The best monitors for DSLR, mirrorless and other video cameras are really important. They provide a larger field of view so you can see what your camera sees, they have better resolution than the camera LCD monitor and they may provide additional controls like focus peaking. There are lots of options to choose from so here's a list of some of the best on-camera monitors:
The 702 Bright is a 7-inch monitor that can display 1920x1080 or 1280x720 resolution. It has HDMI, 3G-SDI, and HD-SDI inputs, as well as an SD card slot for on-board recording. The backlit color LCD screen makes it easy to see even in bright conditions.
The Ikan VX7e 7" 4K HDMI On-Camera Monitor is a compact, high-resolution monitor that can help you produce the best images possible. It features a 1920x1080p Full HD resolution and 3G-SDI/HDMI input for clear, detailed video. The 3D LUTs (Look Up Table) allow you to accurately match the color of your camera's output with that of other devices in your workflow; this makes editing more efficient and reduces mistakes. Features like peaking, focus assist, focus index and false color make it easy to see what's going on as you shoot without taking your eyes off the screen. Plus there's even waveform & vectorscope monitoring built in!
This monitor has everything you need for great picture quality on set or location shoots—but it also works well as an external monitor for video editing workstations (Mac or PC).
If you're a videographer who loves shooting with DSLR cameras, or if you want a monitor that can fit easily into your camera bag, the V-LCD70XP-3GPA 7" 3G-SDI/HDMI 800 x 480 Camera-Top LCD Field Monitor with Peaking Filter is an excellent choice. This Marshall Electronics monitor features 3G-SDI connectors and HDMI inputs, so it's compatible with any camera that has either of those outputs. It has 800 x 480 resolution and comes in black or white. The monitor also includes a peaking filter for sharpening your focus when aiming for razor-sharp footage.
The Atomos Shogun Flame 7" 4K HDMI/Quad 3G-SDI/12G-SDI Recording Monitor is a 7" 1920x1200 IPS LCD Screen with a 1920x1200 Resolution that can be used for both 4K HDMI/Quad 3G-SDI/12G-SDI Recording and playback.
The Sony CLM-V55 5" Full HD OLED clip-on monitor is a great external monitor for your digital camera. This monitor has a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 200 cd/m2 brightness, 800:1 contrast ratio and 2000:1 native contrast ratio. It also has the following features:
0.8ms response time
1:1 pixel mapping
The Ikan VX9e is a 9" 4K HDMI on-camera monitor that has been designed for the modern filmmaker to take their craft to the next level. It features a beautiful, bright OLED screen with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. The VX9e can be used in many different ways, including for monitoring your videos as you are shooting them or for reviewing already recorded footage.
The monitor has an SDI input with 3G-SDI support (1080i/59.94p, 1080p/23.98PsF) and an HDMI input with 4K resolution support at 30fps or 1080p at 60fps frame rates (depending on what type of camera you want to connect). The VX9e also has support for LUTs (lookup tables) so that you can add effects like F-log or peaking while you're filming; false color; waveform; zebra patterning; focus assist tools; and much more!
3G-SDI and HDMI inputs
built in 5-axis color correction
built in lens hood
built in sun shade
Built with a 7" IPS LCD screen, the Marshall Electronics V-LCD70P-3GPA is a monitor that's perfect for any dedicated video camera user who wants to have their images displayed on an external monitor and view them from up close. This device has several features that make it desirable: it supports high resolutions of up to 1920x1200 (16:10), which allows users to see detailed images on their cameras; it has an integrated color correction software called Color Tune, which allows you to adjust your image color temperature; it's equipped with a 3G/HD/SDI input as well as an HDMI connector; there are built-in audio controls that allow you to adjust volume or mute sound channels; and there are also two XLR connectors (one input and one output) -- so if you want professional audio capabilities while using this display device, those are available too!
The SmallHD FOCUS 5" Touchscreen DSLR Field Monitor is a great choice for filmmakers and videographers looking to upgrade their workflow. The 5" 1920x1200 IPS touchscreen display has a brightness of 1000 nits, making it easy to see in any environment. The built-in battery allows you to use the monitor without having it plugged in, and charges via USB as well as XLR power input. With 8 customizable buttons on the side, you can easily access your favorite settings or adjust white balance mid-shoot with ease.
The FOCUS records up to 4K resolution at 60 frames per second (fps) in either Apple ProRes 422 HQ or Avid DNxHR LB (Long GOP). You also have access to HDMI inputs and outputs with HDCP 2.2 compliance so that you can connect multiple devices simultaneously without any degradation of picture quality - perfect for shooting interviews!
At an affordable price point and boasting a compact form factor, the Atomos Shinobi 5.2" 4K HDMI On-Camera Monitor is one of our favorite monitors to use as an external display with your DSLR or mirrorless camera—especially if you're recording in 4K.
The Shinobi has a 1920x1080p IPS panel with 10-bit color depth (1 billion colors) that's bright enough for outdoor viewing and accurate color reproduction at any angle. It also has 100% coverage of the Rec. 709 color space, so you won't have any trouble seeing what you're shooting on the monitor while filming in any type of lighting situation.
In addition to its high resolution, this monitor features 10-bit HDMI/Quad 3G-SDI/12G-SDI Recording Monitoring capabilities and a touchscreen interface so you can control settings like brightness and contrast using gestures instead of buttons (which makes it easier when holding small cameras). You can also enable peaking filters for critical focus assistance during shoots; plus there's even built-in SD card recording functionality so you don't need a separate recorder device to store footage from your camera until post production time arrives later on!
Nikon D850 External Monitor
Sony A7R III External Monitor
Nikon D750 External Monitor
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV External Monitor
I hope that this list has helped you in your search for a new monitor. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to answer them for you!