SmallHD Indie 7 - Daylight Viewable Monitor with Camera Control Capabilities
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SmallHD has just released a new monitor that is visible in daylight and can control a RED Komodo / DSMC2 camera: the SmallHD Indie 7. This 7-inch touchscreen display has a maximum brightness of 1000 nits. It has all of the monitoring tools expected from a monitor and is compatible with the Teradek Bolt 4K RX module for simple wireless functions. Let's take a closer look at all of the features!

SmallHD Indie 7 – Similarities to 702 Touch

The SmallHD Indie 7 is the company's newest on-camera monitor. The SmallHD product range now consists of the 5-inch monitors FOCUS 5, FOCUS Pro and 503 Ultrabright as well as the 702 Touch, 703 Ultrabright, Cine 7 and Indie 7.

I have to admit that the new Indie 7 looks a lot like the 702 Touch released last year.

SmallHD 702 Touch left, Indie 7 right.

As you can see, both monitors have a lot in common, including:

  • The 702 Touch and Indie 7 have a 7-inch 10-bit (8 + 2) 1080p LED touchscreen display with a contrast ratio of 1000: 1.
  • They have an HDMI input and output connector at the bottom and two SDI input and output connectors. A cross-conversion from HDMI to SDI and SDI to HDMI is possible.
  • There is a micro-USB 2.0 port on the back, a 3.5 mm headphone jack on top and an SD card slot for loading user-defined LUTs.
  • The monitors are the same weight and size, 5.67 x 1.32 x 7.09 inches / 10.1 x 2.54 x 17.78 cm.
  • The chassis is made of robust anodized aluminum.
  • There are four 1/4 "-20 mounting points to attach it to your camera: one on the bottom, one on the back, and two on the left and right.
  • You can power the monitors with two Sony NP-F batteries or the lower connector of the power input housing (2.0mm ID / 5.5mm OD, center pin positive).

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As you can see, there aren't many design changes between the two.

SmallHD OS4 & Monitoring Tools

In addition, the OS4 from SmallHD supplies both monitors with power. For me, this user interface is one of the best out there. You will find all the monitoring tools you need, including:

  • Pixel zoom.
  • Frame guides, preset aspect ratios and customizable.
  • DSLR scale and custom scale.
  • Anamorphic extrusion.
  • Rotate image and mirror image.
  • Focus support and peaking.
  • Wrong color, zebra, waveform, vectorscope, RGB parade and histogram.
  • Image capture and overlay.
  • Custom LUTS, LUT downstream and LUT import.
  • Audiometer.

I can't stress enough how well-designed and comprehensive SmallHD's monitoring tools are. Here at CineD, we believe that many monitor manufacturers should take good notes on designing such a great user interface.

The SmallHD Indie, however, has some differences to its predecessor.

SmallHD Indie 7 – New Features

First, the SmallHD Indie is slightly less bright than its predecessor with "only" 1000 nits (compared to 1500 nits for the 702 Touch). This means that the monitor is visible in daylight, but falls a little short in really bright, sunny outdoor shots.

In addition, the Indie 7 covers 100% of the Rec709 color space (approx. 75% of DCI-P3), while the 702 Touch covers 100% of DCI-P3.

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The most unique thing about Indie 7, however, is that you can purchase it as a monitor-only version or upgrade via an optional license that allows you to control the Red Komodo or a RED DSMC2 camera via the monitor's touchscreen display.

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If you connect the monitor to your camera via a control cable, you can start / stop recording directly from the Indie 7 and adjust various settings such as frame rate, shutter speed, ISO, color temperature, clip playback, etc. This feature is not new as it is already available on the Cine 7.

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Finally, the SmallHD Indie 7 is compatible with the Teradek Bolt 4K RX module. This neat integration allows you to supply the monitor with power via a V-mount / gold mount battery and to transmit the signal from a Teradek Bolt radio transmitter directly to your Indie 7 without cable problems.

Prices and availability

The SmallHD Indie 7 monitor is only available for $ 899.99. A package to control the RED Komodo is available for $ 1,149.00, while the Indie 7 Bolt 4K RX is $ 2,399.99. All products are available immediately.

I think the monitor-only version is cheap if you don't need an ultra-light monitor that can mainly be used for outdoors. As a head-to-head comparison, the SmallHD Touch 702 is $ 1,299.00 but doesn't have camera controls, and the SmallHD Cine 7 is $ 1,799.00.

What do you think of this new SmallHD Indie 7 monitor? Are you already using SmallHD monitors? If not, what does your on-camera monitor look like? Don't hesitate to let us know in the comments below!


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