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.
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:
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
No Audio output (for initial firmware release) to be supported at a later release
2x 3G Inputs, 2x 3G Outputs
1x Input, 1x Output
1x Headphone Jack on Front of Monitor
1x AC Power Input -3 Prong 90-260V, 1x XLR 4pin Input 12-34VDC, 1x Lemo Output 12VDC @ 4A Max
1x Front USB2, 2x Rear USB2
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
Dedicated Capture Button on Front Bezel
SD Card for LUTs, Captured Images, Image Overlays, Firmware Upgrades
3Pin Grounded AC 120/240V IN, Dual XLR 1234VDC IN for Batteries, 12V Lemo 2pin OUT 4A Max
Gold Mount / VMount via 4pin XLR Connector
FCC, IC, CE, RoHS
Acrylic Screen Protector Available as an Option
Weight (Item Only without battery)
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
Full Anodized Aluminum Chassis with Four Sided Rubber Impact Protection for LCD Panel
Pixel Zoom (type)
2x & 4x Zoom with smooth pan via joystick
Yes: Preset Aspect Ratios & Customizable
Canon 5DMkii & Canon 7D
Yes (Underscan Only)
Yes: 1.33x, 1.5x, 1.66x, 2.0x
Image Flip (Manual/Automatic)
Yes: HDMI → SDI & SDI → HDMI
Focus Assist (Colors)
Yes User Adjustable Color and Intensity
Yes User Adjustable Intensity
Yes Rainbow & Arri Style
Yes Dual User Configurable
Yes Luma & RGB Style, Fully User Customizable w/ Region of Interest Highlighting
Yes Fully User Customizable
Yes Luma & RGB Style
Yes With Dedicated Button
Yes Loadable by Page or as Systemwide Color Calibration
Yes Available on SDI 1 or HDMI Out
via SD Card
Yes with Intensity Slider and Blink Setting
Compatible with 1700 Series Firmware V3.0 and Later
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.