Ikan's new D5 field monitor has a 5.6 inch IPS panel with 1280 x 800 HD resolution. It's amazing how fast technology is moving forward. HDMI and HD SDI with loop through capability seems commonplace now compared to just a couple of years ago. The HDMI input on this monitor is also complimented by a 3G-SDI input/output and an audio out jack for headphones. There are four 1/4 20 metal mounting threads on this piece of kit, one on each side for adding accessories or for mounting on an articulating arm.
It has all the standard bells and whistles like false color, color peaking, and DSLR scaling with four options: normal, 3:2, 16:9, or full screen. The D5 also lets you set upper clip levels so they'll flash purple on any overexposed images. Another nice feature is 1:1 movable pixel to pixel mapping. All of these can be customized into easy to use preset buttons on top of the monitor. The menu button uses scroll wheel design.
You do get some nice power options with this monitor. Ikan’s BP-5 battery plates are compatible with Sony L, Sony BP-U, Canon 900, Canon-E6 and Panasonic D54 batteries. Ikan also makes its own 65 watt hour ultra high capacity IBS-1170 battery that comes with a push button life indicator.
The D5 Field Monitor Basic Kit comes with the 5.6 inch HD-SDI LCD monitor with HD IPS panel, AC Adapter and a DV battery plate. The Deluxe Kit adds a DV battery, DV battery charger, DV battery plate,
an Ultra-Heavy Duty Camera Shoe Mount, a snap on Sun Visor and a soft case. I found little use for the sun visor as it was is too small to actually provide any shade relief to the monitor. Ikan has not yet designed a proper sun shade/hood for this model but they tell me it's in the works. For now, Hoodman makes one that fits 5 to 6 inch flat panels: hoodmanusa.com/prodinfo.asp?number=H-600
More and more companies are jumping into the field monitor game since the days of Marshall and Small HD. There are many to choose from, but few are quality made. Ikan's biggest competition in the monitor wars in both price and design is Small HD with their solid, milled aluminum shell. In a promotional video they actually whip one of their monitors against a wall and when they retrieve it... low and behold it still works! I wouldn't try that trick with the D5, but then again, why would you? For the money, the D5 is fine piece of kit that puts out a darn good looking HD picture.
Review by Rick Macomber
On camera model: Heajee Leah Kim
Canon C300 cinematographer: Paul Antico
This review can also be seen at Dan Chung's dslrnewsshooter.com/2012/08/30/video-review-ikans-5-6-inch-d5-hd-field-monitor/