This is the ultimate low-cost on-camera monitor kit. The VZTFT7 7" monitor can be used a variety of ways, most importantly as a large external video display that allows the shooter to step back from the camera rather than standing hunched over while looking through a typically inadequate viewfinder. It can also be used as a lightweight field monitor, remote viewing display, or portable playback screen. This monitor easily switches between 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratio. When combined with VariZoom lens controls, you have a studio package comparable to much more expensive setups.
I had been looking for a monitor to use in the field. This one is just what I needed and for the cost you can not beat it. In addition the base is a battery and you have enough time to comfortably do what needs to be done without worrying about running out of time. I would say its a go.
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I do a lot of web videos and videos for presentations with a Sony shoulder cam which only has a very small display. Thats why the monitor kit is extremly helpful. Installing is a little bit boring, but once I have did it, everything's perfect.
This monitor produces an excellent image. Much easier to see than the 2 1/2" built on the camera. The sun-hood works great for being able to see a crisp clean image of what you are shooting. Works great with the Sony HXR-MC2000U.
I use this primarily when the camera is tripod mounted, and it provides a much better way of viewing than a viewfinder or a 2.5" screen.
Extremely easy to set up and configure -- lots of mounting options and power sources (battery, AC, cigarette lighter).
Easily switches between 16:9 and 4:3 and some great color and brightness settings.
We've not tested this in the field, but we are extremely pleased with the quality of the monitor. It's a great price.
I am using this to view on playback, as a screen for the producer to view and to "run and gun". I also just used this on location where my camera needed to be in on spot "covert" and I was 50' away using my remote control to start and stop recording. This screen is a gem.