Aputure are no strangers to the indie filmmaker circles; the company is well known for its quality and affordable priced monitors, LED lights, and lens adapters. Just weeks after announcing their latest mini LED light – the Aputure M9, Aputure just announced their most advanced 7-inch monitor to date – the new Aputure VS-5 features a high resolution 1920 x 1200 display, HDMI and SDI connectivity alongside scopes, zebras, waveform and other advanced monitoring functions. In addition to the high resolution display, the VS-5 boasts a 160 degree viewing angle makes it easy to see from an angled perspective when mounted on a camera; additional monitor space under the 7-inch display makes room for indicators, shortcuts, signal inputs and battery info to be seen without overlapping your frame.
Aputure VS-5 Features
1920 x 1200 high resolution
160 degree Viewing Angle
HDMI and SDI inputs
Zebras, Vectorscope, Waveform, False Colour
Includes Carry Bag and Sun Hood
Push button latch for battery release
Unlike the VS-1 or VS-2, the VS-5 has adopted a new dual battery system that can eject or mount batteries with the press of a button. Though it features two slots though, the VS-5 can be powered on a single battery as well. In addition, a separate optional DC 2.5 mm adapter or V/A mount batteries with an included D-type cable can also power the VS-5.
Another cool feature of the VS-5 is that it comes with a nice sun hood to make it easier to see with more confidence what you are shooting in bright exteriors and a carry case. Having these extra accessories included with the monitor is definitely a nice touch, something that other competitor manufacturers should definitely take note.
All in all, at just $499 you get SDI – which is huge if you are shooting with cameras like the URSA Mini or Sony FS7; you also get advanced monitoring functions such as RGB parade, False Colour, vectorscope, which are usually found on much more expensive monitors, thus making the VS-5 on hell of a deal in my book. Sure, you can’t load custom 3D LUTs or any LUTs of any kind, but at this price point, this one is definitely going to make a lot of budget shooters smile.