Let’s have a look at a couple of external monitors, shall we? The head-to-head between the Atomos Shinobi and the FeelWorld FW279 starts here! The first question to ask – do you need an external monitor?
There are a bunch of reasons to invest in an external monitor and it can really make noticeable improvements to your shooting. If you are shooting with a stills style camera, mirrorless or DSLR then the built-in monitors tend to be rather small and, depending on the manufacturer, often not very physically flexible. Adding an external monitor that is larger and on an adjustable arm can make shooting more comfortable and focus more accurate.
Shooting with a focus puller or offering a client or director monitor is often a requirement on bigger jobs. Perhaps you are using a gimbal or jib and simply need to see your screen. Whatever your reason, JSFILMZ has a video comparison of two external monitors that won’t break the bank, have a look.
OK, here are the headline differences:
FeelWorld FW279 wins
Has a brighter, larger screen
Interchangeable battery plates
Comes with some accessories
Has a built-in speaker
HDMI In & Out
A lower price tag
The Atomos Shinobi wins
More pixels per inch
A touch screen
In watching this video I am feeling a little bias towards the FeelWorld but nevertheless, an interesting comparison. I have to confess I have never used FeelWorld and don’t know much about them. The price is really good so I will have to check them out. Atomos is a big name in external recording and monitoring, but I hate to pay more for the brand name.
The FeelWorld offers 2200nits of brightness compared to the Atomos at 1000nits and this is a noticeable difference. The screen is also a good bit larger, 7” versus 5.2”. Having a larger screen isgreat to checking focus and framing your shots
The FeelWorld has an interchangeable battery plate while the Atomos is stuck using only Sony batteries.
Feelworld Battery Mount
FeelWorld comes with a monitor arm and HDMI cable, both basic models but better than the nothing included with the Atomos. The FeelWorld also has HDMI In & Out, meaning it can be daisy chained to another monitor, a very handy feature.
The Atomos doesn’t have a built-in speaker while the FeelWorld does. This could be handy for checking back rushes, not for critical sound but a quick check.
The Atomos offers 427 pixels per inch against the FeelWorld’s 323 meaning a sharper more detailed image on the screen. That screen is also a touch screen and offers a lot of nice tools including a waveform monitor, not found on the FeelWorld. Importing custom LUTs is also only available on the Atomos.
The Atomos is about £150 more expensive and there are other factors to consider, like build quality, servicing, battery life etc. but this video seems like a good place to start – even with the annoying neighbour being noisy in the background.