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 3.6 out of 5 by 21.
    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 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 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 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 4 out of 5 by from Nees a few things The best things about this is the swivel tilt arm which is superior to any other mounting option, the screen is bright and the touch screen is responsive; easy to zoom. The quibbles are that the battery life is less than an hour if you use a slim L-Series battery - if you use the lager L series battery it is kind of top heavy; the Micro to full sized HDMI is the wrong size for Cannon DSLRs so you have to get another adapter to get it to the mini HDMI input.
    Date published: 2017-08-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty great! I've been thinking about buying this for my Canon 5D Mark iii. I am a professor and a designer so video isn't my primary gig, but I use my 5D to capture process and modest scale, mostly internal use videos. I don't actually own the SmallHD Focus 5 yet, but I rented it for the weekend and thought this review might be useful for folks who haven't yet decided to buy/pre-order it. My primary interest in a monitor is to help with focus. As you probably know, the 5D doesn't let you zoom in while recording so if your subject moves during the shot, it's really hard to tell if you've lost focus. I've found this particularly troubling when shooting with a shallow DOF. I love the my 85mm/1.8 Canon lens, but it's really easy to lose the crisp focus. I bought a cheap Viltrox monitor to see if that helped, but it was a classic case of saving some money only to be annoyed every time I used it. What's more, the picture quality on that monitor was horrible so I hated looking at it, and as a result, never took it out of my bag. The Focus 5 has been a different story. Pros It's got a really nice display. I love the quality of the image that comes through. It was a tad soft at first, but then I bumped up the sharpness setting and now it feels super crisp. The Pages interface is super cool. I do love being able to jump between focus peaking, false color, etc. Having some of these features also helps me to take more risks in terms of exposure settings. The size is great. Not too big, but big enough. And it's light. The arm attachment to the Hotshoe is great and I love that they thought to add the second cold shoe for the mic. I would prefer not to have some super bulky cage set up so this will suit my needs quite well. One thing I really appreciate about this monitor is the ability to customize the settings. I was able to adjust the color and sensitivity of the Focus peaking, wave forms and false color as well as some basic placement of many of the other items. It feels well made and like they've considered small things like the cable clip, etc. You can zoom on the monitor while recording. This is great, especially if you are mirroring with your camera's LCD. That way, you can still see the overall composition, but can zoom in for focus. One warning, because you need the touchscreen to zoom on the monitor, it'll be easy to create some bumps to your camera. For that reason, having it attached elsewhere could be good. That said, I love being able to have it in BW focus peak mode on the monitor, all zoomed in, but still see my full image. Cons I do have a few issues with it. For some reason they support DSLR scaling for a Canon 7D and Mark ii, but not for the Mark iii. Super odd. It's not a huge deal, but it's a slight irritation when some of the menu items (for the camera) get cut off. I've also found it to be a bit glitchy if I'm switching between mirroring and not. It may be because I've been experimenting with my favorite settings and it wouldn't be an issue if I were just sticking with one setting. Some of the touch targets are just too small. My hunch is that they just scaled the UI down from the 7 model to save money. But it can be easy to hit the wrong menu item. The tension screw for the rotation mechanism is just okay. It seems fine if you were to set it up once, but it would be annoying to use all the time. Still, minor issue. Touch screen is a bit finicky. It could be the protector that makes it slightly less responsive. I found that I ended up doing multiple taps, pinches, etc to get it to work. But maybe I'm just new to it. My standard has become the responsiveness of an iPhone and it's not that. It's certainly more readable outside in full daylight, but it was still tough in bright sun. It was WAY better than my LCD so good in that front. If you are shooting in bright sun, I think this would be great with a hood. Oh, and finally, the batteries. Since I have a Canon 5D, I can't take advantage of the ability to send power back to the camera. I was hoping I might, or that the Canon model would run on Canon batteries. (to keep life simple.) That's not the case. It still runs on the Sony batteries, but the dummy battery is Canon. All told, after renting it, I'm going to buy it. I love that it's got a great picture, it's light and will help me to get clear focus and then some extras like false color, and waveforms as I need them. And, despite a few quirks, it does feel very well designed.
    Date published: 2017-07-21
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