PortKeys OEYE-3G EVF with 1080p Resolution Announced

March 19th, 2019
PortKeys OEYE-3G EVF with 1080p Resolution Announced

Last week, we were the first to report about a new company named PortKeys and their BM5, a field monitor capable of controlling your camera. Ahead of NAB 2019, the company just announced another exciting product, the OEYE-3G EVF. Let’s take a look at this exciting new EVF.

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A Welcome Outsider

If you ever been in the market for a 3rd-party electronic viewfinder, you probably know that there is not a lot of options out there.

Some companies try to enter the EVF market with a monitor and a loupe attachment. It’s the case with products from SmallHD, with their SmallHD 502 + viewfinder attachment, and F&V with the SpectraHD 4 EVF. While these two solutions can be helpful, they are also quite bulky.

The other part of the “proper” 3rd-party EVF market consists nearly entirely of Zacuto products. I will not mention the Wooden Camera modification kit for the Blackmagic URSA EVF. We recently reported about the new Zacuto Kameleon EVF, but they also make other EVFs like the Gratical Eye that we reviewed and the Gratical HD. These EVFs are amazing, full of features and build like tanks, but they are not cheap at all.

Now PortKeys is introducing a brand new solution to the EVF market called the OEYE-3G EVF.

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OEYE-3G EVF Features

On the front of the OEYE-3G, it features an SDI, HDMI and USB input, plus an SDI and HDMI output. The HDMI input can accept signals up to 4K DCI at 24 frames per second, or 4K UHD at 24/25/30 fps. The SDI input is limited to 1080P input up to 60 fps.
The monitor doesn’t have a built-in battery plate like the Zacuto Gratical HD. You can switch it on using an external battery through the 7-24V Lemo port. The OEYE-3G only draws around 7W.

At the back, you’ll find the rubber eyepiece with a +8/-3 diopter adjustment. Inside is the 0.7″ 1080P OLED display.

On the left side, there is a standard ARRI Rosette, the USB port, and the On/Off switch. At the bottom, you’ll find two 1/4″ holes for mounting purposes, and the diopter adjustment dial.

Finally, on the top are three user-customizable buttons, a menu dial, and an exit button to control the EVF

This new OEYE-3G EVF is entirely made of aluminum and is pretty small, at just 180x 69.7 x 72.4 mm for a total weight of 400 grams.

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PortKeys OEYE-3G EVF Software

The number of software features included is impressive. Unlike the Gratical X for example, all software features are included for free, and the PortKeys OEYE-3G EVF firmware can be upgraded through the USB port. These features include:

  • 3D LUT
  • Peaking
  • False Color
  • Zebra
  • Waveform
  • 
Audio Meters
  • Pixel To Pixel zoom
  • Brightness/Contrast
/Chroma/Sharpness
/Tint/
Color Temperature/Backlight adjustments
  • Display/OSD flip
  • H/V Delay
  • Guides, grids, and crosshair
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The PortKeys OEYE-3G EVF next to a Panasonic GH4

Pricing and Availability

Retail price is $1199, and the shipping date is set for May 1st. You can take a look at the PortKeys OEYE-3G EVF during NAB 2019, booth #C12030. We will add B&H buy links when it becomes available.

In terms of comparisons, Zacuto’s cheapest EVF is $1950.

What do you think of this new PortKeys OEYE-3G EVF? Do you already use an EVF with your camera? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Christopher Albert
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April 14th, 2019

Really need multiple peaking options on these EVFs like you see on the SmallHD, Atomos and Conv. Design Odyssey systems. The Zacuto Gratical’s peaking is just not there, for me at least.

Andreas
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June 16th, 2019

..and Zacuto is overpriced..like always

John Cummings
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March 22nd, 2019

Competition is good. And look…it has an on-off switch!

Laurence
Laurence
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March 20th, 2019

What would happen if you were recording 4k60, would the EVF display it as 25 or just go black?

Malcolm
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March 20th, 2019

Looks great on paper, especially considering its price. Looking forward to seeing an in-depth look however, particularly what the UI looks like.

Chris Reynolds
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March 19th, 2019

Looks very, very interesting!!!!!!

Andrés Castañeda
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March 19th, 2019

Portkeys manufacture Ikan monitors among other company’s, so they aren’t a new company

Werner Rob Lazovic
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March 19th, 2019

But wow on the price

Thomas F.
Thomas F.
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March 19th, 2019

what about anamorphic desqueeze ?

Dinniko Ko
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March 19th, 2019

I think feelworld should come to this game with more affordable one

Plain in Spain
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March 22nd, 2019
Reply to  Dinniko Ko

And one that sucks.

Dinniko Ko
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March 19th, 2019

$1199 WHAT?

 Alexander Boboschewski
Alexander Boboschewski
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March 19th, 2019

under €1000.- take my money ;-)

James Bridges
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March 19th, 2019

Fully featured unlike the Zacuto Chameleon…for $800US less…seems like a no-brainer

 Erkki Juurus
Erkki Juurus
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March 19th, 2019
Reply to  James Bridges

Yeah, seems like it, but as they say, the proof of a pudding is in the eating.
Looking forward to proper tests to find out whether it is an actual no-brainer or just another knock-off product with knock-off quality.

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