Marshall Electronics 5" On-Camera Monitor

Marshall Electronics 5" On-Camera Monitor

Marshall Electronics 5" On-Camera Monitor

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Product Highlights

  • With Sun Hood
  • For Camcorders & DSLRs
  • HDMI Input
  • High Brightness & Clarity
  • Shoe Mount Adapter
  • 800 x 480 Pixels
  • Front Panel Controls
  • Versatile Viewing Angles
  • False Color Filter
  • Peaking Filter
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Marshall Electronics V-LCD50-HDMI overview

  • 1Description

The Marshall 5" On-Camera Monitor is a high performance color monitor that mounts to the top of a camcorder or video DSLR using the provided shoe mount adapter. The monitor delivers superior brightness and sharpness, supports a wide range of formats and markers, and offers versatile viewing angles. Major monitor controls such as brightness, contrast, and color are easily accessed from the monitor's front panel. There are also four preset keys so that the videographer can, at the touch of a button, instantly access often used functions.

To help the videographer maintain optimum image quality through various lighting and scene scenarios, this monitor offers a number of test tools including False Color Filter and Peaking Filter functions.

False Color Filter is used to maintain a natural look for people and objects when there's a change in a camera's brightness and luminance levels. Peaking Filter employs a color to black and white changeover method to help ascertain what areas of the image are lacking in focus or sharpness. With these tools at hand the videographer can shoot with greater confidence, knowing that what is shown on the screen is an accurate representation of what is being recorded or broadcasted.

This monitor operates off of the included power adapter or via battery power (4 AA) for field operation. With this level of performance and versatility, this monitor offers the perfect alternative to the often inadequate viewfinder and flip-out screens found on many of today's cameras.

False Colors
The False Color Filter is used to aid in the setting of camera exposure. As the camera Iris is adjusted, elements of the image will change color based on the luminance or brightness values. This enables proper exposure to be achieved without the use of costly, complicated external test equipment.

To best utilize this feature, you must understand the color chart and have a basic understanding of camera exposure. Normally, when shooting subjects like people, it is common practice to set exposure of faces to the equivalent of approximately 56 IRE. The False Color Filter will show this area as the color PINK on the monitor. Therefore, as you increase exposure (open the IRIS), your subject will change color as indicated on the chart: PINK, then GREY, then a few shades of YELLOW. Overexposed subjects (above 101 IRE) on the monitor will be shown as RED.

In addition, underexposed subjects will show as DEEP-BLUE to DARK-BLUE, with clipped-blacks indicated with a FUCHSIA-like color. Lastly, the color GREEN is used to indicate elements of the image that are approximately 45 IRE. This represents a "neutral" or "mid-level" exposure commonly used for objects (not people).
Peaking Filter
The Peaking Filter is used to aid the camera operator in obtaining the sharpest possible picture. When activated, all color will be removed from the display and a black-and-white image will remain. The internal processor will display RED color on the screen where sharp edges appear.

When the camera operator adjusts (or "racks") the focus control (on the camera lens), different parts of the image will have RED colored edges. This indicates that this portion of the image is sharp or in focus. Final focus is achieved by racking the camera lens focus control back and forth until the desired portion of the image has RED colored edges.

Please note that this feature is most effective when the subject is properly exposed and contains enough contrast to be processed.
UPC: 801813144611
In the Box
Marshall Electronics 5" On-Camera Monitor
  • Power Supply
  • Hot Shoe Adapter
  • 4 x AA Batteries
  • V-BR5-LPE6 Battery Adapter for V-LCD50 Field Monitor
  • Battery Charger
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Operating Instructions on CD
  • Mini HDMI to HDMI Cable
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty with Registration
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    Marshall Electronics V-LCD50-HDMI specs

    Screen Size 5" diagonal
    Resolution 800 x 480
    Display Resolutions 720p (60 / 59.94 / 50 / 30 / 29.97 / 25)
    1080i (60 / 59.94 / 50)
    1080p (30 / 29.97/ 25 / 24 / 24sF/ 23.98 / 23.98sF)
    Viewing Angle L+R: 170° / U+D: 170°
    Brightness 300 cd/m²
    Contrast Ratio 600:1
    Input HDMI x1
    Power Consumption 1.25 Amp @ 5VDC
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.9 x 4.4 x 1.8" (124 x 112 x 46mm)
    Weight 0.6 lbs (250g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.85 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.9 x 6.2 x 3.0"

    Marshall Electronics V-LCD50-HDMI reviews

    5" On-Camera Monitor is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 74.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small but High Quality 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.
    Date published: 2012-09-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome for DSLR Shooters 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.
    Date published: 2012-08-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Monitor I am a professional shooter using mostly DSLR cameras. I use the Marshall 5 monitor for composition and focusing. It has built-in functions to improve focusing and setting exposure. These functions can be accessed through menus or assigned to 1 of 4 function buttons on the front. This monitor makes focusing very easy with the 5D MkII and the image from the camera is very good, much better than I expected. I had some trouble with the monitor causing the record function to shut off after about 6 seconds, but it was an improper setting on the 5D that caused the problem and not the monitor itself. Make sure you use rechargable batteries for best performance.
    Date published: 2011-04-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from On par for it's Price This is a terrific Piece of equipment for any indie film maker we use it with a 5d mark II for pulling focus the only downside is the output of the 5d because it sends out a signal of 480p when the record button is hit. This will occur with any monitor on the 5d mark II due to it's output signal. Hopefully when the 5D Mark III comes out this issue would be resolved as it is on the 7D and other canon DSLR cameras. I would recommend this product for other filmmakers if you are looking for a system with video village you should purchase the 7 inch professional system which i would intend on in the future to purchase my self.
    Date published: 2011-05-01
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Major design problem I intended to use this monitor atop my Canon 5D for an ultra-portable video rig, but once the output from the Canon is converted and scaled the image isn't much larger than the LCD on the back of the camera, although the bonus is that the monitor can be angled in multiple directions with the included ball/shoe mount. The biggest issue I have with the unit is that the on/off switch on the back sits quite proud of the battery compartment hump meaning it's too easy to inadvertently turned the monitor on when you're packing it away, with dead batteries as your prize when you're ready to use it again.
    Date published: 2011-03-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just got mine... I use mine to monitor my Canon 5D Mark ll. It works very well. I plan on getting an external battery to run my camera, monitor and sound recorder so the battery life won't be an issue. Quite impressed with the light weight, image quality, and feature set. The peaking filter, and false color filter are invaluable. When set up properly using the function buttons, I find that most of the issues I have heard others complain about are non-starters. Since I am a solo shooter who produces quite few still images as well, the HDMI only input is fine too. As long as it proves durable and reliable I am well pleased and can see many uses for this monitor.
    Date published: 2010-11-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the size, features & power options 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.
    Date published: 2011-11-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Option for DSLR Rig I use the monitor with the Red Rock Micro DSLR FIELD CINEMA DELUXE BUNDLE v2. It is the perfect size (as opposed to its larger brother, the 7 Marshall) and the image is excellent. I especially like the False Color (for exposure) and Peaking (focusing) filters which are easily programmable into quick access buttons on the front of the monitor. My only complaints are that (i) the Monitor eats through 4AA batteries like its nobody's business and (ii) the on/off switch can be easily toggled by accident (the workaround is to leave the power supply cord plugged in which effectively bi-passes and battery use).
    Date published: 2011-01-08
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