SmallHD has announced four new 4K monitors for on set monitoring and for reference grading.
SmallHD 4K production monitor. Image: SmallHD.
The new monitors will be available from August and September, depending on the model. The range consists of the Vision 24, Vision 17, OLED 22, and Cine 24.
The Vision 24 is a 24” true 10-bit HDR monitor with a resolution of 4096x2160 and 1000nit brightness. The monitor uses local dimming using a system called FALD, which gives control over 2100 zones to ensure the deepest blacks and whitest whites.
The Vision 24 will retail for $11,999.
The Vision 17 is a 17” HDR monitor with a resolution of 3840x2160 and 1000 nit maximum brightness. It also uses the FALD system with 2400 zones. It will retail for $8,999 and is designed for portable on-set monitoring.
The SmallHD OLED 22 4K reference monitor. Image: SmallHD.
The most interesting monitor in the range is the OLED 22, a 22” 4K reference monitor.
The OLED 22 weighs in a 9.3lbs and has a resolution of 3840x2160. It is capable of absolute black, features 10-bit colour, 100% P3 and 135% Rec.709 colour gamuts.
Small HD claims that the monitor has virtually no image degradation at any viewing angle. It will retail at $11,999, and if it is as capable as the specs suggest, for a reference monitor that is a bargain price. However SmallHD is not marketing this as a true HDR reference monitor even though it claims PQ and HDR:10 capability. We might be waiting a long while for a true HDR reference system a this sort of price. But what it will give you is highly accurate colour reproduction.
The Cine 24 is a 24” high brightness monitor with a sustained brightness capability of 1350nits, 10-bit colour, and 3840x2160 resolution.
I has been designed for on-set monitoring in bright environments without the need for a sun hood for tent and it will retail for $5,499.
The monitors use SmallHD’s pageOS 4, which offers colour calibration through Color Pipe, a rendering tool that converts log formats into SDR and HDR. It also features 4K HDR waveforms, false colour and many other assistive functions.
Find out more on the SmallHD website.