Field Monitors for Video & Still Cameras

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Camcorders and a growing number of DSLRs feature LCDs that swivel and/or tilt to better enable image composition from less-than-ideal camera angles. Swivel-based LCDs, especially larger LCDs, can prove to be especially handy when you have to compose photos from a distance. The problem is that the largest LCDs top out at about 3.0 to 3.7”, which when viewed from a distance greater than arm’s length, is suddenly not so large.

As a workaround solution, many videographers and DSLR shooters have relied on field monitors for composing and reviewing stills and video clips. Available in sizes up to 9” diagonally, these oversized LCDs incorporate a TV-like experience into the creative workflow process. The downside of field monitors is that most all of them require two to three accessories, i.e., camera mounts, cables, etc, in order to integrate them to the workflow process.

The exception to the abovementioned issues is the Sony CLM-V55, a 5” LCD field monitor that simply slides and locks onto your camera’s hot shoe. Designed primarily for use with Sony’s proprietary hot-shoe mount, the CLM-V55 comes with an adapter that allows you to use the CLM-V55 on virtually any DSLR or camcorder that has a standard hot shoe.

With full swing-and-tilt functionality, the CLM-V55’s WVGA (800-480) screen provides a bright field of view of the action in a choice of 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio, and when used with the included snap-on sun shade, is quite viewable under the brightest lighting conditions. For power, the CLM-V55 relies on a standard issue camcorder battery, which clips on to the reverse side of the screen surface. There’s also a small spin-and-click control wheel located on the side of the LCD that allows you to control brightness, contrast, peak, zoom for critical focusing, color temperature, as well as audio levels of the screen’s built-in monaural speaker. There’s also a stereo jack for plugging in headphones, though live feed is mono and stereo is only audible in playback mode.

The Sony CLM-V55 should prove to be handy tool for still and video shooters who shoot at odd camera angles (copy stands readily come to mind) or simply prefer viewing the action on a larger screen.

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What's the best field monitor option for the jvc gyhd110u

Will this monitor fit straight onto a Canon EOS 70D?

Hi Jack -

All of the above monitors are compatible with your camera's standard hot shoe mount.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions: Askbh@bandh.com                                                                                                                              

I have a different monitor but I'm trying to find a stand like this monitor had any idea where I can get it separately by itself?

For a monitor mount, as long as your monitor has the standard 1/4-20 screw hole for mounting you can use the Marshall Electronics M-SM02 monitor mount.

I'm with Andrew. This mount is stinking awesome because it holds its position and doesn't require loosening and tightening like a ball joint. Therefore can be done with just one hand easy. 

The Marshall mount you posted here is, unforunately, a ball joint that has all the pitfalls of a ball joint.

Is there a way to buy this hot shoe mount seperate or another product like it on the market?

Hi Samo - 

We offer nothing quite like what SONY offers as part of their monitor package above.  But this product is heavy duty and will not loosen under load;

 The Noga Ball Mount (1/4" Male / Shoe Mount) is a tilt and swivel adjustable ball head for positioning a camera or accessory tilted to the side, forward, or backward. It tilts 90° into a recessed cutout and swivels 360° at the ball joint.

It features a 1/4" male stud on top and a cold shoe on the bottom. The stud supports a camera or any 1/4" accessory, such as a light or mic, and the female thread enables mounting the ball head onto any piece of equipment that has a hot/cold shoe adapter, like a camera.

A spring-loaded kip lever tightens the ball joint into position. At the push of a red button on the side, the lever can be pulled back and repositioned without being loosened in order to make room for nearby gear.

Great product - have been using one for a few months on my Canon 5D Mark 2s. The problem is the hot shoe mount is lightweight & snapped. I am in helicopters 2x a week for work & need to use the Sony mount. Anyone know of an adapter?

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