The new ikan D7w IPS panel field monitor is here. First revealed at NAB 2012, this monitor comes with all the bells and whistles you would want packed into a nice 7 inch 1280 x 800 HD screen. It has waveform, vector scope, RGB parade, 4 panel view and priority view. Add to that peaking, pixel to pixel, false color, clip guides and DSLR scaling all with a viewing angle of 178 degrees. There's 3G SDI and HDMI loop thru, a headphone jack and a mini USB port for firmware updates. I tested a BP-950G battery which lasted about 3 1/2 hours.
I wish the D7w exterior had been designed with the same rubbery skin they used on the D5 so you could grip it better. The new aluminum frame is rather slippery to the touch. If you have butter fingers... goodbye monitor. I found a bit of lag when panning the camera, but it was no worse than what I've seen with other monitors and EVFs on the market. The initial boot up time is about 8 seconds and the switching time from SDI to HDMI is also about 8 seconds.
The standard base unit ships with the monitor, ac adapter, DV battery plate and heavy duty cold shoe mount. The Deluxe kit comes with a hard case with foam interior, DV battery, DV battery plate, battery charger, ac adapter and the heavy duty cold shoe mount. ikan also sells a heavy duty replacement battery with a push button life indicator.
After using it for a few weeks now, all in all I can honestly say this is a beautiful 7 inch IPS panel field monitor. The skin tones look great and it has really nice contrast. Even when shooting Canon CLog or BMCC raw, we were able to adjust the brightness, contrast and saturation to give the picture a more pleasing look.
If you purchase the D7w now ikan will throw in a free sun hood. Check with resellers for their current pricing.
Shot with Canon C300 and edited by: Rick Macomber
BTS Shooters: Sean Meehan, Adam Kerchman
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Soundtrack: "Vibe Ace" by Kevin MacLeod
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