SmallHD announced the FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX which is their first 7″ touchscreen monitor with a built-in Teradek wireless video receiver. It features 1920 x 1200 10-bit 1000 nits of brightness and SmallHD OS3 with lots of new features. It can receive the signal from Teradek Bolt 500 transmitters and SmallHD transmitter/monitors at distances of up to 500-feet (line-of-sight).
Just a couple of weeks ago, SmallHD announced the FOCUS 7 – their first 7″ touchscreen on-camera monitor. What now naturally follows is their version with the built-in Teradek receiver – the SmallHD FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX.
Let’s talk a bit about the display specs first. The SmallHD FOCUS 7 Bolt features a 7.0″ (17.8 cm) IPS touchscreen with 1000 cd/m2 (nits) brightness. The resolution is 1920 x 1200 which results in 323 PPI (pixel-per-inch) density. Thanks to 10-bit color processing it displays a color gamut of 75% DCI-P3. The monitor also provides a wide 160° viewing angle both horizontally and vertically.
The whole point of the Bolt series is the built-in Teradek wireless video receiver. The fact that it is incorporated in the body of the monitor saves some weight and allows to built lightweight wireless monitoring rigs for directors, focus pullers or clients. And you don’t have to think about powering a separate transmitter. The dimensions of the SmallHD FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX are 6.9” (17.5 cm), 4.7” (11.9 cm), 1” (2.5 cm) and the weight is 17.20-oz (0.48 kg).
The FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX is designed to receive wireless video from Teradek Bolt 500 transmitters and SmallHD transmitter/monitors at distances up to 500-feet line-of-sight. All SmallHD wireless monitors effortlessly pair when both the RX and TX are set to pairing mode in the wireless settings menus. Transmission from a SmallHD TX monitor/transmitter or Teradek transmitter can multicast to up to four FOCUS Bolt 500 RX’s simultaneously. The FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX can also function as an on-camera monitor, but it only has an HDMI video input.
The SmallHD OS3 software and PageBuilder user interface provide a variety of tools including HD waveform, vectorscope, false color and focus assist/peaking, anamorphic de-squeeze, framing guides, and storage of unlimited 3D LUTs via SD card. A built-in full-size SD card slot provides even more utility, allowing the application of real-time 3D LUTs, monitor profiles, and image overlays for shot matching. For focus pullers, Teradek RT Screen Overlay can be enabled on the monitor, which allows distance markings to appear on-screen in real-time.
As with every SmallHD monitor from the Bolt line, the FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX comes with a set of grip handles to comfortably hold the unit. To mount on a camera or other equipment, the monitor is equipped with four ¼”-20 threads and an optional 7″ tilt arm mounting accessory. The versatile tilt arm mounts to the camera’s cold shoe to provide friction-based tilt for easy monitor adjustment.
Power comes in through the two integrated Sony L battery slots. The monitor even supports hot swapping, so batteries can be exchanged without powering down. There is a 7.2V power output to power small mirrorless and DSLR cameras from the FOCUS monitor. Various battery adapter cables that correspond to the camera’s battery type can be purchased separately.
The monitor is available immediately from the global network of SmallHD resellers and partners – see the links under our article. The monitor will be priced at around $1699 USD. If you plan on visiting NAB show in Las Vegas, you can check out the new FOCUS 7 series of monitors including the Bolt 500 RX at SmallHD booth C5725.
What do you think of the new 7″ touchscreen monitor with built-in Teradek receiver? Would it fit nicely in your kit? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.
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