SmallHD 502 & SideFinder Review by Philip Johnston from HD Warrior
1080p Full HD Resolution
Incredibly Light and Durable
5-inches of Full HD.
The SmallHD 502 on-camera monitor features a Full HD, 1920x1080 LCD display. The 502’s LCD display is able to produce 85% NTSC Colour Gamut (greater than the REC. 709 colour standard), rivaling the colour capabilities of OLED technology.
Simple and powerful.
The 502 makes signal processing simple. Using a custom-built processing engine, the 5-inch field monitor will accept nearly any resolution and framerate from nearly any camera. Building upon the 3D LUT functionality of the DP7-PRO Series, the 502 will allow shooters to apply an even higher resolution, more accurate 3D LUT, in real-time. The value of a tool with this much processing power is amplified when you consider its extremely low profile and compact size.
Robust Signal Support
Best-in-class 3D LUT Integration
3 Second Boot Time
Compact size, without sacrificing strength. The size of the 502 hits a sweet spot for tack-sharp 1080P viewing while remaining extremely space-efficient.
Its size, weight and resolution make it an attractive option for DSLR shooters looking to attach it straight to the camera, while its robust mounting options and durability allow the display to be used on a gimbal or shoulder rig without adding bulk.
Pure joystick integration.
The joystick on the 502 on-camera monitor allows shooters to experience the flexibility of a touch screen display without all the downsides. An integrated joystick prevents smudge marks on the screen, camera jiggle during operation and reduces the overall cost of the device significantly.
Flexibility and ease-of-use are taken to the next level with the 502’s bluetooth remote. By mapping the physical interface and functionality of the 502’s joystick to a bluetooth remote, shooters will be able to interface with the monitor without physically touching the monitor.
Easy image analysis.
The foundational purpose of an external monitor is to help shooters quickly and accurately analyse the image the camera is capturing (framing, focus, exposure, etc.). As advancing technology provides powerful analysis tools, how the user engages with these tools is often overlooked or neglected. The goal when designing the user interface behind the 500 Series, was to create a powerful and flexible system that’s easy to learn.