SmallHD has just unveiled the latest addition to its lineup of portable, yet super bright on-camera monitors: the SmallHD 502 Bright sports 1000nits of brightness while maintaining a compact 5-inch design, making it a perfect match for outdoor gimbal work. There’s also a limited black edition of the 702 Bright monitor.
Almost three years after the introduction of the original 502 monitor (read all about it here), SmallHD has upgraded the familiar design with all-new internals. The resulting 502 Bright model sports full 1080p resolution and 1000nits of brightness.
SmallHD 502 Bright
If you couldn’t decide between the daylight-viewable screen of the SmallHD 702 Bright and the compact form factor of the 502, this new model might be worth a closer look.
The new 502 Bright model combines the same compact 5″ design of the original 502 plus the 1000nits high-bright 1080p display of the 702. This combination makes it a perfect companion for outdoor gimbal shots.
Watch the video below for a full introduction:
The 502 Bright offers all the features of the former 502 model: FullHD resolution (441 ppi), full-sized SDI and HDMI inputs and pass-through outputs plus cross-conversion capabilites between any of these connections. Regarding software, the 502 bright comes with OS3 firmware (read our coverage on this version here). It features all the tools you need such as waveform, custamizable false color, focus peaking and real-time 3D Luts.
When comparing the 502 Bright with the 702 Bright on-camera monitor, you can see how compact the 502 Bright really is. It weighs just 9.4oz (268g) while the 702 Bright is 17oz (482g). Both models share the same ¼-20 mounting points (three on the 502 Bright, four on the 702 Bright), the machined aluminum chassis and a bonded glass-screen protector.
The 502 Bright is powered by either one or two LP-E6 style batteries and it draws 9 watts of power while in use. For comparison, the 702 model requires 11 watts. As an optional accessory you can get a D-Tap LP-E6 power adapter for powering the monitor from your camera’s battery.
502 Bright Bundle
As an introductory offer, SmallHD has put together a neat bundle for a special price. The 502 Bright bundle includes the monitor itself, a tilt arm for mounting and a D-Tap LP-E6 power adapter with the accompanying D-Tap cable.
Additionally, a 48″ thin BNC cable, a bumper case, a cleaning cloth and a spare screen protector is included in the bundle. For convenience, everything is shipped in a medium-seized hard case that also fits the 702 model.
SmallHD 702 Bright – Limited Edition
There’s also a new limited black edition of the 702 Bright monitor available. If you prefer the black frame over the original silver one, this is your chance. Apart from the color, this limited edition is exactly the same monitor as the existing 702 Bright model.
Since this is a limited edition, this model is only available while supplies last.
Pricing and Availability
Both the SmallHD 502 bright and the bundle are available for preorder now, with shipping expected to start in February 2018. The 502 Bright is $1299, the bundle has an early adopter price for now and is also only $1299 (regular price: $1599). The 702 Bright limited edition sells for $1499. Again, shipping is expected to start in February 2018.
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