By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
Aperture’s high end wave form field monitors have lacked one thing until now … an affordable, high quality image with no latency. Now, with the next generation VS5x, they have one … and it’s under $600.
The VS-5X is a 7″ field monitor with both HD-SDI & HDMI inputs and outputs, 1920×1200 resolution, and a 160-degree viewing angle that makes it easy to monitor built-in functions such as waveform, vectorscope, RGB histogram, false color, zebras and timecodes. This powerful device, enclosed in durable yet sleek housing, makes the VS-5X the best SDI monitor for any shooter or cinematographer. – Product Description
As a 7″ Field Monitor, the Apurture VS5x looks like all the rest, with a 1920×1200 resolution and built in functions including waveform, vectorscope, RGB histogram, false color, zebras and timecodes.
RGB Waveform comes in two methods of display including RGB Parade and RGB Overlay. And that’s where the VS5x sets itself apart with the ability to create “rainbow overlays” of red, green and blue channels in a stacked configuration in order to see just how each channel interacts with one another as the scene progresses. This makes it far easier to calibrate your image on the fly for white balance with the highest possible control.
Other features include:
- 1920*1200 high resolution with 160 viewing angle
- 450 nits
- Support HD-SDI & HDMI inputs
- Support HD-SDI & HDMI outputs
- Support waveform and vectorscope
- False color, zebra, and histogram
- SDI timecode
- Push button battery slots, tri power supply
- Exquisite carring bag
- Solid sunhood to protect from sun
With a 160˚ wide viewing angle, the Vs5x makes it easy to see from all angles, and its 7 inch size also provides plenty or real estate to be able to have the image, RGB Histogram, vector scope, and Parade color data enabled simultaneously. Zebras and false color are also supported for fine control of focusing and exposure. With a screen brightness of only 450 nits, you’re going to want to find a way to manage the screen out in the field, and as such, the screen also comes with a massive sun hood, which practically blots out any ambient sunlight so shooters can see the display clearly.
Additionally, for the same $599 price tag, the VS5x can do cross conversion from SDI to HDMI and back. An upgrade from the VS-5, which costs $100 less, the 5x has two SDI ports and two HDMI ports for reliable HD transfer in real time. That’s remarkable considering most wave form monitors in this price tag don’t include such a feature at that price point. It also makes moving up from DSLRs to a higher end cinema camera like the Cinema EOS C200 a lot easier.
The VS5x can be powered three ways, through Sony NP-F batteries in a dual battery configuration, or via a 2.5mm DC adapter or V/A mount with D-tap cable, which is included. There’s also
But at a price point of $599, the VS5x has to cut corners somewhere, and as such, it contains no LUT support, which is too bad because even the Blackmagic Video Assist offers LUTs, and can apply them across multiple monitors via a simple SD card transfer, as well as acting as an external recorder. Available at Apurture.com and at B&H (special order only).