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When it comes to cinematography, the monitor you use to view the images you’re capturing can be as important as the camera itself I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW

WORDS. Robert Shepherd IMAGES. Various

T he rapid pace at which technology continues to advance means that the challenge for camera manufacturers is to create devices that are both compact and capable of performing a wide range of functions. One of the most important features of any camera is the LCD screen, which directly impacts its usefulness. But even the most meticulous cinematographer can miss details when reviewing footage on a small screen. That’s why on-camera monitors, also known as external screens, are essential tools for professionals. These monitors come in a variety of styles and are increasingly equipped with high-end features to enhance the shooting experience. If you’re in

the market for an external camera screen, keep these points in mind as you search for the perfect model. A high-quality monitor enables you to view shots accurately, ensuring your work is of the highest standard. What’s more, it won’t always come at a hefty price. So, what should you consider when buying a monitor? COME THE RESOLUTION You can look for a monitor that has at least 1920x1080 pixels – commonly referred to as Full HD or 1080p. However, if you want the best possible resolution, consider investing in a 4K monitor. This will give you the finest detail, contrast and sharpness with which to review high-quality work. COLOUR ACCURACY Colour accuracy is vital in cinematography, particularly if you’re working with colour grading and correction applications. A monitor that cannot display accurate colours can lead to significant setbacks in post- production, as you may spend more time adjusting footage from colours that were not accurately displayed on the monitor. SIZE MATTERS A bigger monitor will give you a much larger viewing area and allow you to see more detail while shooting and reviewing, but that comes at a higher price and means a heavier and more unwieldy unit to carry around on top of your camera. The ideal size will depend on your needs, so it’s worth

considering how you’ll be using your monitor. BRIGHTNESS This is crucial when working outdoors or in low light. Choose a monitor that can handle the lighting conditions where you plan to shoot. The brighter the screen, the better it is in outdoor settings, but it’s advisable to choose a monitor that has brightness above 300 nits. However, if the monitor struggles with sunlight or reflections, you’ll want one that’s closer to 400 nits – or brighter. CONNECTIVITY The available connections will determine what devices you

SUPER SIZE ME The small built-in screen on most cameras is insufficient for advanced filmmaking

“Colour accuracy is vital, particularly if you’re working with colour grading and correction applications”

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