SpectraHD 4 – an Inexpensive 720p EVF and Monitor All-In-One

If you want to use your Blackmagic camera, for example, in a bright sunny day and you need sharp and precise focus, the SpectraHD 4 EVF might be quite beneficial for you and could dramatically empower your workflow.

The electronic viewfinder announced at this years NAB, carries a 1280×720 HD display for high-precision image evaluation with a 900:1 contrast ratio and with a viewing angle of 170°.

Standalone 4.3″ monitor or EVF, you can use the SpectraHD 4 in both modes and you can switch from one to the other in seconds with the built-in quick release loupe attachment.  Protected by a robust metal housing it suits every situation and features a lot of professional options as well such as:

  • HDMI and SDI loop throughSpectra_HD_4_EVF_02
  • HDMI to SDI conversion
  • Upgradable via USB
  • Focus assist
  • Zebra pattern
  • H/V image flip
  • Audio level meter
  • Range error
  • Time code display
  • DSLR Scale
  • Vectorscope

As we can see from the above listed features, the SpectraHD 4 EVF has everything that you would need for a professional viewfinder, especially in this price range. I really like it features both HDMI and SDI ports which makes it a relay competitive and versatile tool. The monitor is also the one with the highest resolution in its class.

HDMI loop through as well as SDI loop through make it easy to share your signal with other devices and integrate any consumer camera into your professional workflow. And if you are not a fan of HDMI, you can always use the build-in HDMI to SDI converter.


The monitor support 8-bit color rendition and it has adjustable frame guides which is very powerful feature and can be quite useful in situation where you want to shoot in an aspect ratio different from the native one of your camera.

Another interesting feature of the Spectra HD 4 EVF is that it can be used with a wide range of cameras from DSLR cameras to broadcast and movie cameras and will be equipped with custom camera profile settings, elaborately developed for each model.


The Spectra HD 4 EVF is manufactured by the company called F&V known primarily for their affordable lighting solutions for filmmakers and professionals. The EVF is part of their extended line of products which can be seen on this years IBC at Hall 11, boot G50. The retail price of the Spectra HD 4 EVF is EUR 999  (ex VAT) for the kit that comes with the custom removable loupe.

Claim your copy of DAVINCI RESOLVE 12.5 - SIMPLIFIED COURSE with 50% off! Limited Time Offer!

600x311 4KShooters banner
  • Tim

    Compared to the european street price of 1400€ (excl. tax) for the coming Atomos Shogun 4K this monitor is everthing but cheap. I prefer having an 4k video + audio recorder in a calibrated fullHD 7″ IPS monitor than the EVF of the spectra HD 4 for a little bit more money.

    • Vlady Radev

      Hi, Tim!
      Sure, Shogun 4K will be a formidable solution when it is out as well. I’m sure both tools will find their place on the market though. It all comes to personal preferences in the end.

  • nnikba

    I found this unit is now quite cheaper,

    Mine shows a lot of lag when using the wheel and not easy to go to the menu as you may wait to get from item to item.
    Is your wheel menu selection is seamless or you think my unit is defective?