You Have Chosen…Wisely
22 Oct 2020

You Have Chosen…Wisely


Last week SmallHD introduced the Indie 7; a brand new, 7” on-camera monitor. An entry-level addition to their “Smart 7 Monitor Family”, along with the mid-range 702 Touch and the flagship Cine 7.

Each of these monitors is built off the same anodised aluminium chassis; has a 7” HD display, 4K HDMI & 3G-SDI connections, 1:1 pixel mapping and utilises the same PageOS 4 firmware, giving you all of the tools you need in an on-camera production monitor; LUTS, scopes, frame guides…the list goes on!
So, while they look almost identical and share so many great features, it is important to know how they differ so that you can make the best decision for your production requirements.

Brightness

Probably the most instantly noticeable difference is how bright they are… The Indie 7 comes in at 1000 nits, the 702 Touch at 1500 nits and the Cine 7 has a massive 1800 nits. While all of these are daylight viewable, you may find that the lower brightness monitors might struggle in direct sunlight, however this can be helped with a sunhood.

Colour Gamut

The Indie 7 covers the rec.709 colour gamut; a standard colour space that’s been widely used since the 90’s. The 702 Touch and Cine 7 both cover the DCI.P3 colour spaces, a gamut that renders a much wide range of colours than rec.709. More commonly used in cinema projection, as well as UHD TVs, monitors and even some mobile phones too.

Camera Control

SmallHD offer control licenses for the ARRI Alexa, Sony Venice, RED DSMC2, and RED Komodo, which can be purchased individually or as part of a monitor kit. The Indie 7 and 702 Touch only have access to the RED DSMC2 and Komodo licences, whereas the Cine 7 can access the full range. This is down to the Cine 7 having an ethernet port on the back, which is required for the cable connection to the Sony Venice and ARRI Alexa.

Price

If it’s purely a budget concern for you, then the Indie 7 represents great value for money; however for more demanding productions, the added features of the 702 Touch and Cine 7 would be great assets.

Monitor Comparison

  Indie 7
Indie 7
702 Touch
702 Touch
Cine 7
Cine 7

Environmental

Item Weight (g) 536 536 567
Package Weight (g) 737 737 907
Dimensions (in) (HxWxD) 4.67 x 7.09 x 1.32 4.67 x 7.09 x 1.32 4.67 x 7.09 x 1.32
Operating Temp (°c) 0° - 40° 0° - 40° 0° - 40°
Storage Temp (°c) -18° - 50° -18° - 50° -18° - 50°
Compliance FCC, IC, CE, RoHS FCC, IC, CE, RoHS FCC, IC, CE, RoHS
Mount Points 4 x 1/4-20 (left, right, bottom, back) 4 x 1/4-20 (left, right, bottom, back) 4 x 1/4-20 (left, right, bottom, back)
Construction Anodised aluminium chassis Anodised aluminium chassis Anodised aluminium chassis

Display

Panel Type IPS LCD Touchscreen IPS LCD Touchscreen IPS LCD Touchscreen
Diagonal Size (in) 7.02 7.02 7.02
Resolution 1920 x 1200 1920 x 1200 1920 x 1200
Pixel Density (ppi) 323 322 322
Aspect Ratio 16:10 16:10 16:10
Active Area (in) 5.95 x 3.72 5.95 x 3.72 5.95 x 3.72
Brightness 1000 Nits 1500 Nits 1800 Nits
Contrast 1000:1 1000:1 1000:1
Gamut 100% rec709 100% DCI-P3 Coverage 100% DCI-P3 Coverage
Colour Depth 10-bit Processing (8-bit panel) 10-bit Processing (8-bit panel) 10-bit Processing (8-bit panel)
Viewing Angle 160° 160° 160°
Backlight Type LED LED LED
Adjustable Backlight Yes Yes Yes

Input Signal

3G-SDI Input Types YCC 4:2:2 @ 10-bits: 1080p60, 1080p59.94, 1080p50, 1080i120, 1080i119.88, 1080i100 YCC 4:2:2 @ 10-bits: 1080p60, 1080p59.94, 1080p50, 1080i120, 1080i119.88, 1080i100 YCC 4:2:2 @ 10-bits: 1080p60, 1080p59.94, 1080p50, 1080i120, 1080i119.88, 1080i100
HD-SDI Input Types YCC 4:2:2 @ 10-bits: 1080p30, 1080p29.97, 1080p25, 1080p24, 1080p23.98, 1080psf30, 1080psf29.97, 1080psf25, 1080psf24, 1080psf23.98, 1080i60, 1080i59.94, 1080i50, 720p60, 720p59.94, 720p50, 720p30, 720p29.97, 720p25, 720p24, 720p23.98 YCC 4:2:2 @ 10-bits: 1080p30, 1080p29.97, 1080p25, 1080p24, 1080p23.98, 1080psf30, 1080psf29.97, 1080psf25, 1080psf24, 1080psf23.98, 1080i60, 1080i59.94, 1080i50, 720p60, 720p59.94, 720p50, 720p30, 720p29.97, 720p25, 720p24, 720p23.98 YCC 4:2:2 @ 10-bits: 1080p30, 1080p29.97, 1080p25, 1080p24, 1080p23.98, 1080psf30, 1080psf29.97, 1080psf25, 1080psf24, 1080psf23.98, 1080i60, 1080i59.94, 080i50, 720p60, 720p59.94, 720p50, 720p30, 720p29.97, 720p25, 720p24, 720p23.98
SD-SDI Input Types YCC 4:2:2 @ 10-bits: 480i59.94, 576i50 YCC 4:2:2 @ 10-bits: 480i59.94, 576i50 YCC 4:2:2 @ 10-bits: 480i59.94, 576i50
HDMI Input Types YCC 4:2:2 @ 12 bits, 8/10/12/16 bit color in RGB & YCC 4:4:4: 3840x2160 30p, 1080p60, 1080p59.94, 1080p50, 1080p30, 1080p29.97, 1080p25, 1080p24, 1080p23.98, 720p120, 720p119.88, 720p100, 720p60, 720p59.94, 720p50, 720p30, 720p29.97, 720p25, 720p24, 720p23.98, 480p240, 480p239.76, 480p120, 480p119.88, 480p60, 480p59.94, 576p200, 576p100, 576p50, 480i240, 480i239.76, 480i120, 480i119.88, 480i60, 480i59.94, 576i200, 576i100, 576i50 YCC 4:2:2 @ 12 bits, 8/10/12/16 bit color in RGB & YCC 4:4:4: 3840x2160 30p, 1080p60, 1080p59.94, 1080p50, 1080p30, 1080p29.97, 1080p25, 1080p24, 1080p23.98, 720p120, 720p119.88, 720p100, 720p60, 720p59.94, 720p50, 720p30, 720p29.97, 720p25, 720p24, 720p23.98, 480p240, 480p239.76, 480p120, 480p119.88, 480p60, 480p59.94, 576p200, 576p100, 576p50, 480i240, 480i239.76, 480i120, 480i119.88, 480i60, 480i59.94, 576i200, 576i100, 576i50 YCC 4:2:2 @ 12 bits, 8/10/12/16 bit color in RGB & YCC 4:4:4: 3840x2160 30p, 1080p60, 1080p59.94, 1080p50, 1080p30, 1080p29.97, 1080p25, 1080p24, 1080p23.98, 720p120, 720p119.88, 720p100, 720p60, 720p59.94, 720p50, 720p30, 720p29.97, 720p25, 720p24, 720p23.98, 480p240, 480p239.76, 480p120, 480p119.88, 480p60, 480p59.94, 576p200, 576p100, 576p50, 480i240, 480i239.76, 480i120, 480i119.88, 480i60, 480i59.94, 576i200, 576i100, 576i50"
Audio Inpt Types HDMI & SDI - Monitor through Speakers in Front Bezel or Through Headphone Jack - Metering up to 8 channels HDMI & SDI - Monitor through Speakers in Front Bezel or Through Headphone Jack - Metering up to 8 channels HDMI & SDI - Monitor through Speakers in Front Bezel or Through Headphone Jack - Metering up to 8 channels

Output Signal

3G-SDI Output Types YCC 4:2:2 @ 10-bits: 1080p60, 1080p59.94, 1080p50, 1080i120, 1080i119.88, 1080i100 YCC 4:2:2 @ 10-bits: 1080p60, 1080p59.94, 1080p50, 1080i120, 1080i119.88, 1080i100 YCC 4:2:2 @ 10-bits: 1080p60, 1080p59.94, 1080p50, 1080i120, 1080i119.88, 1080i100
HD-SDI Output Types YCC 4:2:2 @ 10-bits: 1080p30, 1080p29.97, 1080p25, 1080p24, 1080p23.98, 1080psf30, 1080psf29.97, 1080psf25, 1080psf24, 1080psf23.98, 1080i60, 1080i59.94, 1080i50, 720p60, 720p59.94, 720p50, 720p30, 720p29.97, 720p25, 720p24, 720p23.98 YCC 4:2:2 @ 10-bits: 1080p30, 1080p29.97, 1080p25, 1080p24, 1080p23.98, 1080psf30, 1080psf29.97, 1080psf25, 1080psf24, 1080psf23.98, 1080i60, 1080i59.94, 1080i50, 720p60, 720p59.94, 720p50, 720p30, 720p29.97, 720p25, 720p24, 720p23.98 YCC 4:2:2 @ 10-bits: 1080p30, 1080p29.97, 1080p25, 1080p24, 1080p23.98, 1080psf30, 1080psf29.97, 1080psf25, 1080psf24, 1080psf23.98, 1080i60, 1080i59.94, 1080i50, 720p60, 720p59.94, 720p50, 720p30, 720p29.97, 720p25, 720p24, 720p23.98
SD-SDI Output Types YCC 4:2:2 @ 10-bits: 480i59.94, 576i50 YCC 4:2:2 @ 10-bits: 480i59.94, 576i50 YCC 4:2:2 @ 10-bits: 480i59.94, 576i50
HDMI Output Types YCC 4:2:2 @ 12 bits, 8 bit color in RGB & YCC 4:4:4: 2160p30, 2160p29.97, 2160p25, 2160p24, 2160p23.98, 1080p120, 1080p119.88, 1080p100, 1080i120, 1080i119.88, 1080i100, 1080i60, 1080i59.94, 1080i50, 720p240, 720p239.76, 720p200 YCC 4:2:2 @ 12 bits, 8 bit color in RGB & YCC 4:4:4: 2160p30, 2160p29.97, 2160p25, 2160p24, 2160p23.98, 1080p120, 1080p119.88, 1080p100, 1080i120, 1080i119.88, 1080i100, 1080i60, 1080i59.94, 1080i50, 720p240, 720p239.76, 720p200 YCC 4:2:2 @ 12 bits, 8 bit color in RGB & YCC 4:4:4: 2160p30, 2160p29.97, 2160p25, 2160p24, 2160p23.98, 1080p120, 1080p119.88, 1080p100, 1080i120, 1080i119.88, 1080i100, 1080i60, 1080i59.94, 1080i50, 720p240, 720p239.76, 720p200
Audio Output Types HDMI & SDI - Incoming Audio Stream is sent downstream via HDMI or SDI connection HDMI & SDI - Incoming Audio Stream is sent downstream via HDMI or SDI connection HDMI & SDI - Incoming Audio Stream is sent downstream via HDMI or SDI connection

Connector Type

SDI 1x BNC 3G input and 1x BNC 3G selectable input/output 1x BNC 3G input and 1x BNC 3G selectable input/output 1x BNC 3G input and 1x BNC 3G selectable input/output
HDMI 1 input and 1 output: HDMI Type-D Receptacles (full size) 1 input and 1 output: HDMI Type-D Receptacles (full size) 1 input and 1 output: HDMI Type-D Receptacles (full size)
Audio 1x 3.5mm 3-pin Stereo Headphone Jack 1x 3.5mm 3-pin Stereo Headphone Jack 1x 3.5mm 3-pin Stereo Headphone Jack
Power In Barrel, 2.0mm ID, 5.5mm OD (center pin positive) Barrel, 2.0mm ID, 5.5mm OD (center pin positive) 2-pin Locking
USB 1x USB 2.0 Micro-B receptacle 1x USB 2.0 Micro-B receptacle 1x USB 2.0 Micro-B receptacle

Control

Primary Touch Screen Touch Screen Touch Screen
Record Capture Image Capture Tool Image Capture Tool Image Capture Tool

Power

Connector Barrel, 2.0mm ID, 5.5mm OD (center pin positive) Barrel, 2.0mm ID, 5.5mm OD (center pin positive) LEMO
Voltage DC in - 10V minimum to 34V maximum, Battery terminals - 6.0V minimum to 16.8V max DC in - 10V minimum to 34V maximum, Battery terminals - 6.0V minimum to 16.8V max DC in - 10V minimum to 34V maximum, Battery terminals - 6.0V minimum to 16.8V max
Consumption 17.3 watts (2160p30, 100% bright, tools enabled), (2.4A @7.2V battery, 1.4A @12V barrel, 0.7A at 24V barrel) 17.3 watts (2160p30, 100% bright, tools enabled), (2.4A @7.2V battery, 1.4A @12V barrel, 0.7A at 24V barrel) 17.3 watts (2160p30, 100% bright, tools enabled), (2.4A @7.2V battery, 1.4A @12V barrel, 0.7A at 24V barrel)
Battery Plate Included L-Series standard (V Mount or Gold Mount optional accessories) L-Series standard (V Mount or Gold Mount optional accessories) N/A (L-Series, V Mount or Gold Mount optional accessories)
Power Supply Recommend DC 12~15V at ~2.5 amp or greater Recommend DC 12~15V at ~2.5 amp or greater Recommend DC 12~15V at ~2.5 amp or greater
Battery Types L-Series, V Mount, Gold Mount L-Series, V Mount, Gold Mount L-Series (included), V Mount, Gold Mount
Overload Protection DC input: Reverse polarity DC input: Reverse polarity DC input: Reverse polarity
Battery Chemistry Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion
Battery Charging Time Monitor does not support the charging of batteries Monitor does not support the charging of batteries Monitor does not support the charging of batteries

Software

Pixel Zoom 1.1-2.0x & 2.0-8.0x via swipe up/down. Infinitely adjustable via pinch & zoom 1.1-2.0x & 2.0-8.0x via swipe up/down. Infinitely adjustable via pinch & zoom 1.1-2.0x & 2.0-8.0x via swipe up/down. Infinitely adjustable via pinch & zoom
Frame Guides Preset Aspect Ratios & Customisable Preset Aspect Ratios & Customisable Preset Aspect Ratios & Customisable
DSLR Scale Canon 5DMkii & Canon 7D Canon 5DMkii & Canon 7D Canon 5DMkii & Canon 7D
Custom Scale Yes (Underscan Only) Yes (Underscan Only) Yes (Underscan Only)
Anamorphic De-Squeeze 0.75x, 1.33x, 1.5x, 1.66x, 2.0x, 2.5x 0.75x, 1.33x, 1.5x, 1.66x, 2.0x, 2.5x 0.75x, 1.33x, 1.5x, 1.66x, 2.0x, 2.5x
Image Rotate Automatic or Manual Control Automatic or Manual Control Automatic or Manual Control
Image Flip Automatic or Manual Control Automatic or Manual Control Automatic or Manual Control
Cross Conversion Yes: HDMI → SDI & SDI → HDMI Yes: HDMI → SDI & SDI → HDMI Yes: HDMI → SDI & SDI → HDMI
Focus Assist User Adjustable Color Style and Intensity User Adjustable Color Style and Intensity User Adjustable Color Style and Intensity
Peaking User Adjustable Intensity User Adjustable Intensity User Adjustable Intensity
False Colour ainbow, Arri Style, Custom with up to 10 nodes ainbow, Arri Style, Custom with up to 10 nodes ainbow, Arri Style, Custom with up to 10 nodes
Zebra Dual - User Configurable Dual - User Configurable Dual - User Configurable
Waveform Luma & RGB Style, Fully User Customisable with Region of Interest Highlighting Luma & RGB Style, Fully User Customisable with Region of Interest Highlighting Luma & RGB Style, Fully User Customisable with Region of Interest Highlighting
Vectorscope Yes Yes Yes
RGB Parade Fully User Customisable Fully User Customisable Fully User Customisable
Histogram Luma & RGB Style Luma & RGB Style Luma & RGB Style
Image Capture Yes Yes Yes
Custom LUTS Loadable as Looks on Pages or as Systemwide Color Calibration via the settings menu Loadable as Looks on Pages or as Systemwide Color Calibration via the settings menu Loadable as Looks on Pages or as Systemwide Color Calibration via the settings menu
LUT Downstream Available on SDI or HDMI Out. Applied on Output Preview Page. Available on SDI or HDMI Out. Applied on Output Preview Page. Available on SDI or HDMI Out. Applied on Output Preview Page.
LUT Import via SD Card or USB Storage Device via SD Card or USB Storage Device via SD Card or USB Storage Device
Overlay With Opacity Slider and Blink Setting With Opacity Slider and Blink Setting With Opacity Slider and Blink Setting
Audio Meters HDMI & SDI up to 8 channel HDMI & SDI up to 8 channel HDMI & SDI up to 8 channel
Camera Control Software RED DSMC2 & Komodo RED DSMC2 & Komodo RED DSMC2 & Komodo, ARRI and Sony Venice

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SmallHD Indie 7
SmallHD Indie 7

7-inch Smart Monitor with optional Camera Control for RED DSMC2 & KOMODO

SmallHD Indie 7 RED KOMODO Kit
SmallHD Indie 7 RED KOMODO Kit

7-inch Smart Monitor with included camera control for RED® KOMODO™

SmallHD Cine 7
SmallHD Cine 7

Professional On-Camera Monitor with Optional ARRI Camera Control* - Gold Mount

SmallHD Cine 7
SmallHD Cine 7

Professional On-Camera Monitor with Optional ARRI Camera Control* - V Mount

SmallHD 702 Touch
SmallHD 702 Touch

7-inch on-camera monitor

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