F&V announce new EVF: SpectraHD 4, 4.3-Inch 720P Screen & HDMI/HD-SDI

At NAB 2014 F&V introduced their first External Viewfinder which could be a solution for the Blackmagic URSA and the AJA CION cameras. These cameras are sold without a viewfinder/eyepiece so you have to add your own. A small monitor will work but a purpose designed eyepiece with a loupe (a place to press your eye against and blocks out sunlight) which flips up is a very versatile piece of kit.

F&V SpectraHD 4
F&V SpectraHD 4

(Apparently the length of the loupe will be reduced for the final product, due for release in summer 2014)

(the video below is from cinema5d.com)


  • SpectraHD 4
  • 4.3″ 1280 x 720 Screen
  • HDMI/HD-SDI with In/Out with Loop-through (Can
  • Headphone Jack
  • DC Power Jack
  • Mini XLR
  • Mini USB for Updates
  • Sony NPF Battery Port
  • ARRI Rosette and 1/4 20″
  • Vectorscope/False Color/Histogram/Frame Guides/etc.
  • Availability: Summer/Fall 2014
  • Price: $1,100 Monitor Only, $1,400 with Loupe
  • MeticaFM 7 HDMI and SDI/HDMI Monitors
  • 7″ 1024 x 600 Screen
  • Frame Guides, Focus Peaking, Variable Scan, and More
  • 800:1 Contrast Ratio
  • 170 Degree Viewing Angle
  • HDMI & HD-SDI Loop-through (HDMI model only has HDMI loop-through)
  • Future Upgrade will have False Color and Histogram

Price: $450 for HDMI, $680 for HDMI and HD-SDI


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