Introducing the SmallHD 501 On-Camera Monitor

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Small HD has announced the 501 on-camera monitor, an HDMI-only version of its highly successful 502 on-camera monitor. The 501 provides a cost-effective option for users who do not need the SDI connections of the 502, but still wish to enjoy the high-resolution screen and features of the 502. Maintaining the same sleek form factor and innovative menu system pioneered by the 502, the 501 features HDMI in and out so you don’t need a splitter to send your HDMI signal downstream.

The monitor features native 1920 x 1080 resolution with a pixel density of 441 PPI that provides a Full HD display with no scaling artifacts, all in a form factor similar to a Smartphone. With a boot-up time of no more than 3 seconds, the 501 is up and running quickly and SmallHD’s “Pages” configuration system is easy to navigate using the front-panel joystick. You can adjust display settings, including framing guides, focus assist, false color, zebra, histogram, and add a 3D LUT to your video signal. Up to 8 individual configurations can be saved, and then scroll through to see the effects of your settings on your video before selecting the one you wish to make active.

Firmware upgrades will add waveform, Vectorscope, RGB parade, and the ability to send a LUT downstream. Since the 501 and the 502 share the same form factor, the 501 supports the use of SmallHD’s Sidefinder, an optical loupe that turns your 501 into an EVF, further expanding the usefulness of the 501.

Newly added features include:

•Image Capture (Capture Still Images up to 1080p from the live camera feed)

•Image Overlay (Overlay jpg images over live video, including captured images)

•HD Waveform (Monitor luminance levels or individual RGB levels in HD resolution)

•On-Screen Audio Meters & Headphone Output

•Canon DSLR Scale (Fill the whole screen with image from a Canon DSLR)

•Auto Image Flip (Mount the monitor upside-down)

•Anamorphic De-squeeze (Monitor a non-squashed image when shooting with anamorphic lenses)

•Custom Display Calibration LUT (Change the built-in color calibration of your monitor using your own 3D LUT file — this is very different from applying 3D LUTs to the live camera feed on multiple pages.)

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