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VariZoomVZ-M7 7" HDMI LCD Monitor
 
4.4

(based on 11 reviews)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Highly compatible (7)
  • Professional quality (7)
  • Compact (4)
  • Improves performance (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Outstanding picture quality!

I use the monitor mainly for events but also corporate videos. I use it with my Sony NX5U. The picture has so much more detail than the flip screen on the camera. makes...Read complete review

I use the monitor mainly for events but also corporate videos. I use it with my Sony NX5U. The picture has so much more detail than the flip screen on the camera. makes focus, exposure and framing so much easier! Compared to other monitors out there this is much higher resolution. I use it with the Manfrotto 814 arm and 502HD Head. In between the two I use a Calumet MF6809 Rapid connector so the monitor can be set up intsantly. Just plug in the HDMI cable and it is up and running! I love the sony battery mount, now my cam, light and monitor all run on the same L series batteries! The hood is a must have option. Don't waste your money on the whole kit, there is stuff in it you won't use. Great quality for the price!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A series of problems with battery plate, but good picture

This monitor would be so much better if it came in a bundle that included the arm, sunhood and battery plate pre attached to the back. It would also be amazing if the description...Read complete review

This monitor would be so much better if it came in a bundle that included the arm, sunhood and battery plate pre attached to the back. It would also be amazing if the description of the monitor and the battery plate included the specific battery required to power it. The 'Canon BP Series' battery description is not enough, as there are many different kinds of Canon BP batteries and they do not all fit on the same charger. I mistakenly ordered a canon BP battery for the back plate and got one that was too small. I went to a specialty battery store and found another one that fit, but it still wouldn't power the monitor. My guess is that since the battery plate came separately, and I had to install it myself by screwing in positive and negative connectors on the back (which I double checked to make sure they were connected properly) there was some problem with the wiring of the backplate- or the connectors inside the monitor. Either way, since I had to leave town for a shoot two days after receiving the package, I didn't have time to figure out what the problem was, as I would've had to ship it back and wait for it to be shipped to me again.

Varizoom should test their products more before sending, or have the battery plate attached already on the unit- or do it how Small HD does and have a DC in on the back for the battery plate.

I would say that if you don't want to pay more for a monitor, make sure to test this product out before purchasing, (or request that it be tested to make sure it turns on) or do yourself a favor, spend the extra money and get the Small HD AC7- 7" monitor for 599. (The one with only the HDMI hook up, not both HDMI and SDI- that ones pricier). Better picture, and functionality all around- however the Varizoom monitor does have superior picture than a lot of monitors in the same price range (I'll give it that).

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5.0

VERY HAPPY WITH IT

By TAKING VIDEOS

from BRYCE CANYON CITY UTAH

About Me Hobbyist

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Complex Projects
    • Independent Films

    Comments about VariZoom VZ-M7 7" HDMI LCD Monitor:

    I HAVE ANOTHER ONE OF THESE AND NEEDED TWO. VERY HAPPY WITH IT, EXCEEDS MY EXPECTATIONS.

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    5.0

    Super value

    By Dunamis

    from Alabama

    About Me Business Owner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Independent Films

      Comments about VariZoom VZ-M7 7" HDMI LCD Monitor:

      Big clear image at reasonable price

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      • No

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      2.0

      Nice monitor, but there are build quality issues.

      By EGS

      from Chicago

      About Me AudioVideo Professional

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Picture Quality

      Cons

      • Build Quality

      Best Uses

      • Any Video Shoot

      Comments about VariZoom VZ-M7 7" HDMI LCD Monitor:

      The VZ-M7 monitor works well and has great image quality, but be forewarned that the 1/4"-20 mounting nuts are problematic. On the unit I received, the nuts on the side were not even accepting 1/4"-20 screws properly. I had to open the case (voided the warranty...) and use a 1/4"-20 tap to clear out the threads. Also, these side nuts are poorly mounted; simply sandwiched between the 2 halves of the plastic case. I do not think it would support the weight of the VZ-M7 for long without breaking the case. The top/bottom nuts have a bit more reinforcement, but they also mount into the plastic case. I suggest being VERY careful if you plan to support the VZ-M7 via any of these 1/4"-20 nuts. Instead, I have decided to purchase a K&M Stands 19740 Universal Tablet Holder for mounting purposes (see pic). Perhaps VariZoom can jump in here with a reply or solution regarding this build-quality issue?

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      3.0

      A series of problems with battery plate, but good picture

      By Ruzer the Bruiser

      from New York, NY

      About Me Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Professional Quality

      Cons

      • Lacks Functionality
      • Limited Compatibility
      • Poor Design
      • Poor Performance

      Best Uses

      • Independent Films

      Comments about VariZoom VZ-M7 7" HDMI LCD Monitor:

      This monitor would be so much better if it came in a bundle that included the arm, sunhood and battery plate pre attached to the back. It would also be amazing if the description of the monitor and the battery plate included the specific battery required to power it. The 'Canon BP Series' battery description is not enough, as there are many different kinds of Canon BP batteries and they do not all fit on the same charger. I mistakenly ordered a canon BP battery for the back plate and got one that was too small. I went to a specialty battery store and found another one that fit, but it still wouldn't power the monitor. My guess is that since the battery plate came separately, and I had to install it myself by screwing in positive and negative connectors on the back (which I double checked to make sure they were connected properly) there was some problem with the wiring of the backplate- or the connectors inside the monitor. Either way, since I had to leave town for a shoot two days after receiving the package, I didn't have time to figure out what the problem was, as I would've had to ship it back and wait for it to be shipped to me again.

      Varizoom should test their products more before sending, or have the battery plate attached already on the unit- or do it how Small HD does and have a DC in on the back for the battery plate.

      I would say that if you don't want to pay more for a monitor, make sure to test this product out before purchasing, (or request that it be tested to make sure it turns on) or do yourself a favor, spend the extra money and get the Small HD AC7- 7" monitor for 599. (The one with only the HDMI hook up, not both HDMI and SDI- that ones pricier). Better picture, and functionality all around- however the Varizoom monitor does have superior picture than a lot of monitors in the same price range (I'll give it that).

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      • No

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      4.0

      Great Monitor for it's Price tag (Using with BMPCC)

      By HonestOpinion101010101

      from Chattanooga, TN

      About Me Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Lacks Functionality

      Best Uses

      • Bmpcc
      • Complex Projects
      • Independent Films
      • In The Studio

      Comments about VariZoom VZ-M7 7" HDMI LCD Monitor:

      Honestly this thing is really nice. It's price tag is very attractive for what it is and it has nice accessories available to enhance it's uses.

      One thing I wish was available though is a little bit more control over the image on screen. Shooting my BMPCC in ProRes with Film Dynamic range (even using Video as my camera's display quality) doesn't come through the HDMI channel. I know that's kind of a BMPCC issue, but the fact that I'm looking at a pretty flat looking image on the larger screen is something that technically could be fixed with more intensive monitor setting capabilities. So because of that it's a little bit hard to tell what your post-graded image might come close to looking like until you've got the experience under your belt to have an eye for it.

      Overall though, I really like it and I'd recommend it. But I also would like to note that it may be worth holding off until black magic releases their monitor since it'll probably have some better built in compatability with the cameras and it's not gonna cost an arm and a leg.

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      4.0

      Works great.

      By Many Hats

      from Oakland, CA

      About Me Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Highly Compatible
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Independent Films
        • In The Studio

        Comments about VariZoom VZ-M7 7" HDMI LCD Monitor:

        I needed a monitor larger than my Canon DSLR screen to make focusing easier. This does the trick. Picture isn't breathtaking but it does the job as a focus monitor. You just plug it in and off you go. The settings menu is simple enough to figure out just by playing around with it.

        It's kind of bulky and heavy when you run off battery power. I wish the battery plate was included and you didn't have to buy it as an accesory.

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        5.0

        Great monitor for the price

        By Serge Defoi

        from Martinique FWI

        About Me Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use
        • Highly Compatible

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about VariZoom VZ-M7 7" HDMI LCD Monitor:

            very good image quality and a rare monitor compatible with Blackmagic pocket cinema camera

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            5.0

            Works great

            By Aspiring Filmmaker

            from Norcross, GA

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about VariZoom VZ-M7 7" HDMI LCD Monitor:

            Just hooked this up last night and it works great! Nice picture, solidly built, looking forward to using it more!

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Nice Monitor

            By Alba Prod

            from Columbus OH

            About Me Business Owner

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Highly Compatible
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about VariZoom VZ-M7 7" HDMI LCD Monitor:

                I bought this monitor to use instead of the 2.5" LCD on my Panasonic HMC40. My eyes are not good on up close focus, so the monitor allows me to step back and get a better view. The picture is great, nice and clear. It does have a glossy glass finish and you get some reflection of yourself, but if your focus on the picture, you don't even see your reflection. It is somewhat heavy so you need a good solid mounting system to the camera. I bought a Panasonic Battery Plate adapter, but you only get about an hour of use with a medium battery. Buy the sunscreen/hood if you use it outdoors at all.

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                5.0

                Outstanding picture quality!

                By Chicagovideographer

                from Chicago

                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
                  • Inerviews
                  • In The Studio
                  • Weddings

                  Comments about VariZoom VZ-M7 7" HDMI LCD Monitor:

                  I use the monitor mainly for events but also corporate videos. I use it with my Sony NX5U. The picture has so much more detail than the flip screen on the camera. makes focus, exposure and framing so much easier! Compared to other monitors out there this is much higher resolution. I use it with the Manfrotto 814 arm and 502HD Head. In between the two I use a Calumet MF6809 Rapid connector so the monitor can be set up intsantly. Just plug in the HDMI cable and it is up and running! I love the sony battery mount, now my cam, light and monitor all run on the same L series batteries! The hood is a must have option. Don't waste your money on the whole kit, there is stuff in it you won't use. Great quality for the price!

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Good value + Great Quality

                  By Danny Boy

                  from Dallas, TX

                  About Me Business Owner

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Complex Projects
                    • Independent Films
                    • In The Studio

                    Comments about VariZoom VZ-M7 7" HDMI LCD Monitor:

                    This monitor has a very good picture and the build quality is excellent. I really like the accessories such as the folding sun hood / screen guard and the rubber frame. Focusing is much easier with shallow DOF cameras like Canon 5D. Much better than some of the cheaper monitors I have had before.

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