Everyone needs a good on-camera monitor. It is the biggest upgrade you can make to your kit and if you haven’t gotten one yet there are now plenty of budget options out there that are extremely capable.
A good example of this is the OSEE T7, a large 7” display with a high brightness of 3000 nits that will blown away any screen built into your camera.
Harv Video/Audio Stuff loves this monitor and has found that there is a newer version with some nice tweaks.
If you are still searching for your next monitor or perhaps have the original T7 and are curious about the improvements then you should check this out.
It’s hard to tell that there is a newer version. Harv refers to it as a facelift model and on Amazon it is hidden in the model type that it is the T7 New. Watch out if you decide to pick it up since it might be hard to discern whether you are actually getting the new model.
So what’s changed? The biggest is that there is now an internal fan! Should help with overall performance and there are some manual controls for it. It is quiet, too, so there isn’t much to worry about impacting your videos.
Another tweak is that the built-in speaker is no more. On the original when you turned on the monitor you would get feedback from your camera’s mic thanks to it. It’s not necessary here and it wasn’t great anyway so it going away is a good call.
They also upgraded the screen. It’s the same Full HD resolution but it looks better.
Overall construction is nearly identical. Even the placement of holes in the original chassis are exactly the same. Side-by-side views make it nearly impossible to tell.
For the screen you can see that the colors and contrast and so much better than before. The original screen seemed a bit dull and desaturated, even with proper LUTs in place. The newer model looks much closer to what you would want it to look like.
Detail is similar but since the overall image is much better with a seemingly better mapping of the values it makes everything look better.
Even though this isn’t a true Mark II it doesn’t mean we can’t wish for more changes in an even newer model.
Harv would like to see a responsive touchscreen for more intuitive control, a more durable chassis, some wireless control functionality, and an even better LCD.
Nice to haves would be to add recording and some other major revamps. Unfortunately, those seem unlikely considering it would require serious changes to the hardware.
In any case, the OSEE T7 is one of the best affordable on-camera monitors to work with today.
What do you think about the new OSEE T7?
[source: Harv Video/Audio Stuff]
- osee T7 7” Ultra-Bright On-Camera Monitor (Amazon)
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