Small HD Field Monitor for Video DSLR Cameras

Video monitor maker SmallHD has just announced the DP-SLR, which they boast is the smallest HD field monitor on the market. The DP-SLR is 5.6″ diagonally (or 4 x 6 x 1), and has a resolution of 1280 x 800 at 270 ppi. As the name implies, it’s designed for use with DSLRs with video capabilities.

The monitor mounts on the camera’s hotshoe and connects to the body with an HDMI cable. The standard monitor also has a component connection. The higher end model includes a 3G SD/HDI, which puts the monitor on par with professional monitors for broadcasting.

But tech jargon aside, this pint-sized monitor is a pretty huge step for folks who shoot video with DSLRs. The DP-SLR is compact, so it won’t compromise the mobility of a DSLR, but allows more viewing space than the camera body’s monitor.

The functionality might even encourage some videographers to jump ship in favor of a more compact video DSLR.

At $899 for the standard model and $1199 for the model with 3G SD/HDI, the unit is a bit on the pricey side compared to most small field monitors, but it still remains affordable.

SmallHD’s website is taking pre-orders for the monitor, and says that the product will be available this July.

  • Aaronth

    So when are they going to make an app for the iphone/ipod/ipad that will do this same thing? If not- why not?

  • Miles

    I imagine the iphone/ipad lacks the port necessary to operate in this way.

  • JessicaLum

    We've been getting a lot of comments asking about live view abilities for DSLRs on Apple products.

    As of yet, the iPad/iPod/iPhone doesn't have an HD or component inputs.

    I'm sure that if they did have one, something like this would be completely possible, especially since the iPad's major usefulness to a working photographer would be as a display/monitor.

    Of course, someone might also have to mod a hotshoe holder for it too.

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  • DavidNagy

    This one is the same size, and $200 less:
    And Philip Bloom endorsed it! :)

  • Jacob Broësener

    1. I've been looking for a field monitor like this for months now for my DLSR, but the prices are so high. I wouldn't consider myself tight-fisted, but I don't want to spend THAT much.

    The most AFFORDABLE and realistic solution I can see right now is at They sell a 7″ HDMI monitor made by Lilliput. If anyone else has any experience with these monitors then I'll be really interested to hear their thoughts. I imagine the spec of the DP-SLR is better than the Lilliput but I can accept that.

    2. It'd be great if the iPad had video input functionality – but do you really see Apple allowing any other cable input OTHER THAN their beloved 30-pin dock connector on an Apple device?

    Even Apple did allow another input, they seem to support Display Port connectivity more than HDMI, and Display Port is no use to field photographers right now.

    The only other option would be an app similar to Air Display (…) but this would require a WiFi connection, and would be really sluggish. No good when you are shooting video!

    Using an iPad would be great for me, but I can't see this happening for years.

  • Jacob Broësener

    Since posting this message, I have purchased the 7″ HDMI monitor by Lilliput. So far i am impressed with the performance, considering the price i have paid for it. Can’t complain!

    However, it looks like there is a new Lilliput on

    Still doesn’t meet the specs of the smallHD, but it has internal battery included. My question is: has anyone used this new monitor? Should I upgrade to the 668GL and flog my 669GL??

  • sip

    iPad connectivity has nothing to do with the 30-pin connector, as the Camera Connection Kit, which comes with two adapters, one which connects directly to the camera and the other for SD card.

    The difficulty in using iPad as a display for a camera is the dev kits released by the camera manufacturers — it’s easy to write software to allow tethered shooting with Macs/WinPCs, not so easy with mobile devices.