The price of entry-level camera monitors is around $200-$600, and the price of professional-level camera monitors ranges from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. If you’re new to video, camera monitors may seem like a luxury. Experienced videographers will tell you otherwise. Many camera monitors are rich in features that can improve the video output of the camera, simplify the complexity of shooting Log, and reduce a lot of post-production work. Whether you’re shooting on a cine camera, mirrorless, or DSLR, an external monitor is a must if you want to get serious about filmmaking. In this article, I’ll tell you why you should buy Portkeys BM5 III WR, an affordable $749 professional-grade camera monitor that features a touchscreen and camera controls that most monitors don’t. As long as you use the Portkeys BM5 III WR, then you can easily control the camera through its touch screen.
Reason One: Monitoring Camera
Camera monitors (also called external monitors) are basically a device that attaches to your camera and provides you with an extended display of the image you are shooting. This can be used in photography or videography as a way to better review what you have just shot, or even as a way to view live footage as it comes into your camera.
Camera monitors typically have larger displays than built-in monitors on consumer cameras, and are also usually brighter and able to reproduce color better than their smaller counterparts. Consumer-friendly units use HDMI for connecting to the camera, while higher end camera monitors may also offer SDI connections.
As a professional camera monitor, BM5 III WR can input via 1080P HDMI or 3G-SDI, and output via 3G-SDI. Each BM5 III WR adopts color calibration technology and is calibrated with factory professional instruments to easily obtain accurate color reproduction without distortion. And BM5 III WR supports loading 3D LUTs, and it comes with 6 3D LUTs from the factory. At the same time, you can also load your 3D LUTs through U disk according to actual needs. You can see a more realistic image through the BM5 III WR’s screen when shooting video.
Reason Two: High Brightness Screen
The BM5 III WR is PortKeys’ 5.5-inch 2200nit ultra-bright field monitor. The average mobile phone screen is only 500-800nit brightness, so BM5 III WR is really bright. The BM5 III WR camera monitor is a must if you plan to shoot in direct sunlight. The high-brightness screen lets you see how your footage will look from start to finish and helps prevent common video shooting mistakes, such as not adjusting exposure or focus properly. After using the BM5 III WR camera monitor to monitor footage in real time, you can more easily adjust exposure without having to wait until you get home and check the footage on editing software such as PR or DaVinci.
Adjust the Monitor to the Optimum Brightness:
There are 2 kinds of parameters about the brightness on the monitor, one is the brightness and the other is the backlight brightness. You can turn on the monitor, swipe right on the touch screen, select the first icon, the parameter “Brightness” will appear at the bottom of the screen, the adjustment range of this parameter is 1-100 (100 is the brightest), when you When adjusting this parameter, what changes is the brightness of the subject. When you slide the parameter bar at the bottom to the right, the parameter “Backlight Brightness” will appear. The adjustment range of this parameter is 1-10 (10 is the brightest). When you adjust this parameter, the monitor screen brightness will be adjusted. You can adjust them by touching the screen.
Reason Three: Camera control
This Portkeys BM5 III WR comes with a wireless control module specifically designed to connect wirelessly with the RED DSMC3、Sony、BMD. The BM5 III WR with Camera Control maintains the same reliable BM5 clarity, vivid color detail and dynamic touchscreen camera controls.
- RED Komodo for Wi-Fi connectivity and camera control.
- Support Bluetooth pairing and camera control BMPCC 4K, 6K, 6K Pro.
- Supports Wi-Fi connection and camera control for Sony A7S III, A7M IV, A7M III, A9II, A7C, FX3, RX10, RX0
You can also control Panasonic, Z CAM and more cameras and more models through the control cable. For details, you can check it on the details page of BM5 III WR. With Portkeys BM5 III WR, you can easily control your camera from the monitor.
Reason Four: Touch Screen Operation
When shooting video outside, if the camera is installed on a stabilizer, or in other situations where it will be difficult to touch the camera to adjust various parameters and functions, then using a touch screen operation can make it much easier. Touching the monitor allows you to easily change settings at any time. For example, it’s easy to zoom in and out of your scene with just one finger.
Reason Five: Richer Photography Assistance Functions
One of the most important tools in video production is ‘scope’. The camera monitor has this functionality built in, allowing you to evaluate your setup directly on the screen. For example, you can measure brightness levels and color information by using Luma Waveform or RGB Waveform. These tools are not available on contemporary stills/camcorders but they are very useful for evaluating your setup and helping with exposure decisions, especially when lighting conditions are changing fast. Portkeys have a dozen engineers to develop new algorithms and functions, and Portkeys’ scope will be more accurate and you deserve it.
Another advantage of a camera monitor is that it offers many other auxiliary photography functions that the camera does not have (or at least does not make available). Portkeys camera monitors include features such as peaking focus assistance, false color and exposure analysis (e.g., zebra) which can be invaluable when shooting under difficult conditions where focusing is difficult or time-critical shots need to be made quickly without leaving the camera.
Portkeys Camera Monitors Make Shooting Easier
Portkeys BM5 III WR camera monitor is a must if you want to shoot video in the sunlight. Because its 2200nit high-brightness screen lets you see how your footage looks from start to finish, making it easier to adjust exposure without having to wait until you get home and check footage on your computer, which helps prevent common video shooting mistakes, For example, exposure or focus cannot be adjusted correctly.
Portkeys monitors can display HDR (High Dynamic Range) signals for incredible clarity and detail, simplifying the complexity of shooting Log and helping you reduce post-production work.
We hope you have understood the advantages of using a BM5 III WR camera monitor. The above article only describes a part of the advantages of BM5 III WR, more parameters and function details can be viewed on the product details page. Not only is the BM5 III WR convenient and easy to use, it also offers many advantages over other types of monitors. If you’re considering a purchase, we recommend checking out all these features of the BM5 III WR before making your final decision!