The SmallHD 1303 HDR Production monitor isn’t only the first of its kind for the North Carolina-based manufacturer but also one of the most durable production monitors ever build boasting loads of industry standard features that you would normally find in way more expensive counterparts on the market. Since it was showcased for the first time at this year’s IBC along with its sibling the 1303 Studio monitor, the SmallHD 1303 HDR continues to attract the attention of creative professionals with its incredibly rugged construction, a multitude of inputs with cross conversion, high dynamic range, full LUT support and much more. In the next video overview, Greg of LensProToGo will walk us through the features of this extremely versatile and robust professional tool.
Much like the 17-inch, 24-inch, and 32-inch HDR versions, the new 1303 HDR Production monitor is equipped with the Rapid Rail Mounting System making mounting accessories a breeze. The unit also includes SDI and HDMI connectivity, a 1920 x 1080 170ppi IPS display, 1500 nits brightness and a generous 178-degree viewing angle. The built-in handle on the back is also a nice feature to have as it makes carrying the monitor between locations much more convenient and straightforward process.
As Greg highlights, the list of features and tools the SmallHD 1303 sports is just as impressive as its build quality and form factor. The quick access buttons of the front allow you to easily pull a still from the current frame, apply a LUT to your video feed in real time, adjust backlight and access scopes with a single press of a button. On top of that, you can create or load your own LUTs using the SD card slot on the front of the unit or by utilizing the USB inputs on the rear.
If you are already familiar with the menu systems of the 502 and 702 series, you’ll be pleased to find out that navigating through the menu of the 1303 Production monitor is just as intuitive and user-friendly. In addition to the well-known multipage setup, a Multicam Preview is also available that allows you to have two camera inputs simultaneously with all customizable tools accessible for each feed.
Bear in mind, though, that the unit is a bit heavy with its weight of over 11 pounds (excluding the battery). There is also no actual way of calibrating it, besides utilizing a computer and building a LUT. Luckily, you still have access to multiple industry standard tools such as Frame guides, Zebra, RGB Parade, Waveform, 2x & 4x Zoom with smooth pan along with a myriad of built-in reference LUTs, and more.
So, if you need a fully-functional and reliable production monitor on set that is also durable, portable, and packed with loads of neat features, the SmallHD 1303 Production monitor might be indeed the ultimate solution you’ve been looking for a long time.
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