By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
Large Field Monitors these days tend to focus on high dynamic range in bright light. That’s a really good thing, but most remain satisfied with showing your image in 1080p. Lilliput, however, is their next gen 12.5 inch 4K field monitor that can display on a budget.
The Lilliput A12 has a lot of real estate thanks to it’s 12.5″ LED backlit IPS green with 400 nits and a 1500:1 contrast ratio, from its 3850×2160 ultra HD screen at 60 fps. Moreover, with four HDMI Inputs, Display port and SDI in/out port, there are plenty of options to connect it for shooting while on location.
Other features include:
- 12.5″ IPS LCD
- 3840 x 2160 Resolution
- SDI, HDMI, and DisplayPort Inputs
- UHD 4K Support via HDMI and DisplayPort
- Brightness – 400 cd/m2
- Contrast Ratio – 1500:1
- 170° Viewing Angle
- 16:9 aspect ratio
- Picture-in-Picture and Multiview
- Built-In Focus and Exposure Tools
- 75mm VESA Mount
- V-Mount Battery Plate
- 3.5 mm headphone jack and stereo speakers
- 7 t0 20 VDC input voltate
Monitoring tools include:
- False color
- Focus peaking
- R/G/B only
- Image flip
- Image freeze
- Aspect ratio select
- Center and safe markers
- Color temperature adjustment
The A12 also has a hand quad view feature, where you can connect up to four different cameras that are shooting in HD, for a multi camera display monitor. Pretty nice if you’re doing a live shoot or wedding and need to have access to the feed from multiple sources. Latency between monitor and cameras is practically nil, as well.
The one beef that just about everyone agrees is that Lilliput decided to coat the A12 with a highly reflective gloss finish that can be fraught with reflection out in bright sunlight. Considering the A12 already has to contend with a mere 400 nits of brightness, you’re going to want to use the hood that comes along with it to keep ambient reflections at bay. The glossy coat also means you’re going to have to bring a lot a can of glass cleaner because it’s going to be a fingerprint magnet.
The only other concern noted is that its 1/4-20 mounts are shallow, and with a shipping weight of 4.25 pounds, it may be a bit dicey to attach to a cold shoe mount on your DSLR. But you can’t deny it’s a pretty thin design, batteries not included. For power, you can use your own SONY NP-F or V-Mount power. Battery life is up to three and a half hours of charge with an NP-F970. A Canon option, though, would’ve been nice.
But considering the cost of the A12 is only $599 at B&H, that’s not too bad if you’re looking for an entry level budget field monitor that can display in 4K.
Hat Tip – 4KS