The BM5 III WR Monitor is a cost-effective professional-grade camera monitor from Portkeys. Portkeys priced the BM5 III WR at $749. In addition to its most powerful camera control function, its auxiliary camera shooting function is also very powerful. Below we use the SmallHD 503 UltraBright Monitor as a comparison to help you understand the Portkeys BM5 III WR Monitor. The SmallHD 503 UltraBright Monitor is priced at $1,699.
The high-brightness screen allows you to clearly see the details on the monitor screen even in sunlight. For the screen, the screen size of Portkeys BM5 III WR is 5.5 inches, the screen size of SmallHD 503 Monitor is 5 inches, and the BM5 III WR is larger. Their screens are wide color gamut touch screens with 2200nit brightness. The 1920 x 1080 LCD provides a sharp image, ideal for focus pulling and image analysis on set and in the field. Another advantage of the high-brightness panel is the monitor’s ability to preview HDR content. HDR preview extends the display’s dynamic range to portray a greater range of brightness in the image. Portkeys BM5 III WR’s screen parameters are the same as SmallHD 503 Monitor, but Portkeys BM5 III WR has a larger screen.
Portkeys BM5 III WR and SmallHD 503 UltraBright Monitor have a form factor suitable for mirrorless cameras and small cine cameras, but are equally effective on larger cameras. A unibody aluminum exterior keeps the monitor durable yet lightweight, while also acting as a heatsink for the internal electronics. Further adding protection, the LCD panel itself is topped with a layer of optically bonded Gorilla Glass, notable for its transparency and toughness. The optical bonding process ensures that blacks are not washed out while simultaneously reducing the harshness of reflections. Both professional-grade monitors have the same perfect exterior design.
In terms of signal transmission, both monitors are directly HDMI and SDI signal transmission. They both have dual SDI ports allowing A/B to view two different SDI signals, or the auxiliary port can be assigned as an output for sending the SDI signal downstream to another monitor, switcher or wireless accessory. In terms of HDMI and SDI signal transmission, both monitors can support the work of videographers, and they can both support SDI signal input and output, but Portkeys BM5 III WR can only support HDMI signal input, not HDMI signal output, SmallHD 503 Monitor can support HDMI signal output.
In terms of camera auxiliary functions, both monitors have auxiliary functions such as false color and SD luts. However, the Portkeys BM5 III WR has Portkeys’ unique new peaking algorithm, which allows you to accurately capture the focus even when using the Portkeys BM5 III WR to focus on a face at a large aperture.
Portkeys BM5 III WR and SmallHD 503 UltraBright Monitor are equally good in terms of monitor screen, signal transmission, camera auxiliary functions, and more. What’s more, the Portkeys BM5 III WR has camera controls that the SmallHD 503 UltraBright Monitor doesn’t.
Portkeys BM5 III WR’s wireless control module offers Wi-Fi control for the RED KOMODO and Bluetooth control for BMPCC 6K/6K Pro and 4K cameras. Wired control is available for select Canon, Blackmagic Design, Panasonic, Sony, and ZCAM E2 cameras. The BM5 III WR with Camera Control maintains the same reliable BM5 clarity, vivid color details, and dynamic touch screen camera control, and it offers touch focus for the KOMODO, the Panasonic BGH1, and the ZCAM E2.
- Support Wi-Fi connection and camera control RED Komodo.
- Support Bluetooth paired and camera control BMPCC 4K, 6K, 6K Pro.
- Support Wi-Fi connection and camera control Sony A7S III, A7M IV, A7M III, A1, A9I, A9II, A7C, FX3, RX10, RX0
Portkeys BM5 III WR has almost all the advantages of SmallHD 503 Monitor, but it also has powerful camera control functions. In terms of price, the Portkeys BM5 III WR is very cost-effective, the SmallHD 503 Monitor is $1699, and the Portkeys BM5 III WR is only $749. The above description only covers the advantages of the BM5 III WR part, you can view a more detailed introduction on the product details page of the Portkeys BM5 III WR.