Marshall Electronics has just unveiled their latest LCD on-camera monitor, the 7″ V-LCD70W-SH. Originally planned for IBC 2016, it’s now finally available, so let’s have a quick look.
Marshall 7″ V-LCD70W-SH LCD monitor
There’s a wide range of decent on-camera monitors to choose from, and now there’s one more candidate: the new Marshall V-LCD70W-SH. It’s a 7″ HDMI and SDI LCD monitor with pretty much every feature you would expect in this class of monitors.
It features a detachable sun hood that’s also foldable, which can be quite useful for stowing away when not needed. Those tiny brackets look like they may be a little fragile, though…
When the sun hood is attached, all buttons remain accessible as they are located on the outside, which is nice. Three user-customizable buttons for common functions such as focus peaking can be found on the left-hand side of the monitor. The other buttons are for input, menu access and on/off.
In terms of connectivity, you can use both the HDMI and SDI signals as an input. There’s a cross converter built right into the V-LCD70W-SH, so you’re able to loop through whatever signal is needed to a client monitor, for example. As an addition, this 7″ LCD sports a built-in tally light with two colors to choose from: red or green.
The panel itself has a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels and features an adjustable LED backlight.
The V-LCD70W-SH measures 4.9″ x 7.7″ x 1.11″ (12,45 x 19,56 x 2,82 cm) and weights 1.20 lbs (544g) without batteries, making this Marshall LCD quite a decent unit for DSLR work, for example. While the popular SmallHD 702 is a bit smaller in size and also lighter, it will dig a much deeper hole in your wallet.
The layout of the buttons seems to be well thought out – everything you need is right there. There is also a headphone jack if you need to monitor audio. All the scopes and focus aids you can possibly think of are on board, too: false color, peaking, waveform, vectorscope, audio meters, histogram, you name it.
On the rear side, the V-LCD70W-SH features a VESA mount, so you can (and should) bring your own battery solution. From V-mount to LP-E6, everything should be possible. As an alternative, you could just use a standard D-Tap to 12V DC powering cable.
Each of the four sides features standard 1/4″-20 mounting holes for attaching the monitor to your rig.
I couldn’t find out if it’s possible to import LUTs, but I’ll update this article once I’ve found out. The other thing I still need to ascertain is if it is possible to switch between different modes of false color overlays. I find it a bit annoying to always have to learn different color schemes for all the different brands.
This Marshall 7″ LCD monitor could be another alternative worth considering if you’re in need of a new on-camera monitor. It seems to be well-made, the layout of the buttons does make a lot of sense and Marshall are well-known for making decent products. Also, the price point vs. features ratio seems to be pretty solid.
Are you in the market for a new monitor? Might this one be a option for you, or do other makes and models seem more attractive at this point ? Let us know in the comments below!