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Old November 28th, 2006, 08:25 PM   #1
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Has anyone actually used the new Varizoom "hi-res" LCD monitors?

I am going to be buying an external monitor for my HVX, and while the Panny version looks great, at $4000 it is a bit tough for me to justify.

It seems that both the Marshall and the new (Swit) Varizoom monitors have the same 800 by 480 resolution, but it also seems that the Varizoom costs less AND has the wonderful feature of 180 flip for use with the Redrock M2 I just bought yesterday.

So, all things, considered, I think that the Varizoom seems like a good buy right now, but I'd feel a lot better if someone out there has actually used it or at least seen it (they are currently out of stock).

Are there any 720p monitors besides the Panny that I should look at? I can't imagine how anyone can call a 480 "hi res" in this day and age.

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Old November 28th, 2006, 09:36 PM   #2
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I just checked the varizoom site, sounds great,
In terms of on camera monitor, I've only used the marshall 7'', which is OK,
Where did you see that it can flip the image?
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Old November 28th, 2006, 10:07 PM   #3
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You know. . . I don't know where I first heard about it, but I called Varizoom today and that's what they said. Something about pushing and HOLDING DOWN the + or - key for volume or another button.

I have emailed Varizoom to get final clarification, but that flippy action and a resolution equal to the Marshall (but unfortunately not 720p) make it look very attractive to me.

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Old November 28th, 2006, 10:10 PM   #4
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You bet, I'm also looking for a monitor that I can mount,
If that flip function is true, I'll get it.
let me know what you find out.
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Old November 28th, 2006, 10:26 PM   #5
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I shall, indeed!

I want to be able to look at my new Redrock M2 footage the right way around!

(BTW, I just found a post on the DVXuser forum that talked about this very issue on a lower resolution monitor.)

If this flip function is real, it must be the least publicized valuable feature in the history of video monitors! Why on earth wouldn't Varizoom tout this on the website???

Very strange.

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Old November 29th, 2006, 10:39 AM   #6
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So, all things, considered, I think that the Varizoom seems like a good buy right now
I have a 7" Varizoom Monitor that came with the Prolite I bought a few months ago . . .

Quality?
Well, put it this way - send me the postage costs and you can have it!
(Complete garbage - I don't bother switching it on - just use it as a balance weight)

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Old November 29th, 2006, 01:38 PM   #7
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If this flip function is real, it must be the least publicized valuable feature in the history of video monitors! Why on earth wouldn't Varizoom tout this on the website???
Flipping on LCD monitors is no big deal; my teleprompter came with a $100 Lilliput monitor that does image flipping.
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Old November 29th, 2006, 04:00 PM   #8
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I have a 7" Varizoom Monitor that came with the Prolite I bought a few months ago . . .

Quality?
Well, put it this way - send me the postage costs and you can have it!
(Complete garbage - I don't bother switching it on - just use it as a balance weight)

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Andy,
are you talking about the same monitor? the new SWIT ?
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Old November 29th, 2006, 04:06 PM   #9
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Eric. . . Andy can't be talking about the same monitor because this one just came out and is a larger size (8") than the 7" monitor he is talking about. I have also seen several people comment on how much they recommend the Varizoom monitors, so perhaps his unit is a lemon.

As for the flipping function being no big deal, I'll bet all those people with Marshalls mounted upside down would beg to differ.

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Old November 29th, 2006, 04:13 PM   #10
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Eric. . . Andy can't be talking about the same monitor because this one just came out and is a larger size (8") than the 7" monitor he is talking about.
I can't find any ID on it apart from VariZoom - but it definitely came as 7" so (hopefully) its not the flipping one!

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Old December 3rd, 2006, 09:08 AM   #11
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Here's the most compact 1920x1080 panel I've ever heard of.... http://www.sanyo-epson.com/e/newsroo...7_3/index.html

Dont' get too excited, it's just a 7.1" raw panel but I'm hoping some OEM outfit decides to package it with all the right options for on-camera use. Obviously there's economy of scale in LCD laptop grade displays vs the 'limited' opportunity afforded by field camera use but I'm hoping someone produces a decent LCD for less than the price of a camera.
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