SWIT CURVE500 HDMI-Only Wireless System Announced

April 16th, 2020

SWIT has just announced a new affordable wireless video system: the SWIT CURVE500. With a small form-factor, this lightweight system features HDMI input and HDMI output ports. With a very low 30ms latency, it looks like an excellent solution for DSLR and Mirrorless camera filmmakers. Let’s take a closer look at it!

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SWIT CURVE500 Features

SWIT has been making wireless video systems for more than ten years now, and they just introduced a more “budget-friendly” HDMI-only lineup with the SWIT CURVE500. Indeed, they have more “professional” lines with SDI and HDMI input/output ports, like the FLOW series that I talked about earlier.

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The SWIT CURVE500 has a similar “box” form-factor as the FLOW500, and they have a lot in common, including:

  • The maximum transmission range is 500 feet/150 meters. It uses SWIT’s KUWI 5.1-5.9GHz wireless technology, which is not a “WiFi-based” transmission: it is much more reliable, with a low latency of only 30ms.
  • They are entirely made out of aluminum.
  • There are one HDMI input and one HDMI output ports on the transmitter, and two HDMI ports on the receiver. Also, there are two USB Type-C ports on both the transmitter and receiver.
  • At the back of each unit, there are Sony NP-F type battery plates. On the sides, there is one 7-34V lockable DC input for powering the units out of a D-Tap battery.
  • The SWIT CURVE500 supports signals up to 1080P at 60 frames per second.
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However, there are also some differences between the FLOW and CURVE series. For example, the SWIT CURVE500 doesn’t have a status LCD nor a channel selection possibility. But the CURVE500 supports dynamic frequency selection – in short, it means that the device automatically scans all the available frequencies to find the best channel possible. If there are some interferences at your location, the device switches channels on its own.

Another thing that is not possible with the CURVE500 is to pair the transmitter with multiple receivers. But all in all, this wireless system looks like an excellent professional and low-latency option for filmmakers shooting with DSLR/Mirrorless cameras that only features an HDMI output port.

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Pricing and Availability

The SWIT CURVE500 will retail for €499.00, and it should be available in May/June.

What do you think about the SWIT CURVE500? Did you already try SWIT wireless video systems in the past? What wireless video system are you using? Let us know in the comments below!

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 Maika Huang
Maika Huang
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April 30th, 2020

An impressed wireless transmission device. Very Interesting technology KUWI 5.1-5.9GHz wireless.

Lainol
Lainol
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April 17th, 2020

I like the interview format, great video, nice device.

Stay safe!!

Johnnie Behiri
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April 17th, 2020
Reply to  Lainol

Thank you Lainol. Appreciating the time you took to watch it and comment.
Johnnie

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April 17th, 2020

Well there are better solutions, that DO allow many reviewers, for not much more. The Terradek Bolt comes to mind.

Shawn Huang
Shawn Huang
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May 5th, 2020
Reply to  Robert Ruffo

About the strong professional ability of SWIT KUWI(including FLOW and CURVE), there is a real case from UK Welford Road stadium for Leicester Tigers Rugby team, which has a capacity of 25849 and many other wireless HD devices so that the wireless environment is very complex and harsh.
Previously they used a famous brand wireless, and are suffered from significant interference which massively degraded picture quality.
In comparison, the SWIT FLOW series was great and didn’t drop-out once with only very minor picture glitches (usually when the cameraman was moving quickly). Cameramen were even able to switch on the transmitter from the other end of the stadium and it connected fine, something that the famous wireless competitor has never been able to do (it always had to be quite close to the receiver to re-connect).

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