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ikan VH8 8" Camera Monitor with Canon E6 Battery Plate

B&H # IKVH8E6 Mfr # VH8-E6
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Free Next Day Delivery (USA)
You Pay: $399.00
Product Highlights
  • Ultra Wide 1600 x 768 LCD Panel
  • Very Thin and Lightweight
  • HDMI Input and Output / Composite Input
  • Headphone Jack
  • 300 Nit Brightness / 400:1 Contrast
  • Four Assignable Touch-Sensitive Buttons
  • "Heads Up Display" Shows / Reads Signals
  • Sun Visor
  • Shoe Mount
  • DSLR Scaling / Peaking / Etc.

The ikan VH8 8" Camera Monitor with Canon E6 Battery Plate is 1/2-inch thick and weighs a 1/2-pound. At the same time, it's 8 inches wide. You get a wide monitor that is very slim and lightweight to attach atop your camera. The screen itself is about 7 inches and delivers a 1600 x 768 HD resolution.

The monitor has all the common software features for fine-tuning focus, exposure and other details, and it has four assignable function buttons for programming your most commonly used of these features. All the monitor's buttons are away from screen view, with the four assignable buttons located at the top of the back panel, and with three more not far away. These three control the monitor's menu and select between the monitor's inputs, HDMI and Composite.

The monitor comes with a Canon E6 battery plate, which is optionally interchangeable for a different plate. Slim, wide, and feature-rich, the VH8 is a great tool for precision shooting, whether in videography or filmmaking.

  • Ultra Wide 1600 x 768 LCD panel
  • False Color, Clip Guide on-screen color chart
  • False Color -- adjustable Under Luminance & Over Luminance warning (only HDMI)
  • Clip Guide -- adjustable Threshold (similar to the Zebra crossing function (only HDMI)
  • Pixel Data Analysis (IRE the color charts)
  • Vertical H.U.D. (Heads Up Display) on the right side of the screen reads incoming signals
  • Peaking (red outline)
  • DSLR Scaling (only HDMI)
  • Underscan
  • Movable Pixel to Pixel
  • Guides (4:3 & 16:9 Framing Safe Area)
  • Check Field (blue, red, green, monochrome)
  • Manual backlight adjustment
  • H/V-line field delay
  • Aspect ratio (16:9 / 4:3)
  • Custom aspect ratio
  • Adjustable RGB
  • Four, assignable, touch-sensitive, function buttons on the rear
Peaking
The VH8 is equipped with both Monochrome and Color Peaking features, which highlight the desired focus area in a bright, RED outline. The operator adjusts the focus control until the RED indicator outlines on the desired area are razor sharp, indicating optimal focus. For the best results, be sure the subject is properly exposed.
False Color
The False Color feature utilizes a full spectrum of assigned color indicators, ensuring flawless shot exposure. The under/ over luminance warning enables the video professional to get the quality he/ she desires every time. By adjusting the camera's Iris, the subject of the image will change color based on specific brightness values indicating optimal exposure.
DSLR Scaling
The DSLR Scaling function enables users to extend their DSLR camera's HDMI video output to any option of four: Normal, 3:2, 16:9 or Full Screen - convenience made simple.
Movable Pixel-to-Pixel
The VH8's 1:1 pixel-to-pixel mapping allows the video professional to emphasize on individual chosen elements in the shot. This feature is essential for capturing optimum detail.
Clip Guides
The VH8 offers adjustable upper Clip Guide levels to accurately display overexposed images in any shooting condition. The operator simply assigns the upper IRE to their preference and any exposure over the set IRE limit will flash in a vivid purple, indicating only the over exposed area.
Screen Size Approx. 7" (18 cm)
Resolution 1600 x 768
Inputs 1x HDMI
1x Composite
Outputs 1x HDMI
1x headphone jack
LCD Brightness 300 nit
Contrast Ratio 400:1
Viewing Angles 35º/35º (R/L), 10º/30º (U/L)
Supported Resolutions Video:
NTSC-M, NTSC-J, NTSC 4.43
PAL B/G H I D, PAL M, PAL N
SECAM

HDMI:
720x480i & 720x480p @ 59.94, 60 Hz
720x576i & 720x576p @ 50 Hz
1280x720p @ 50, 59.94, 60 Hz
1920x1080i @ 50, 59.94, 60 Hz
1920x1080psf @ 24, 25, 29.97, 30 Hz
1920x1080p @ 23.97, 24, 25, 29.94, 30, 50, 59.94, 60 Hz
Mount Type 2x 1/4"-20 (one on bottom, one on top)
Operating Power DC 7 V - 24 V
Dimensions 8 x 5 x .5" (20.3 x 12.7 x 1.27 cm)
Weight .6 lbs (.27 kg)
ikan VH8 8" Camera Monitor with Canon E6 Battery Plate
  • AC Power Adapter
  • Sun Visor
  • Shoe Mount
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty

  • Included Free

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    ikanVH8 8" Camera Monitor with Canon E6 Battery Plate
     
    4.5

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (10)
    • Easy to use (8)
    • Improves performance (7)
    • Highly compatible (5)
    • Professional quality (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Independent films (8)
      • In the studio (6)
      • Complex projects (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Professional artist (8), Business owner (7)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (10)

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      4.0

      Very good purchase

      By Two Wheeled Companion

      from Ohio

      About Me Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Improves Performance
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies
        • Independent Films

        Comments about ikan VH8 8" Camera Monitor with Canon E6 Battery Plate:

        Compared to past IKAN monitors I have used in the past, this by far is the nicest one I have used. The battery attachment on the back is very convenient and not built in a way that can be broken or bent as previous model setups. the touch finger buttons for monitor settings is a decent added feature. Also liked that it comes with a sun visor. overall, great little addition for a camera that has a small view finder screen.

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        3.0

        Viewing Angle no Good

        By GB

        from Australia

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about ikan VH8 8" Camera Monitor with Canon E6 Battery Plate:

        Nice monitoe but the viewing angle is poor. Its only fault.

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        5.0

        Awesome monitor!

        By Carbuff915

        from Houston, TX

        Comments about ikan VH8 8" Camera Monitor with Canon E6 Battery Plate:

        Great quality monitor with intuitive controls. Lightweight, solid, and sharp picture. Oh, and it's made in Houston, TX!

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        4.0

        Nice monitor at a good price

        By Max

        from Studio City, CA

        About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Highly Compatible
        • Lightweight
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

        • Limited Compatibility

        Best Uses

          Comments about ikan VH8 8" Camera Monitor with Canon E6 Battery Plate:

          Use it for 5DIII in the field. It's pretty easy to use, lightweight, crisp, clear. Good for what it is at that price. Sometimes theres weird aspect ratio issues that I can't resolve, when using the AV input, HDMI works flawless.

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          • No

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          5.0

          VH8 Cam Monitor - Awesome!!

          By Chuck

          from West Palm Beach, FL

          About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Improves Performance
          • Lightweight
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Complex Projects
            • Independent Films
            • In The Studio

            Comments about ikan VH8 8" Camera Monitor with Canon E6 Battery Plate:

            I recently bought the VH8 8" camera monitor to use with my Canon 7D. Picture quality is really nice and accurate. I don't have to worry about shooting a project and then worrying about it not coming out as it looked on the monitor. Simple setup and it uses the same battery pack as my Canon 7D, so I didn't have to purchase any extra batteries.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Excellent Monitor

            By rachidwyatt

            from Canada

            About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use
            • Improves Performance
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Complex Projects
              • Independent Films

              Comments about ikan VH8 8" Camera Monitor with Canon E6 Battery Plate:

              Really light and easy to use. Works well with Canon DSLR playback.
              Wish it had RCA inputs, other than that a super quality product that is an excellent representation of the video file.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Great screen

              By Tyrell

              from Seattle, Wa

              About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Highly Compatible
              • Improves Performance
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Comes W Cheap Cam Mount

              Best Uses

              • Independent Films
              • In The Studio

              Comments about ikan VH8 8" Camera Monitor with Canon E6 Battery Plate:

              I dig this screen. My only complaints are, it comes with a cheap show mount and doesn't come with a mini HDMI cable. Overall this screen looks great for being well under $500.00.

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              4.0

              Great monitor for the price (pros&cons)

              By DEE

              from Toronto, Canada

              About Me Professional Artist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Bright
              • Good quality
              • Improves Performance
              • Lightweight
              • Sharp

              Cons

              • Delay Of 3 Sec On Record
              • Eats Batteries
              • Lacks Functionality
              • Menu Poor Design

              Best Uses

              • Complex Projects
              • In The Studio
              • Long Shoots

              Comments about ikan VH8 8" Camera Monitor with Canon E6 Battery Plate:

              Great monitor for the price (considering you already have couple of extra Canon batteries)

              I've also had to purchase Pearstone flexible 4m HDMI to mini HDMI cable, so I can actually sit-down for longer shoots and attach monitor to a separate stand + Pearstone horizontal adapter in-order to protect hdmi-in port of the monitor while using it on top of my 60D with a small cord provided by Ikan (Ikan shoe-mount is not high enough and cord is bumped a little into internal flash part of the camera body, that is a potential damage to the monitor-input through the time).

              Think about storage of it as well - thankfully I had some old box with a foam that made a nice fit. But factory box - is not that practical.

              It was a little scary to remove factory protection seal - some unusual semi-hard material that was very hard to pull off and I felt like it will damage the monitor, but likely - everything was ok - just some sticky glue in the corners I have to carefully clean-out after.

              I've also noticed - monitor becomes very hot when using Canon battery, but totally fine with power-adapter provided.(just wish the cord would be slightly longer)
              Ikan VH8 eats up Canon batteries very quickly. About 40min of non-stop filming and it's gone without a warning sign.

              Took me couple of shoots to get used to the menu and to see what I want.
              Right side info is not that useful or well-done.
              When you hit record - you have to wait couple of seconds before it actually starts recording. So if you are trying
              to simulate continues take with quick start-stop method while filming a long lecture - delay is much longer then if to do it without a monitor.

              Yes - when you hit record it scales down to 480p on Canon 60D(due to DSLR single CPU), but thanks to DSLR scaling option - picture is nicely stretched across whole screen. Downside of the stretch - peaking while recording is almost impossible to see at this pixelated mode, even though it is very helpful while setting up the shot or checking focus in-between the takes.

              False colour & clip guide options - are not that intuitive or useful. I had to unplug the monitor and use 60D built-in screen to make sure I am ok, while setting up the shot. Actual Ikan monitor is more-or-less equal/even in brightness and colour levels, but for the green-screen initial setup I still went back&force with 60D built-in to be sure.

              I didn't use it much outside, but for inside - it's seems like a decent non-reflective matte.

              Overall - Ikan VH8 is a nice bright, sharp and very light monitor, large enough to handle long static shoots and give your eyes(and knees) a break, even though some DSLR shooters might say - 480p blurry headache, but again - this is due to actual DSLR chip, not the monitor issue.

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              5.0

              Great Monitor for focus pulling!

              By Jesse Castro

              from Guam

              About Me Business Owner, Semi-pro videographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Complex Projects
                • Focus Pulling
                • Independent Films
                • In The Studio

                Comments about ikan VH8 8" Camera Monitor with Canon E6 Battery Plate:

                I use this monitor to pull focus with my camera. It works perfectly. I really like the added features of the monitor like touch sensitive buttons on the back which displays what that button does on the monitor. I like that it came with a battery adapter that is compatible with batteries that I own already. I was a bit thrown off with the sun visor feature, it's really shallow and not a full hood for the monitor. Otherwise I'm really happy with it.

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                5.0

                Amazing 8'' LCD!

                By Patrick V

                from Watertown, NY

                About Me Film Student, Professional Artist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Independent Films
                  • In The Studio

                  Comments about ikan VH8 8" Camera Monitor with Canon E6 Battery Plate:

                  I am a independent film maker at Darkstar Films. We currently only use a Canon60D Camera, and as most people are aware, the LCD is too small for use in film.

                  If you want a great external LCD view of what you are shooting, this camera is it. The attachment for your Canon E6 battery is a perfect mobile option.

                  The LCD itself has touch buttons that you can manual change to whatever function you need to access quickly.

                  Mounting the LCD on your camera is simple with the hot shoot adapter. The hot shoot has a ball pivot that makes it easy for quick adjustments during a shoot.

                  I absolutely 100% recommend this for a well built accessory for any independent film maker.

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                  5.0

                  Great bang for the buck

                  By SpencerSnygg

                  from Allentown, PA

                  About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Highly Compatible
                  • Improves Performance
                  • Lightweight
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                  • Company Unresponsive
                  • No Instruction Manual

                  Best Uses

                  • Independent Films

                  Comments about ikan VH8 8" Camera Monitor with Canon E6 Battery Plate:

                  I am using the monitor with a canon 7d for focusing. I bought it after seeing the specs on the resolution. The high resolution is partially misleading since the monitor is wider than the dimensions of the camera preview, so you have a bit of wasted space off to one side. In normal view, the canon 7D veiwfinder fills the screen top to bottom and on the right there is more information that the monitor gives you. The pixel to pixel function blows up the 7D output so video shooting area fills the screen. On first operation, though, it won't automatically frame it correctly, showing instead the bottom mask area and part of the shooting area. You have to press the menu wheel to convert the wheel into up/down or left/right to frame it as needed. This also moves off screen some camera information that is normally viewable in the viewfinder. I thought the 8" size would be humungous and ungainly, but it actually works out pretty well. If there was a 7" monitor though, with the same resolution, I would leap on it. I was hoping that there would be a function to bounce in tighter like the canon has the 10x in for critical focus. It doesn't. That being said, with such a large screen and high resolution, focusing is pretty easy. Even with a wide angle lens, I can tell the difference between moving the focus ring a couple millimeters. The focus aid function operates off of contrast. If there is sufficient light, then an in focus line (like a strand of hair) will be clearly different than the pixels next to it. If it is out of focus, then the pixel next to it will include a blur. So the focus function looks for contrast. When it sees that pixel to pixel contrast, it draws a red line on the screen. But if the lighting is poor or if there is very little contrast on the object to begin with, then the focus function doesn't work. The monitor chews through batteries a bit and doesn't have a low battery warning, so the monitor could go out at the wrong time. Because it has no warning, though, the difference between Canon chipped batteries and the cheap aftermarket is negligible, so you can stock up on cheap batteries.There are no real instructions included with the monitor or available on line, so you have to figure it all out yourself.The company is unresponsive. Questions go unanswered.The function buttons are on the rear of the monitor which make quick access a bit of a pain, but they make it easier by having sensors on the buttons so when you move your fingers over them, their function pops up on the screen. You can then press the button if you want that function. Those four buttons are assignable through the menu.It has an HDMI out which I assume could be used to flow through to a second monitor for the director - but I haven't used it so I don't know if the repeater amp is good or not. It also has a mini USB port on it but the limited instructions don't say what it's for and the company doesn't respond to emails.The battery adapter plate was a bit stiff at first making it hard to get batteries out, but it has loosened up with use.Other people with other monitors have complained of their monitors going out for a second or changing resolution or something when they hit record on their cameras. This is not an issue with this monitor when used with the canon 7D.

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                  5.0

                  clear and sharp

                  By ironfist

                  from Michigan

                  About Me Business Owner, DP, Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Independent Films
                    • In The Studio

                    Comments about ikan VH8 8" Camera Monitor with Canon E6 Battery Plate:

                    works great as a second monitor for viewing what is being filmed.Also has a great focus assist using peaking - if you need a very large monitor for your camera, this is perfect. I purchased this as a secondary viewer -you can also loop out another screen from it using the second HDMI port.I think it's a very good value for the money.

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