Sony has come to the table with a different solution to the problem of shooting video on a DSLR camera that doesn’t have a large enough screen. It has just announced the CLM-V55, which is a 5in, clip-on monitor that gives videographers a better view of what they are shooting.
While the monitor looks a little unwieldy, there is no doubt that many people who use their DSLRs for video recording will be delighted to have larger real estate for looking at what they are recording. The CLM-V55 is a portable video monitor featuring a high-resolution WVGA (800 x 480) LCD panel. It attaches easily to most interchangeable lens digital cameras and compatible HD camcorders via the supplied adaptor and it displays video footage during shooting/playback. The clip-on screen tilts and swivels to any angle for easy framing in any position – and even allows for looking at yourself when you are self-shooting.
Some of the features that come pre-loaded with the CLM-V55 include “pixel magnification mode” which gives an enlarged pixel-perfect view of a selected portion of the full HD image and a “colour peaking function” that highlights the edges of accurately-focused areas of the video image. The monitor has an on-board mono speaker as well as a headphone jack to allow you to listen to what you are recording.
The CLM-V55 is compatible with a range of interchangeable lens digital cameras from Sony (such as its a33 and a55 cameras) as well as devices from other manufacturers that support HD video shooting. The monitor can be mounted on any camera or HD camcorder that features an auto-lock accessory shoe or ISO shoe. Signal connection to the camera is done via an HDMI cable which comes in the box and power is supplied either by an AC adaptor or a battery pack. The CLM-V55 will be available from March.