IKAN External Monitor For DSLR Cameras

by Harlan Yee on October 14th, 2010

If you’re shooting video with a DSLR camera, the built-in LCD on cameras like the Canon 7D and T2i won’t allow you to see your shots easily, especially for focusing. When I’m out on shoots with a Betacam, I always have a decent size external monitor connected to the camera so I can see the videographer’s framing. It’s also useful when clients are around so they can get a look at the shot and give their approval. You might be asking what can you do about external monitoring when shooting with a DSLR? Recently, I just got to demo an IKAN VX9 LCD field monitor which just happens to work with DSLR cameras.


It features a lot of professional features while still being compatible with prosumer gear. The one I tested was the VX9 with an 8.9″ screen. The VX7 has a 7″ screen and is priced slightly lower.


I will be using my 7D in a video demonstration of the ikan VX9 in the near future but with initial tests, this monitor looks like it will come in handy when I need to see a bigger picture.

Here are a few specifications that make this a very versatile monitor for all kinds of cameras… in particular, the number of types of inputs it can accomodate:


  • SD-SDI
  • HDMI
  • HD/SD Component
  • Composite
  • S-Video


It also has an XLR power input for professional power adapters and battery packs. And it has BNC connectors for video input/output! BNC connectors are, they’re used on professional coaxial cables that feature a rugged metal twist-lock connector for a secure fit.


Depending on the format you’re shooting, there are dip switches which allow you configure the optimum setting for the video signal you’re feeding the monitor.


The ikan VX9 should be very fun to test out! Check back later when I finish my video demonstration.

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