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.

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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.

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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:

Inputs

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

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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.

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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.

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

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