The New HDR Production Monitors from SmallHD Are Apparently Indestructible

You may remember the new “not-s0-small” HDR production monitors from SmallHD that we told you about last week, and now you can see these very monitors go through a series of extreme torture tests that would surely make you cringe, but ultimately leave you with your jaw to the floor in the end. These things are apparently indestructible due to the durability that the milled aluminium process gives to the monitors.

Even though SmallHD is a company known for high-quality on-camera monitors like the DP4, AC7 OLED, DP7 Pro, and the newer 502 and 702 series, the new 17-inch, 24 and 32-inch HDR production monitors (named 1700, 2400 and 3200 series) were born out of customer demand for larger displays.

SmallHD HDR Production monitor 17-inch

The HDR functionality is compatible with the company’s proprietary LUT engine and the combination of the two is surely going to change the way people shoot especially in LOG. We’ve already seen Atomos announce their 7-inch Flame HDR monitor/recorder, but these are in a different league and a completely different segment – that of the larger production reference/client/director display.

See the makers of the SmallHD HDR monitors try to destroy their creations in the video below.

Check out also the promo SmallHD prepared for their new monitor line-up:

See pricing details and features for the new HDR monitors from SmallHD below:SmallHD 1703 HDR 17 inch Monitor

Features – 1703 HDR Production Monitor

  • Display size: 17-inch (1920 x 1080 resolution)
  • Input: 2 x SDI, HDMI
  • Output: 2 x SDI, HDMI
  • Construction: Milled Aluminium for maximum durability
  • 1000 Nits brightness
  • Save time with revolutionary accessory rail system
  • Convenient table stand with built-in C-stand mount
  • XLR power input and 12v Lemo power out
  • Price: $3,999 for the 17 inch monitor
SmallHD 2403 HDR Monitor 24 inch

SmallHD 2403 HDR Monitor 24-inch

SmallHD 2403 HDR Monitor Back

Full Specifications (1703 Monitor):

Display

Panel Type IPS
Size Diagonal 17.25
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Pixel Density (PPI) 128 PPI
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Active Area 15(W) x 8.42(H)
Brightness 1100 Nits
Contrast 600:1
Color Gamut 100% REC709
Color Depth 8 bit
Viewing Angle 70 deg. Left/Right; 50 Deg. Up; 70 Deg Down
Backlight Type LED
Adjustable Backlight Yes
Temperature Adaptive Color No

Input Signal Types/Formats

3G-SDI YCC 4:2:2 @ 8 bits: 1080p60, 1080p59.94, 1080p50, 1080i120, 1080i119.88, 1080i100
HD-SDI YCC 4:2:2 @ 8 bits: 1080p30, 1080p29.97, 1080p25, 1080p24, 1080p23.98, 1080psF30, 1080psF29.97, 1080psF25, 1080psF24, 1080psF23.98, 1080i60, 1080i59.94, 1080i50, 720p60, 720p59.94, 720p50, 720p30, 720p29.97, 720p25, 720p24, 720p23.98
SD-SDI Not Supported
HDMI Supports YCC 4:2:2 @ 8 bits, 8/10/12 bit color in RGB & YCC 4:4:4: 1080p60, 1080p59.94, 1080p50, 1080p30, 1080p29.97, 1080p25, 1080p24, 1080p23.98,1080i120, 1080i119.88, 1080i100, 1080i60, 1080i59.94, 1080i50, 720p120, 720p119.88, 720p100, 720p60, 720p59.94 , 720p50, 720p30, 720p29.97, 720p25, 720p24, 720p23.98, 480p120, 480p119.88, 480p100, 480p60, 480p59.94, 576p100, 576p50
Component Not Supported
Composite Not Supported
Audio HDMI & SDI ­ Monitor through Speakers in Front Bezel or through Headphone Jack ­ Metering up to 8 channels

Output Signal Types/Formats

3G-SDI YCC 4:2:2 1080p60, 1080p59.94, 1080p50, 1080i120, 1080i119.88,
HD-SDI YCC 4:2:2 1080p30, 1080p29.97, 1080p25, 1080p24, 1080p23.98, 1080psf30, 1080psf29.97, 1080psf25, 1080psf24, 1080psf23.98, 1080i60, 1080i59.94, 1080i50, 720p60, 720p59.94, 720p50, 720p30, 720p29.97, 720p25, 720p24, 720p23.98 all at 8 bits
SD-SDI Not Supported
HDMI Supports YCC 4:2:[email protected] 8 bits, RGB & YCC 4:4:4 @ 8 bits: 1080p60, 1080p59.94, 1080p50, 1080p30, 1080p29.97 1080p25, 1080p24, 1080p23.98,1080i120, 1080i119.88, 1080i100, 1080i60, 1080i59.94, 1080i50, 720p120, 720p119.88, 720p100, 720p60, 720p59.94, 720p50, 720p30, 720p29.97, 720p25, 720p24, 720p23.98, 480p120, 480p119.88, 480p100, 480p60, 480p59.94, 576p100, 576p50, 480i120, 480i119.88, 480i60, 480i59.94, 576i100, 576i50
Component Not Supported
Composite Not Supported
Audio No Audio output (for initial firmware release) ­ to be supported at a later release

Connector Type

SDI 2x 3G Inputs, 2x 3G Outputs
HDMI 1x Input, 1x Output
Component Not Supported
Composite Not Supported
Audio 1x Headphone Jack on Front of Monitor
Power 1x AC Power Input ­-3 Prong 90­-260V, 1x XLR 4­pin Input 12­-34VDC, 1x Lemo Output 12VDC @ 4A Max
USB 1x Front USB2, 2x Rear USB2

Controls

Primary Control Interface Joystick Navigation, Dedicated Back Button. Additional Dedicated buttons for: LUT Selection; Backlight Level; Input Switch; Settings Menu; Multi View; Page 1­4 Instant Selection; Tools Menu
Record/Capture Dedicated Capture Button on Front Bezel

Data I/O

Storage SD Card for LUTs, Captured Images, Image Overlays, Firmware Upgrades

Power

Connector Type 3­Pin Grounded AC 120/240V IN, Dual XLR 12­34VDC IN for Batteries, 12V Lemo 2­pin OUT 4A Max
Battery Types Gold Mount / V­Mount via 4­pin XLR Connector

Environmental

Compliance FCC, IC, CE, RoHS
Operating Temperature 32F ­ 100F
Storage Temperature 4F-120F
Screen Protection Acrylic Screen Protector Available as an Option
Height 11.5” (29.21cm)
Width 17.5” (44.45cm)
Depth/Length 2.5” (6.35cm)
Weight (Item Only without battery) 193oz (5471.45g)
Weight (Packaged) 1.2oz (34.02g)
Mount Points Multiple 1⁄4”­20 & 3⁄8”­16 Threads on Top, Bottom, Left & RightMultiple 1⁄4”­20 & 3⁄8”­16 Threads on Top, Bottom, Left & Right Sides. Cold Shoe Style Rails on Back of Monitor
Construction Full Anodized Aluminum Chassis with Four Sided Rubber Impact Protection for LCD Panel

Software

Pixel Zoom (type) 2x & 4x Zoom with smooth pan via joystick
Frame Guides Yes: Preset Aspect Ratios & Customizable
DSLR Scale Canon 5DMkii & Canon 7D
Custom Scale Yes (Underscan Only)
Anamorphic De-Squeeze Yes: 1.33x, 1.5x, 1.66x, 2.0x
Image Rotate(Manual/Automatic) Yes ­ Automatic
Image Flip (Manual/Automatic) Yes ­ Automatic
Cross Conversion Yes: HDMI → SDI & SDI → HDMI
Focus Assist (Colors) Yes ­ User Adjustable Color and Intensity
Peaking Yes ­ User Adjustable Intensity
False Color Yes ­ Rainbow & Arri Style
Zebra Yes ­ Dual ­ User Configurable
Waveform Yes ­ Luma & RGB Style, Fully User Customizable w/ Region of Interest Highlighting
Vectorscope Yes
RGB Parade Yes ­ Fully User Customizable
Histogram Yes ­ Luma & RGB Style
Image Capture Yes ­ With Dedicated Button
Custom LUTS Yes ­ Loadable by Page or as Systemwide Color Calibration
LUT Downstream Yes ­ Available on SDI 1 or HDMI Out
LUT Import via SD Card
Image Overlay Yes with Intensity Slider and Blink Setting
Firmware Compatible with 1700 Series Firmware V3.0 and Later
Audio Meters Yes ­ HDMI & SDI up to 8 channel

The 24-inch 2403 HDR monitor has also been revealed to be priced at $5499 and the 3203 HDR 32-inch monitor at $7999. 

The pricing on these monitors may be quite a bit more than what some have expected, I for one expected them to start at the 2,5-3K USD mark, but given their super ruggedness and quick setup up thanks to the rail design, both of which pretty much puts these in a league of their own, I can see why they would cost that much.

I think that these monitors would give the established Sony PVM and Panasonic 17 and 24 inch production monitors some serious competition despite the price tag. Rental houses would flock to these, and medium-sized prod co’s would definitely benefit from a shiny bright HDR monitor to impress their clients with on set.

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  • Eno

    Now that’s a screen!