It's no secret that the best camera monitors are not cheap. You can easily spend thousands of dollars on a single monitor, and that's just for the monitor itself. However, if you're on a budget (or just want to save some money), it doesn't mean you'll have to settle for lower-quality monitors. In fact, there are plenty of great options out there that won't break your bank! Here are our picks for the best budget camera monitors:
Atomos Ninja V 5" 4K HDMI Recorder and Monitor
This is a great little monitor that has a lot of features and can be used for shooting video, reviewing footage and live streaming. The Atomos Ninja V has been one of the more popular monitors since it was released in 2018 because of its price point, features and size. It comes with a built-in battery so you can take it with you on location shoots without needing to worry about plugging in power or finding an outlet. The battery lasts up to 3 hours depending on what resolution/bitrate settings you’re using on your camera while shooting.
Atomos makes an excellent product line designed specifically for video production professionals who want to record their footage onto an external device like an SD card or external SSD drive instead of recording directly onto their camera’s internal memory (which isn’t very reliable). Using these devices makes it easier to edit your footage later down the road because everything is recorded digitally rather than being stored as analog data from your camera's memory card so there won't be any degradation over time like there would if all those files were being written directly onto magnetic tape or some other physical media format like CD or DVD discs that aren't designed specifically for long-term storage purposes over multiple decades without degrading quality levels significantly over time due
The SmallHD Focus 5" touchscreen Camera Monitor is the perfect combination of a small, lightweight body and a bright, crisp display. With 2.4GHz wireless technology, USB-C connectivity and 1920x1080 resolution, this monitor is ready for whatever you throw at it. It's got 9-stop dynamic range built in to make sure you're getting all the detail out of your footage as possible—it also comes with full HD 1080p recording to SD cards so there's no need for an external recorder or hard drive!
This monitor has HDMI and SDI outputs so you can use it for live streaming on Facebook Live or YouTube Live—or just connect it directly to your camera or drone's HDMI port if you want something simpler (and lighter!) than carrying around two separate pieces of gear everywhere you go. The all-metal body makes sure that no matter how much abuse this thing takes over the years (and trust us when we say there will be plenty), it'll still hold up like new even after a couple major crashes while filming skydiving stunts off tall buildings into crowded streets below...
This monitor from Atik is the smallest of their line, but it still has all the features you need for a high-quality production. It's 9.25" monochrome monitor with a 1920x1080 resolution, 1/2" CMOS sensor, HDMI and SDI inputs, USB power and 3-axis battery mount. The 3-axis rosette mount allows you to attach your camera securely so that it doesn't move during filming or recording.
Aputure VS-3 7" IPS LCD Field Monitor
If you're looking for a budget camera monitor, the VS-3 from Aputure is a great choice. The screen has 1920x1200 resolution and an IPS panel that makes it easy to see in any lighting situation. It also comes with HDMI/SDI inputs and outputs as well as 3G-SDI inputs (so if your camera uses SDI connections, you can use this screen). It also has 2 channel XLR audio inputs and outputs so that you can record sound while recording footage on your camera.
This is a 7" External Camera Screen with an IPS LCD panel, a 1920x1200 resolution and 500nit brightness. You can also expect 0.2ms response time, 10-bit color and a built-in USB-C port. There's also an SD card slot and HDMI port for connecting your camera to the monitor.
Resolution: 1920 x 1200
Display Type: IPS LCD Field Monitor
Brightness: 500 nits (cd/m2)
The most important factors to consider when choosing a monitor are the size, resolution, and how many inputs it has.
The size of the screen will determine whether or not you should use a stand or wall-mount your monitor. You can generally choose between 20”, 24”, 27” and 32” depending on your preferences.
The resolution determines how clear and crisp the image is on your screen. A higher resolution means that images look sharper and more detailed than those with lower resolutions do; however, higher resolutions also mean that there are more pixels per inch in each frame of video recorded by cameras (more pixels means less space between them). As such, larger monitors tend to have higher resolutions than smaller ones—although this isn't always true since some manufacturers may opt for cheaper components just to save money on production costs rather than using better materials in order to ensure quality workmanship over time (which might add up over years).
With so many different options for video monitors on the market, it can be tough to pick just one. Luckily, we’ve done all that work for you and compiled this list of our favorite monitors at every price point—from $300 up! We hope it will help you find a monitor that fits your needs and budget.