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Marshall Electronics5" On-Camera Monitor
 
3.9

(based on 73 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (50)
  • Compact (45)
  • Professional quality (42)
  • Improves performance (29)
  • Highly compatible (25)

Cons

  • Limited compatibility (11)
  • Lacks functionality (7)
  • Poor design (7)
  • Poor performance (6)

Best Uses

  • Independent films (40)
  • In the studio (26)
  • Home movies (15)
  • Complex projects (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional artist (30), Business owner (22), Enthusiast (9), Film student (5), Power user (5)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (9)
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (62)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Some thoughts on the 5" Marshall

Looking through these reviews, it seems some folks don't fully understand using this with a DSLR. Yes, with anything but a 7D, you'll get a small image. Small HD's monitors automatically enlarge...Read complete review

Looking through these reviews, it seems some folks don't fully understand using this with a DSLR. Yes, with anything but a 7D, you'll get a small image. Small HD's monitors automatically enlarge the DSLR signal to fill the screen, and when the Marshall came out it was about $200 less - Small has dropped their price for their smallest monitor, so you might check that out.

Peaking: DSLRs are notorious for their aliasing issues, and most monitors will indeed show "almost everything" as in-focus. It's not an issue with the monitor, it's how the footage is rendered. Small's current models have a focus assist that really does seem to work much better though.

Battery & power switch: both kind of lame. I wrap mine in a Domke wrap with a piece of cardboard that protects the power switch. I also switch it off often when not needed (with a "real" video cam anyway). Many people report using this with a d-tap, and the specs seem to support just getting a battery plate for your DSLR. But, again, Small sells plates with theirs.

Blue-only: yes, you can calibrate this monitor - however, DSLRs don't have color bars. I calibrate it with a Panasonic camera and then stick it on my DSLR when needed.

When this came out, it was a great idea - with the Small HD's price drop, you may be better off with it. But the color rendering of the little Marshall? Really great when properly setup with color bars.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good monitor but...

Great monitor, but it has a few quite serious glitches:

1. The power button's location is absolutely ridiculous. You have to remove the batteries, otherwise wherever you place the...Read complete review

Great monitor, but it has a few quite serious glitches:

1. The power button's location is absolutely ridiculous. You have to remove the batteries, otherwise wherever you place the monitor it just turns on and drains the batteries.

2. The HDMI Auto scale (for when you connect it to the canon 5D and start recording) is no good. It scales it with a correct ratio, but to a very small size.
That means the image you see on the monitor when recording is only slightly bigger than the one on the Canon 5D monitor.
There is NO WAY to manually scale the image so you use the full size of the monitor. Even when you are not recording and just using the Camera's LiveView feed, there are 2 black bars on the sides of the image with unused monitor space. The only time when you use all of the monitor screen is when you view the recorded images in the camera with the play button. Not good.

3. The batteries and charger you get with the monitor are as cheap as they can get, so you might want to buy some good quality batteries + charger.

4. There is no HDMI cable included in the package
and more importantly, there is NO HDMI Pass through

5. The screen is VERY shiny, which means you will get loads of reflections on it if you dont use a screen hood.

Other than that the image quality seems to be good, and the plastic looks pretty solid. It just seems to be overpriced for what it is. I would only recommend it because there is not much other options out there for a 5" Monitor that I know of, except maybe the SmallHD DP6.

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4.0

V-LCD50 Field Monitor

By Miko

from Phoenix Arizona

About Me Filmmaker Corp Tv Prod

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Battery Life Is Short
  • Onoff Switch Placement

Best Uses

  • Independent Films
  • In The Studio
  • Run and gun

Comments about Marshall Electronics 5" On-Camera Monitor:

I recently purchased my V-LCD50 used from a local video Pro for less than half the cost of new; he had three Marshall monitors and needed to thin out the herd. This rig is in A++ condition and I couldn't be more pleased. This rig is a great tool for focus assist, and is so light it doesn't tear up the mounts on my camera or Lamparte rig. It's totally pro looking, is well built, and the Marshall tech support is outstanding. The short battery life was a concern, but for me, easily solved with an inexpensive Canon adapter plate. The other Con is that the on/off switch is in the wrong place. It can accidentally be switched on - draining battery power without you realizing it.

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3.0

very useful

By alaninho

from mexico city, DF

About Me Professional Artist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Highly Compatible
  • Improves Performance
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Poor Performance

Best Uses

  • Home Movies
  • In The Studio

Comments about Marshall Electronics 5" On-Camera Monitor:

i use it for wdding shootings and poen air shootings, it is useful becuase it is bigger than the camera screen, but not too big to be heavy.
it is light and easy to use and to mount on every camere you wanna use.

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3.0

buy alternative battery source

By Adan

from San Francisco

About Me Video production

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Improves Performance
  • Lighting Tool
  • Professional Quality

Cons

  • Aa's Unrealistic
  • Limited Compatibility
  • Poor Performance

Best Uses

  • Independent Films
  • In The Studio

Comments about Marshall Electronics 5" On-Camera Monitor:

Bought a while ago and I recognzie the technology now should bring this price down. I got it at $[$](or so). Bottom line this is a good starter monitor. But don't plan on swapping out AAs on a shoot, and especially don't plan to do it if you are using rechargarbles. You will get 30 minutes or so and will have to look like a junky rummaging through batteries just to keep this thing juiced. The supplied alternate current is a small cable and will make for an annoying tie job if you want to run it off a stinger. So step up and buy a battery adapter that screws to the back of the monitor. Marshal makes them for canon and Sony batteries. Not so bad when you do that. The HD input has a tendency to wiggle out so make sure to secure any slack. All that said this monitor has some great features. The false colors renders the shadow to light gradations that are very nuianced. That alone is a great tool to dial in your lights while you work the set. I really enjoyed that feature. The matte finish doesn't glare like the small hd does, but the small hd is definately more maluable onto a rig. This thing is a beast. But if you enjoy making things work than you will enjoy this thing. Ultimately I still own it, but only really bring it out when I know I have 20minutes before shoot days to get this thing up and running. I also mount this thing on a glidcam vest at the bottom section of the sled and can't complain. 3stars because of the price contrasted against the weak battery option; my fault, you may want to just upgrade and get the one you know you can already juice with existing batts.

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5.0

Nice Monitor

By wil

from LA, CA

About Me Film Student, Hobbyist

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Movies
    • Independent Films

    Comments about Marshall Electronics 5" On-Camera Monitor:

    Love the focus assist (peaking). Wish the hood came with the monitor.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Small but High Quality

    By PV

    from Sacramento, 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

    • Small Monitor
    • Uses A Lot Of Battery

    Best Uses

    • Independent Films

    Comments about Marshall Electronics 5" On-Camera Monitor:

    I had bad experiences with on-camera monitors before with incorrect colors, poor quality, and few or useless features.

    This is great monitor with all the bells and whistles. Colors are right on and provide several calibration tools. Focus and exposure features help achieve great quality video results and has several options for power. For extended use, I recommend bringing extra batteries. The rechargeable batteries that are included provide less than an hour of power. Get an adapter and attach a large battery!

    I use this with a Panasonic HMC40 jib setup. Works great and helps me capture professional video with a low budget.

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    5.0

    Awesome for DSLR Shooters

    By Matt Turner

    from Gold Coast, Australia

    About Me Business Owner

    See all my reviews

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Marshall Electronics 5" On-Camera Monitor:

        A small, lightweight monitor for use on DSLR shoots. Has helped greatly in the last several shoots since purchasing it. The ability to angle the monitor at any angle independent of the camera is a must. The monitor easily fits into our pelican case and doesn't take up much room and is lightweight. We also purchased the Canon battery adapter so we only need one type of battery (LP-E6) for a shoot. Would recommend the hood, battery adapter, a good arm and also protection for your DSLR HDMI port, having heard horror stories of busted HDMI ports costing almost as much to fix as a whole camera body. We went with Zacuto gear and the setup is VERY solid and robust.

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        4.0

        Some thoughts on the 5" Marshall

        By MCPhoto

        from Dallas, TX

        About Me Professional Artist

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        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Independent Films
          • In The Studio

          Comments about Marshall Electronics 5" On-Camera Monitor:

          Looking through these reviews, it seems some folks don't fully understand using this with a DSLR. Yes, with anything but a 7D, you'll get a small image. Small HD's monitors automatically enlarge the DSLR signal to fill the screen, and when the Marshall came out it was about $200 less - Small has dropped their price for their smallest monitor, so you might check that out.

          Peaking: DSLRs are notorious for their aliasing issues, and most monitors will indeed show "almost everything" as in-focus. It's not an issue with the monitor, it's how the footage is rendered. Small's current models have a focus assist that really does seem to work much better though.

          Battery & power switch: both kind of lame. I wrap mine in a Domke wrap with a piece of cardboard that protects the power switch. I also switch it off often when not needed (with a "real" video cam anyway). Many people report using this with a d-tap, and the specs seem to support just getting a battery plate for your DSLR. But, again, Small sells plates with theirs.

          Blue-only: yes, you can calibrate this monitor - however, DSLRs don't have color bars. I calibrate it with a Panasonic camera and then stick it on my DSLR when needed.

          When this came out, it was a great idea - with the Small HD's price drop, you may be better off with it. But the color rendering of the little Marshall? Really great when properly setup with color bars.

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          4.0

          Solid performance & light weight unit

          By Mark the cinematographer

          from New York

          About Me Business Owner

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Highly Compatible
          • Improves Performance
          • Lightweight
          • Professional Quality
          • Value for money

          Cons

          • No hdmi cable included
          • Short battery life
          • Slow resolution switching

          Best Uses

          • Independent Films

          Comments about Marshall Electronics 5" On-Camera Monitor:

          I use this monitor on a canon 600D/T3i.

          Batteries & charger supplied with unit - BIG PLUS. the screen is powered by 4 standard AA batteries. You get about 75 minutes from the supplied batteries, so obviously additional batteries are recommended. The unit can also be powered by the also included mains adapter.
          The screen automatically adjusts to differing input resolutions, but can be over-ridden to pixel to pixel mapping. this will crop resolutions above the screens maximum resolution, but the mapping/downsampling in fit to screen mode is brilliant & gives a very sharp picture.
          The extensive menus allow for much adjustment & customisation, & a number of functions can be programmed to the 4 custom function buttons on the front panel.
          Also included was a very useful sunshade, but i believe this is a limited time offer so may not apply.

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          3.0

          high glare screen can be a problem

          By on the run videographer

          from Davenport, IA

          About Me Quality Oriented

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Highly reflective screen

            Best Uses

              Comments about Marshall Electronics 5" On-Camera Monitor:

              Decent monitor but it burns through batteries quickly and the screen has such a high glare that when outdoors it is too reflective, even with a hood attached.

              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              2.0

              not usable in video focus recording mode

              By EAM

              from NYC

              About Me Quality Oriented

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Lightweight
              • Sharp Image

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Marshall Electronics 5" On-Camera Monitor:

                  It does everything well except that it scales down when you push RECORD, which is when I need it the most.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  4.0

                  The Price is OK

                  By Steve

                  from Seattle, WA

                  About Me Quality Oriented

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Lightweight
                  • Sharp Image

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Marshall Electronics 5" On-Camera Monitor:

                      A quality monitor package. Good for checking composition in Medium to Low Light. All controls are well placed and menus are easy to follow

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

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                      5.0

                      LOVE IT!

                      By lil blackboy

                      from fort wayne

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Adjustable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Sharp Image

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Use with camera

                        Comments about Marshall Electronics 5" On-Camera Monitor:

                        FROM THE YOUTUBE VIDEO'S...IT LOOKED BIGGER THAN WHAT IT DOES IN REAL LIFE. BUT IT HAS A GREAT PICTURE, AND IT'S NOT TO BIG FOR THE USE WITH THE PANASONIC AF-100. WORKS GREAT!

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • PC

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                        4.0

                        Nice monitor

                        By Shazwoz

                        from West Oz

                        About Me Business Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Bright Projection
                        • Good Color Fidelity
                        • Lightweight
                        • Portable
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Movies

                          Comments about Marshall Electronics 5" On-Camera Monitor:

                          Used with Nikon D7000, great for focusing, works as described. A bit of a battery eater, would get 5 stars if you could attach a Sony or similar battery plate.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          An essential DSLR upgrade

                          By Ethan

                          from Utah

                          About Me Power User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Reliable Performance

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Portable Devices

                            Comments about Marshall Electronics 5" On-Camera Monitor:

                            I shoot both interviews locked of on tripods and some run and gun handheld stuff. This monitor is a great way to easily set up your shots and check exposure. The focus tool is not very useful because my lenses often have VERY shallow DOF and it seems that it highlights things not in sharp focus also, kind of hard to use. Also, I had an issue with my HDMI cable (which works fine) not working on the monitor. I thought the monitor was broken and nearly returned it before buying a new HDMI cable which worked fine. It has worked fine ever since.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Love the size, features & power options

                            By TB

                            from Paris, France

                            About Me Power User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Pro features
                            • RUNS ON AA BATTERIES
                            • Small size

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Marshall Electronics 5" On-Camera Monitor:

                                Bought to complement an AF100 and sometimes a GH2. Much better colors than onboard screens from those cams. Perfect size for my use, bigger would be less convenient. Love the 1:1 pixel function, like the peaking and false colors. You have to go back to full screen to switch false colors on and off (but it does work in 1:1 mode). Power switch should have been recessed, as everyone already complained. Wish there was attaching points on the sides and top (there is only one on the bottom). Love the power options: AA batteries on the GH2, p-tap on the AF100 rig (through the appropriate Switronix cable). I don't see much competition with those features, size and price point.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business
                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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                                3.0

                                Good monitor but...

                                By kalapa

                                from barcelona

                                About Me Power User

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Configure
                                • Easy To Use

                                Cons

                                • Poor Design

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Marshall Electronics 5" On-Camera Monitor:

                                  Great monitor, but it has a few quite serious glitches:

                                  1. The power button's location is absolutely ridiculous. You have to remove the batteries, otherwise wherever you place the monitor it just turns on and drains the batteries.

                                  2. The HDMI Auto scale (for when you connect it to the canon 5D and start recording) is no good. It scales it with a correct ratio, but to a very small size.
                                  That means the image you see on the monitor when recording is only slightly bigger than the one on the Canon 5D monitor.
                                  There is NO WAY to manually scale the image so you use the full size of the monitor. Even when you are not recording and just using the Camera's LiveView feed, there are 2 black bars on the sides of the image with unused monitor space. The only time when you use all of the monitor screen is when you view the recorded images in the camera with the play button. Not good.

                                  3. The batteries and charger you get with the monitor are as cheap as they can get, so you might want to buy some good quality batteries + charger.

                                  4. There is no HDMI cable included in the package
                                  and more importantly, there is NO HDMI Pass through

                                  5. The screen is VERY shiny, which means you will get loads of reflections on it if you dont use a screen hood.

                                  Other than that the image quality seems to be good, and the plastic looks pretty solid. It just seems to be overpriced for what it is. I would only recommend it because there is not much other options out there for a 5" Monitor that I know of, except maybe the SmallHD DP6.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business
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                                  • No

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                                  3.0

                                  Battery life terrible

                                  By Siuco

                                  from Vancouver, BC

                                  About Me Power User

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Configure
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Reliable Performance

                                  Cons

                                  • Battery Life

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home
                                  • In The Car

                                  Comments about Marshall Electronics 5" On-Camera Monitor:

                                  I used this monitor (as a rental) to try it out on our last music video shoot (outdoors in a remote location). Obviously no AC power so had to rely on battery power. Had to get the AD to run back into town twice for more batteries! The rental house said we would get two hours from each set. Maybe with it's use as a photo-monitor were it turns off for a few minutes. But with video and being on all the time we were lucky to get twenty minutes. Granted it was cold outside, and temperature plays an important part of any battery life. Something to consider though.

                                  Nice picture quality, but not the best. Poor contrast-ratio for outdoors even with a hood. Acceptable for in-doors though. Same issues as stated with power switch (Are you listening to the users Marshall?) Good quality build.

                                  Would I personally buy? Probably not. If they had other options for battery mounts, maybe yes. For the price and semi-pro user, not a bad choice, maybe use a heaping supply of rechargeable. or fabricate a battery belt pack for field use with a voltage converter (have to convert to AC input or something to fit monitor)

                                  And lastly, adding SDI (I know you can get it in other monitors) with loop-thru would be a big PLUS PLUS.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business
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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Best 5" monitor around

                                  By HermitC

                                  from Studio City, CA

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Comments about Marshall Electronics 5" On-Camera Monitor:

                                  False color feature is awesome. Lightweight and mobile. Perfect for an on-board monitor option.

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                                  2.0

                                  Overpriced

                                  By Aaron

                                  from Chicago

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Nice filters
                                  • sharp

                                  Cons

                                  • Flimsy
                                  • Overpriced
                                  • Too small

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Marshall Electronics 5" On-Camera Monitor:

                                    Let me get the positives out of the way first, because there are only a couple: The picture is nice (not awesome), and the false color/peaking filters are great. As for the negatives: When using with a DSLR, the scaling from the camera creates what is essentially the same sized viewing window as the LCD screen on the back of the DSLR.The on/off switch on the back is horribly designed. Everytime is put this monitor in a case the on/off switch is activated, draining the batteries. Now I have to take the batteries out everytime I put it in a case.The battery plate is cheap as well. I broke off a metal piece the second day. There is no indicator (as far as I know) of low battery either. It will just die with no warning.Like I said, this monitor is way overpriced. I wouldn't mind paying $200 for this, but [$] is ridiculous.

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                                    • Business
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                                    • No

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                                    2.0

                                    Love it, but a few maor design problems

                                    By Aaron G

                                    from Omaha

                                    About Me Power User

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Configure
                                    • Easy To Use

                                    Cons

                                    • Poor Design

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Marshall Electronics 5" On-Camera Monitor:

                                      My shots are better exposed and focused since buying this monitor. Great image quality, but annoying since the monitor easily gets switched on and runs down the batteries due to the awkwardly sticking out power switch.

                                      I sometimes have to switch liveview on, off and on again to get a signal from my Nikon D7000... otherwise I would gladly give this monitor 5 stars if the power switch was designed better.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Business
                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • No

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