I grabbed a MustHD M700H 7 inch HDMI on-camera Field Monitor to use with my Canon, Nikon and Blackmagic BMPCC cameras. The affordable price and long features made it very tempting to get one from MustHD to use even for a backup monitor. I know the monitor is also suited for the Sony a7S series and Panasonic GH4 camera’s in 1080P mode.
The $235 monitor packs a powerful punch with a long list of features such as Focus Assist, Colour Peaking, Histogram, False Colour, Exposure, H/V Delay, Aspect, Over-scan, Pixel to Pixel, Black and White, and Zoom.
I decided to get the optional extras for the M700H monitor. The add ons I decided to get were the Carry Bag, the LP-E6 Battery Plate, and the D28S Battery Plate. The battery plates are just in case backups for the Canon and Panasonic batteries I have, if for whatever reason my Sony batteries ever played up. The F970 Battery Plate can take both the Sony NP-F970 L Series Camcorder Battery and the NP-720 battery. The add on battery plates and carry bag are an extra $20 each. Even with the 2 extra battery plates the monitor and extras all fit nicely into the padded carry bag that sports the MustHD logo.
The M700H monitor is a good size for the BMPCC when I don’t want or need to use the Ninja 2 recorder monitor, and instead record internally on the Blackmagic camera. The BMPCC’s monitor is a puny 3.5″ and is a bugger to stare at to get critical focus. Enter the MustHD M700H with its 7 inches of visual real estate.
Some of the things about the M700H monitor I liked straight away are the screen is very bright, crisp and clean. The contest ratio is 500:1.
The weight of monitor is super light at 480 grams, and the buttons are nice and chunky and well spaced out. Any glare has been taken care with the detachable velcro sun hood that pops on and off in seconds.
The monitor menu layout for me has not been an issue, and there is plenty to play around with to get the set up you desire, such as display aspect ratio guides, and false colour/ focus peaking. You could spend a long time deep in the menus to dial in the monitor to your needs.
One thing I noticed is that the monitor when switched on sometimes discovers the camera input and sets the input for you, and displays the camera’s output, but this is not always the case. The times that the monitor has failed to see the camera input it has been as easy as hitting the camera input on / off button to get the vision to display correctly. I asked MustHD what was going on and it turns out it is normal for you to have to select input to see the camera. So I feel like I have a small victory every time the monitor selects the camera and shows me the vision all by itself.
It would also be nice to have a HDMI cable protector port on the back of the monitor, but for $235 I can live with out it.
Just like Community’s Leonard reviewing Eugenio’s Four-Cheese Pizza, the MustHD M700H HDMI monitor is definitely a BUY!
Check out the features for the MustHD M700H monitor:
M700H MustHD Monitor Comes With:
1. Sun-hood with velcro / detachable
2. AC adaptor (US/EU/UK/AU)
3. User manual
4. External Self-define function button plate
5. Shoe mount adaptor
6. Screws… for fixing the battery plate more tightly
7. HDMI cable (Mini HDMI to HDMI)
8. Battery Plate F970
9. Battery Plate LP-E6 optional
10. Battery Plate D28S optional
11. Carrying bag optional
M700H Major Features:
* 7″ LCD 1024*600, support up to 1920×1080
* HDMI input Only
* Focus Assistance with Colour Peaking (RGB)
* False Colour
* H/V Delay
* Pixel to Pixel
* Black and White
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