Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor


This is one of the best 5 inch LED screens I have seen, the picture you see is not a photoshop job its a still from my Sony A7s taken on a job yesterday.


This is a 50% enlargement from the screen…absolutely fantastic. The SmallHD 502 has both SDI and HDMI in and outs. I will be using the screen with my Ronin M next week at an airfield…more about this next week.

The ‘SmallHD 502 Field Monitor’ which has both SDI and HDMI inputs/outputs (with cross conversion) and currently lists at £895 + vat (Holdan, CVP prices) but is listed elsewhere at lower prices showing as £760 + vat at one of our site sponsors Production Gear.
Anyone needing only HDMI connectivity can save some more money by opting for the ‘SmallHD 501 Field Monitor’ which is otherwise identical but forgoes the SDI connections and lists at £675.00 + vat (Holdan, CVP prices) (£621.00 + vat at ‘Production Gear’).
Adding the ‘SmallHD Sidefinder’  (£215 plus vat) allows either of the above monitors to be used as a high quality EVF.


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

2 thoughts on “Small HD 502 Field Monitor with a 1920 x 1080 LED screen… £760 plus vat (Production Gear)

  1. I wonder if this Small HS screen is worth it compared (price) to the Blackmagic Video Assist?

  2. Be interesting to see how this compares to the forthcoming (July?) Blackmagic Video Assist which also offers a 5 inch Full HD touchscreen display with both SDI and HDMI (inputs & outputs) plus the ability to record Full HD 10bit 4:2:2 Apple ProRes (HQ, 422, LT, or Proxy) or Avid DNxHD (to SDXC UHS-1 and SDHC UHS-1 cards) at up to 50/60p Full HD (no 4K recording but can accept 4K UHD input via SDI [and HDMI?] and downscale to Full HD for display [and possibly recording? …some final details a bit vague so far]).
    Won’t have as many advanced functions as the Small HD monitor (scopes, peaking etc.) initially (maybe some added later in firmware updates?) but at a suggested price of £335 + VAT the Blackmagic monitor/recorder unit is more than 2&1/2 times cheaper than the Small HD monitor so may be well worth a look when it gets to market.
    Check out the current information here:

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