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    Hi All,

    I know the saying is true "you get what you pay for". With that said, what is the least expensive small field monitor (6" to 8") that plays well with RED and the various aspect ratios we can set the camera to? I don't need amazing resolution or color representation - it will be more for reference monitoring of framing and on-screen performance.

    I just tried a Lilliput 7" HDMI monitor but part of the image was cropped out and the remaining part of the image was stretched. I tried all of the monitor's aspect ratio options out but there wasn't a fix...

    Thoughts? Experiences? Suggestions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitch Martinez View Post
    Hi All,
    I know the saying is true "you get what you pay for". With that said, what is the least expensive small field monitor (6" to 8") that plays well with RED and the various aspect ratios we can set the camera to? I don't need amazing resolution or color representation - it will be more for reference monitoring of framing and on-screen performance.
    I just tried a Lilliput 7" HDMI monitor but part of the image was cropped out and the remaining part of the image was stretched. I tried all of the monitor's aspect ratio options out but there wasn't a fix...
    Thoughts? Experiences? Suggestions?
    I use a Ikan VH7, is cheap and actually allows full red camera control after the monitor is configured to show menus(i.e. if all you have is the ikan vh7 and a redmote, you can completely control the camera). It's perty hopeless on the color rendering, since i see color banding when viewing things(is like a overcompressed jpeg). From a control and focus viewpoint it's perty good though, i use it mainly when i need a remote monitor for working a jib. It's no where close to the quality of the 5 inch red touchpad, but I had it laying around from my vdslr days and it works.
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    Patrick, Mitch,

    I wanted to mention to you guys that the VH7 is pretty out of date, especially considering the price for the quality--in this sense, that monitor is very much "get what you pay for." However, with that said, at least from ikan, here are a couple of other options. The first one mentioned here is definitely the best for the price (IPS panel):
    VK7i http://ikancorp.com/productdetail.php?id=457
    VH8 http://ikancorp.com/productdetail.php?id=533
    VK5 http://ikancorp.com/productdetail.php?id=457

    all of these options will run you a max of $500 avg with an HDMI output. I'll second the concept of using these for framing, focus, and exposure (false color feature with metering option)--otherwise, interests in acquiring a more color-friendly monitor will bump up the price. for example:
    D5 (all digital 3G-SDI with IPS panel) http://ikancorp.com/productdetail.php?id=495 will be $699 very shortly due to a price drop.

    cheers,
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    SmallHD AC7 is sweet

    also like the Ikan D5W and D7W although their power options are not as tight and the build quality is not as good as the SmallHD.
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