Choosing an On-Camera Monitor


Ever look at the screen on the back of your camera and wish that it were just a tad bigger, or brighter, or sharper? Yeah, me too. The good news is that there is a solution! External on-camera monitors come in all shapes and sizes and are packed with additional features that will make shooting video much more enjoyable. Here is how you can pick the best one for you.

Atomos Ninja V 5" 4K HDMI Recording Monitor

What Camera?

Everything always starts with the camera. For external monitors, there are a few crucial features and specs you need to know before you can begin your search:

  • Can it output clean video?
  • What connectors does it have?
  • What is the resolution and frame rate of its video output?

Start at square one—whether or not your camera will even work with an external monitor. If it can’t output video, you can’t use one. That’s not to say there aren’t other helpful tools for you—dedicated loupes and magnifiers can improve your situation.

Assuming your camera can output high-res video, you have to know what connectors it can use. This could be a flavor of HDMI, SDI, proprietary with an adapter, etc. There are a bunch and I’m not going to get into them all here. HDMI and SDI are the most common options these days and where you should start if your camera has them.

Finally, you have to know what resolution and frame rate your camera outputs. If it only sends out DCI 4K at 60 fps and the monitor only takes Full HD at 30 fps, you’ll be out of luck.

Make sure these basic features are compatible between your camera and monitor:

  • Resolution
  • Frame rates
  • Connectors

Now we can talk about monitors.

Size, or Bigger Isn’t Always Better

Yes, one of the primary reasons filmmakers pick up external on-camera monitors is because the one on the camera is too small. However, I do still want to caution you from immediately jumping at the biggest you can get just because you believe it will solve all your problems. If you want us to tell you what to get, just get a 5" monitor and be happy.

Now, if you do want something a bit bigger or you have a larger camera that can handle it, then a 7-9" monitor is a perfectly viable option. There will be some added weight, so make sure all your mounting arms and other tools can handle it. For mirrorless/DSLR, I would stick to 5", but if you have a more traditional pro camcorder or cinema camera or even a rigged-up mirrorless or pocket camera, the 7" monitor can be a great addition.

Larger than this isn’t advised for on-camera use. It’s just too big. However, they can be great field monitors for a director or producer at a remote station.

Atomos Ninja V 5" 4K HDMI Recording Monitor

In general:

  • 5-7" is the sweet spot for on-camera use.
  • 7-9" works well for larger kits or remote viewing.
  • 10" or more are generally field monitors and not designed for on-camera use.

Resolution and Brightness

I’m lumping these two specs together because they relate to the panel. When you are looking for a monitor, these are critical specs, and going for higher-quality models can add to the price.

Resolution, in the simplest terms, is how sharp the screen can be. It also relates to screen size. A small screen can get away with lower resolution, since the density of the pixels makes it appear sharper. A larger screen will require higher resolutions. With on-camera monitors, anything between 5-9" will look very good in HD to Full HD. Anything smaller than 5" might be able to get away with less than Full HD and still look great.

Blackmagic Design Video Assist 5" 12G-SDI/HDMI HDR Recording Monitor

Keep in mind the specs your camera can output, as well, and make sure the display and its resolutions can support it. For example, if you are outputting 4K, you will want to make sure it can down-scale and has proper mechanisms for zooming in to 100% for focus checking if the resolution is only Full HD. Nowadays, I would say that a Full HD monitor is a good option and most good monitors offer it.

Brightness speaks for itself. This is simply how bright the screen can get. This matters because if you are mostly filming outside in varying degrees of sunlight, you may need a brightness boost to see the screen clearly. If a monitor doesn't have a super-high brightness setting, you may need an optional hood and, even then, you might not be able to see the screen. Brightness is another huge reason to pick up an on-camera monitor, since built-in displays usually lack in this key spec or their high-brightness modes quickly burn through battery life.

Brighter Is Better

This is a harder spec to judge, because you may not really notice any issues with a low-brightness display until that one day you shoot in the sun. If you intend to do a lot of shooting outdoors or want to guarantee that you have a display for all lighting conditions, then some monitors marketed as “daylight-viewable” offer 1000 cd/m2 (nit) brightness. Anything around this should be a good target for you.

FeelWorld 7" 2200 cd/m² Full HD 3G-SDI/HDMI On-Camera Monitor with 4K Support

Bear in mind:

  • For resolution, aim for HD to Full HD at a minimum.
  • High-brightness monitors are useful for outdoors.

Better bets for outdoor use are to pick up a hood or shade to protect from glare and direct lighting.

Waveforms, LUTs, and HDR

While a bigger, brighter picture may be all you were looking for, if you are purchasing an on-camera monitor you will benefit greatly from having extra monitoring tools. Things like LUTs and waveforms should be on your list.

Starting with standard monitoring tools, there are a few things with which you should work. Zoom-in or punch-in settings can be very helpful for checking focus before you hit Record, especially if your monitor can pull in a full 4K feed to display on its Full HD screen. Then there are tools such as waveforms, false color, vectorscope, and RGB parade that help with confirming brightness and color in your image.

Waveforms and other related tools are some of the biggest advantages for separate monitors over built-in options. Even when a camera offers advanced monitoring tools, they usually don't offer the same quality, customization, or resolution as dedicated monitors. Having greater fidelity and resolution can help ensure your exposure and focus are spot-on, which is becoming more and more so as cameras introduce new gammas and formats each with their own particular quirks.

Guidelines to shoot for other aspect ratios is another option you may want to have to make sure your original footage can work if you decide to do a widescreen crop later or vice versa.

LUTs are likely the most important, because these will allow you to preview your image with basic grades or corrections applied. Monitors usually come with default options for common log profiles (C-Log, S-Log3, etc.). Also, better monitors will let you load up custom LUTs and then provide quick access to turn them on and off as you shoot. This is very beneficial because you can make sure your exposure and color work for the way you intend to push the footage in post.

New in the past few years is the proliferation of HDR-capable cameras and devices. Monitors are no exception, offering versions of HDR preview based on receiving HDR signals or by doing a rough conversion of log footage. This is a handy feature to have, but I wouldn’t call it essential just yet. What I would think about is having it, so that you can use it for HDR on set and then use the monitor again for grading if you connect it to a computer that supports HDR. This is far from the ideal, pro-quality setups used for HDR grading, but it is a great start for filmmakers looking to try HDR finishing.

Atomos Shogun 7 HDR Pro/Cinema Monitor-Recorder-Switcher

More unique features would be things like anamorphic de-squeeze and various others.

Here's a list of features to have on a monitor:

  • Zoom-in
  • Aspect ratio guides
  • Waveforms
  • Vectorscope
  • False color
  • LUT support (custom and built-in)
  • False color
  • Peaking
  • HDR preview

Make sure you have a monitor with a wide range of features. Even if today you don't use all of them, you will want something that will last as a monitor and can be used on many different cameras.

Monitor/Recorder Combos

Another increasingly common option in the monitor landscape is built-in recording. This means that the monitor can accept the incoming video signal and process and save it into its own format to its own storage. This is essential to get maximum image quality from many camera systems—though mirrorless and DSLRs see some of the greatest benefit.

Many cameras actually can't record their best quality internally. This can be because the processing isn’t powerful enough, or the camera might end up generating too much heat and have to shut down faster. It can also be a space-saving measure for the compact media many cameras use. The HDMI and SDI output can produce uncompressed video at higher bit depths but will demand a recorder that supports it.

Some other things to look out for are camera-specific compatibilities. ProRes RAW is a great example. Many new mirrorless cameras, the Sony a7S III, for example, offer raw output. However, they usually only work with select monitors, such as the Atomos Ninja V, to record. This is just one example, but there are a few available you may encounter so do some quick research before you jump into a monitor purchase. You never know, the decision might be easy after you look into it.


  • Monitor/recorder combos are a great idea.
  • Doublecheck that the recorder will support the camera’s maximum output.
  • Raw video output requires additional compatibility and firmware.

Atomos Ninja V On the Sony a7S III

Final Thoughts

On-camera monitors can be complicated, so we hope this helps. Some of my personal recommendations would be the SmallHD FOCUS 5" for a basic monitor and the Atomos Ninja V for a monitor/recorder combo. Both are from reputable brands and offer an incredible array of features, plus the 5" size is certainly my recommendation for on-camera use.

SmallHD FOCUS 5"

Be sure to stop by the Comments section, below, if you have questions you need answered or want help figuring out what is best for you!


I have a Sony FDR ax43 camcorder I want to use with a Glide Gear TMP 100 teleprompter. I want to attach a monitor to the Sony camcorder to view while recording. Is this possible? How would I do this and what would I need to purchase?

Hi Michael - 

Connect a monitor via the HDMI output on the camcorder.  What size monitor Michael. ?
Please e-mail us:  [email protected]


Question: I film myself with my cannon rebel hooked up to a teleprompter which makes the camera viewscreen impossible to see.  Now that I picked up a decent little external screen, I discover the camera lcd shuts off the moment it attaches.  So now every time I need to make an adjustment, not only do I have to get up and run around to the other side of the camera (a sacrifice I was willing to make for the price), I also have to unplug the stupid thing to see anything- every time.  I was going to look up touchscreen monitors but it seems as though the touchscreen function on all the screens I'm looking at do not replace camera touchscreen operation.  Are there any that do?  Or are there any remotes that would allow camera menu navigation?  Or is there any way or any device that would split the signal or allow the camera screen to stay on?  Would using the cannon software through a laptop allow camera menu navigation? (haven't messed with the software before)

Thanks, You B.

Unfortunately, the touch screen external monitors out there are limited to their own controls and not the controls from the camera. If your Canon Rebel DSLR has Wi-Fi, you could connect it with the Canon Camera Connect app to make changes in the camera settings without having to disconnect your monitor from it. 

Hello! I am shooting stills with a Nikon Z9 in a UW-housing. The housing has an HDMI output. The housing is under water, I am on land. I like to have LiveView and operate the shutter, aperture, shutter speed etc, on the external monitor. Is this possible? Does such monitor exist?

In this case, we recommend sending your inquiry to [email protected] or contact us via Live Chat so we can go over options in greater detail. 

Hey people I just bought the a7Siii and have ordered the SmallRig cage but am concerned about which on camera monitor to buy. Looking for a 5in monitor and not a recorder, just a display but here's the thing. I shoot a lot in 4K60p but most monitors will only display at 30p which is quite a letdown. I was leaning towards the Atomos Shinobi which does show 60p but only in FHD. Don't want to spend $800 either or get a 7" model. Any suggestions or ideas????



I have also Sony A7S III and prefer to shoot 4K60. I tested FeelWorld 5.5" 3000Nit monitor which has 4K30 in the spec. I worked with 4K60 and even with 4K120 when I start recording from the camera. In this case the footage is saved to the card in the camera. Card is SanDiskExtreem Pro V90 128G, 300MB/s. The file saved on the card is 4K60 or 4K120 depending on what I set.I do not understand what4K30 means for the monitor if I do not use it wor recording.

Hi Vladimir - 

The monitor cannot resolve/decode video that is more than 4K/30fps. it will display up to 1080p.

Format Support:

Video Format:
UHD 4K: 30/29.97/25/24/23.98
DCI 4K: 24
1080p: 60/59.94/50/30/29.97/25/24/23.98
1080i: 60/59.94/50
720p: 60/59.94/50/30/29.97/25/24/23.98

Question: I film myself with my cannon rebel hooked up to a teleprompter which makes the camera viewscreen impossible to see.  Now that I picked up a decent little external screen, I discover the camera lcd shuts off the moment it attaches.  So now every time I need to make an adjustment, not only do I have to get up and run around to the other side of the camera (a sacrifice I was willing to make for the price), I also have to unplug the stupid thing to see anything- every time.  I was going to look up touchscreen monitors but it seems as though the touchscreen function on all the screens I'm looking at do not replace camera touchscreen operation.  Are there any that do?  Or are there any remotes that would allow camera menu navigation?  Or is there any way or any device that would split the signal or allow the camera screen to stay on?  Would using the cannon software through a laptop allow camera menu navigation? (haven't messed with the software before)

Thanks, Ben

Hi Ben -

I would recommend using the Canon Connect app:


Camera Connect* is a unified app that connects your mobile devices to any Wi-Fi® or Bluetooth®-equipped Canon camera or camcorder. Whether you shoot with a compatible EOS camera, PowerShot camera or VIXIA camcorder, one app is all you need. With a fresh and intuitive new interface developed for both iOS® and Android™ operating systems**, Camera Connect makes it easy to see what you’ve captured, transfer photos and videos to your mobile device, and use your device to control your camera.


Featuring a new user interface, the Camera Connect app is now even more simple to use.

Shows Connection Status:

The app shows the connection status for both Wi-Fi®** and Bluetooth®*** connections, providing information at a glance.

Easy Connection Guide:

An Easy Connection Guide is included to help you easily set up wireless connections, regardless of what camera or camcorder you’re shooting with.

Images on Camera Button:

The Images on Camera button is larger on the main menu for quicker access, and features an updated interface that lets you check images you've downloaded using an OS photo app, and filter what you've captured.

Remote Live View Shooting Button:

Also made larger on the main menu, the Remote Live View Shooting has a new design that displays more information in an intuitive layout for quick on-the-spot capture.

Sorting Options:

Image sorting options on the Images on Camera function include filter by date range and filter by file type to help you easily find a particular shot you liked.


Camera Connect makes it easy to bring the still photos and MP4 videos you’ve captured with your compatible Canon camera or camcorder over to your iOS® or Android™ smartphone or tablet**. Transfer can be initiated by the camera or camcorder, or the device, and the photos and videos go right into your camera roll or gallery, ready to use as you like. The app is also great for easy viewing of images on your device’s screen or for quickly sharing on social networking sites*.


The new Auto Image Transfer feature on the EOS M50 camera can help you save time by automatically transferring images from your camera to your mobile device, even while you’re capturing. By turning the Auto Transfer option on, you can easily view, save and upload your images from your device right after shooting.


With the Camera Connect app, you can use your mobile device to shoot remotely with your Canon camera. Compose your shot, set the zoom, focus, self-timer and more through Remote Live View Shooting, then release the shutter – all from your smartphone or tablet. The photos and videos will be saved on the camera.


The Camera Connect app acquires GPS information with your mobile device and adds it to the photos and videos in your camera. With a Bluetooth®*** connection, it can even send continuously updated GPS data for better accuracy. You can set the app to record the information even while your device is not connected to your camera, then transfer the data later†. It’s a great feature to help you remember and organize your travels, whether you’re close to home or out on vacation visiting the world.


A variety of built-in wireless connectivity options are supported by the Camera Connect app, letting you view and transfer files right to your compatible smart device, shoot remotely, add GPS settings to images and change settings. NFC†† helps you connect quickly to compatible Android™ devices with just a tap. The app also supports Bluetooth®*** pairing, which maintains a connection between your camera and your device so you can view, shoot or control your camera remotely when you like, without needing to reconnect to Wi-Fi®.

I have a (probably stupid) question about monitoring raw video being recorded internally (in Film mode) to a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.  I have an Atomos Ninja V which I've been using with my GH4, and the BMPCC is a new (second hand) purchase.  The output resolution from the BMCC is HD over HDMI.  Since I only want to monitor, not record to the Ninja V, the HD resolution is clearly the same resolution as the raw being recorded.  

Since I'll be recording C-DNG raw internally, the question I have is whether the HD 4-2-2 10 bit signal out that the monitor will receive will have an affect on how useful the Ninja V monitoring tools are for exposure management, namely waveform, RGB parades, zebras and false colour?  Clearly the monitor cannot 'see' all the raw data as it doesn't support C-DNG.  So how would I optimally use the Ninja V as a monitor in this situation for exposure management?

More specifically, for example, my research on forums leads me to believe that exposure management (to achieve the look I'm after for any specific shot) on the BMPCC is best handled by a combination of zebras and waveforms/false colour.  The advice I'm following is to set zebras at 75% on the BMCC camera, recording in Film mode but screen set to View mode as the camera's monitoring LUT in this mode gives the best image for judging exposure with the Film mode's flat image.  The logic of the 75% zebras (on the camera) is that this will monitor the range 75-100, where 100% zebras means all channels (ie RGB) are clipped on the sensor.  However, individual channels will clip below 100%, and even below 90%.  So 75% zebras can be used to see highlights on skin tones and other objects in the scene, and eliminate any single RGB channel from clipping colour information in those highlights.  Moreover, the advice I'm following is to keep exposure in the -1 to +1 range, to best balance shadow noise versus highlight clipping - ie I'm not following the more extreme version of ETTR, where you use 100% zebras (the logic being the BMPCC's sensor is more sensitive to higher IRE ranges than most cameras, with more DR steps in the higher ranges than the lower ones - unlike Canon 5Ds of the era for example).

So... this is all fine on the camera's screen as it's using internal processing to decide where to show the zebras.  But I don't have the technical understanding to get my head round how you would implement this exposure approach using an external monitor that is not seeing what the sensor sees.  In short, is this just a case of calibrating through experience over time?  Or are there optimal settings I might use on the Ninja V to best judge exposure?  Sorry for the long question, but I thought it better to be precise given there are so many variables in judging exposure.  Thanks in advance for any help!


i am a bit confused about clean hdmi output for on camera monitor. Most cameras when connected to external monitors have their own screen blacked. In that case I really need a monitor that can show all settings on the screen and clean hdmi is not a good option. So my question is why you say the camera has to have a clean hdmi? I am not streaming anything for others. Unless the on screen info, changes the colouring?


second question is that I have a Canon M50 and Nikon 7000. Both do not have clean hdmi. Base on your expertise what monitors can be used with them and with what connection? Hdmi or av?


thanks a lot

Having a clean HDMI output really only applies to those who are using external recorders with a built in monitor, so that the camera setting normally seen on the camera's LCD do not transcribe onto the recorded footage. With a Canon EOS M50 and a Nikon D7000, you can still connect an external monitor via HDMI and it will mirror the settings as well as the view of your LCD. One such monitor is the Elvid 7" 4K On-Camera Monitor with Battery, Articulating Arm, and HDMI Cable Kit, BH # ELOCM7B4KV2C would be an excellent starting point.

Great. Thank you. So if I understand correctly, the cameras with clan hdmi also let you use the built-in monitor of the camera simultaneously, while you are connected to external monitor/recorder. Becuase when I connect my cameras to external monitor, the built in monitor goes black. 

Than you again


Hi Farzin - 

Many cameras will turn off their own viewfinder when connected to an external monitor via HDMI. This is a normal and usual function.

Hi / I’m looking for advice for an external monitor fir my Sony A7S. Mainly shooting music videos with it but just a couple a year so looking forward quality and value. Unsure about the recorder monitor. Any advice? 

Hi Jennifer - 
Atomos Ninja V 5" 4K HDMI Recording Monitor B&H # ATNINJAV
The Atomos Ninja V 5" 4K HDMI Recording Monitor is a 5" on-camera monitor/recorder that records and plays back up to DCI 4K and records to purpose-built mini-SSDs. This monitor can record Apple ProRes Raw up to DCI 4K60 directly from the sensor of select cameras. Display features include a 10-bit screen with a brightness of 1000 cd/m² AtomHDR technology for accurate monitoring of your log gamma footage, and support for popular log formats from Sony, ARRI, Canon, JVC, Panasonic, Nikon, RED, Sony, and Z CAM cameras.

Built to withstand the rigors of production, the Ninja V features an aluminum chassis and powers from a single L-series battery. Additional features include a variety of onscreen exposure analysis, framing, anamorphic de-squeeze, and focus assist tools. Separately available AtomX SDI, AtomX SYNC, Connect 4K modules, and an SDI Raw license key to further expand your Ninja V's capabilities. Firmware update 10.61 brings customized timecode sequences that can be saved as a single file.

Hi looking for advice on an external monitor for using with a Sony HDR Handycam. We have an endzone camera for football. We want to be able to turn off the various icons on the screen when we record and watch through the monitor. However we still want to be able to see the record and standby icon (just not everything else). Is there a good monitor that will allow this?


We had an older one that did just that with an old Sony handycam but we no longer use that camera and did not have that monitor any more ( and I don't remember the brand on that monitor unfortunately)


Please advise, thank you very much!!!

Hi Daniel - 

The feature you require is more a function of your camcorder than the monitor. Please e-mail us:  [email protected]

I currently live in Cancun and do weddings on the beach. I have the shinobi (atomos), it has a brightness of 1000 cd / m2, but I want something more with brightness, someone can recommend a monitor brighter than this and that perhaps they have compared.

Hi Roger - 

TVLogic 7" F-7H MK2 FHD HDR Field Monitor


  • 7", 1920 x 1080, 3G-SDI and HDMI Monitor
  • Updated Image Processing Engine
  • Sharper Image, Preset Touch Buttons
  • 3600 cd/m² Maximum Brightness
  • Waveform / Vectorscope
  • 160° Viewing Angle
  • HDR and 3D-LUT Support
  • On-Screen and Rear Tally
  • Multiple 1/4"-20 Mounting Holes
  • Optional Battery Plates

If I'm shooting 4k 60p on my gh5 (recording internally only) will any monitor work? Because I don't want to buy a monitor and then realise that when I start shooting the screen goes black or something. I will need to pull focus etc.

Will I still be able to see the footage because most monitors are just 1080p?

Or is my only option to purchase a atomos ninja v even if I don't want to record externaly to ninja v.?


Hi Colm - 

Most monitors that can display 4k/60p via HDMI would be suitable. If you are not interested in recording, consider the 

Atomos Shinobi 5.2" Monitor with Power Kit B&H # ATSHINPK
The Shinobi 5.2" 4K HDMI Monitor is a 5.2" on-camera monitor that monitors DCI 4K, UHD 4K, and HD video input. It features a 10-bit FRC IPS screen with a brightness of 1000 cd/m², which makes it suitable for use in both exterior and interior conditions. The AtomHDR display technology allows you to accurately monitor your log gamma footage without having to view flat, washed-out looking images or use a LUT to compress the dynamic range and color space. The monitor supports popular log formats from Sony, Canon, Panasonic, ARRI, RED, and JVC cameras.

Built to withstand the rigors of production, the Shinobi features a lightweight plastic chassis and powers from a single L-series battery. Additional features include a variety of onscreen exposure analysis, framing, and focus assist tools, as well as anamorphic de-squeeze. A 12V power supply with L-series battery eliminator is included with the unit.

Thanks for this. I'm trying to figure out the best monitor for my A6600. I've heard some should be avoided as they don't provide the same touch focus features that the camera screen has. I've started to wonder if any monitors will actually do it.
Do you know of any that do? Thanks!

Hi Joe -
We have not discovered an on-camera monitor that will offer touch-screen functionality for the SONY A6600 or other similar cameras. 

Hi I've just bought a Andycine A6 5" monitor. I am new to this game and I would like a better understanding of all the functions the monitor offers. The manual refers to functions such as Zebra, Zebra value, false colours etc, but does not describe them. I suspect these apply to all external monitors. I've been googling, trying to find more explanations without luck. Would anyone be able to point me to a link or even a book that give me a better understanding of external monitor functions? Thanks in advance.

Hi Sohaila - 

Use zebra lines to avoid overexposing your image. 

Use the histogram to keep a bird’s-eye view on exposure. 

A waveform is useful when calibrating your camera, as well as when exposing green/blue screen backgrounds.

Use false color to get quick exposure readings of everything within the frame. 





Are the Atomos Shenobi and Atomos Ninja V compatible with the Sony a6400 and Sony a6600?


Both the Sony A6400 and A6600 can work with the Atomos Ninja V and the Atomos Shinobi.

Hey, Do you know if Atomos Shinobi will do the touch screen focus features from the A6600? Or any other  monitors that will ?


Hi, do you know if it's possible to use an hdmi splitter with my Panasonic Lumix G7 to connect to one of these monitors and my computer through a capture card at the same time? I use my camera to stream, so the hdmi port is being used for that, but I'd like to also have a monitor on the camera. Can I do both? Will it work with a splitter? Thanks for the help.

Hi Emmeline - 
It may work, but we have not tested this ourselves. Often the HDMI signal will be diminished when it is split.

Just bought the Sony A7s3, and I'm looking for a monitor that wont crash or say "no signal" while I'm recording in 4k 120fps. Right now I'm using the (Timbrecod DC-56 4K) from amazon, and the no signal always pops up when I switch from 4k 24 and 4k 120... Is it the monitor or the hdmi cable? Or is there one you guys would recommend? Also I'm not recording in raw, so I don't think I need the atomos ninja v right? Just looking for a budget friendly option. All my money went to the camera body and lenses LOL.

Hi CJ -

The issue could be the monitor or the HDMI cable.  Replace the cable with one that you know is working to be sure.  

Here are some excellent on-camera monitors to consider:

Lilliput A7S 7" Full HD Monitor with 4K Support (Black Case) B&H # LIA7SB 
The A7S 7" Full HD Monitor with black rubber case from Lilliput features an HDMI 1.4 input, making it suitable for UHD 4K filmmaking and photography. With a 16:10 aspect ratio and 1000:1 contrast ratio, the LCD panel displays Full HD images. The HDMI loop-through function allows you to output via HDMI to any other compatible device.

If you have upgraded to the 4K workspace, the A7S offers control over your shooting workflow both in the field and studio. You can create shortcuts to your favorite and most used monitor functions using the two customizable function keys. You can mount the monitor onto your camera by attaching the included shoe mount adapter to the 1/4"-20 threads at the bottom. You can also use the VESA 75 hole at the back to attach the A7S to other mounts.


Elvid FieldVision 4KV2 7" On-Camera Monitor B&H # ELOCM7B4KV2

Perfect for DSLR and mirrorless cameras, or any other video or cinema camera with an HDMI output, the Elvid FieldVision 4KV2 7" On-Camera Monitor allows you to monitor SD, HD, and 4K video signals on its high-resolution 1920 x 1200 IPS LCD screen. Monitoring tools such as focus peaking, zebras, 1:1 pixel mapping, and more make it easy to assess your image on the FieldVision 4KV2.


The IPS LCD panel on the FieldVision 4KV2 has a contrast ratio of 1200:1 and a brightness of 450 cd/m², making it easily viewable indoors. In bright sunlit outdoor conditions, or other situations with bright direct light, use the included sun hood to block any glare for a clear view of the screen.

Power can be supplied to the monitor via the included L-Series battery plate. L-Series batteries are widely available, and come in a variety of sizes. If you already own L-Series-powered cameras or accessories, powering this monitor won't be a problem. An articulated ball shoe mount, Mini HDMI to HDMI cable, and an HDMI cable locking collar are also included.

Hi, I have a Sony Alpha 7 II, do you think, Atomos Shinobi 5.2" is a good choice.  What would you recommend me  for that camera? I would shoot more indoor as an outdoor.

Hello Vladimira,

The  Atomos Shinobi 5.2" Monitor would definitely be suitable for the A7 II, due to its brightness. 

Hi There,

I just purchased the Nikon Z7 II, and will be pairing this up with the DJI RSC 2 for a camera gimbal.  My goal will be to do most of my shooting in 4k @ 60fps.  I am looking for a camera monitor to use with the RSC 2 that will allow me to view what I am filming constantly.  What would you recommend for this set up?

I am having the same question with monitors.  I wanted to comment to you that if you have the ability to consider the RS2 instead of the RSC2 do it.  I just bought it.  It is awesome.  I had the SC and my Z6 seemed to heavy.  I believe the RS2 is about the same weight as the RSC2. Something to consider.

Hello Daniel,

A monitor to consider for your set up would be the Atomos Shinobi 5.2" 4K HDMI Monitor with 5" Accessory Kit, BH # ATSHINAK.


What would you recommend for a 5" or lower monitor to be used for Mokacam Alpha 3 action camera bright enough for outside and inside use. Anything at a lower price if there is?

Hi Moh - 

FeelWorld LUT6 6" 2600 cd/m² 4K HDMI Touchscreen Monitor


Key Features

  • Outdoor Visible 2600 cd/m² Brightness
  • Compact and Slim with 1080p Touchscreen
  • DCI 4K30 HDMI Input and Loop Output
  • Built-In HDR and DeLog 3D LUTs
  • 3D LUT Upload via SD Card Slot
  • Integrated L-Series Battery Plate
  • Auto Heat Dissipation Fan
  • Auxiliary DC Output for Powering Cameras
  • Scopes, Anamorphic De-Squeeze, and More

    The FeelWorld LUT6 is designed with a maximum high brightness of 2600 cd/m² so you can easily use it outdoors without seeing your image washed out by reflections. It's also built slim and compact so it can comfortably be used on the side of your gimbal and in other mobile applications, as well as on-camera using an included tilt-adjustable mounting arm.

    The LUT6 features a 6" 1920 x 1080 touchscreen display and HDMI input and loop output supporting up to DCI 4K30 resolution. A 3.5mm headphone jack is also provided for audio monitoring on set. An intuitive operating system is navigated with touch and swipe gestures and offers access to tools and functions such as built-in HDR and DeLog 3D LUTs, anamorphic de-squeeze, vectorscope, zoom, focus assist, and much more. The LUT6 also allows you to upload up to 50 3D LUTs via an SD card slot and keep them stored.

    Power options include an integrated L-series battery plate and a DC power input port. There's also an auxiliary DC power output that allows you to run select cameras off the monitor's power supply. Batteries and cables are sold separately. To ensure proper heat dissipation, a fan on the rear of the monitor turns on automatically whenever backlight brightness reaches over 80. The LUT6 provides a 1/4"-20 mounting thread on the bottom and one on the right side.

Hello, I am looking for an on camera monitor for photography with my dslr Canon 77D. I want to be able to see the photos on a larger screen. I’ll be shooting mostly church and studio photography. This will be my first on camera monitor and I am not looking to spend too much just yet. What would you recommend in the $100- $150 range?

You could use the ANDYCINE A6 5.7" Full HD HDMI On-Camera Monitor with 4K Support/DC Out/Tilt Arm, BH # ANA6 which will connect via HDMI and would mirror what you normally view on the LCD screen on your 77D.


I am looking for a monitor with good brightness for external shots, light and 5" screen as I would like to use it with the gimbal. Is there something like this in the $250-300 range? Thanks!

 Hi  Daniel - 

Atomos Shinobi 5.2" 4K HDMI Monitor B&H # ATSHIN 

Key Features

  • 1920 x 1080 Touchscreen Display
  • 10-Bit Exterior Viewable Monitor
  • 4K HDMI Input
  • 1000 cd/m² Brightness
  • AtomHDR Mode with 10-Stop Dynamic Range
  • Supports a Variety of Log Formats
  • Single Sony L-Series Battery Slot

What would you recommend for a 5" monitor to be used primary on a Nikon D850? Must have HDMI in & out. Record N-log and bright enough for outside. Ninja V? Anything at a lower price point?

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