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Choosing an On-Camera Monitor


While many people start by looking for a monitor within a specific price range, you may be better served by defining which features you need in a monitor before you consider price. This way, you will most likely get a better overall understanding of the value of the features, which will better fit your workflow. Spending a little extra time now will help you choose an on-camera monitor that will serve you a lot better and for a lot longer than a monitor you chose just based on price.

There are many different manufacturers’ on-camera monitors available at B&H, in a wide range of features and sizes. This may make choosing one on-camera monitor a daunting task, even when selecting from a single manufacturer’s lineup.

Monitor or Monitor/Recorder Combination

One of the first criteria to consideration is whether you want just a monitor or a monitor/recorder combination. Advantages of a monitor/recorder combination are that you can create high-quality recordings that your camera’s internal recorder may not be able to match. You are also assured that you will get the same recording file no matter what camera you use, and this can pay off when you are in the editing room. Additionally, a monitor/recorder combination is going to have built-in monitoring features and image tools that you may find useful when shooting. Not all non-recording on-camera monitors will have these features.

Atomos Shogun 4K Monitor/Recorder

Size and Weight Matter

Once you sort out which way you want to go, the next most important feature to evaluate is size. For the most part, an on-camera monitor serves as a more flexible viewing screen that is larger than your camera’s view screen or EVF, and one you can position independently of the camera itself. This allows you to use it as a composition and framing aid. Your monitor choice will most likely depend on how big a screen you need, or feel comfortable using. Remember that the bigger the on-camera monitor, the more you will have to move your head to see around the monitor. Taking into consideration the size and weight of an onboard monitor, the 5 to 7" monitors are generally preferred, with other sizes being useful mounted off the camera and in special applications. You will most likely be able to find similar monitoring and image tool options such as peaking, false color, histogram, waveform, parade, and Vectorscope in the 5 to 7" range. One thing to note is that there is now a full-featured 5" view screen that can be converted to an eyepiece-type viewfinder, similar to using a loupe on a DSLR’s screen, something that just isn’t going to work with a 7" screen.

Weight is often overlooked, until you’ve mounted the monitor and are shooting handheld all day. You definitely want to consider the weight of the monitor, and how you will mount it. The more weight, the more quickly you will get fatigued, and with fast camera moves, a heavy monitor may shift and upset your balance.

Inputs, Signal Format, and Frame Rate

Now that you’ve established what size monitor/recorder or simple monitor you need, some things to consider are how important multiple inputs/outputs, signal cross-conversion, and video scopes with image evaluation tools are to you. If you just need a run-and-gun rig, with a more flexible view screen than the one on your camera, then extra inputs/outputs and cross-conversion are most likely not necessary for you at this stage of the game. Something you will want to check with is the frame rate that your monitor supports, as cameras are now outputting a variety of frame rates. Since you are looking for an on-camera monitor, and weight is an issue, you want to avoid using a frame-rate converter if you can.

If you are working on more organized shoots, you will probably find it useful for your monitor to have a loop-through output so you can pass the signal on to other equipment. SDI is considered the professional standard, and HDMI, found on DSLRs, is considered more of a consumer standard, although it can be found on camcorders and even some high-end cameras. If you do opt for a monitor with both HDMI and SDI connectors, on-camera monitors that offer cross conversion between the two standards is becoming more commonplace and easier to find.

Connectors along the bottom of the Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q+ Monitor/Recorder



Here is where the monitor’s resolution will make a difference. You may feel that it is necessary to have Full HD resolution, and 1920 x 1080 panels are becoming more available in 5 and 7" sizes. Most monitors with lower resolution will scale your video for display, allowing you to see the entire frame.  This may introduce scaling artifacts, but it is doubtful that a scaling artifact, unless it is glaring, will disturb you when operating the shot. Where the resolution will make a difference is when you are reviewing your footage. Seeing the entire frame without scaling artifacts is nice, and most lower-resolution monitors provide a 1:1 Pixel mode that allows you to view parts of your image at full resolution. It may be a while before we see 4K on-camera displays, as there is some disagreement as to the smallest screen size that allows you to see 4K resolution but, most likely, your camera will provide a downscaled 1920 x 1080 output.

Image Evaluation Tools and Scopes

Unless you are only looking for the minimal monitor to use as a viewfinder, you may want to have peaking for focus, and exposure tools such as false color and Zebra bars. 1:1 pixel capability and zoom are important, and if you can read scopes, waveform, Vectorscope, and parade, they can be invaluable for objectively evaluating your video signal.

Atomos Ninja Blade Monitor/Recorder displaying RGB Parade, Time Code, On-Screen Menu, and Playback Controls

At this point, it is probably a good idea to consider your budget. It may just be that you can find all the features you want in an on-camera monitor for less than you were prepared to spend, or you may realize that the features you thought you needed just aren’t important right now. Then again, you may find that there are some killer features that are worth the investment. In either case, by considering the features that are important to you before you consider price, you will be able to evaluate the monitors based on their value to you, not just on how much they cost.

Things to Know

Now that we’ve had a general overview of the important features of an on-camera monitor, you will find a more specific explanation of terms that apply to monitors.

HDMI versus SDI versus Component & Composite

Composite  is a standard-definition signal only, and is still available from some cameras.

Component Video  is a better signal transmission system than Composite, as it breaks the signal into luminance (green) and red and blue. Component signals can be either Standard Definition or High Definition.

HDMI  is an uncompressed all-digital audio/video interface for transferring uncompressed video data and compressed or uncompressed digital audio data from an HDMI-compliant source device. HDMI is generally considered a consumer interface, but it has made inroads into the professional world. Generally speaking, even when using a good-quality cable, an HDMI signal will degrade and become unusable after about 49 feet, which limits your cable runs without using a signal repeater. HDMI is not interchangeable with SDI signals, although there are converters available, and some monitors will cross-convert from HDMI to SDI.

SDI  Serial Digital Interface is a professional signal standard. It is generally classified as SD, HD, or 3G-SDI, depending on the transmission bandwidth it supports. SD refers to Standard-Definition signals, HD-SDI refers to High-Definition signals up to 1080/30p, and 3G-SDI supports 1080/60p SDI signals. With SDI signals, the better the cable, the longer the cable run can be before signal degradation renders the signal unusable. Select high-quality cables can support 3G-SDI signals up to 390 feet and SD-SDI signals to more than 2,500 feet. SDI signals are not compatible with HDMI signals, although signal converters are available and some monitors will cross-convert from SDI to HDMI

Cross-Conversion  is a process that converts the video signal from one format to another.

Loop Through  Loop through outputs take the input to the monitor and pass it through unchanged. This is useful when you want to feed a monitor and send the signal farther to other devices, such as the video village or a director’s monitor.

Touchscreen versus Front-Panel Buttons

Touchscreen panels can be very useful, making it simple to interface with your device. Some monitors feature touchscreens for menu navigation and selection. Often, touchscreens are found on monitor recorders—most touchscreens are capacitive, which require contact with your skin. This is probably not going to be an issue, except in the cold if you are wearing gloves.

Monitors with front-panel buttons tend to be larger than their touch-panel counterparts, but the buttons and knobs allow you to work more easily with them while wearing gloves.

RF Receiver

Usually found built into monitors designed for First Person Viewing (FPV) RF receivers are often used with remote cameras, such as those mounted on a drone or quadcopter. These monitors are more often than not standard definition, although some may use higher-resolution screens. The Radio Frequency (RF) signal is analog as opposed to digital, as most analog monitors tolerate signal loss better than digital monitors do.

To LUT or Not to LUT

LUT stands for Look-up Table, and allows you to alter the way a monitor will display the video. This feature is often found on a monitor/recorder and it allows you to apply image and color space conversion when displaying flat or low-contrast log gamma video without affecting the video recording or signal. Some monitors allow you to choose to apply no LUT, the same LUT, or a different LUT to the output of the monitor, which can be useful when recording downstream, or sending the video to another monitor.

Atomos Assassin with LUT menu screen

Viewing Angle

Viewing Angle can become very important, as the camera operator may shift his/her position relative to the monitor during the shot. A wide viewing angle allows the operator to have a clear, easy-to-see image as their position shifts. A narrow viewing area may make the image on the monitor appear to shift in color/contrast as you change your position relative to the monitor, which may make viewing the footage/operating the camera difficult. In the world of LCD-panel technologies, IPS panels offer the best viewing angles, with angles up to 178 degrees.

Contrast Ratio and Brightness

Monitors with high contrast ratios and brightness tend to display a more pleasing image. They also become much easier to see in exteriors where you may normally have reflections and glare from the sun or sky. However, even high-contrast/brightness monitors may benefit from using a sun hood of some kind.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this article, and that it has clearly identified some of the steps in the process of choosing an on-camera monitor.

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hello - I have a GH4 and am looking for a 5 inch monitor with the least amount of latency or lap - preferably none!

I film many dialogue narratives or interviews and altho I can just about live with a small lag in video the lag in audio is driving me insane!

Any suggestions please.


The Ikan DH5E is a great choice for a 5 Inch Monitor to go along with your GH4.  We are not aware of any lag with the audio when using this monitor either.


Hi there

looking to get a video monitor / recorder for nikon d500. Thinking about atomos ninja flame. Will the camera output the right video size for 4k?  Does the d500 have the same limitations as the 5300 below and also does the d850 have the?


The Ninja Flame is the perfect option to go along with either the Nikon D500 or D850.  Both cameras will output UHD 4K at up to 30fps, which is what the Ninja Flame is able to record up to.


Hello! I have a Nikon D5300, and I want to get an external monitor or a monitor/recorder unit, but I'm having trouble finding information about what will work best with my unit. I was considering the Ninja Blade, but I've read that the Atomos units don't properly record the 24fps signal from the camera and tend to drop the signal. I was also considering the Feelworld 7" HD, but again, have had trouble finding information about compatibility. If you could give me an idea of which monitor and monitor/recorder units might actually work with my camera, I'd really appreciate it.

The Nikon D5300 does not output a 1080p signal at 24fps, it can record 24fps but it cannot output it.  The Ninja Blade will work with the D5300, but for 30fps.  The same goes for any Monitor or Recorder you use with the D5300.  The Ninja Blade is no longer available, but you could use the Ninja Flame instead.  Or you could use just a monitor like the Feelworld FW759.


Hello, I purchased an a7riii with 3 Sony GM lens (16-35, 24-70 & 100-400). Besides my photography I need to start shooting some video for business ie. vlog and short (1-2 min. edited videos). I kind of emptied the bank account with the sony camera and lens, so I need to hold back for the monitor. I was thinking 5 - 7 inch and MAYBE up to $300.00. Your perfect match please!

The FeelWorld FH7 7" IPS LCD On-Camera HDMI Monitor is a very nice choice.  This will not further break the bank and supports a UHD 4K signal.  It also has great features like Focus Peaking, False Colors and 1:1 Pixel Mapping.

Hey, I was thinking of purchasing an external monitor that could only display up to 4k 30fps. My concern is that if my camera is recording at 4k 60fps, would there be any potential drawbacks when downscaling the frame rates? Because from what I know, if recording at 4k resolution then output on a 1080p monitor might use some processing power when downscaling, thus affecting AF performance for instance.

Hi Benny, although there are monitors have the capability to internally scale 4K material to display it on a native 1920 x 1080 screen, I'm not personally aware of any monitors that will convert the frame rate. Either the monitor supports the resolution and frame rate, or it doesn't. There are external frame rate converters that may suit your needs. As far as performance, specific cameras may have limitations on outputting a different resolution than you are capturing at, but I don't believe that affects the camera's performance. However, individual cameras may have specific limitations.

Hope this helps.

I have a Sony 7s ii and use the zhiyun crane 2 gimbal with it to shoot. I only want a monitor that because it's hard to see the camera screen when using the gimbal. I also want something sort of light but also at least 1920x1080. What would be best for me? 

The Ikan DH5e 5" Monitor is a great choice for this.  It is a 5" monitor that weighs only 0.2 pounds, yet offers 1920x1080 resolution.


I am looking for a new field monitor. I am using the GH5, shooting mostly 120fps. Something lightweight would be ideal as I am often on the move. Is there any good recommendations? 

Thank you!

The Ikan DH5e 5" Monitor is a great choice.  It is a high quality monitor with a 1920x1080 screen that only weighs 0.2 pounds.

Hi there,

Thanks so much for this informative article! I primarily shoot food videos and while the Nikon D750 flipout screen is helpful, I'd like to be able to see more and have a more precise view of my composition, exposure, white balance, etc. For lenses, I typically use a Nikon 50mm f/1.8g and Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 Can you recommend an external monitor that will get the job done at a moderate price point? 


The Ikan DH7 is a fantastic choice, B&H # IKDH7UHDM.  It is a well built 7" monitor that offers Monochrome Peaking, False Color, Clip Guide and 1:1 Pixel Mapping to help you set up, exposure and focus your shots.

Thank you for such an informative article. 

I am interested in using a monitor in tandem with my Canon EOS 60D for shooting in-doors and mostly with a tri-pod. 

Since I am very new to the concept of monitors, my question might seem vague, but I hope you'll be able to help me regardless: What monitor would be easy to use and good for those fine-tuned camera adjustments that take the image from sharpish to sharp - and good to great? 

Much obliged, 

The tools in a monitor that will help you get a shot that is very sharp are those designed to assist with focus.  Focus Peaking is a great feature for that, as is 1:1 Pixel Mapping.  Along with sharp focus, proper exposure leads to great shots.  For that Zebra Patterns are a great tool to help you get the right exposure.  The Feelworld FW760, B&H # FEFW760, is a very nice starting option to consider.  It offers all of those features at a reasonable price.

Thank you for the article and advice.

Looking to replace the factory monitor for the Fs7, which has gone kaput. I don't want to replace it with an eye-piece evf, I tried the small HF sidefinder and wasn't  pleased with the ergonomics. So know I am looking for just a 3-5 inch monitor to replace the main viewfinder. I still may just order the small HD 502 (from the sidefinder kit), but lose the side finder part.

My only big requirements are SDI in's and out's, and I want features like LUTs, false color, etc.

Have any ideas? Thanks!

It sounds like you are on the right track with the SmallHD 502, B&H # SMMON502.  It has an SDI input and loop out and a wide variety of tools available.  It offers LUTS, Peaking, Zebras, False Colors and much more.  It is also has a fantastic and rugged build quality.

The SmallHD is a great option, however I would still consider reaching out to Sony directly regarding replacing the monitor it came with.  It is always better to have a fully operational camera, especially if you ever wanted to sale the FS7 down the road.

Hello! I have a canon 6D and I've read through this article and it helped a bunch but I'm still having trouble making a decision. I need a monitor to display what I am filming. I'm constantly filming indoors and outside low light and lots of light.. I need something so Im not having to hold my face two inches from the screen to see what its looking like especially when I am filming outdoors in the sun light. What would you reccomend? 

For the Canon 6D a great option to consider is the SmallHD Focus Canon LP-E6 Bundle, B&H # SMMFLPE6KIT.  With this you will get an 800 Nit Monitor, which is a nice level of brightness for use both inside and outside.  It also comes with an LP-E6 Dummy Battery cable.  You will use that cable to connect the camera to the monitor and it will allow you to power both off of the included Sony L Style Battery that comes in the kit.

For a more affordably priced option the Ikan DH5e is very nice, B&H # IKDH5E.  It has a plate that will allow you to use Canon LP-E6 batteries and a Sunhood to help block out light when you are shooting outside.

Hi. I have a Canon 7D Mkii I use for macro photography. I'm looking for a monitor to help achieve critcal focus. What would you recommend that won't break the bank?

Thanks, John

Hi John -

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.

I own a Canon EOS-1 DS Mark iii camera which i use for Macro photography i would appreciate advice on what in field monitors would be suitable  together with the necessary attachments.Preferably a 7 inch touch screen  if available.Price range is not an issue many thanks Roger

Hello Roger,

Unfortunately, the Canon EOS 1DS Mark III does not have an HDMI port, therefore an external monitor could not be connected to it.  There is a Video Out connection on the camera, but that is strictly for image playback.

I would also like to know the asnwer to John Bellm's question below as we have similar Canon setups and would need to utilize the touch screen focus with whichever monitor is paired.  Look forward to hearing your answer B&H :).

Thank you for the awesome right ups!

I have a Canon 5D Mark IV and a Canon 80D and I use both for video work mainly shooting live bands/music.  My eyesight is not great and I use liveview and the touchscreen on both cameras to obtain focus.  I would love to be able to view the output while shooting on a larger external monitor (5" or 7") via the HDMI output.  I purchased a 5" screen thinking that I would be able to view both the touchscreen and external monitor simultaneously.  I wanted to be able to control the focus and other functions via the camera's touchscreen and view the output on the larger screen so that I would be able to view the live video more easily especially in low-light situtations. 

When I attach an external monitor (a 5" Viltrox) the touchscreen goes blank and I am not able to select focus areas or change settings because the external monitor does not offer that functionality.

Is there a solution to this issue or a work-around?

Thank you...

Hi John - 

 According to Canon there is no work-around solution.  When an outputting a movie via HDMI, the camera's LCD screen will go blank.

Dear Mark and John,

I had the same issue with my canon EOS 80D. Now I own a canon EOS 1D X mark ii which I have not tried with an external monitor. I wonder if a touchscreen external will retain the screen focus features, and if so, what brand/model do you recommend?


Hello Mauricio - 

For the Canon DSLR flagship 1D X Mark II, I would want a monitor of commensurate quality. I would first think of the SmallHD 702 Bright 7" Full HD On-Camera Monitor B&H # SMMON702. It is bright for outdoors, sharp, color accurate, rugged and of great build quality.The camera's touchscreen will blackout as it does with other Canon HDslrs.  At this time, there are no known external monitors that touch screen control the 1D X Mark II.

I have a Canon 7D and I'm looking for a touchscreen monitor with 3.5mm audio in AND out jacks that displays in 1080p. If someone could suggest options with and without recording capabilities that would be great. Weight and screen size doesn't matter too much as long as the screen is a reasonable size. Thanks, Charlie

Hi Charlie - 

Compact and powerful, the Video Devices PIX-E7 7" 4K Recording Video Monitor can record 4K video over HDMI and 6G-SDI to SpeedDrive SSDs. Not only is the PIX-E7 a powerful recorder, it also has a built-in 7" 1920 x 1200 resolution touchscreen for monitoring framing, checking focus, and displaying scopes. Video Devices designed the PIX-E series of recorders to be compact so you can use them with small cameras and camcorders without weighing them down excessively.

Firmware update v3.00 also adds the capability to simultaneously record an edit-ready 4K ProRes file (MOV) to the SpeedDrive and 1080p H.264 file (MP4) to an SD card. This is useful for dailies and other applications. If you have a LUT active during simultaneous recording, it will be baked into the H.264 file only and will not affect the ProRes recording. This allows you to record a ProRes master file for editing and Rec.709 H.264 file for client viewing. 4K to 1080p downscaling happens automatically during simultaneous 4K/1080p recording. The update also enables H.264 recording with a timecode stamp to the SpeedDrive and/or SD card.

As a subsidiary of Sound Devices, Video Devices implemented a few pro-audio features as well. Aside from being able to record audio from the digital video connections, the PIX-E7 has analog audio inputs in the form of 3.5mm jacks. To expand the pro-audio capabilities of the PIX-E7, a separately available XLR audio mixer with meters can screw into the bottom 1/4"-20 tapped hole.

No touchscreen, but has the audio i/o you were looking for:

Monitor SD, HD, and UHD 4K video with the Feelworld FW760 7" On-Camera LCD Monitor. A display resolution of 1920 x 1200 can display 1080p signals without scaling, as well as higher and lower resolution content. HDMI and analog composite video inputs are offered on the side of the monitor. For added security, a simple HDMI cable lock is included, ensuring a stable connection.

Despite its slim form factor, the FW760 offers many helpful functions that are useful across many different kinds of workflows. Various focus-checking functions such as peaking, zoom, and 1:1 pixel mapping assist in getting sharp images. Framing functions include anamorphic desqueeze, frame lines, markers, and image flip. Rounding out the internal feature set are the exposure functions which include histogram, false color, and zebras.

In addition to the aforementioned HDMI cable lock, a Mini HDMI to HDMI cable, sunshade, shoe mount, and L-Series battery plate are included in the box. Whether you're shooting with an SD DV camera, HD camcorder, DSLR, or 4K mirrorless camera, the FW760 will display your images.

Monitoring Tools

  • Histogram
  • Audio level meters
  • Focus peaking
  • False color
  • Zebras (0-100 IRE selectable)
  • R/G/B-only and luma-only modes
  • Over/underscan
  • 4, 9 and 16x zoom
  • Anamorphic de-squeeze
  • Image flip
  • Nine-grid zoom-in
  • 1:1 pixel mapping
  • Frame markers

I have a Canon 7D and I'm looking for a touchscreen monitor with 3.5mm audio in AND out jacks that displays in 1080p. If someone could suggest options with and without recording capabilities that would be great. Weight and screen size doesn't matter too much as long as the screen is a reasonable size. Thanks, Charlie

Hey guys from B&H,

I bought a Canon 7D mark II recently, and i look for a external screen. What can you recommand to me with yours products ?

Have a nice day!


Small precision : average budget

Hi Leo - 

Monitor SD, HD, and UHD 4K video with the Feelworld FW760 7" On-Camera LCD Monitor. A display resolution of 1920 x 1200 can display 1080p signals without scaling, as well as higher and lower resolution content. HDMI and analog composite video inputs are offered on the side of the monitor. For added security, a simple HDMI cable lock is included, ensuring a stable connection.

Despite its slim form factor, the FW760 offers many helpful functions that are useful across many different kinds of workflows. Various focus-checking functions such as peaking, zoom, and 1:1 pixel mapping assist in getting sharp images. Framing functions include anamorphic desqueeze, frame lines, markers, and image flip. Rounding out the internal feature set are the exposure functions which include histogram, false color, and zebras.

In addition to the aforementioned HDMI cable lock, a Mini HDMI to HDMI cable, sunshade, shoe mount, and L-Series battery plate are included in the box. Whether you're shooting with an SD DV camera, HD camcorder, DSLR, or 4K mirrorless camera, the FW760 will display your images.

Hi there, 

I'm looking for an on-camera monitor for my Sony a6000. As a cinematographer, lighting is crucial; I want a monitor that will allow me to better see how different light setups effect my shots, when combined with a chosen ISO, WB, etc. 

Hi Matthew - 

With more cameras supporting 4K HDMI output, having a monitor like the Ikan DH5e, which can handle 4K video, is important. Any video input over HDMI is passed through without modification. Whether in-line with a recorder or just for monitoring purposes, the advantage of 4K support does not end there. Focusing aids benefit greatly from the added image fidelity. Legacy workflows are still supported, with NTSC and PAL signals supported over HDMI. The LCD panel of the DH5e is LED backlit and features a resolution of 1920 x 1080. This resolution can display Full HD video without scaling, ensuring tack-sharp critical focus representation for HD productions. 4K video benefits from the 1:1 pixel mapping function for added assurance.

This monitor includes various accessories so you can use it right out of the box. For working in bright conditions, use the sun hood to block glare and reflections. Use the included ball mount to secure the monitor to a standard accessory shoe. Keep your screen in optimal condition with the included screen protector and cleaning cloth. If you have Canon LP-E6 or Sony L-Series type batteries, use one of the included swappable plates. An AC adapter is included for powering from a wall outlet. Other features may be added in the future, and the firmware can be updated by downloading from the Ikan website to the included USB flash drive.


  • 5" 1920 x 1080 LCD Display
  • HDMI I/O Supports 4K, HD, and SD
  • 450 cd/m² Brightness
  • 1000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • 160° Viewing Angle
  • Focus Peaking
  • 1:1 Movable Pixel-to-Pixel
  • Includes Ball Mount and Sun Hood

Hi folks,

I'm looking for a monitor to act as a larger viewfinder via live view and not for recording video. I am currently using a Nikon D800 in field with a T/S lens for landscape/nature photography. The monitor should be able to help me see critical focus area (when zooming in), 100% full frame viewfinder area, and any other aid that may help in framing and focusing in low light situations. I'm not too concerned about colour balance since I shoot in raw format. Light weight would be a benefit but durability is important  

Your recommendation would be appreciated in directing me to some choices on a "on-camera" monitor. Thanks!

Hi John - 

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.

Hi, I have a JVC GY HD 200 with a focus DTE drive. I am looking for a good on camera monitor that also records and has the most bang for the buck. I also want as many connection's as possible so that I can use it it with any other camera or dslr. I shoot event video and weddings etc. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,


Hi Chris - 

Since your camcorder does not offer an HDMI output, we cannot recommend a recorder/monitor for you. All of the on-camera recorders feature HDMI inputs exclusively.

Here's a versatile on-camera monitor:

Monitor HD or legacy SD sources with Lilliput's 665 7" On-Camera HDMI Monitor. The 7" LED-backlit 1024x600 display features a brightness of 250cd/m² and a contrast ratio of 800:1 for deep colors and black levels. Input signals up to 1080p in resolution are supported through compatible inputs. The rear panel sports HDMI, component, and composite inputs, as well as a composite output. The control knobs and custom function buttons on the front panel can be used to set up the monitor to look and operate to fit your production.

In the box you'll find LP-E6 and L-Series battery plates for powering the monitor, a shoe mount for securing the monitor to a standard accessory shoe, an HDMI cable which terminates in a Mini HDMI plug, an AC adapter for connecting to mains power, and a folding sun hood which protects the screen when not in use.

hi i have a sony 5 inch monitor  i use with sony camcorder via hdmi cable does anyone no if you can get all the info display to show i can only get time at the moment if not do any monitors show all info

I would send an email to, let us know the the specific model of monitor you are using so that we can look further into this for you. 

I'm looking for a quite inexpensive monitor (7" inches) for outdoor filming. Currently i'm filming with a Canon 70D but it would be great if i can use this monitor with a 5D III (with Magic Lantern Raw) also and in the future with BMCC 4K. Is it possible or will i have to consider in the future to purchase another gear for BMCC 4k camera ?
The monitor must have these features :
- 7" inches
- Good focus peaking
- Exposure histogram/Zebras
- Good resolution/Brightness/Contrast
- 1:1 pixel mapping
- Zoom
An maybe with HDMI/SDI out.
Thanks, Alex.

The Elvid OCM-10-PSM FieldVision 10.1" Pro IPS LCD Monitor with Scopes would fit most of your specification. This will have HDMI loop through so you can send the signal on to a recorder.  Also this  has Waveform, Vectorscope, Histogram Overlay for focus assist. 

Hi, I am a potrait photographer. I am basically looking for a moitor that will let me see what I am doing in the field. I will not use it for film at all. I would however like to have one with  a peaking performanse, so that I can see what is in focus on the shoot. I am shooting with a Nikon D810. Which one would be most suitable? 
Thanks, Cat

One of the most cost effective options would be the FeelWorld FW760 7" On-Camera LCD Monitor. This is 7" in size and will have 1920 x 1200 resolution. This will have focus peaking and will come with the necessary hot shoe mount for the camera, and shade for the screen. 
This particular model will come with a battery mounting plate, but not a battery, I would also recommend the Watson NP-F770 Battery Kit with Compact AC/DC Charger to accompany the monitor. 

I have a canon xa20. My primary use for the camera is run and gun filming hunting shows. I'm looking for a lightweight monitor that I can use mainly as a large viewer screen. what would you recommend?  Also would like it to use canon lpe6 batteries if there's one out there if not no biggie .Thanks

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