Ikan’s V5600. Float Like a Butterfly.

October 25th, 2009 icon / message-square 4

Ikan V5600

I got a chance to play around with Ikan’s V5600 HDMI on board monitor this weekend.

It is surprisingly lightweight.

It has HDMI, Composite, and SD/HD component inputs. No output.

The kit includes the V5600 monitor, AC power adapter, a hot shoe mount, AV and component cables. Sunshade, battery back, batteries and  battery chargers are additional.

This monitor is super light. Weighing in at only 0.7 lbs it is the lightweight contender in the on board monitor race. This is a good trait when you are mounting to the hot shoe, intended for a flash. I wonder how many hot shoe repairs canon will have on the 7D.

The image quality is quite good. Ikan lists the resolution to be 1024 X 600, better than the more expensive Marshall V-LCD70P-HDMI monitor at 800 x 400, and is half the weight.

I noticed the function buttons to be a bit on the flimsy side, but the case seemed strong enough to take a few hits. The menu and other selections were easy enough to figure out, with selectable safe area guides for 16:9 and 4:3. It will handle both PAL and NTSC signals.

There is a headphone out which could be a bonus for us HDDSLR shooters who have no audio out on our cameras.

The Good:



Audio Out.

The Bad:

No Video Out.

Flimsy Buttons.

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November 19th, 2009

I write for the news section, no affiliation with Ikan, just used a demo model for the review.

Kevin Adams
Kevin Adams
November 18th, 2009

I’m a troll for posting my personal information? Just stating fact since I happen to be a pro Steadicam operator. Didn’t see ikan at our monitor shootout. Thank you. And you are?
I also happen to be a follower of createasphere on Twitter. ikan was slamming Marshal on its own twitter page. sorry, but that’s worse than trolling.

Again. You are WHO?

Post links to your forum posts, then we can acknowledge your existence.

November 11th, 2009

Total troll. Is it just me or has there been an influx of pro Marshall, anti every other monitor chatter over the interwebs lately.

Thanks for the review, it was very helpful.

Kevin Adams
Kevin Adams
October 29th, 2009

Not trying to come off as a troll, but you say that this unit has higher resolution and less weight than the Marshall 7″. However, the Marshall has many features that the ikan doesn’t:

– Bigger screen
– Industrial XLR Power Supply – the ikan has a raggedy power supply plug
– More battery options
– False Color
– Peaking Filter
– Front panel menu access with direct access
– Durable build. Tried the Ikan but I know it’d get beat-up after numerous shoots. The design felt cheap.
– Video Loop-thru
– I’ve used Marshall rack monitors at work for years. I had never heard the name ikan prior to 2007.

Did you compare the video quality to a Marshall?
I only paid $120 (B&H) more over the 5600 for these features. $699 is the price for this unit WITHOUT a battery pack, so add in another $70 for the battery pack and you’re at $769. I didn’t mind spending an extra $120 for the extra features.

Very satisfied.
I suppose you get what you pay for.

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