SmallHD’s New 500 Series Firmware Update adds Image Capture & Overlay, HD Waveform, Audio Meters

The free Firmware 1.0 update is available now

SmallHD, pioneers of compact, HD field monitors and accessories, releases an extensive set of new features for the brand new 501 and 502 Full HD 5-inch on-camera monitors via firmware upgrade version 1.0.

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SmallHD’s new 500 Series monitors are amazingly compact and deliver 1920x1080 resolution images on a vibrant 5-inch screen—initially launched with handy features like framing guides, focus assist, false color and zebra exposure indicators, as well as 3D LUT import capability.

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The free firmware advance instantly upgrades both 500 Series monitors with an enhanced toolset of features starting with Image Capture of up to 1080p raw images from the live camera feed. Additionally, Image Overlay lets users load any JPEG—including an image capture—from the SD card and display it at varying opacity levels over the live camera feed, providing an instant comparison between two shots.

New analysis tools include HD Waveform which displays monitor luminance or individual RGB levels in HD resolution, and on-screen Audio Meters accompanied by Audio Line Headphone Output.

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Convenient new viewing functions include the Canon DSLR Scale that enables filling the entire screen with the image when using Canon DSLR cameras. Regardless of camera used, the Auto Image Flip function automatically orients images right-side-up even when the monitor is mounted up-side-down. Wide screen shooters will appreciate the Anamorphic De-squeeze that displays a normal image even when shooting with anamorphic lenses.

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And for those that require extreme color flexibility, there’s now access to the Display Calibration LUT (“lookup table”) within each monitor, permitting the user to replace the factory-generated Rec.709 color calibration with another 3D LUT file from a color management application like Lightspace CMS.

About SmallHD
Founded in 2009, SmallHD has made a name as the leading innovator of on-camera monitoring solutions for professional cinematographers, videographers, and photographers worldwide. Creators of the world’s first high definition on-camera monitor, SmallHD continues to push the envelope of what’s possible in an on-camera display by combining advanced cutting-edge technology with accessible pricing. 

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