ikan VH8 8" Camera Monitor with Canon E6 Battery Plate

ikan VH8 8" Camera Monitor with Canon E6 Battery Plate

ikan VH8 8" Camera Monitor with Canon E6 Battery Plate

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Product Highlights

  • Ultra Wide 1600 x 768 LCD Panel
  • Very Thin and Lightweight
  • HDMI Input and Output / Composite Input
  • Headphone Jack
  • 300 Nit Brightness / 400:1 Contrast
  • Four Assignable Touch-Sensitive Buttons
  • "Heads Up Display" Shows / Reads Signals
  • Sun Visor
  • Shoe Mount
  • DSLR Scaling / Peaking / Etc.
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  • 1Description

The ikan VH8 8" Camera Monitor with Canon E6 Battery Plate is 1/2-inch thick and weighs a 1/2-pound. At the same time, it's 8 inches wide. You get a wide monitor that is very slim and lightweight to attach atop your camera. The screen itself is about 7 inches and delivers a 1600 x 768 HD resolution.

The monitor has all the common software features for fine-tuning focus, exposure and other details, and it has four assignable function buttons for programming your most commonly used of these features. All the monitor's buttons are away from screen view, with the four assignable buttons located at the top of the back panel, and with three more not far away. These three control the monitor's menu and select between the monitor's inputs, HDMI and Composite.

The monitor comes with a Canon E6 battery plate, which is optionally interchangeable for a different plate. Slim, wide, and feature-rich, the VH8 is a great tool for precision shooting, whether in videography or filmmaking.

  • Ultra Wide 1600 x 768 LCD panel
  • False Color, Clip Guide on-screen color chart
  • False Color -- adjustable Under Luminance & Over Luminance warning (only HDMI)
  • Clip Guide -- adjustable Threshold (similar to the Zebra crossing function (only HDMI)
  • Pixel Data Analysis (IRE the color charts)
  • Vertical H.U.D. (Heads Up Display) on the right side of the screen reads incoming signals
  • Peaking (red outline)
  • DSLR Scaling (only HDMI)
  • Underscan
  • Movable Pixel to Pixel
  • Guides (4:3 & 16:9 Framing Safe Area)
  • Check Field (blue, red, green, monochrome)
  • Manual backlight adjustment
  • H/V-line field delay
  • Aspect ratio (16:9 / 4:3)
  • Custom aspect ratio
  • Adjustable RGB
  • Four, assignable, touch-sensitive, function buttons on the rear
The VH8 is equipped with both Monochrome and Color Peaking features, which highlight the desired focus area in a bright, RED outline. The operator adjusts the focus control until the RED indicator outlines on the desired area are razor sharp, indicating optimal focus. For the best results, be sure the subject is properly exposed.
False Color
The False Color feature utilizes a full spectrum of assigned color indicators, ensuring flawless shot exposure. The under/ over luminance warning enables the video professional to get the quality he/ she desires every time. By adjusting the camera's Iris, the subject of the image will change color based on specific brightness values indicating optimal exposure.
DSLR Scaling
The DSLR Scaling function enables users to extend their DSLR camera's HDMI video output to any option of four: Normal, 3:2, 16:9 or Full Screen - convenience made simple.
Movable Pixel-to-Pixel
The VH8's 1:1 pixel-to-pixel mapping allows the video professional to emphasize on individual chosen elements in the shot. This feature is essential for capturing optimum detail.
Clip Guides
The VH8 offers adjustable upper Clip Guide levels to accurately display overexposed images in any shooting condition. The operator simply assigns the upper IRE to their preference and any exposure over the set IRE limit will flash in a vivid purple, indicating only the over exposed area.
UPC: 847983003839
In the Box
ikan VH8 8" Camera Monitor with Canon E6 Battery Plate
  • AC Power Adapter
  • Sun Visor
  • Shoe Mount
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    ikan VH8 specs

    Screen Resolution 1600 x 768
    Viewing Angle Horizontal: 70° (35/35)
    Vertical: 40° (10/30)
    Maximum Brightness 300 cd/m2
    Contrast Ratio 400:1
    Image Controls Blue Only, False Color, Focus Peaking, Pixel-to-Pixel Zoom, Screen Markers, Underscan
    Video 1 x HDMI Type A Input
    1 x Composite (3.5 mm) Input
    1 x HDMI Type A Output
    Audio 1 x 3.5 mm Headphone Output
    Built-In Speaker None
    Card Slot None
    Format Support
    Video Format HDMI
    480p: 59.94/60 
    576p: 50 
    720p: 50/59.94/60 
    1080i: 50/59.94/60 
    1080PsF: 24/25/29.97/30 
    1080p: 23.98/24/25/30/50/59.94/60 
    DC Input Power 7 to 24 VDC
    Battery Type 1 x LP-E6
    Mounting 2 x 1/4"-20 Thread
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 8 x 5 x 0.5" / 20.3 x 12.7 x 1.27 cm
    Weight 0.6 lb / 0.27 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.3 x 7.8 x 2.7"

    ikan VH8 reviews

    VH8 8" Camera Monitor with Canon E6 Battery Plate is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 39.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing 8'' LCD! I am a independent film maker at Darkstar Films. We currently only use a Canon60D Camera, and as most people are aware, the LCD is too small for use in film. If you want a great external LCD view of what you are shooting, this camera is it. The attachment for your Canon E6 battery is a perfect mobile option. The LCD itself has touch buttons that you can manual change to whatever function you need to access quickly. Mounting the LCD on your camera is simple with the hot shoot adapter. The hot shoot has a ball pivot that makes it easy for quick adjustments during a shoot. I absolutely 100% recommend this for a well built accessory for any independent film maker.
    Date published: 2013-01-31
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Very, very, VERY dissappointed I've used an older IKAN vk7 for a few years and got a scare when the HDMI input did not work (turned out to be the cable, when I checked after the shoot), but I THOUGHT I would get a reasonable backup unit. Boy, was I wrong to buy this!I'm not one to trash any product, especially if it seems like a good deal for the price, but I wish this did not have 4.5 stars because the reviews are what wrongly led me to purchase it.I am writing this review so that, for those such things matter to, you won't waste your time.I wanted to like this monitor. But, when I put it on, it actually looked WORSE than my 3-year old monitor. Glancing back at it, I realized the image quality varied with where I stood, so I tested by standing with my eyes perfectly perpendicular to the plane of the face of the screen. Acceptable image.OK ... I thought perhaps I was looking at an extreme angle a moment ago and expected too much, so I tip-toed up and squatted down. Almost as SOON as I varied my perfect angle at the screen, the image SIGNIFICANTLY washed out as I viewed from higher, and darkened to unviewable as I squatted down.I don't know about you, but I am anul (sp) about lifting my tripod up or down for shots to get correct framing height for scenes, and living with this flaw would take ENTIRELY too much time to compensate for EVERY shot. And I do check EVERY shot for color, exposure and focus using the peaking tools and False color, mostly. (those features worked fine).I called the next day I received it (today) for an RMA.B&H was very helpful and did not hesitate to provide an RMA for a refund. I've bought a lot of gear from them, more than anyone else, so their credibility with me is not diminished. But, IKAN disappoints with this unit.Only a yard more ($), and I will spring for the IkanVK7i 7, which appeared to be the comparable replacement for the unit I now have, or perhaps I will wait a bit and spring for the Ikan VX7i or the IkanVX7c 7 or even a SmallHD.But, this was an experiment gone wrong.
    Date published: 2015-03-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most Excellent This is a very nice addition to any rig. This particular monitor has a lot of very nice features and a very clear and easy to use menu. The HDMI out is great if you need to have someone else watching and approving a shot. There's nothing worse than being cheek to cheek with bad breath and a watching eye. I have not run the battery down yet so I cannot attest to the life of it. The slide that holds the battery plate on is easy to use but it would have been better if the AC plugin was not hidden behind the plate. That part isn't a big deal, it is losing the plate if you take it off that worries me. Lots of good, little bad and I'd say buy it without worry.
    Date published: 2018-03-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bang for the buck I am using the monitor with a canon 7d for focusing. I bought it after seeing the specs on the resolution. The high resolution is partially misleading since the monitor is wider than the dimensions of the camera preview, so you have a bit of wasted space off to one side. In normal view, the canon 7D veiwfinder fills the screen top to bottom and on the right there is more information that the monitor gives you. The pixel to pixel function blows up the 7D output so video shooting area fills the screen. On first operation, though, it won't automatically frame it correctly, showing instead the bottom mask area and part of the shooting area. You have to press the menu wheel to convert the wheel into up/down or left/right to frame it as needed. This also moves off screen some camera information that is normally viewable in the viewfinder. I thought the 8 size would be humungous and ungainly, but it actually works out pretty well. If there was a 7 monitor though, with the same resolution, I would leap on it. I was hoping that there would be a function to bounce in tighter like the canon has the 10x in for critical focus. It doesn't. That being said, with such a large screen and high resolution, focusing is pretty easy. Even with a wide angle lens, I can tell the difference between moving the focus ring a couple millimeters. The focus aid function operates off of contrast. If there is sufficient light, then an in focus line (like a strand of hair) will be clearly different than the pixels next to it. If it is out of focus, then the pixel next to it will include a blur. So the focus function looks for contrast. When it sees that pixel to pixel contrast, it draws a red line on the screen. But if the lighting is poor or if there is very little contrast on the object to begin with, then the focus function doesn't work. The monitor chews through batteries a bit and doesn't have a low battery warning, so the monitor could go out at the wrong time. Because it has no warning, though, the difference between Canon chipped batteries and the cheap aftermarket is negligible, so you can stock up on cheap batteries.There are no real instructions included with the monitor or available on line, so you have to figure it all out yourself.The company is unresponsive. Questions go unanswered.The function buttons are on the rear of the monitor which make quick access a bit of a pain, but they make it easier by having sensors on the buttons so when you move your fingers over them, their function pops up on the screen. You can then press the button if you want that function. Those four buttons are assignable through the menu.It has an HDMI out which I assume could be used to flow through to a second monitor for the director - but I haven't used it so I don't know if the repeater amp is good or not. It also has a mini USB port on it but the limited instructions don't say what it's for and the company doesn't respond to emails.The battery adapter plate was a bit stiff at first making it hard to get batteries out, but it has loosened up with use.Other people with other monitors have complained of their monitors going out for a second or changing resolution or something when they hit record on their cameras. This is not an issue with this monitor when used with the canon 7D.
    Date published: 2013-01-30
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Build quality could be better. This monitor was the perfect purchase at the time as I didn't have a field monitor. The screen is acceptable for studio use. It's not quite bright enough to work great out in the bright sun, but with the hood it's still usable. Because it's not an IPS display you have to be looking at the display dead on for the perfect picture. If you shift you head up, down, left or right of center the image will change. The build quality could also be better. It's light weight which is good, but it flexes when putting on a magic arm or tripod mount and I had a problem with part of the LCD screen displaying banding. Flexing it some more or loosening the threads would help get rid of the banding. Be careful with the display. It's still better than nothing at all!
    Date published: 2017-08-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great monitor for the price (pros&cons) Great monitor for the price (considering you already have couple of extra Canon batteries) I've also had to purchase Pearstone flexible 4m HDMI to mini HDMI cable, so I can actually sit-down for longer shoots and attach monitor to a separate stand + Pearstone horizontal adapter in-order to protect hdmi-in port of the monitor while using it on top of my 60D with a small cord provided by Ikan (Ikan shoe-mount is not high enough and cord is bumped a little into internal flash part of the camera body, that is a potential damage to the monitor-input through the time). Think about storage of it as well - thankfully I had some old box with a foam that made a nice fit. But factory box - is not that practical. It was a little scary to remove factory protection seal - some unusual semi-hard material that was very hard to pull off and I felt like it will damage the monitor, but likely - everything was ok - just some sticky glue in the corners I have to carefully clean-out after. I've also noticed - monitor becomes very hot when using Canon battery, but totally fine with power-adapter provided.(just wish the cord would be slightly longer) Ikan VH8 eats up Canon batteries very quickly. About 40min of non-stop filming and it's gone without a warning sign. Took me couple of shoots to get used to the menu and to see what I want. Right side info is not that useful or well-done. When you hit record - you have to wait couple of seconds before it actually starts recording. So if you are trying to simulate continues take with quick start-stop method while filming a long lecture - delay is much longer then if to do it without a monitor. Yes - when you hit record it scales down to 480p on Canon 60D(due to DSLR single CPU), but thanks to DSLR scaling option - picture is nicely stretched across whole screen. Downside of the stretch - peaking while recording is almost impossible to see at this pixelated mode, even though it is very helpful while setting up the shot or checking focus in-between the takes. False colour & clip guide options - are not that intuitive or useful. I had to unplug the monitor and use 60D built-in screen to make sure I am ok, while setting up the shot. Actual Ikan monitor is more-or-less equal/even in brightness and colour levels, but for the green-screen initial setup I still went back&force with 60D built-in to be sure. I didn't use it much outside, but for inside - it's seems like a decent non-reflective matte. Overall - Ikan VH8 is a nice bright, sharp and very light monitor, large enough to handle long static shoots and give your eyes(and knees) a break, even though some DSLR shooters might say - 480p blurry headache, but again - this is due to actual DSLR chip, not the monitor issue.
    Date published: 2013-06-10
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from I don't recommend this product I'll be returning this product. This product was far from what I expected. The battery dies very fast, the screen is only visible at eye level. When you have the screen at an angle, it's impossible to see what you're recording. There's no audio coming out of the screen when I'm playing back the footage. The image quality is not good. I'm very dissatisfied with this product.
    Date published: 2016-10-14
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from NOT COMPATIBLE WITH CANON 5D (M2 or M3) I was thrilled to find a large, lightweight and low priced monitor to use with my new Canon 5D Mark III but after trying everything to get the image to display full screen (like the product shot), I called Ikan and they verified there is no way to do this with the 5D. So, I had to return it.
    Date published: 2013-02-19
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