Cineroid EVF4RVW with Retina Display

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Product Highlights
  • 3.5" Retina LCD Display
  • Metal Housing
  • 3G/HD/SD-SDI and HDMI Input
  • Loop Through Via 3G/HD/SD-SDI
  • Detachable Loupe with Adjusting Diopter
  • Waveform and Vectorscope Displays
  • Peaking, Clip Guides and False Color
  • Crop Guide and Anamorphic Conversion
  • Pixel-to-Pixel, Flip and Monochrome
  • Multi Vendor Battery Support

The Cineroid EVF4RVW with Retina Display features a 3.5" Retina LCD display with 960x640 resolution and a metal housing. The EVF has 3G/HD/SD-SDI and HDMI inputs, and a 3G/HD/SD-SDI output enables loop through. The optical loupe has an adjustable diopter and can be detached completely or flipped open to view the display as a monitor.

The EVF4RVW has a comprehensive set of confidence features, including multiple waveform and vectorscope display options. Peaking is available in red or white, and various clip guides include color and a range of zebra patterns. Two types of false color displays translate exposure values into 6 different colors. Crop guide superimposes darkened bars on the screen to aide in framing shots that will be cropped in post, and the screen size can be changed for use with anamorphic lenses. Other features include pixel-to-pixel, screen flip and monochrome mode.

The EVF4RVW has a mini XLR power input and includes a mini XLR to D-Tap (P-Tap) cable for connecting to an external battery. Interchangeable battery plates for Canon LP-E6, Sony NPF and Canon BP911 batteries are also included.

Retina Display
The centerpiece of Cineroid's EVF4RVW is the 3.5" Retina LCD with 960x640 resolution and metal housing. The screen supports 16.7 million colors and viewing angles ranging 140° HxV.
3G/HD/SD-SDI and HDMI
The EVF's 3G/HD/SD-SDI (BNC) and HDMI input connectors support Full HD 1080p, and the 3G/HD/SD-SDI output connector enables loop through.
Detachable Loupe with Adjustable Diopter
The optical loupe has an adjustable diopter and can be detached completely or flipped open to view the display as a monitor.
Waveform and Vectorscope
There are three waveform and vectorscope display options. Style 1 superimposes a semitransparent, horizontal waveform at the bottom of the screen. Style 2 superimposes a semitransparent, horizontal and vertical waveform and a small vectorscope. Style 3 minimizes the video image and displays a large horizontal and vertical waveform and vectorscope.
Peaking, Clip Guides and False Color
Peaking outlines the edges of objects that are in focus with red or white highlights. Clip guides can be displayed as color, zebra or both. The zebra pattern can be moving or fixed, and the range is selectable among 3, 5, 8, and 11%. Two types of false color displays translate exposure values into 6 different colors.
Crop Guide and Anamorphic Conversion
Crop guide superimposes darkened bars on the screen to aide in framing shots that will be cropped in post, and the screen size can be changed for use with anamorphic lenses.
Pixel-to-Pixel, Flip and Monochrome
Pixel-to-Pixel mode displays the center of the image at its native resolution. Screen Flip can rotate and/or mirror the image. Monochrome mode displays the image in black & white or isolates the blue channel, red channel, or green channel.
Multi Vendor Battery Support
A mini XLR power input provides an interface for the D-Tap (P-Tap) power cable. Interchangeable battery plates for Canon LP-E6, Sony NPF and Canon BP911 batteries are also included.
Display
Display Type 3.5" Retina LCD
Display Resolution 960 x 640
Display Colors 16.7 million
Viewing Angles 140° (H) x 140° (V)
Display Area 2.74 x 1.64" (69.6 x 41.76 mm)
Interface
Inputs HDMI (x1)
3G/HD/SD-SDI (x1)
Output 3G/HD/SD-SDI (x1)
3.5mm Stereo Headphone Jack (x1)
Input/Output Resolutions HDMI: 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
3G/HD/SD-SDI: 480i, 576i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Power Input Mini XLR (x1, DC 6~17 V)
Multi vendor battery support
General
Speaker x1, mono
Power Consumption 3.5 W (3 hours with 2200 mA battery)
Operating Temperature 14 ~ 158° F (-10 ~ 70° C)
Storage Temperature -4 ~ 158° F (-20 ~ 70° C)
Dimensions 4.02 x 2.64 x 6.18" (10.2 x 6.7 x 15.7 cm)
Weight 14.11 oz (400 g)
Cineroid EVF4RVW with Retina Display
  • 1.6x Optical Loupe
  • Mini Ball Head
  • D-Tap to Mini XLR Cable
  • Battery Holder Mount
  • Canon LP-E6 Battery Holder
  • Sony NPF Battery Holder
  • Canon BP911 Battery Holder
  • Extension Tube
  • Carrying Bag
  • User Manual
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    CineroidEVF4RVW with Retina Display
     
    3.8

    (based on 13 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    • 2 Stars

       

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    77%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (8)
    • Highly compatible (8)
    • Improves performance (6)
    • Lightweight (6)
    • Compact (5)

    Cons

    • Poor design (6)

    Best Uses

    • Independent films (10)
    • Complex projects (6)
    • In the studio (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Business owner (8), Professional artist (3)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    delivered on performance

    Pros:
    -Resolution
    -live waveforms and vector-scope
    -even windowed down, the resolution is enough to reliably pull focus (better than zacuto at full screen!).
    -small and...Read complete review

    Pros:
    -Resolution
    -live waveforms and vector-scope
    -even windowed down, the resolution is enough to reliably pull focus (better than zacuto at full screen!).
    -small and sleek. Some say it is ugly, but it is the smallest of EVFs, and it ends up looking less cartoony than the ballooned size of competing EVF's.
    -low lag compared to competition.
    -Aspect ratio lines are easy to use.
    -4 user programable buttons!
    -Sony batteries last for hours
    -light

    Cons:
    -flip and rotate image is a two step menu driven process
    -Canon LPe6 batteries are not very stable on back mount. (the lpe6 in general is not very stable. They fall off the back of Zacuto EVF too)
    -diopter lens not as nice as competition. ymmv

    I have used this for a year.

    My main comparisons are with the Zacuto and SmallHD. If you are thinking about the Zacuto, save yourself, and get this (they are the same price). Should be a bunch of new EVF's coming out in 2014, but this is by and far the best deal if you need a pro EVF, and will last into the 4K world.

    The Convergent Design Odyssey 7, seems like the best deal on a monitor, as it records multiple video formats, as well. But until a company invents a recording EVF, the Cineroid EVF is the one to get if you really need a viewfinder. The only other viable pro HD evf is the Alphatron, but the Alphatron is not better. Some like the way the exterior looks, but despite nicer lines and smooth edges, it is over sized and silly looking to me.

    I give 5 stars, because Cineroid delivered a high resolution EVF with professional features in a durable, sleek, and light package, that has yet to be topped by any other 3rd party manufacturer.

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    Very Good BUT not

    I work in the professional film industry with lots of high quality and very expensive equipment (Film, RED, ALEXA etc). For my own personal low-budget projects I have recently been using the...Read complete review

    I work in the professional film industry with lots of high quality and very expensive equipment (Film, RED, ALEXA etc). For my own personal low-budget projects I have recently been using the Nikon D800 in a Run & Gun style for small projects and documentaries. This EVF is extremely useful for focusing and getting spot on exposure with a camera that has limited dynamic range and relatively lousy lenses (for motion picture anyway - great for stills).I am happy with the price.I am extremely disappointed with the engineering as far as the strength of the body especially the 1/4"-20 female jacks. It is like an afterthought. Attached to the body with very tiny screws (look at the picture carefully). If you tighten an Israeli arm or ball-head with just a little too much force those screws with shear right off. Secondly the battery plates are weak plastic and the Sony batteries I have been using are loose on the plate, I have to tape it up or use small bungees to keep it tight.Finally Cineroid customer service is NON-EXISTENT. I have been trying for months, I cannot find the battery plates anywhere and they have basically told me "good luck (chum)".Well Good luck to you folks out there. The product has amazing potential and I like it very much except for those annoying issues.

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    3.0

    Very Good BUT not

    By JAH SEN MI COME

    from JAMAICA

    About Me Film Professional

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Poor Design
    • Weak Body Design

    Best Uses

    • Independent Films
    • Run and gun
    • Run Gun

    Comments about Cineroid EVF4RVW with Retina Display:

    I work in the professional film industry with lots of high quality and very expensive equipment (Film, RED, ALEXA etc). For my own personal low-budget projects I have recently been using the Nikon D800 in a Run & Gun style for small projects and documentaries. This EVF is extremely useful for focusing and getting spot on exposure with a camera that has limited dynamic range and relatively lousy lenses (for motion picture anyway - great for stills).I am happy with the price.I am extremely disappointed with the engineering as far as the strength of the body especially the 1/4"-20 female jacks. It is like an afterthought. Attached to the body with very tiny screws (look at the picture carefully). If you tighten an Israeli arm or ball-head with just a little too much force those screws with shear right off. Secondly the battery plates are weak plastic and the Sony batteries I have been using are loose on the plate, I have to tape it up or use small bungees to keep it tight.Finally Cineroid customer service is NON-EXISTENT. I have been trying for months, I cannot find the battery plates anywhere and they have basically told me "good luck (chum)".Well Good luck to you folks out there. The product has amazing potential and I like it very much except for those annoying issues.

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    4.0

    EVF4RVW with Retina Display by Cineroid

    By Ray Lee

    from NY, NJ, PA

    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 Cineroid EVF4RVW with Retina Display:

      Use this on both my Sony FS700 and FS100 camerasmakes it much easier to nail focus even without magnifying the imageI shoot pretty flat images so cranking up the contrast a in the EVF really helps give me a better idea of what I am getting (poor mans LUT) in the manual and description is says something about a real LUT feature but its not there or just not usable in any way... so when deciding on this EVF or not just skip the LUT featuregood size and with a good EVF mount makes using the cameras so much better!!! *I use the Zacuto Axsis, holds it nice and firm so its another point of contact that really helps stabilize a shot but cane pulled around for tripod mode or slider duty Not saying you need the Zacuto but worth it to buy something better than a magic arm or its going to orate on you.Insane battery life, one Sony NP-F770 and having a battery on it makes it super easy to move from one camera to another but it does adjust enough size and weight to push it to need a good EVF mount... for a shoulder mounted camera probably better to just run the included D tap cable to your V mount battery Great to have scopes again!! so nice to have Not just HDMI and SDI connections but HDMI to SDI converter Looks? I have no idea and think it so funny people care... Its a small black electric box with a screen if thats not good enough just get a Bedazzler and go crazy!Color... I was blown away with how bad the color on my FS100 and FS700 screens was when I first turned them on... well same deal with this EVF.... you are NOT judging color with this one (mine has a blue cast) I don't get it, my iPad ($) has great color , higher resolution, and is a freaking computer for $ but I have yet to see an EVF or camera with decent color for less than $25k Its a good EVF built fine (about the same feel as my Sony cameras) sharp, nice features (scopes) solid connections (even the HDMI seems solid enough and in a good spot) fair price The only real negative I can think of is color (same as all the rest) and if you can wait and spend more there are EVFs coming out this year that are said to have great color and even LUT features... if you can't wait, and don't want to spend at least $ US when they arrive just get this one

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      3.0

      Very good ... or not

      By Jose Figueroa

      from Mexico city

      About Me Business Owner

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

      • Limited Compatibility
      • Poor Design
      • Pricey / Poor Value

      Best Uses

      • Complex Projects
      • Independent Films
      • In The Studio

      Comments about Cineroid EVF4RVW with Retina Display:

      Delivers great image, the vector scope, focus peak, audio levels and other tool are very helpful. What i didn't like as many others have said is the quality of the material. Very cheap plastic and the locking system sucks, it breaks quickly and easy.
      I had a problem with the LCD because it was exposed to sun and i tried to call costumer service and they never answer, either phone or email.
      I wish i bought the alphatron.

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      4.0

      delivered on performance

      By James

      from International

      About Me Professional Artist

      Verified Reviewer

      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 Cineroid EVF4RVW with Retina Display:

        Pros:
        -Resolution
        -live waveforms and vector-scope
        -even windowed down, the resolution is enough to reliably pull focus (better than zacuto at full screen!).
        -small and sleek. Some say it is ugly, but it is the smallest of EVFs, and it ends up looking less cartoony than the ballooned size of competing EVF's.
        -low lag compared to competition.
        -Aspect ratio lines are easy to use.
        -4 user programable buttons!
        -Sony batteries last for hours
        -light

        Cons:
        -flip and rotate image is a two step menu driven process
        -Canon LPe6 batteries are not very stable on back mount. (the lpe6 in general is not very stable. They fall off the back of Zacuto EVF too)
        -diopter lens not as nice as competition. ymmv

        I have used this for a year.

        My main comparisons are with the Zacuto and SmallHD. If you are thinking about the Zacuto, save yourself, and get this (they are the same price). Should be a bunch of new EVF's coming out in 2014, but this is by and far the best deal if you need a pro EVF, and will last into the 4K world.

        The Convergent Design Odyssey 7, seems like the best deal on a monitor, as it records multiple video formats, as well. But until a company invents a recording EVF, the Cineroid EVF is the one to get if you really need a viewfinder. The only other viable pro HD evf is the Alphatron, but the Alphatron is not better. Some like the way the exterior looks, but despite nicer lines and smooth edges, it is over sized and silly looking to me.

        I give 5 stars, because Cineroid delivered a high resolution EVF with professional features in a durable, sleek, and light package, that has yet to be topped by any other 3rd party manufacturer.

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        4.0

        Very versatile and useful

        By Joel

        from Oakland, CA

        About Me Freelance Cinematographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Quality Hires Screen
        • Hdmi And Sdi Inputs
        • Variety Of Battery Plates

        Cons

        • Plastic Bits Feel Cheap
        • Supplied Mount Is Flimsy

        Best Uses

        • Studio Work
        • Verité Work

        Comments about Cineroid EVF4RVW with Retina Display:

        I'm a freelance cinematographer and use this EVF both on my personal camera and on nicer rental cameras. I love its versatility in terms of inputs (HDMI and SDI), and the plethora of battery plates available, and find that features such as peaking, waveform, and pixel to pixel make it much easier to focus and judge exposure during run and gun situations. My only gripe with this EVF so far is that the add-on bits such as the battery plates and loupe feel a bit cheap and plasticky for a purchase of this price, but I have experience with some other EVFs in the same price range and have similar complaints about them as well. All in all, quite satisfied with this investment.

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        5.0

        Amazing Retina technology...

        By Soufian Ratib

        from Evian, France

        About Me Business Owner

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Highly Compatible
        • Lightweight
        • Many Features
        • Retina Technology

        Cons

        • Mist Easily Inside

        Best Uses

        • Complex Projects
        • Documentary
        • Independent Films

        Comments about Cineroid EVF4RVW with Retina Display:

        I had tried the Alphatron and the Cineroid Retina at IBC. I end up buying the retina because of its nice contrast and sharp picture over the Alphatron. Somehow, it reminds me the Oled look. It holds the exact same amount of pixels so they are both sharp...but this unit do loop through and has many features such as waveform and vectoroscop to name a few. Great buy.

        If you can, use BNC connector instead of HDMI. It wont disconnect as easily.

        I use the viewfinder on Nikon D800 and Sony F3.

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        4.0

        So far so good

        By Derek K

        from Windsor, ON

        About Me Business Owner

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Independent Films
          • Shooting outdoors

          Comments about Cineroid EVF4RVW with Retina Display:

          It's well known that if you plan to shoot outdoors with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, you'll need an EVF, as the LCD is nearly impossible to see on a sunny day. So it was just a matter of choosing an EVF. This one seemed to offer the most bang for the buck, so I went with it. What's nice is it is not just a viewfinder and lcd, but also has a waveform monitor and vectorscope. I've only used it on one shoot so far, and I haven't even gone into any of the settings yet, but I'm sure I will get to all that soon, and grow to like it more over time.

          One problem with the Blackmagic Camera is there is only one SDI connection, so you can't have an EVF and a monitor at the same time. I was considering the SmallHD 7" monitor which is about the same price as this EVF, but as mentioned above, you NEED an EVF to see outside. So, that, along with the fact that this can act as a monitor, albeit a small one, made me choose this product.

          When you consider this is half the price of the Blackmagic Camera, it either makes this product look very expensive, or the camera seem extremely cheap. Thinking the latter helps me sleep at night. Would have given it a 5 if it was built a bit tougher, or more affordable, but overall, I've been pleased so far.

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          4.0

          You get exactly what´s described

          By João Gomes

          from Lisboa, Portugal

          About Me Business Owner

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Improves Performance

          Cons

          • Poor Design

          Best Uses

            Comments about Cineroid EVF4RVW with Retina Display:

            The image quality is more than enough to pull focus from but i´m having a hard time adjusting the color to match my BMCC lcd.

            I´ve also tried to reach Cineroid regarding firmware updates and LUT instalation but with no success. Cineroid apparently does´t care all that much about their clients.

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            5.0

            functional

            By pk thomas

            from la habra, ca

            About Me Business Owner, Film Student, Professional Artist

            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 Cineroid EVF4RVW with Retina Display:

              amazing little peice of equipment.

              I didn't understand the LUT fuction, very little (read: no) documentation on that.

              everything else is easy and intuative.

              (read all of the manual before you try to update the firmware, you might brick it otherwise)

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              4.0

              Solid EVF Performer

              By Loud Pictures

              from Texas

              About Me Professional Filmmaker

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Highly Compatible
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

              • Clunky Design

              Best Uses

              • Commercials
              • Corporate video
              • Independent Films
              • In The Studio

              Comments about Cineroid EVF4RVW with Retina Display:

              I use this with a BMCC camera via HD-SDI and it works very well. Be warned that the other HD-SDI Cineroid EVF that is less expensive (I think [$]) doesn't work with the BMCC as it won't accept 1080p signals - but this one does. The screen is sharp and the various battery options are nice, too. I'm using the Sony NP-F570 and two of them will make it almost all day. The menu is detailed and gives you a lot of control, but it's look and feel are a bit dated IMO. And the overall look of the EVF is a bit clumsy also, but it's performance has been good so far. Make sure you have a Noga arm or a cage with EVF mount or similar. I considered the Alphatron as well, but it's [$]more and so I went with this one and I'd recommend it.

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              4.0

              Not a lot of choices

              By Ralph

              from Kansas City, MO

              About Me Business Owner

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Improves Performance

              Cons

              • Need Sdi To Hmi Out
              • Poor Design

              Best Uses

              • Independent Films
              • In The Studio

              Comments about Cineroid EVF4RVW with Retina Display:

              Yes its very ugly but the scopes and Retina display are very useful and the reason I purchased its EVF must have with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera or sdi camera's. includes lots of powering options.

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              3.0

              could not get over the ugly

              By Joey

              from Los Angeles

              About Me Business Owner

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Highly Compatible

              Cons

              • Poor Design

              Best Uses

              • Complex Projects

              Comments about Cineroid EVF4RVW with Retina Display:

              Technically this unit is pretty competitive. But I can can't stomach it's design, had to go with the Alphatron.

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              2.0

              best evf?

              By Ralph

              from Hollywood CSA

              About Me Cinematographer, Professional Artist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Highly Compatible

              Cons

              • Lacks Functionality
              • Poor Design
              • Pricey / Poor Value

              Best Uses

              • Independent Films

              Comments about Cineroid EVF4RVW with Retina Display:

              I bought this EVF based on specs which are very good. BUT, fit and finish of the unit is terrible! The plastic clip together shade, IMO would not last a day of shooting. I found the retina display nice but the optics on the finder cheap and the adjustment poorly made. The finder has lots of features like wave and vector scopes, that good if you need it. Then there is mounting it,. All that is include is a cheap ball head. I ended up buying the Kinotehnik LCDVFe finder because although the Cineroid had better features, the Kinotehnik LCDVFe mounting to the camera is brilliant and the image was plenty good to focus by. another factor was that the Cineroid used 3.5watts compared to 1.5 for the Kinoteknic. I do miss the SDI input but most of the cameras that need a EVF have HDMI anyway and the cameras that only have SDI have great viewfinders like the Alexa.

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