The Smallhd Focus 7 is their first 7” touchscreen monitor. A larger brother to the popular 5” touchscreen display, the FOCUS brings OS3 firmware, recessed HDMI input, L series power & power output to an entry-level market.
The FOCUS Line has been around for some time, and whilst taking a fair few revisions along the way (HDMI, SDI, OLED, LCD, Bolt wireless) has only ever been a constructed from a 5” display.
The Smallhd Focus 7 naturally upgrade to a 7” screen, a first for them in combination with a touchscreen IPS panel.
The FOCUS 7 screen has 1920X1200 resolution, although can accept up to 4K 30p signals. It has 1000nits of brightness and 323 pixel per inch.
Like the FOCUS 5 you navigate through the menu system via touchscreen; like all current SmallHD monitors the FOCUS 7 will take advantage of OS3 firmware (or later) meaning all advanced focus and exposure aids are at your finger tips… literally.
The Smallhd Focus 7 has X2 Sony L series compatible battery slots, an upgrade from a single slot on the FOCUS 5.
Like it’s smaller brother, the FOCUS 7 can provide power output to small mirrorless cameras via compatible cable, a neat feature in keeping small camera setups compact.
Other peripherals include a SD slot for LUT & still frame libraries, headphone jack, Micro USB port and full-sized recessed HDMI.
Being a recessed HDMI input port the FOCUS 7 body naturally protects the connection with the cable, a peripheral that is commonly known for inconsistencies.
Using the FOCUS 7 in conjunction with the SmallHD 7” Tilt Arm gives you a compact mounting solution with single-hand (tension) adjustment.
This is nice for use with gimbals and compact cameras. Another feature that will factor here is the weight, at 1.28-oz/0.319kg its 30% lighter than the SmallHD 702.
I expect the Smallhd Focus 7 to have the same expansion to its line as the FOCUS 5 – SDI, OLED and wireless versions. Prices for various packages and accessories below.
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