Choosing Between Wireless And Mountable Outdoor Monitors

Posted on: 12 March 2015

An LCD monitor can help your video and photography production immensely. With a monitor you can get a better idea of what the colors will look like on the screen. This article will explain how an outdoor monitor can be such a valuable resource.

Monitors for Digital SLR Cameras

Portable outdoor monitors are particularly popular among film makers who use Digital SLR camera. These cameras have small LCD monitors that can be difficult to view, especially when working outdoors, under the bright sun. They are also often hard to see when your camera is mounted on a tripod or dolly at a weird angle. With a monitor, you can get the most accurate reading of your white balance, exposure and lighting.

Wireless Monitors

Many outdoor monitors are wireless. A wireless receiver must be attached to the cameras digital output connection. This connection will vary depending on the make of your particular DSLR. Monitor manufacturers will provide connections so the wireless receiver can be used with most major brands. The actual receiver can be attached to the hot shoe of the camera, or (with a longer cord) to a separate rig. The receiver is extremely compact, so it should not get in the way of any of your mobile video shots.

Wireless monitors are really convenient because you can set up the actual monitor in a separate location, where you can control the light. It can be removed from your shooting area so it does not interfere with your production. Also, you can buy monitors that are extremely large, as big as flat screen TVs. Of course, the drawback to wireless monitors is that they are the most expensive. Also, the eat up more battery power, which can be problematic in some shooting environments.

Mountable Monitors

Many people prefer mountable monitors. These monitors mount directly on the hot shoe on top of the DSLR. The screen is usually no bigger than 7" diagonally. This allows the camera to still be relatively lightweight and portable. Look for monitors that require separate batteries. You should avoid monitors that draw their power directly from the camera's power source. This can sap your battery very quickly. Also, look for a monitor with a removable hood or shade. A hood will be necessary when shooting on sunny days. In general, mountable monitors will be much more affordable than wireless monitors.

In the end, the best type of monitor will largely depend on your shooting style and your particular project.