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SmallHD 503 UltraBright On-Camera Monitor

BH #SMMON503U • MFR #MON-503U
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SmallHD 503 UltraBright On-Camera Monitor
Key Features
  • 5" 1920 x 1080 Display
  • SDI and HDMI Inputs
  • Bright 2200 cd/m² LCD Panel
  • HDR Preview
If your video or cinema camera has a monitoring LCD that easily washes out in bright sunlight, the SmallHD 503 UltraBright On-Camera Monitor, with its 2200 cd/m² bright backlight, can be your solution to this environmental difficulty. The 5" 1920 x 1080 LCD provides a sharp image, ideal for focus pulling and image analysis on set and in the field. Another advantage of the high-brightness panel is the monitor's ability to preview HDR content. HDR preview extends the display's dynamic range to portray a greater range of brightness in the image.
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SmallHD 503 UltraBright Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2PageBuilder OS
  • 3ColorFlow 3D LUT Processing
  • 4On-Set Problem Solving
  • 5HD Scopes
  • 6Exposure Tools
  • 7Customizable Focus Assist and Peaking Tools
  • 8Versatile Frame Guides
  • 9Power Options

If your video or cinema camera has a monitoring LCD that easily washes out in bright sunlight, the SmallHD 503 UltraBright On-Camera Monitor, with its 2200 cd/m² bright backlight, can be your solution to this environmental difficulty. The 5" 1920 x 1080 LCD provides a sharp image, ideal for focus pulling and image analysis on set and in the field. Another advantage of the high-brightness panel is the monitor's ability to preview HDR content. HDR preview extends the display's dynamic range to portray a greater range of brightness in the image.

The 503's form factor is at home on mirrorless cameras and smaller cinema cameras, though it is equally effective on larger cameras as well. A unibody aluminum exterior keeps the monitor durable yet lightweight, while also acting as a heatsink for the internal electronics. Further adding protection, the LCD panel itself is topped with a layer of optically bonded Gorilla Glass, notable for its transparency and toughness. The optical bonding process ensures that blacks are not washed out while simultaneously reducing the harshness of reflections.

On the sides of the display are the SDI and HDMI I/O. Having dual SDI ports allows for A/B viewing of two different SDI signals, or the secondary port can be assigned as an output for sending an SDI signal downstream to another monitor, switcher, or wireless accessory. All the functionality of the monitor is available via the PageBuilder OS, which provides advanced functionality with a simple and efficient graphical user interface.

PageBuilder OS
PageBuilder OS is an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) that puts all the advanced functionality of the 503 UltraBright at your fingertips. Rather than have confusing menus, this GUI allows you to selectively apply monitoring tools such as waveform, vectorscope, multiview, LUTs, and focusing aids on different "pages". These pages can be easily flipped through using the joystick. The buttons on the front panel can also toggle monitoring tools on and off for each page.
ColorFlow 3D LUT Processing
To keep your images consistent from production through to post-production, ColorFlow allows you to import 3D LUTs and display the treated image side-by-side with the untreated image to correctly gauge exposure while visualizing what is being recorded by the camera. Side-by-side preview can also be used with the HDR preview function. Separate LUT-treated images can be sent downstream over SDI and HDMI so you can have the 503 UltraBright display a log image or LUT-treated image, while the director or client monitors connected to the outputs can receive images treated with a different LUT. An image capture function saves a still frame from the incoming video stream onto an SD card, and records the applied 3D LUT for post-production reference.
On-Set Problem Solving
PageBuilder OS has a dedicated "Output Preview" page which allows you to apply LUTs and other image adjustments specific to the output signal from the monitor. Whether you have your camera connected to the HDMI or SDI input on the 503 UltraBright, you are not limited by that protocol; the 503 UltraBright cross-converts to ensure compatibility with downstream hardware.
HD Scopes
Fill the screen with up to three simultaneous scopes including waveform, vectorscope, and histogram, while still being able to observe the camera feed.
Exposure Tools
Exposure Assist supports both ARRI- and Spectrum-based false color, with built-in IRE guides for reference. Utilize 2x Zebra to warn you when reaching a brightness level of your choosing. This is great for matching exposure across shots and cameras.
Customizable Focus Assist and Peaking Tools
As recording resolutions increase, so does the importance of focusing precision. With Focus Assist, you can highlight the areas that are in focus with a bright color. These highlights are easily visible on the fly for quick focus confirmation. Focus Peaking increases the sharpness of the image for a subtler focus confirmation without the need for bright outlines. The color and intensity of these tools are adjustable to fit your preference.
Versatile Frame Guides
Select standard markers and safety areas that can be overlaid on the display as lines or matte overlays, with custom opacity level and colors. Default aspect ratios include 4:3, 1.85, 2.39:1, 16:9, and Custom (user-selectable).
Power Options
Separately available DV, V-mount, or Gold mount battery plate can be attached to the rear of the display. A mounted battery can power the monitor, as well as attached accessories, through the 12V LEMO pass-through connection.
UPC: 850324007229

SmallHD 503 UltraBright Specs

Display
Panel TypeIPS-Type LCD
Display Size5.0" / 12.7 cm
Resolution1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio16:9
Viewing AngleHorizontal: 178° (89/89)
Vertical: 178° (89/89)
Maximum Brightness2200 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio1000:1
Bit Depth / Color Support10-Bit (1.07 Billion Colors)
Pixels Per Inch (ppi)443 ppi
Color Gamut70% NTSC
Image ControlsBlue Only, False Color, Focus Peaking, Image Flip, Pixel-to-Pixel Zoom, RGB Parade, Screen Markers, Waveform
Video I/O1 x BNC (3G-SDI) Output
1 x HDMI Output
1 x BNC (3G-SDI) Input
1 x HDMI Input
Embedded AudioHDMI
SDI
Audio I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Headphone Output
Built-In SpeakerNone
Format Support
Video FormatSDI (10-Bit 4:2:2)
1080p: 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60
1080PsF: 23.98/24/25/29.97/30
1080i: 50/59.94/60
720p: 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60
480i
576i
HDMI (8/10/12-Bit)
1080p: 23.98/24/25/30/50/59.94/60
1080PsF: 23.98/24/25/30
1080i: 50/59.94/60
720p: 23.98/24/25/30/50/59.94/60/100/119.88/120
576p: 50/100
480p: 59.94/60/119.88/120
480i: 59.94/60/119.88/120/239.76/240
576i: 50/100/200
Power
Battery TypeNone
Mounting
Mounting3 x 1/4"-20 Female
Environmental
CertificationsCE, FCC, IC, RoHS
*as per Manufacturer
Operating Temperature0 to 100°F / -18 to 38°C
Storage Temperature-4 to 120°F / -20 to 48.9°C
General
Dimensions3.4 x 6.1 x 1.1" / 8.5 x 15.7 x 2.9 cm
Weight15.2 oz / 430.9 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.655 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.65 x 7.05 x 2"

SmallHD 503 UltraBright Reviews

Faulty joystick?

By Reece
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-02

Good: very bright, size and weight are nice, the chassis seems very durable, the UI is intuitive and easy to navigate for a non-touch screen Bad: my joystick doesn't work sometimes. The screen will start ghosting and selecting things on its own and the joystick will only work for some directions. It'll sometimes take 2 or 3 reboots for it to work again. Only had the screen since March so I'm worried about the longevity of the screen and, for the price, quality shouldn't be an issue.

Best monitors in the biz

By Ray
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-29

I own a couple SmallHD monitors and they are the best. This 503 is a great compliment to my 703. Surprisingly lightweight with beautifully colors and world class brightness. Essential tool.

The best operator monitor

By Samuel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-15

Bigger monitors require you to scan the image with your eyes. The 503 is small enough to see the entire image at once while not being too small that the operator can't see detail.

Best 5 monitor on the market

By Ryan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-05

Even though this monitor is 2-3 years old, it's still the best monitor on the market in my opinion. Love the two function buttons and just how bright this thing is. Also built like a tank

Best Monitor

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-23

I have owned several SmallHD monitors at this point, and this is one of my favorites. I still prefer the 503 and 703 with their hard buttons instead of touch screen function. Also you cannot beat the brightness of theses monitors. Perfect for direct sunlight.

Too Bright... LOL

By Christine
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-02

I have used this monitor in demanding outdoor settings, the reason I bought it, and found at full brightness it is difficult to pull focus. Could have been the BT.709 LUT causing this but in any case I have never needed full brightness on this monitor. There are 5 levels of brightness in the settings with no indication as to the nit value of them. 2200 nits sounds fantastic but I think anything over 1500 nits is not necessary under most demanding situations (or any conditions I have ever encountered). I find the 3rd or 4th level of brightness is enough (I'm only guessing in somewhere in the range of 1500 nits). I do like this monitor, great 10 bit colour, the first thing that pops out at you when you use it. Great contrast. I found using a 1000 nit monitor in challenging situations to not be quite enough. Build seems okay thus far. Difficult to mount securely from the side. And just try and find a 1/4 20 mount with locating pins to fit. I have searched extensively for this and there are none on the market I can find. Why create a proprietary 1/4 20 with locator pin and not a bracket or mount to fit, beyond me. Small detail but I had to machine one to make things work. The unit came shipped with a mat screen protector already on, full of bubbles underneath, why? Well I waited well over a month for this monitor as it was on backorder, I'm glad I did but as a note to myself I said don't pay extra for 2200 nits on future monitors. But a 10 bit camera monitor is well worth paying extra for. Your clients will comment how great the image in this monitor looks.

Dead pixels & joystick/buttons don't work sometimes (reboot)

By Andrew
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-14

I think it may just be SmallHD's overall crappy QA so not sure if I could exchange for a better copy, hopefully the item doesn't fully break too soon down the line for how expensive it is.

Fantastic operating monitor

By Nate
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-18

Personally, I feel like the 703 is too big, this is perfect for on-camera monitoring. Extremely solid build, bright enough in daylight. UI is brilliant as always w SmallHD products.

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