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IkanVK7i 7" HDMI Monitor (Nikon EN-EL15)
 
3.5

(based on 6 reviews)

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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  • Professional quality (3)

Cons

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    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Business owner (3), Professional artist (3)
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1.0

Bad Choice

By faraz

from Karachi,Pakistan

About Me Business Owner

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

    • Lacks Functionality
    • Poor Performance

    Best Uses

      Comments about Ikan VK7i 7" HDMI Monitor (Nikon EN-EL15):

      I have purchased it through B&Hphoto 2 years back and from the very first day it had Display issues...Display going on and off on its own...every time i turn the LCD on and off it shows different resolution in HDMI ...sometimes 1080p sometimes 480p not always constant.....its happening even with the composite input...the display goes off on its own...and sometimes when turned the power on the display doesnt show up...the power stays there but no displays...i am fed up with this problem...unreliable totally...thats why i always keep another monitor of different brand with me....God forbid dont know it ditches me again on a shoot.... totally not recommended...

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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 (Nikon EN-EL15):

        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 (Nikon EN-EL15):

        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

        Comments about Ikan VK7i 7" HDMI Monitor (Nikon EN-EL15):

        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 (Nikon EN-EL15):

            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 (Nikon EN-EL15):

              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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