The ikan D5w 5.6" Camera Monitor with HD LCD Panel and Waveform has of the topmost qualities a camera monitor can offer; in particular -- a hi-def screen, advanced software features, SDI and HDMI connections, and a trendy and efficient body (which can be used on-camera, and as well off-camera -- handheld or mounted on various parts of a rig by one of four 1/4"-20 screw-holes, each of which is located on a different side of the monitor).
A comprehensive set of software features includes the highly-advanced Waveform, RGB Parade, and Vectorscope, with all three not-so-common to camera monitors. The purpose of these and of the rest is to help you fine-tune factors like exposure and focus before you shoot your scene. In relation, the hi-def screen abovementioned, at 1280 x 800 pixels -- also not-so-common to monitors -- is optimal for displaying and making use of all the features.
The main connections are an SDI input, an SDI output, and an HDMI input. The SDIs both support 3G transfer rates, meaning that they can transfer high-bandwidth data without delay, transferring, for example, very high-resolution data, or data involving a lot of embedded audio; in general, high-info data. You can connect your camera to either of the inputs, whichever of the two your camera can match; and as for the SDI output -- with it you can connect the D5w to a video recorder, such as an Atomos Samurai (and thus record your footage on a separate device in a ready-to-edit format), or you can connect to a big-screen SDI monitor from as far as 300 ft away, with 300 ft being the longest transmission distance that SDI supports and that most other connections don't come close to matching. The last of the D5w's connections is a headphone output, to which you can hook up headphones and monitor any sound that you record onto the camera as you shoot your scene. Even if your recording mic is a wireless lavalier that's a distance away, as long as its end-point is connected to the camera, you'll be able to monitor it by the headphone out.
The D5w weighs only about a half-a-pound, is about an inch thick, and its outer body has a rubberized texture. All the buttons are away from clear view, located for the most part at the top corners, more towards the back than the front or center. Three assignable (and as well re-assignable) buttons, into which the software features can be programmed, are at one corner, and an EXIT button along with a rotary wheel are at the other corner and together control the monitor's menu. And on the side is an INPUT button that chooses between the SDI and HDMI inputs.
The monitor powers by any of several types of batteries, depending on which of the following ikan BP5 battery plates you employ: the Sony L compatible, Sony BP-U compatible, Panasonic D54 compatible, Canon 900 compatible, and Canon E-6 compatible. Both the plate and battery are separately sold. If you already own a set, you can certainly use it. If not, please search the B&H site for "D5w battery kit" as B&H offers different D5w / plate / battery kit configurations.
Lightweight, compact, flexible and very effective, the D5w is a great addition to your DSLR or camcorder, for a smooth and precision-oriented production, whether in videography or filmmaking.
- HD Resolution
- Although the D5w has a 5.6-inch screen, with 1280 X 800 HD resolution what you see is what you get! The D5w outputs crisp, clear shots on the field, meaning less time in the editing room.
- Small Lightweight Design
- The D5w weighs 0.6 lbs, making it the ideal field monitor for the video professional. You won't have to worry about your handheld rigs being weighed down. Also, the D5w's compact size and efficient design makes it effortless to pack and carry.
- Flexible Battery System
The D5w has a flexible battery system that supports ikan's BP5 battery plate of your choice:
Sony L compatible
Sony BP-U compatible
Panasonic D54 compatible
Canon 900 compatible
Canon E-6 compatible
- This essential feature assists with the calibration of professional video cameras. It shows the overall brightness of the image assisting the video professional in correcting exposure. The waveform feature also checks the evenness of the lighting when lighting a chromakey or background.
- The D5w uses vectorscope to help set and verify skin tones and monitor white balance. The vectorscope function also verifies and checks the overall tint and hue of an image.
- RGB Parade
- The RGB parade splits the image into separate red, green, and blue channels and shows you the color values for each. RGB Parade is fundamental in balancing out the shadow region when leveling a shot. Furthermore, this feature helps the video professional to instantly see what color cast might be in an image; thus, making it extremely helpful when verifying the white balance.
- The D5w 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 D5w'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 D5w 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.