F&V – SpectraHD4 Review

Ive been using the Blackmagic Ursa a lot recently, sometimes when using it on the shoulder or bright conditions…you may need an EVF.

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Since I already use a lot of F&V gear, regarding their lights…I thought i’d give the spectraHD4 a try.

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The EVF is nice and light, powers with either the Sony NP-F960/F970 or the smaller F550/570 and connects via SDI or HDMI

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Below is also a quick video update on the unit:

You can also update the firmware using their USB kit

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As mentioned in the video above, when you caught in tight situations….it comes in very handy to mount the SpectraHD4 on top of the camera

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Info from F&V Site:

The F&V SpectraHD 4 is a compact 4.3″” monitor with a stunning 1280 x 720px high-resolution display. The SpectraHD 4 has a 170-degree viewing angle, 24-bit color depth, and a 900:1 contrast ratio which makes it a strong, standalone monitor not only for reference but also for focus pulling.

An optional, flip-down loupe completes the system, transforming the monitor into an Electronic Viewfinder (EVF). The loupe is a practical solution for over the shoulder camera work or when shooting in bright environments. The loupe has a slight magnification, yet it retains full-screen viewing which makes framing your shot easy. The loupe is sold separately or as part of a kit.

Advanced software features make the SpectraHD 4 a perfect solution for professionals. The SpectraHD 4 is packed with key features such as: vectorscope, histogram, focus peaking, false color, and adjustable frame guides. The SpectraHD 4 gives you tools to understand your image signal, ensuring its overall integrity. The SpectraHD 4 will be capable of future firmware upgrades via its integrated mini-USB input.

The SpectraHD 4 has a lightweight and strong aluminum body with two mounting options: one 1/4″”-20 and one Arri Rosette. It has an HDMI IN and OUT with loop-through as well as an SDI IN and OUT with loop-through. The SDI input supports 3G/HD/SD. Another powerful feature of the SpectraHD4 is its ability to convert from HDMI IN to SDI OUT.

The SpectraHD 4 has several available power options: a Sony NP-F battery plate, a DC2.5mm jack, and mini-XLR. The mini-XLR can also be used for multi-camera shoots to receive a tally signal from the switch-board, illuminating the monitor’s integrated Tally Light.

Whether on-location or in the studio, the SpectraHD 4 has all the physical and internal features to make it a versatile, reliable companion on-set.

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The flip feature shown above and in my video, is a simple feature some manufactures forget….yet its a very important feature to have

Even though I use my Manfrotto hotshoe, the SpectraHD4 ships with their own:

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Its not only for bigger camera such as the Ursa, it works great as a monitor for the GH4 as its a great size…plus the loop can be very handy for bright conditions:

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The UK price of the SpectraHD4 comes in around £900 with the loop or £750 without the loop

Get it straight from F&V:

http://www.fvlighting.com/spectrahd-4-and-loupe-kit.html

Europe:

http://www.fvlight.eu/products/monitors/spectrahd-4.html

or from Videogear UK

http://www.videogear.co.uk/Monitors/HD-LCD-Monitors/F-V-SpectraHD-4-Field-Monitor/prod_7549.html

Hope this helps some people

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