IBC 2016: SWIT adds New S-1053F 5-inch Full HD Pro Monitor to Lineup

You may know SWIT mainly as a battery manufacturer, but their new 5.5-inch monitor is pretty sweet. Today was my final day at IBC 2016, and as I was strolling through Hall 12, walking by the Swit booth, I noticed they had lined up a few monitors. One of them was their latest 5.5-inch S-1053F Full HD pro monitor, which should fit basically any camera used in a professional capacity from a mirrorless, DSLR to a pro Super 35 camcorder like an FS5 or Canon C100 Mark II. The monitor is pretty slick with 1920 x 1080 LCD display with Optical bonding, which contributes for the very slick surface, a solid all metal housing, SDI to HDMI converter, Waveform, Vector scope, focus assist – making it a good all rounder at least on paper for general video production.


SWIT S-1053F 5.5-inch Full HD Features 

  • 5.5” LCD, 1920 × 1080 Full HD resolution Display
  • Optical bonding LCD panel
  • All metal housing, thinner and robust
  • 2K/3G/HD/SD-SDI input and loop out
  • HDMI input and converted to SDI out
  • Locking HDMI connector
  • 16-ch Embedded audio meters with alert
  • Select any 2 audio channels to output
  • Waveform Y/Cb/Cr/R/G/B and single line
  • Vector scope, histogram R/G/B/Y
  • Peaking focus assist (dual colour)
  • AFD, timecode, H/V delay, Zebra stripes
  • Marker 4:3, 13:9, 14:9, 15:9, 1.85:1, 2.35:1
  • False colour, R/G/B/Mono, 100% colour bar
  • Various DV battery plate install
  • Can receive firmware updates via USB input on side



The SWIT S-1053F also features a 160 degree viewing angle and a 1000:1 contrast – the monitor was quite punchy on their stand. It may not be a touch screen, but the conveniently place three assignable buttons on top provide access to all key functions including: Waveform, false colour, peaking, markers etc. Also the SDI and and OUT in addition to the HDMI input provides a versatile loop-out solution for providing a signal to additional monitoring units such an EVF or director’s monitor from cameras with a single SDI output such as the Sony FS5.

Here’s some crappy cell phone photos I took at the SWIT stand:

SWIT S-1053F 5 inch Full HD Monitor

SWIT S-1053F 5 inch Full HD Monitor

SWIT S-1053F 5.5-inch Full HD Specifications

Display Size 5.5 inches
Display area 120.96×68.04mm
Resolution 1920×1080
Aspect ratio 16:9 (4:3 adjustable)
Brightness 400cd/m2
Contrast 1000:1
Color 16.77 million colors
Viewing angle Horizontal: 160°Vertical: 160°
BNC ×1 2K/3G/HD/SD-SDI input
HDMI ×1 HDMI 1.3 input
Micro USB ×1 Firmware upgrade
BNC ×1 2K/3G/HD/SD-SDI loop output or HDMI converted to SDI output
3.5mm ×1 SDI, HDMI embedded audio output


Video Format
SDI SMPTE 2048-2 2048×1080p (23.98 / 24 / 25 / 29.97 / 30 / 50 / 59.94 / 60)
2048×1080i (50 / 59.94 / 60)
SMPTE-425M 1080p (60 / 59.94 / 50)
SMPTE-274M 1080i (60 / 59.94 / 50)
1080p (30 / 29.97 / 25 / 24 / 23.98)
SMPTE-RP211 1080psf (30 / 29.97 / 25 / 24 / 23.98)
SMPTE-296M 720p (60 / 59.94 / 50)
SMPTE-125M 480i (59.94)
ITU-R BT.656 576i (50)
HDMI 480i/ 576i / 480p / 576p
1080i (60 / 59.94 / 50)
720p (60 / 59.94 / 50)
1080p (60 / 59.94 / 50 / 30 / 29.97 / 25 / 24 / 23.98)
Working voltage DC / battery 6.5V-36V
Power consumption 12W
Working temperature -10°C~+50°C
Working humidity 10%~90%
Storage temperature -15°C~+60°C
Storage humidity 10%~90%
Dimensions 151×91×32mm
Net weight (main body) 375g

Another cool thing about the SWIT S-1053F is the wide range of options users have when choosing a battery to power the unit. It supports DC 6.5-24V input via a 5.5mm lockable DC socket, and receives its power via the SWIT S-7003 plate for use with a variety of  batteries, including popular Sony NP-F, Canon BP-945, Sony BPU60/U30 and more:

Model of plate Compatible batteries
S-7003F SONY NP-F970/770, SWIT S-8972, S-8970,
S-7003U SONY BP-U60/U30, SWIT S-8U63, S-8U93
S-7003D Panasonic CGA-D54/D28, VW-VBD58, SWIT S-8D62, S-8D58
S-7003B Panasonic VW-VBG6, SWIT S-8BG6
S-7003V JVC BN-VF823, SWIT S-8823
S-7003i SSL-JVC50, SWIT S-8i50
S-7003C Canon BP-945/970G, SWIT S-8845, S-8945
S-7003E Canon LP-E6, SWIT S-8PE6

At the moment you can order the SWIT S-1053FB (with the Panasonic VW-VBG6 battery plate) for $840 from B&H. Delivery is expected towards end of September.

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  • Tas Underwood

    No support for LUTs though which is annoying.

  • This is the perfect sized monitor IMHO. The 7″ beasts make hand holding the camera at strange angles even more awkward.

    But yowzers, $840? That price doesn’t make any sense to me. Thats $460 away from the Atomos Flame touchscreen HDR 4K monitor/recorder. And just a few hundred dollars away from the PIX-E5H touchscreen 4K monitor and recorder (which is the benchmark for 5″ sub $3K monitor/recorders). For $850 you can get a SmallHD monitor with LUT support and design features that are in another league.

    If this monitor has something special that similar monitors costing $350 don’t have, they should market those special features better.