HDSLR monitoring solutions in the past have been less than ideal – size, weight and powering have all created special challenges. The Marshall V-LCD50-HDMIhas gone a long way in solving these challenges and, weighing in at just under half a pound, the unit lends itself to hand-held as well as studio configurations. Keep reading after the break for more details, as well as an in-depth video review of the monitor’s menu system.
Power for the monitor is supplied from either four AA batteries or a 5V external input. The lifespan of the four AA batteries is about two hours. The alternative is to install a Nebtek battery adaptor that steps down to 5V. With this adaptor, Sony L or Panasonic CGA-D54 (.6 lbs) or CGR-D16 (.25 lbs) batteries can run the the monitor for an extended time depending on the amperage of the batteries used. Be sure to specify the battery mount when considering the Nebtek option.
The V-LCD50-HDMI is an input only monitor that recognizes HDMI and Vesa inputs. The factory default for input signals is Auto, meaning that the monitor will scale the inbound signal to its 800×480 pixel resolution. Signal recognition can be made auto or manual in the HDMI Aspect Ratio control in System Configuration menu, while additional scaling options can be found in the Video Configuration menu under Ratio. Input info can be displayed on screen in two modes or turned off all together. Frame marker options are in the Marker Configuration menu.
The Video Configuration menu offers four default color temp settings and a user setting. Interestingly, on this monitor RGB Bias (Black Level) and RGB Gain can be adjusted, but this is not something you want to play with unless you have a engineering background. A pixel-to-pixel option centers the image for critical focus.
The monitor includes a host of handy options that are found in the System Configuration Menu, however, most of these items are programmable into the Function Presets. False Colors is one of the most popular options. In this mode, a color scale determines proper exposure and different colors represent different IRE levels. The peaking or focus assist helps determine sharp focus by means of a color overlay on a monochromatic image.
The monitor held up well in semi cloudy exterior situations, but even if you are only shooting indoors, it’s probably a good idea to order the optional sunshade. The angle of view on the monitor was very good with little drop-off side-to-side and up-and-down.