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Buyer’s Guide: Monitors

Large and small displays


The Blackmagic Design Video Assist is a five-inch portable battery-powered video monitor with 1,920 x 1,080-pixel resolution that can be used for focus and external recording on field shoots. With a built-in recorder that saves files to an SD card, the Video Assist records in 4:2:2 ProRes, DNxHD and other professional formats.

The Video Assist has both HDMI and SDI inputs, as well as looping outputs for both standards. The SDI input can handle up to 6G-SDI to support 4K video, and the unit also has a 3.5mm headphone output. Two battery slots on the back allow for hot-swapping of batteries.


The Sony LMD-2760MD is a 27-inch display designed for use in operating rooms, medical centers, clinics and doctor’s offices. The unit has digital inputs (HDMI and DVI) and it displays full HD (1,920 x 1,080-pixel) images from surgical endoscope/laparoscopic cameras and other compatible medical imaging systems.

The LMD-2760MD features Sony’s OptiContrast Panel technology, which replaces the layer of air between the panel and glass with a layer of resin specially formulated to match the refractive properties of the glass. This helps produce high-contrast images, minimize glare and increase the apparent brightness of the display.


The JVC DT-E17L4G is a 17-inch full HD 1,920 x 1,080-pixel monitor with HDMI and HD-SDI interfaces, as well as a number of status alert functions such as 16-ch audio level meter, multi-color tally lamp and IMD. The monitor can be powered from both AC mains and batteries, making it a good choice for field shooting where a larger display is needed.

The DT-E17L4G uses an LED backlight for lower power consumption and high contrast. The unit has built-in loudspeakers and the ability to read LTC and VITC timecode. It ships with a table stand and a rack-mount kit is optional.


The BT-LH2170 21.5-inch LCD monitor is an IPS panel that offers native 1,920 x 1,080-pixel HD resolution with a wide viewing angle. Featuring a sturdy aluminum die-cast front frame, the BT-LH2170 can be taken on field shoots and will handle abuse. Other features include HD-SDI, 3G-SDI and HDMI inputs, true-color processing with a 3D look-up table, HD/SD closed captioning and 12-Volt DC operation for field use.

The monitor’s high-brightness and high-contrast horizontally-aligned IPS panel has 178 degree vertical and horizontal viewing angles. The LH2170’s 3D LUT with six-pole color correction includes a look-up table for each signal level, and applies 10-bit image processing to each RGB color to balance the six coordinate axes of the three primary colors (RGB) and their complementary colors (CMY).


The Plura LCM-184-4K supports resolutions up to 3,840 x 2,160 pixels on an 84-inch display that has a slim form-factor. With IPS technology, the LCM-184-4K has a viewing angle up to 178 degrees, and its 10-bit color depth promises finely graded color and contrast.

Other features of the Plura LCM-184-4K include an HDMI 1.4 input, as well as RGB, YUV, Y/C, composite, UXGA and DVI inputs. The unit has a built-in scaler to upconvert HD and other resolutions to 4K for display, and a fast display response time for clear rendition of motion. And with Plura’s Intelligent Connection for Alignment & Calibration feature, you can quickly calibrate multiple color-related elements across the entire monitor network over an IP connection.


Offered in 49- and 55-inch versions, Planar RA-Series high-performance LCD video wall displays have a tiled bezel-to-bezel width of only 12.6mm to create video walls in nearly any setting. The displays can be tiled together in landscape or portrait orientation to create large video wall arrays.

Planar RA-Series displays offer high brightness to deliver comfortable viewing in high ambient light environments. They feature commercial-grade reliability to support extended use in demanding digital signage environments. For applications where downtime is not an option, a built-in source failover feature ensures continuous on-screen activity in the event of the signal source is lost.


The Marshall DV1204 12-inch monitor is designed to be used as a digital signage display mounted outside a room. With options to install it on a wall surface or flush with the wall, the DV-1204 can be used to identify a room and its schedule, as well as for emergency signage applications.

Designed for 24/7 reliability, the DV-1204 has HDMI and VGA inputs to run content from a variety of external sources. A RS-232 control port enables control of physical functions from any location. The unit has field-replaceable scratch-resistant protective glass to quickly handle the most likely physical damage.