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  1. #1 SmallHD - 4K Field Monitors 
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    IBC 2019 seems to be in full swing now.

    Newly announced and rugged SmallHD 4K Field Monitors:

    https://www.smallhd.com/4k/

    There are two series. Both come in 13, 17, and 24 inch sizes. Standard sizes really for on set work.

    Series Info:

    Vision Series:
    - 4K HDR Reference-Grade
    - 2000+ local dimming zones
    - 1000000:1 contrast ratio
    - 114% DCI P3 Coverage (nice!)
    - 4x independent 12G-SDI Inputs (presumably for both 4X signal monitoring as well?)

    Cine Series:
    - 4K High Brightness Display, Daylight viewable with 1000 and 2500 nit panels
    - Bright Edge-Lit LED Panels
    - 100% DCI P3 Wide Color Gamut
    - 4x independent 12G-SDI Inputs

    No word on official shipping dates, but I'm guessing Q1/Q2 2020, maybe Q4 2019.

    Will certainly need more details on HDR specs, but I'm suspecting HDR, HDR 10+, HLG, and likely DolbyVision support based on the specs alone.

    Pricing is a mystery. Vision series will certainly be more expensive. It's targeting Color Suite and in field use for sure. Cine Series aren't too shabby in the Color Suite either, but it appears it's focus is bright daylight viewable screens which are useful on set.

    I'll be mulling this over, but 100% will be looking hard at these and likely adding one or two into my kit. 4K on set monitoring is a big interest for me in 2020, but even more so HDR monitoring which I have been doing already is highly desired these days for HDR productions. These look like superior panels either way. I think the highest quality specs SmallHD has reached for to date.

    No word here on 16x9 or DCI resolution, but I'll assume these are going to be 4K DCI if they are targeting this space and the web graphic is likely a mock up.
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    Wishing for a 32" addition. I have a couple of their previous 32" and like them a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Meyer View Post
    Wishing for a 32" addition. I have a couple of their previous 32" and like them a lot.
    Agreed, very useful size for clients on set.

    I use the 13" in the helicopter on my lap, the 17" has been my go to on set. But I think I'm going to grab a 24". I like that size for 4K already.
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    32" I feel is essential for the Color Suite of any size. A 32" in the vision series for me would be ideal. Curious how they stack up agains the Neon series from Atomos. I can already see that these could be better with 2000 local dimming zones. Can't wait to see more.
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    Heard now that the 32 is coming but not announced just yet.
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    Should I regret that I just spent $2500 for a pre-owned Sony PVM-A170?
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    Quote Originally Posted by John David Pope View Post
    Should I regret that I just spent $2500 for a pre-owned Sony PVM-A170?
    Nope, relish that monitor.

    It will still be worth $2000-2500 a year or two from
    Now. OLED is still king in my book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John David Pope View Post
    Should I regret that I just spent $2500 for a pre-owned Sony PVM-A170?
    That's a pretty sweet deal.
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