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Aputure Imaging Industries Co. Ltd. VS-1 Aputure V-Screen VS-1 - 7-Inch Digital Video LCD Monitor for DSLR with Bonus Sunshade for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax (Black)
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- Ultrathin, lightweight design; 7" WVGA LCD screen
- Double power supply; Intelligent charging mode; Speaker and headphone output
- Multiple aspect ratios (full, 4:3, 16:9); Various signal inputs (HDMI, YPbPr, AV)
- Included Sunshade cover for bright sunlight
- 24 Month Manufacturer Warranty
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V-Screen features a crystal clear 7" WVGA LCD screen in an ultra-thin and light casing. It can be powered by lithium batteries (Not Included: Sony NP-F/FM/QM Series - Sold Separately), AC power or both at once with the latter charging the former. There are six languages for your convenience. There's a strong swiveling ballhead mount, which keeps it secure on your camera and gives you any viewing angle desired. Listen to audio from the built in speakers, or plug in a pair of headphones for accurate audio monitoring. There's a sunshade cover to give you a clear view in bright sunlight. Take your DSLR video ability to a higher level with V-Screen at your disposal. Multiple Input Options: Supports various signal inputs including: HDMI / YPbPr / AV (Audio/Video1/Video2). Widely fits all devices with appropriate signal inputs, such as DSLRs, camcorders, etc. Multiple shortcut options: V-Screen can apply different shortcuts to the directional pad. Shortcut options include: Volume / Brightness / Contrast / Check field / Aspect ratio / Zoom / Screen marker. Shortcut functions can avoid repeated button pressing, save shooting time, and give an immediate viewing experience. Double power supply: Double power comes from the AC adapter and lithium batteries (not included). Use the adapter with access to a power strip, and use the batteries when shooting outside. And more, V-Screen can charge batteries intelligently while powered by adapter. So you don't always need to carry a battery charger. Three Display Ratios: V-Screen uses 3 common display ratios: 16:9 / 4:3 / Full Display. Switch the display ratio according to your shooting ratio in order to avoid image distortion, making for a clearer shooting experience. Speaker and headset stereo output: V-Screen can broadcast videos with a perfect MS stereo system. Not only can you monitor image quality, but you can also monitor the audio output, for a more professional sound quality.
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It doesn't come with a battery, so if you don't have Sony batteries lying around, you'll need to either pick some up or rely on the (included) AC adapter. I grabbed an off-brand Sony NP-F550 for around $10 and it's worked perfectly. It should also be noted that the hotshoe adapter is not especially high quality; it's functional, but it feels cheap and a chunk of mine has already chipped off. The monitor was my main concern, though, and the monitor is a winner – if the hotshoe mount becomes unusable, it can be easily replaced. Using a friction arm with the 1/4"-20 mount on the bottom is another option.
Bottom line: you won't find a field monitor much cheaper than this and you're getting a very solid piece of gear for your money. On a 7-inch monitor, I'm not really missing the high definition – it's still worlds better than trying to use the on-camera screen. If you want more advanced features (HDMI passthrough, HD screen, etc.), you'll need to move up a price bracket – although, based on my experience with the VS-1, I'd recommend at least checking out Aputure's more advanced model, the VS-3, which has higher resolution and more pro features. The VS-1 perfectly meets my needs right now, though – Aputure has really impressed me with this monitor.
It was packed in a really professional-feeling box, very well-presented. The screen lights up fairly quickly, and you see that glorious 7 inches. It comes with a much nicer sunshade than I was expecting for the price, as well as some HDMI cabling and adapters and a wall wort. It takes Sony camcorder batteries which you can get for cheap on Amazon. Even the smaller variant of the battery seems to go and go in this thing.
It's very, very lightweight. Almost scary so, but the build quality is very nice. Even things like a nicely applied logo go a long way in products of this price range. I only use the HDMI input, so I can't speak to the other one, but it is excellent. I've tested it with my camera, my cable box (for fun), and also with my laptop (which was really nice because the monitor has its own RGB calibration setting and I could get it pretty darn close to true color).
The hot buttons on the front are nice and user programmable (left and right are one function, up and down the other)- Functions that can be programmed include brightness, contrast, zoom, mono(Red channel, Green, Blue, and black and white), volume (for the tinny speaker that's in it- though nicely enough it also has a headphone monitoring port- which might be nice for those of you with a DSLR camera that doesn't have a dedicated headphone jack), aspect ratio, and a camera setting which punches the screen into roughly the full frame of a DSLR video monitor (since at least on my 60D it doesn't normally take up the entire screen).
The shoe mount included is kind of whatever, and I'm sure I'll get a better one in the future, but for now it pretty much does its job. Kind of touchy.
It does take about 2-3 seconds to refresh the screen whenever going into a menu, checking playback, or going to record, so keep that in mind.
So if you're looking for another monitor for a camera, but not wanting to break the bank, and maybe aren't enamored with Lilliput's offerings, this gives you a solid choice.
Sadly I almost never use it anymore as it's really burned me on some shoots where I think I'm filming one thing, and later when I review the footage everything is way off. It even makes setting up your framing difficult because when the contrast is so hard and the blacks crushed in you start compensating for things that aren't actually there.
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