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ikan VK7i 7" HDMI Monitor with Nikon EN-EL15 Type Battery Plate

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Product Highlights

  • 1280 x 800 High Definition Screen
  • IPS Screen with 170° Viewing Angle
  • HDMI, Component, Composite In/Out
  • 400 nit Brightness / 800:1 Contrast
  • Front Panel Controls
  • DSLR Scaling / Peaking / False Color
  • Tally System
  • Flexible Power Options
  • Accepts Nikon EN-EL15 Type Batteries
  • Vesa Mounting Holes
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The ikan VK7i 7" HDMI Monitor with Nikon EN-EL15 Type Battery Plate features a 7" HD IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, 400 NIT brightness with a 800:1 contrast ratio for a crisp image. The IPS screen provides a 170° viewing angle. It comes equipped with HDMI, SD/HD component, and composite In/Out connections. Built-in advanced display functions includes: Peaking, False Color, and ikan's Clip Guides, each one a valuable tool that the camera operator can use to check focus and exposure while shooting.

The VK7i features front panel mounted controls for: power, input selection, menu, function, aspect ratio, and knobs for adjusting brightness, contrast, chroma, tint, and sharpness. It scales the input video to fit its screen, and includes a 1:1 pixel mode for checking fine details of your image. The monitor incorporates an RJ-45 connector for Tally support, with indicators on the back of the monitor. The monitor's flexible power options allow you to choose from powering via the 4-pin XLR, or available ikan DV style battery plates. This VK7i monitor comes with a Nikon EN-EL15 type battery plate that is removable and can be swapped out with other available battery plates if your battery situation changes. The monitor also incorporates 100mm VESA mounting holes, which you can use to attach available pro battery plates or for mounting available VESA mounts.

HD Resolution
The IPS LCD screen features 1280 x 800 resolution, which can display 720p natively, and will scale 1080i/p to fit. The HD resolution allows provides you a crisp image, and the IPS technology provides a 170° viewing angle, left to right and top to bottom.
Input/Output
The monitor features HDMI, HD/SD Component, and Composite inputs and outputs.
Mounting
The monitor features one 1/4"-20 threaded mounting hole on the bottom and both sides and includes a 1/4"-20 to cold shoe ball adapter.
Flexible Battery System
This model of the VK7I includes an easily interchangeable battery plate for an available Nikon EN-EL15 type battery. Available replacement battery plates allow you to swap the plate so you don't have to buy a whole new monitor if your battery situation changes.

Display Features

Menu Setup
Provides for up to five distinct users to save/recall their settings.
Function Buttons
You can program the F1 and F2 buttons to enable frequently accessed features.
Guide Frames
The VK7i includes the following selectable framing & safe area:
4:3
16:9
Peaking
Peaking highlights the sharpest (most in focus) areas of the image with a color outline. The VK7i features Monochrome Peaking that shows the image in black and white with the red peaking outline.
False Color
The False Color feature provides under/over luminance warning by presenting the image as a series of color values representing exposure.
Clip Guides
Set the upper IRE limit on the monitor and any part of the frame that is brighter than the set limit will flash a vivid purple. Clip Guides is only available on the HDMI input.
Luma Under/Over
ikan's exclusive Adjustable Under Exposure and Over Exposed Warning feature is an extension of false color. It allows the operator to set the preferred IRE exposure limits and the operator is warned when the image exposure exceeds or falling under the preset IRE limit. This is only available on the HDMI input.
DSLR Scaling
The DSLR Scaling function enables users to expand their DSLR camera's HDMI video signal to fill the monitor's screen if they wish. Users may choose from one of four scaling options: Normal, 3:2, 16:9, or Full Screen. DSLR scaling is only available on the HDMI input.
Movable Pixel-to-Pixel
The VK7i's 1:1 pixel-to-pixel mapping allows you to look at parts of your image without any scaling, so you can see the actual detail and not be fooled by scaling artifacts.
Still Compare
This function displays a side by side comparison of the incoming video signal. Pushing the F1/2 button one time will enter the mode. Each time the F1/2 button is pushed it will freeze the current frame on the right hand side of the display while the left continues to display the live signal. Pressing the exit button will exit the window mode. Use Window 1 for 16:9 signals and Window 2 for 4:3 signals.
H/V Delay
Displays the blanking interval of the incoming signal.

Tally

Front and Rear Tally
The VK7i has an integrated tally system showing a colored border on the LCD screen and small LED indicators on the rear of the unit.
LCD Controls
Menu controls allow you to adjust the following settings:
    • Brightness
    • Contrast
    • Chroma
    • Sharpness
    • Tint
    • Color Temp - 5600K/6500K/9300K/Manual
    • Manual Backlight adjustment
Diagonal 7" (17.78 cm)
Resolution 1280 x 800
Brightness 400 nit
Contrast Ratio 800:1
Viewing Angles 170°
Inputs HDMI, Composite, Component
Video Outputs HDMI, Composite, Component
Interface 1 x RJ-45 for Tally connection
1 x USB 2.0 (for factory use only)
Operating Voltage DC power terminal: 7 to 24 VDC
4-pin XLR: 12 to 24VDC
Power Consumption 8W
Format Support Composite Video
NTSC-M, NTSC-J, NTSC 4.43
PAL B/G H I D, PAL M, PAL N
SECAM

YPbPr
720x480i @ 60 Hz
720x576i @ 50 Hz
720p 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 Hz
1920 x 1080i 50/59.94/60 Hz
1920 x 1080psf 24/25/29.97/30 Hz
1920 x 1080p 23.98/24/25/29.94/30/50/59.94/60 Hz

HDMI
720x480i/p 59.94/60 Hz
720x576i/p 50 Hz
720p 50/59.94/60 Hz
1920 x 1080i 50/59.94/60 Hz
1920 x 1080psf 24/25/29.97/30 Hz
1920 x 1080p 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 Hz
Weight 1.1 lb (0.5 kg)
ikan VK7i 7" HDMI Monitor with Nikon EN-EL15 Type Battery Plate
  • AC Adapter
  • BP5 Nikon EN-EL15 DV Battery Plate for ikan Monitors
  • Ultra-Heavy Duty Camera Shoe Mount
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty

  • Included Free

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    ikanVK7i 7" HDMI Monitor with Nikon EN-EL15 Type Battery Plate
     
    4.0

    (based on 5 reviews)

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        4.0

        Will help me make better photos

        By Long-time Photographer

        from Walla Walla, WA

        About Me Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Bright And Clear Picture
        • Improves Performance
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • A Few Minor Issues

        Best Uses

          Comments about ikan VK7i 7" HDMI Monitor with Nikon EN-EL15 Type Battery Plate:

          I have only had the ikan VK7i monitor for a few weeks, but I've tested it several times indoors, and have used it once in the field with my Nikon D800. It is easy to connect and fairly easy to set up. (The menu system could stand a little work to make it more user-friendly, but I hope that the more I use it, the less that will be an issue.) The screen is bright and clear, and, using the bundled ikan SHX7-V Sunhood, I had no problem viewing the image in afternoon winter sunlight.

          Years ago I did a lot of architectural photography using a 4x5 view camera. I spent many hours under a focusing cloth, peering at the dim, inverted image on the camera's ground glass. I learned the value of a large preview, especially when using tilts and shifts. When I recently purchased a Nikon perspective control lens for my DSLR, I quickly realized that a larger monitor would be helpful for precisely focusing the lens, and adjusting tilt for optimum depth of field. The ikan VK7i monitor exceeds my expectations for that.

          It has also allowed me to get some interesting shots with the camera positioned where it is impossible for me to see the viewfinder or built-in monitor.

          The Focus Peaking function is very useful, although there are some things to be aware of when using it (see below).

          The supplied hot-shoe mount for the monitor seems sturdy and works well, although I also like the ability to place the monitor on a second tripod adjacent to the camera, especially in a studio setup.

          I haven't used it while shooting video yet, but I look forward to doing that soon.

          I have encountered a few frustrations. First, it seems that either the ikan monitor or the D800 reverts to 480p resolution whenever I first connect them. I am usually able to overcome this by going into the D800 menu and resetting HDMI output to 1080p (even though it's already set to that resolution). The monitor will still show 480p resolution. But if I then take a photo, after the screen blanks and the image comes back on, the monitor usually indicates that the resolution is now 1080p. Sometimes I have to go through this routine a few times before it "takes."

          The second issue may not actually be a problem with the monitor, but rather my ignorance. I (naively, I guess) expected the Pixel to Pixel setting to show me the actual pixels that the camera sensor was capturing; in other words, I thought it would show a 1280 x 800 section of my D800's 7360 x 4912-pixel images. It does not! Instead, it shows a one-for-one pixel image of the HDMI OUTPUT, which, at best, is 1080 x 720. In order to see the actual pixels the sensor is capturing, you must use your camera's controls to zoom in on the live view, which is then output to the ikan monitor.

          I think this also carries over to my third issue: The Focus Peaking function of the monitor is very helpful. It shows a black and white rendition of the HDMI output with all sharply focused edges highlighted in red. But it appears that Focus Peaking shows areas of the image to be in focus that are, in fact, not really sharp. I think that is because, again, the monitor is evaluating edges in the HDMI output rather than the actual pixels that the sensor is capturing. So, just as a 4x5 print can look sharp, while a 16x20 print of the same image shows it to be soft, so the smaller HDMI output looks sharp to the ikan algorithm, while the full-size image may not. So, again, you must zoom in on live view so that the ikan monitor is evaluating the full-size image.

          None of these issues are deal-breakers, though. The ikan VK7i monitor appears to be well-made, and I have already found it to be very useful. I'm very happy with it, and I know it will help me to improve my photography.

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          2.0

          Not meant for average user

          By Ken

          from Santa Clara, CA

          About Me Hobbyist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

          • Needs A User Manual

          Best Uses

          • Dslr Focusing Aide

          Comments about ikan VK7i 7" HDMI Monitor with Nikon EN-EL15 Type Battery Plate:

          Needed monitor to help focus (peaking feature) since my eyesight is poor. Quick start sheet defined the buttons, but a user manual is not available to describe how to set up and use. Supplied camera mount was supposed to be the more sturdy model, but this one wobbles and connot be tightened. Also, specs say it weights 18 lbs!!! The 2nd time I used the monitor, the peaking feature did not display as I moved through the focus range. Perhaps what is needed is a good instruction manual or a Youtube tutorial.

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          4.0

          Nice monitor

          By DJP

          from Chicago

          About Me PHOTOGRAPHERVIDEOGRAPHER

          Verified Buyer

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                Comments about ikan VK7i 7" HDMI Monitor with Nikon EN-EL15 Type Battery Plate:

                Bought this monitor to use with my DSLR for video. It's a nice monitor at a decent price, but some instructions for adjusting some of the setting should be included by Ikan.

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                5.0

                Works Perfectly!

                By Ted Davis

                from Durham, NC

                About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about ikan VK7i 7" HDMI Monitor with Nikon EN-EL15 Type Battery Plate:

                    I immediately took the VK7i out for testing. The EN-EL15 Battery plate fit perfectly and an HDMI cable quickly connected the monitor to my camera. I Decided to use the mount at first and although it leaves a bit to be desired - there are arms out there for other purposes. If you just don't want to have to hold on to the monitor, the mount works perfectly.

                    As for the actual monitor - the function buttons were easy to use, find and turn on/off. I could quickly switch between 2-3 different modes I will be using, and the built in pixal zoom was fantastic. I was very impressed by my first use even though it was only on landscapes. Next up - old machines!

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                    5.0

                    Good Product for Nikon Cameras

                    By Chalo

                    from Coconut Creek, FL

                    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Independent Films
                      • In The Studio

                      Comments about ikan VK7i 7" HDMI Monitor with Nikon EN-EL15 Type Battery Plate:

                      Works great with the Nikon D800 except that it drains the battery fairly quick. Make sure you buy additional batteries if you plan to shoot for long periods of time.

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