SmallHD FOCUS 5" On-Camera Monitor

SmallHD FOCUS 5" On-Camera Monitor

SmallHD FOCUS 5" On-Camera Monitor

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Product Highlights

  • 5" 1280 x 720 Touchscreen Display
  • Micro-HDMI Input
  • Supports UHD 4K, HD, and SD Input
  • 800 cd/m² 10-Bit IPS LCD Panel
  • SD Card for Presets and Loading LUTs
  • L-Series Battery Mount
  • 3.5mm Headphone Output
  • Camera Power Output
  • Swipe OS
  • Includes FOCUS Tilt Arm
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SmallHD Focus overview

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Designed to add professional monitoring tools to DSLR and mirrorless cameras, the SmallHD FOCUS 5" On-Camera Monitor is bright, lightweight, and features a sharp display. The 800 cd/m² bright touchscreen 1280 x 720 IPS LCD panel can be viewed in daylight, and is driven by a single micro-HDMI input. Using the intuitive Swipe OS, you can turn on various monitoring tools like waveform, false color, and vectorscope, as well as focusing aids like peaking, with a tap. If your camera outputs UHD 4K over HDMI, the FOCUS will support that input resolution as well as HD and SD inputs. At the rear of the monitor, a single NP-F battery bay accepts a separately available L-series battery for power, while an integrated power output can also power your camera with a separately available DC coupler. A stand with tilt adjustment is included with the monitor for mounting atop your camera's accessory shoe or on a 1/4"-20 screw.

Swipe OS
Built on SmallHD's intuitive PageBuilder OS, Swipe OS offers the same intuitiveness of a graphical user interface (GUI), though with touchscreen navigation. Rather than have confusing menus, this GUI allows you to selectively apply monitoring tools such as waveform, vectorscope, and focusing aids to up to 12 different "pages". Using the touchscreen, swipe through different preset pages and toggle monitoring tools on or off with ease.
Camera Setup Integration
This monitor complements smaller cameras by providing power output and a headphone jack. The power output lets you power your camera directly from the NP-F battery (sold separately) mounted on the monitor, increasing runtimes over the standard batteries of many mirrorless cameras. If your camera doesn't have a headphone jack, the FOCUS de-embeds the audio from the HDMI stream for real-time feedback of audio.
Convenient Mounting
The FOCUS monitor secures to your camera using the included FOCUS Tilt Arm via shoe mount or 1/4"-20 thread. The Tilt Arm enables 180° of tilt for convenient monitoring at nearly any angle. A cold shoe on the Tilt Arm lets you secure equipment (like a microphone, LED light, or wireless receiver) that would otherwise be displaced from the camera's accessory shoe.
UPC: 850324007694
In the Box
SmallHD FOCUS 5" On-Camera Monitor
  • FOCUS Tilt Arm
  • SmallHD Micro-HDMI Male to Micro-HDMI Male Cable (1')
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    SmallHD Focus specs

    Display 5" / 12.7 cm IPS LCD
    Resolution 1280 x 720
    Pixel Density 294 PPI
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    Brightness 800 cd/m²
    Contrast Ratio Not specified by manufacturer
    Color Gamut Not specified by manufacturer
    Bit Depth 10-bit
    Viewing Angle 160°
    Backlight White LED
    Temperature Adaptive Color No
    Inputs 1 x HDMI Type D (micro-HDMI)
    Outputs 1 x 3.5 mm stereo headphone
    Other I/O 1 x Micro-USB
    Input Signal HDMI: 8/10/12-bit color
    3840 x 2160 23.98/29.97/30
    1080p 23.98/24/25/30/50/59.94/60
    1080i 50/59.94/60 (high-speed: 1080i 100/119.88/120)
    720p 50/59.94/60 (high-speed: 720p 100/119.88/120)
    576p 50 (high-speed: 576p 100/200)
    480p 59.94/60 (high-speed: 480p 100/119.88/120/239.76/240)
    NTSC (high-speed: 480i 119.88/120/239.76/240)
    PAL (high-speed: 576i 100/200)

    HDMI embedded
    Battery Support 1 x NP-F (Sony L) battery bay
    Voltage 6-8.4 VDC
    Storage SD card slot
    Dimensions 3.3 x 0.75 x 5.25" / 8.4 x 1.9 x 13.3 cm
    Weight 3.75 oz / 106 g (without battery)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.3 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.0 x 4.7 x 3.8"

    SmallHD Focus reviews

    FOCUS 5" On-Camera Monitor is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 26.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best value monitor Yes, Its not cheap but this is the best value monitor on the market. I had a few worries about this monitor such as the 720P display instead of 1080P but none of those came out to be true. The display is very sharp and 800nits is definitely enough brightness. I shoot with Sony cameras that have very reflective displays and dim when you start recording in 4K which makes it impossible to use outside. This makes it not only viewable to much easier to find focus as its much sharper as well. I have a video review up on YT so if you want to check that out and see a lot more about it with full many examples do a search for Max Yuryev Small HD focus and you'll find it. A big surprise was that SmallHD didn't limit any software features even though this is their least expensive monitor. The tilt arm work every well and is handy is you want to record yourself or show your subject what they look like. I would highly recommend it!
    Date published: 2017-07-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent monitor! Bright and light! Love this monitor! It's a great size and barely weighs anything. The mounting arm is genius! Perfect for gimbal work as you can easily tilt it up or down depending on your shot. Menus are the same that you'll see on the 500/700 series. Touch screen works fairly well - better than most others.� Comes with 2 HDMI cables and a screen protector too - thanks SmallHD! The HDMI input is a little annoying though. It's great in that it holds the cable in place, but you will be buying your cables from SmallHD. The input is essentially proprietary because it has to fit into the housing. Can be difficult to get out at times. That's a minor issue though. Overall, this monitor rocks!
    Date published: 2017-12-06
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Battery connection issues After only connecting my new Focus monitor twice, the unit failed to turn on. SmallHD support suggested that the battery connector pins could become out of alignment and to check those. They even sent me a video to follow. So obviously if this is an issue that they have a DYI repair video at the ready, this is not a rare occurrence. Even though I tried multiple batteries and all seemed to lock into place indicating a good connection, it was only after playing with the pins on the Focus unit that I could get it to power on. I'm planning to use the monitor on a location shoot in a few days, so I'm stuck with this unit and pray it holds up, but I will be asking B&H for repair/replacement in a week or two. Not a good a good sign for a new product.
    Date published: 2018-05-02
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Early production woes I was really excited for this External Monitor to come out. It has everything I've been wanting and it's the perfect size. Sadly, mine came in the mail the other day and had issues with the touch interface not to mention the battery wasn't powering on until I saw someone online, push the battery in at an angle. And sure enough it turned on! I'm sure they'll sort all this out soon enough, but for now, I've returned mine, we'll see if the next one has the kinks sorted out!
    Date published: 2017-10-28
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor value It makes no sense to buy this when the Atomos products give you the same thing plus recording. I own one of these for my Sony FS5. I can't use the LUT feature because I always get an error message when trying to load the files from the SD card. The tutorials are very poor and the stupid game should have been left off the monitor in favor of more reliability. And to make matters worse, the price was halved a month after I bought it, so I have serious buyer's remorse about this product. I ended up going back to my Atomos Ninja after having this unit fail me at a shoot. It's not very bright, BTW. Don't waste your money.
    Date published: 2018-08-06
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Don't think you are getting a hassle free device REALLY nice monitor with a lot of quirks and problems for a premium priced product. PROS- The monitor itself- beautiful color, no latency, great! Cons- the OS is super quirky ... when you insert a memory card- I lost touch and freaked out for days thinking I broke the monitor. The touch buttons themselves are not intuitive- manu vs submenus. The physical power button is VERY hard to turn off and on- I ended up having to resort to auto power with HDMI. Their version of focus peaking means everything becomes hyper sharp thinking you messed up a setting. Long story short- even though you are paying a premium- don't expect this divide to be without the annoyances of the cheaper monitors.
    Date published: 2017-08-27
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Using with 5D Mark IV I bought the FOCUS for video use and also for headshots/portraits where I can flip the screen toward the client so they can see the portraits as they are shot.� Great image and perfect size.� Here are some things to know aside from the fact that this is a good piece of equipment... I had to buy an HDMI Mini to HDMI Micro cable because the 5DIV has the mini connection. I had to buy an NP F550 battery so the screen can have it's full swivel because the NP F970 blocks the full movement. Touch to focus does not work via the touchscreen on the FOCUS monitor like it does on the back of the camera.� The monitor's touchscreen is only for monitor settings.� Sad.� (Even with "Control over HDMI" enabled) The camera doesn't simultaneously play back images on the rear screen and the HDMI monitor.� Live view also does not work on the rear screen while using HDMI out.� This is a bummer.� (Only video mode supports both screens) The one-side mounting point on the FOCUS seems to let the monitor sag a little big instead of being perfectly level.� I kept the protective foam it shipped with for storing the monitor in my gear case, but had to cut out big chunks to let it work with the monitor arm and cable still attached. I hope all this helps someone! Keith
    Date published: 2018-04-11
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Warning: No longer includes Full HDMI cable in box! I got a Focus from B&H in September 2017 and was able to hook it up to my Panasonic GH5 out of the box, thanks to the included 24" micro to full HDMI cable. I just bought my second Focus in March 2018, and was quite surprised to find out it no longer comes with this cable, but rather a 12" micro HDMI to full FEMALE HDMI extension cable.� Given the primary audience for this product, DSLR/Mirrorless shooters, this decision to replace the necessary HDMI cable with a useless extension cable makes zero sense, since we only ever need a 12"-16" cable to reach our camera's port! The focus uses proprietary cables (no other micro HDMI to HDMI will fit), so right of the bat, you're stuck having to attach a regular full to full HDMI cable to connect the extension cable to your camera (an extreme inconvenience for handheld/run & gun shooting), or having to shell out extra $ to buy SmallHD proprietary HDMI cable.� I've contacted SmallHD about this ridiculous decision they made.� If enough of us speak up, hopefully they go back to including this essential cable. B&H NEEDS to list the included accessories of this product, so users know which cables it comes with! The Focus is a great overall monitor, but there's another problem: it doesn't provide any kind of usable battery gauge so you know remaining battery time.� This means it can die on you at any time without warning.� If you use your Focus to power your camera through the available camera power adapters, you risk losing/corruption you shots.� I bought the Panasonic power adapter but cannot use it because of this.� It's useless until SmallHD fixes this glaring shortcoming through a firmware update! I'd love to give it a 5 star rating, but docked 2 stars for these two problems.
    Date published: 2018-04-26
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