a solid rigging system like the Wooden Camera top plate. The israeli arm-mounted EVFs don't work for me as they are too flimsy. It can also receive external power from units like Anton Bauer, which eliminates the need of replacing the EVF's internal batteries. It feels like a professional viewfinder likes the ones found on betacam camera bodies.

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    The perfect Viewfinder? Yes!

                    By Jombi

                    from South Texas

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Kinotehnik LCDVFe Electronic Viewfinder:

                        I use the Kinotehnik LCDVFe with my Sony FS700. I finally found the ideal way to use this camera in a handheld configuration. This viewfinder has all the essential features needed to keep your eye comfortably on the subject before you. The thing I love most about this VF is the friction clutch incorporated so the VF stays where you leave it. Nothing to unlock to adjust it. It works very much like a VF found on a full-size shoulder mount camera. Peaking zebras, histogram, focus, all working the way they should. The LCD is crisp and clear and easy on the eye. The menu is very extensive and very easy to navigate. It's made in Estonia (Europe), upon using it you'd swear it was made in Heaven. In order to get my FS700 to become a handheld wonder I installed the TILTA Quick-Release Baseplate BT-T03 Shoulder Pad, 200mm rods for the Mattebox and Follow Focus and that allows the mounting of the Zacuto FS700 Grip Relocator for the stock Sony grip. It fits very comfortably on my shoulder, everything falls into place. I'd highly recommend getting several Blue Star 90132 Eye Cushions and perhaps a longer 15mm rod, the 4 inch carbon fiber rod that comes with the VF was a little short for the size of my head, I replaced it with a 6 inch rod. A real game changer!

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                        4.0

                        Works well but....

                        By Myro

                        from Shoreline, Wa

                        About Me Business Owner, Camera Operator

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Nice View Size
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                        • 108030p24p Only
                        • Limited Compatibility

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Kinotehnik LCDVFe Electronic Viewfinder:

                          This view finder is pretty cool. I was impressed with the many functions it has including focus extender. It looks great and feels nice on the eye. All that is great but in the world of several different formats, I was disappointed when I realized that if basically will only accept 1080 24p, or a 1080 30p signal. Also I still have not been able to download a workable version of their software. I have tried on a MAC and a PC. Because of these factors I can not give it a 5 rating. If I could I'd give it a 3.75 stars. If they come up with firmware that allows the user to view several formats and make it more reliable to download I'll change my rating to a 5

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                          4.0

                          Usefulness of LCDVFe by Kinotehnik

                          By Pinup Master

                          from Equinunk, Pennsylvania

                          About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Professional Quality

                          Cons

                          • Pricey / Poor Value

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Movies
                          • In The Studio

                          Comments about Kinotehnik LCDVFe Electronic Viewfinder:

                          Well I've only had my EVF for a few weeks but it's already proven it's worth to me. Using red PEAKING color I can focus easily on the go.

                          I handhold a lot these days and often go from outdoors to indoors in a shot., so the eyecup was definitely the right choice for me as I don't have to worry about losing the monitor in sunlight.

                          I love how easy it is to go from having the EVF go from horizontal positiuon when holding camera at head height and switching to chest-height. I just put a little pressure on the eyecup to my head and move it with my head...don't even need to use my hands.

                          My only problem is cost. It's take me a few jobs to pay this off. I wish it was a couple hundred cheaper. But it performs well.

                          The only small gripe I have is...make sure your CAMERA's LCD monitor is on BEFORE you turn on the EVF. Because if reverse the order, the EVF goes off.

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                          4.0

                          Nice view finder

                          By Lisa the filmmaker

                          from Boston, ma

                          About Me Business Owner

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Complex Projects
                            • Independent Films
                            • In The Studio

                            Comments about Kinotehnik LCDVFe Electronic Viewfinder:

                            I originally had a Zacuto EVF, but the buttons were not working so I decided to try the Kinotehnik. The resolution appears better than the Zacuto, the diapter is works better and the menu us very user friendly. I like the placement of the HDMI inputs better than the Zacuto (bottom vs side). The only thing that I am not crazy about is the way that it mounts to my DSLR. I can't seem to get it as secure as I'd like. I am using a hot shoe adapter and it always seems to move when I put my eye against it. I am sure that I can overcome this problem. Otherwise, it's a nice unit. It is lighter and is not as tough feeling as the Zacuto.

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great design

                            By Humbar

                            from Virginia

                            About Me Professional Artist

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Professional Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Independent Films

                              Comments about Kinotehnik LCDVFe Electronic Viewfinder:

                              I use this EVF with a Sony FS700. It is lightweight, compact, mounts in seconds and has a great image. Definitely a worthwhile buy.

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                              5.0

                              The best

                              By Me

                              from Miami, FL

                              Verified Buyer

                              Comments about Kinotehnik LCDVFe Electronic Viewfinder:

                              Pixel density is "retina-like," and the smaller image as compared to an actual retina display is MUCH better (you don't feel like you're sitting in the front row of a movie theater). Great features, great mounting system, great design...and the customer service is excellent.

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                              Stands & Mounts

                              Kinotehnik -  Blue Star Oval Small Eye Cushion for Professional Viewfinders, Red Microfiber
                              • You Pay: $13.95
                               

                              Care & Cleaning

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                              Pearstone -  Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, 18% Gray (7 x 7.9")
                              • You Pay: $4.99
                               

                              Cables & Cable Management

                              Kinotehnik -  LCDVFEDTAP D-Tap DC Cable for LCDVFe Electronic Viewfinder
                              • You Pay: $50.00
                               
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