Sony upgrades their top of the line BVM-X300 4K HDR OLED Master Monitor with an HDMI input for easier connection with prosumer video cameras and blu-ray players, in addition to adding another 3G-SDI 4K input for easier system integration. Sony haven’t announced pricing on the new model, but given that the current BVM-X300 costs around $30K (or £21K), my guess is that version 2 will be priced similarly if not a bit more due to the extra functionality. Existing users, who already own version 1 can also upgrade to version 2 with a paid upgrade, the cost of which is currently not yet known.
The new BVM-X300 version 2 will also feature a new firmware update, which includes new HDR display functionality.
Hybrid Log Gamma HDR EOTF setting supporting the new ITU-R BT.2100 standard
S-Log 3 (Live HDR) supports easier camera control for live productions
New one-touch relative contrast modes (1/2, 1/3 and 1/4), allowing display of HDR images with higher peak luminance
Faster access to the status menu page (Colour space, EOTF, User Preset)
Sony BVM-X300 Highlights
29.5″ OLED panel with True DCI (4,096 x 2,160) resolution
Supports DCI P3 and ITU-R BT.2020 wide colour spaces
3G-SDI Quad-link up to 4096 x 2160/48p 50p 60p, YCbCr 4:2:2 10-bit
Sony S-Log 2/3 Gamma, SMPTE ST 2084 and HLG Support
Accurate black and colour reproduction
Super Wide Viewing Angle
Quick Response with Virtually No Motion Blur
The Sony BVM-X300 4K HDR Trimaster EL OLED carries a monumental price tag, but does have the high-end features that big post-houses are looking for when they need a reference grade monitor for mission critical colour and picture control. It certainly isn’t for everyone, but as IBC approaches and manufacturers get ready to proudly parade their latest innovations and creations, news such as this shouldn’t come as a surprise.