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Old September 26th, 2007, 08:30 PM   #1
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Panasonic new BT-LH80W Monitor

I just came back from my first shoot using the new BT-LH80W 7.9'' monitor.
The only complain I have so far is that it took 3 month to ship.
First off, I shot with other 7'' LCD monitors (Marshall and the Panasonic BT-LH900A)
Surprisingly The BT-LH80W turns out to be the brightest of all, even being almost half the price of the LH900.
The build in waveform monitor is great as well as the Pixel to pixel function, but the best feature of all, especially if you're using 35mm lens adapters is the focus assist function, the outlines of your subjects turn red when sharp focus is achieved.
I always found that it was always a challenge to focus with 35mm adapters using smaller monitors, especially when you have to be fast.
An other great feature of this monitor is the 15-pin viewfinder terminal you can connect to the 20-pin viewfinder connection of the HDX900, HPX2000 and 500.
As well as being powered by those cameras. The one drawback to this is the price of that dual cable ($300).
The monitor is lightweight but because it is powered by Anton Bauer Gold Mount batteries, I bought an extension Anton Bauer Gold plate to 4pin XLR that way I can mount the battery on a belt or tripod.
So if you're considering getting a monitor I highly recommend it, it's worse paying the extra money.

here's a list of all the feature from the Panasonic website.

Focus Assistance includes a Focus-in-Red function (the outlines turn red when sharp focus is achieved) and a Pixel-to-Pixel 2.4X function (to help sharpen focus)
Advanced video processor ensures industry's lowest delay
Lightweight design allows for easy on-camera mounting, especially with optional BT-MOUNT
15-pin viewfinder terminal can connect to the 20-pin viewfinder connection on select Panasonic high definition camcorders 2
Can be powered from select Panasonic high definition camcorders 3 (12V, 1.5 Amps)
800 x 480 pixel WVGA resolution panel (effective 800 x 450)
Simple Cross Hatch overlay function allows users to check camera tilt and composition
Waveform Monitoring, Blue Only and Marker
Displays 4:3 aspect ratio images
RS-232C and GPI remote control terminals
Tally (Front: Red/Green, Back Tally: Red)
Power Supply: Anton Bauer Gold Mount, 4-in XLR, or special 4-pin cable from camera
Optional RAK-80 rack mount holds two BT-LH80Ws side-by-side
One-year warranty (parts & labor)
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Old September 26th, 2007, 09:12 PM   #2
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I've had mine for a month (lucky?). I love it. I actually just got the hood and rain cover for it today.
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Old September 27th, 2007, 10:46 AM   #3
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I definitely swear this is best (but on the pricey side) portable LCD monitor I have ever used for both SD and HD.

Mine came in about 1.5 months ago - and includes a Petrol carrier bag that doubles up as a sunshade.
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