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- The VS-2 FineHD has been widely recognized by industry critics as one of the best of 7” field monitor in the market. It packs 2.3 million pixels in its 7 inch display area - twice as many pixels as that of a 1280 x 800 resolution screen.
- With a resolution of 1920 x 1200, the VS-2 FineHD displays sharper images, better text clarity and color reproductions regardless of your shooting conditions.
- The VS-2 FineHD is equipped with all exposure control features including False-color, Zebra-marking, so you’ll always be able to monitor, control and maintain exposure levels regardless of your shooting conditions.
- Capturing true exposure data in your image even under extremely bright sunny outdoor conditions is quick, accurate and reliable.
- Built-in audio check level meters in real-time are displayed on the monitor while viewing the image. The audio meters are color-marked green, yellow and red to help identify clipping points and low recording levels.
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|Item Dimensions||7.9 x 8.6 x 4.4 inches|
|Shipping Weight||3.62 pounds|
The VS-2 FineHD has been widely recognized by industry critics as one of the best of 7” field monitor in the market. It packs 2.3 million pixels in its 7 inch display area, providing twice as many pixels as that of a 1280 x 800 resolution screen. The pixel density of the VS-2 FineHD packs an impressive 323 PPI (Pixels Per Inch) blending individual pixels to the point that the naked eye can’t define individual pixels. With a resolution of 1920 x 1200, the VS-2 FineHD displays sharper images, better text clarity and color reproductions regardless of your shooting conditions. The VS-2 FineHD features built-in peaking and highlight focus assist functions which has red, yellow, blue and white colors. These modes make focusing and tracing the focus points in the image quick and easy. The VS-2 FineHD is equipped with all of the necessary exposure control features including False-color, Zebra-marking, so you’ll always be able to monitor, control and maintain exposure levels regardless of your shooting conditions. Capturing true exposure data in your image even under extremely bright sunny outdoor conditions is quick, accurate and reliable. The VS-2 FineHD assists you find exposure by False-color and Histogram, so you’ll always be able to find exposure levels regardless of your shooting conditions. Built-in audio check level meters in real-time are displayed on the monitor while viewing the image. The audio meters are color-marked green, yellow and red to help identify clipping points and low recording levels.
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Most of the more expensive models still require arms, cables, batteries, etc. This kit comes with everything you need for any prosumer camera. The case is nice, the arm works well, a battery and charger come with it etc. I bought a bigger sony battery for all day mobile power.
The reason for 4 stars is that with this price you have to sacrifice something, and for me it is the accuracy of the contrast and of the color of the image. The screen is quite contrasty and changing the settings doesn't get me that close to my cameras look. Once I noted this though, I was able to use it to my advantage.
Feature-wise, this is a breakthrough: true HD resolution, focus-peeking, zebra-stripes for under/over-exposure, 1x, 2x,, & 5x zooming (for focus fine-tuning). It comes with a semi-hard outer case, with custom foam inserts for the monitor, and all peripherals. The battery has lasted me for 90-minute shoots, only dropping to ~60%. One battery and a charger are included, and spare batteries (Sony NP-F550 type) are very affordably priced. A ~30" HDMI cable is included. The VS-2 accepts a 1080p output from my Nikon D7200. The bundle here includes three alternate attachments to your hotshoe. Of them, the articulated arm is great for using the weight of the VS-2 as a counter-balance to a lens-heavy DSL on a tripod (to get less droopiness in vertical panning). It also comes with a respectable hood to improve viewing (reducing glare) in outdoor shoots. (Haven't used it yet, but the build quality looks decent, and outstanding as bundled item.) For the price, this is a GREAT package.
(1) In order to see a full-screen image, and enjoy the full HD resolution, I had to adjust my camera's HDMI output settings.
[Nikon D7200:] Menu > Setup Menu > HDMI > Advanced > Live view on-screen display = OFF.
Otherwise, the VS-2's image shrinks to 5" diagonal (a mere 46% of screen area), and looks lower resolution. (I'm guessing Nikon compresses the image when adding the OSD, but the resolution loss seems more noticeable on the VS-2 than on the camera body monitor).
With OSD off, I get a full 7" image on the VS-2, and the image is nicely sharp.
(2) The colors seem a _little_ bit over-saturated, compared to both my camera body monitor, and to human eye observing the live subject. It's subtle though. It is not a major problem for setting white balance by eye (e.g. dialing in the illumination temperature setting by eye).
(3) The battery charger contacts are a bit flimsy. Unlike the monitor's contacts, which are solid and sturdy, the charger's contacts are easy to bend over. And snugging a battery into the charger is a little fussy, and can take a titch of force. So I've already bent over one of the charger's contact tabs once. Just watch for the tabs starting off-angle, and if need-be, bend them back into true before latching the battery, and you'll be fine.
(4) For manually fine-tuning focus, I prefer to zoom the image via the camera body buttons (but still viewing the image on the VS-2). The VS-2 buttons zoom too (2x & 5X), but I think I see a bit sharper an image (on the VS-2) when I zoom via the camera body buttons. And that in turn allows a slightly more discernment in manual focusing. However, if your rig puts your camera at a distance, then definitely use the VS-2 zoom button with confidence. No concerns there.
This is my first external monitor, but I read up a fair amount on the other ones out there, and this one seems to blow the others away. The product seems designed to disrupt a sleepy industry segment, seeing too little innovation until now. I've used it for several shoots now. I highly recommend the VS-2.
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The only reason why I give 4 stars instead of 5 is that the battery charger came damaged.Read more