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SmallHD Indie 7 Monitor with RED Komodo Control Announced

This is the more affordable Cine 7 sibling monitor for RED DSMC 2 or KOMODO

SmallHD Indie 7 monitor RED DSMC2 KOMODO
Image by SmallHD

SmallHD has launched the new Indie 7 – a more affordable, Cine 7 sibling monitor for those that want to control their RED DSMC 2 or KOMODO cameras.

The SmallHD Indie 7 brings the cine-grade smart functionality of the SmallHD Cine 7 to a more budget-oriented crowd of creative professionals. 

Budget “Cine 7” Monitor for RED cameras

In essence, you can get the Indie 7 as a standalone monitor, or get buy it with a RED KOMODO camera control license, and third with a Bolt 4K RX wireless module. 

RED KOMODO and RED DSMC 2 Camera Control Licenses

It is worth noting that the RED DSMC 2 control license is not the same as the RED KOMODO license, and they are indeed two separate licenses. (NOTE: Komodo is not part of the DSMC 2 brain/camera line-up).

The RED DSMC 2 costs $500, while the Komodo license is currently on sale for $250 (regular $400). They are sold directly from SmallHD. 

Camera Control at Your Fingertips!

The SmallHD Indie 7 comes equipped with a 10bit IPS LCD panel with 1920 x 1200 resolution with a hyper-responsive touchscreen display allowing camera operators to easily access camera settings. Additionally, the display has 323ppi and sports a 1000:1 contrast ratio with a decent 160-degrees viewing angle.

RED Komodo control - SmallHD Indie 7 touchscreen
Images by SmallHD

Indie 7 vs. Cine 7 – Which Monitor to Go For?

The Indie 7 monitor offers 100% REC.709 coverage, however unlike the more expensive Cine 7, there is no DCP-P3 100% coverage. 

Also, the Indie 7 is not as bright – it gets up to 1000nits brightness, which may not be enough in super-bright exteriors. On the other hand, the Cine 7 has 1800nits brightness.

Another thing to consider is whether you want to control cameras other than RED – such as the Sony VENICE. At the moment, only the CINE 7 offers a control license for the Sony flagship

Moreover, if you are a RED Komodo owner the 5-inch SmallHD FOCUS Pro (with Komodo control) is a more affordable alternative that can save you $300. 

SmallHD Indie 7 monitor
Images by SmallHD

SmallHD Indie 7 Key Features

  • Bright, 7-inch 1920 x 1200 touchscreen 
  • HDMI and 3G-SDI inputs and outputs
    • with cross-conversion
  • Cinema-grade construction – Anodized Aluminium Chassis
  • Daylight Viewable with 1000nits brightness
  • 100% REC.709 coverage
  • 160-degrees viewing angle
  • Optional camera control licenses for:
    • RED DSMC 2 cameras
  • PageOS 4 Software – fully adjustable pro monitoring tools
  • Pre-order Indie 7 at B&H

Either way, the Indie 7 is a really nice mid-tier addition to the smart on-monitors from SmallHD. Also, the Indie 7 comes with a dual Sony NP-F style battery plate included, giving you access to more affordable power deliver.

However, if you still want to power the monitor from an external source, you can use the 10-34V DC input.

indie 7 smallhd monitor back battery plate sony np-f l-series
Image by SmallHD

Pricing and Availability

You can see pricing below, and SmallHD say the new monitor is due to ship in 2-3 weeks from order.  

For full specifications and more info head over to SmallHD’s website here.

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