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Old September 9th, 2009, 02:40 AM   #1
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Cheap 7" field monitor FYI

I am awaiting delivery of a decent res 7" field monitor but wanted a cheap and acceptable one for the time being until it arrives and to double as a larger screen for the canon HF11.

I bought one of these from amazon:Allcam 7" Portable Analog & Digital TV Freeview: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics & Photo

It is actually very good as it is compact and self contained with the rechargeable battery integrated into the back. The picture is excelent for a cheap 7" screen , I have even been doing focus pulls with it on the HPX-301 and I am surprised at the resolution and colour balance.

OK it still has 3.5mm inputs and the manual leaves a lot to be desired but it is rubber covered and also has a USB and SD port for playing back video or stills pictures.
Here is a quick overview:YouTube - Allcam Orbit 7" LCD TV/MONITOR for £99 from amazon
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Old September 9th, 2009, 01:54 PM   #2
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Thanks for the review!
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Old September 10th, 2009, 04:41 PM   #3
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Yes indeed.I ordered one straight after reading your review and Amazon UK should deliver it tomorrow...
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Old September 10th, 2009, 06:26 PM   #4
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How is its performance in daylight conditions if I might ask?
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Old September 11th, 2009, 02:42 AM   #5
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Its quite bright and will be Ok in daylight but like all small monitors will need a sunshade, we dont get much sun here in the UK so its not a problem. I will be generally be using this inside and once the HD monitor come it will just be a back-up or for the director.
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Old September 13th, 2009, 06:30 PM   #6
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Does anyone know a US source for this monitor in an NTSC version?
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Old September 16th, 2009, 05:23 AM   #7
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Gary, is there any way of attaching it to the camera - is there a tripod screw hole on the bottom or somesuch? Or do I need to get out the gaffer tape and blu-tack?
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Old September 24th, 2009, 04:42 PM   #8
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Does anyone know a US source for this monitor in an NTSC version?
Amazon.com: Axion AXN-8701 7-Inch Widescreen Handheld LCD TV with Built-In Tuner, Black: Electronics

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Old September 24th, 2009, 04:47 PM   #9
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Thanks Matt. Does anyone have any hands-on experience with this model?
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Old October 24th, 2009, 11:19 AM   #10
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9 Inch Battery operated Axion (Field) monitor

I have ordered this 9 inch version of the Axion monitor from Amazon.com $142.58 US Dollars. I should have delivery in the next few days. I'll post a video review of the monitor when I get it. I want to use it as a field monitor. The claim is 2 hours of playback after a 7 hour charge.

Amazon.com: Axion AXN-8905 9-Inch Widescreen Handheld LCD TV: Electronics

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Old October 29th, 2009, 06:06 PM   #11
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Has anyone tried this yet? AUVIO™ 7" High-Resolution Portable Digital TV - RadioShack.com
800X480 should look pretty good on a 7" monitor.
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Old October 29th, 2009, 06:25 PM   #12
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Hi

I will be picking up this one in the next day or so: (Ity's the 9 inch monitor version)

Amazon.com: Axion AXN-8905 9-Inch Widescreen Handheld LCD TV: Electronics

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Old October 30th, 2009, 11:42 PM   #13
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I am looking at my Axion 9" portable TV AXN 8905.

First off you should know that the audio and video imputs are red/white/yellow rca. There is no HDMI connection. I assume that is the same on the Axion 7 inch portable TV.

At the moment I am researching HDMI adapters to RCA. I may have found one: HDMI to RCA RGB YPbPr Audio Video AV Cables Converters ixBay.com

I will do more research on these adapters

Of course if anyone has any feedback or suggestions, fire awy.

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Old October 31st, 2009, 09:51 AM   #14
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Re:Cheap Field Monitor FYI

Great post! I'm also looking to get a small 7"-9" monitor for the rig I'm putting together. I'm curious to know how it will look when I'm recording HD footage. I like the iKan monitors but too expensive and I can't see myself spending that kind of money on just a little monitor that I'm only using to view while recording.

I'll do some research too, because if the Axion 9" or any other brand monitor works well, that will be the way I'll go also. My concerns will be how well the viewing looks when using a hdmi cable adapter & how can I mount it to a rig...etc. If anyone else knows a good alternative monitor setup please help.... Thanks.. :)
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Old October 31st, 2009, 11:46 PM   #15
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I am looking at my Axion 9" portable TV AXN 8905.

First off you should know that the audio and video imputs are red/white/yellow rca. There is no HDMI connection. I assume that is the same on the Axion 7 inch portable TV.

At the moment I am researching HDMI adapters to RCA. I may have found one: HDMI to RCA RGB YPbPr Audio Video AV Cables Converters ixBay.com

I will do more research on these adapters

Of course if anyone has any feedback or suggestions, fire awy.

...Rowby
The inputs you describe are for composite video with L&R audio, the adapter in the link is for component video.
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