By Andrew Liszewski
Designed to attach directly to your video capable DSLR’s hotshoe mount (though still requiring its own power source) the DP-SLR 5.6 inch HD monitor from SmallHD provides a better way to monitor what’s being recorded than your camera’s built-in LCD. The display’s 1200×800 resolution equates to a screen density of 270 pixels-per-inch, and a viewing angle of almost 180 degrees means multiple people on set, from the director to the DP, can huddle around and monitor what’s going on at the same time.
The DP-SLR’s chassis is made from a single piece of milled aluminum for strength and durability, but it only weighs in at about 10 ounces. As for connectivity, the standard unit, which sells for $899, includes HDMI, component and even a composite connection, while a more expensive $1,199 unit adds 3G/HD/SDI connections. (Apparently 3G-SDI is a new single cable serial link standard designed to replace dual link HD-SDI.)