I'm looking into a new monitor I saw someone discuss on here a bit ago, made by a company called Lilliput. The model I'm looking at is the 668GL. It runs off of standard composite video, component HD video, or HDMI. It's a pretty generic Chinese monitor, but it's got some interesting features. It's got BNC inputs on the back (rather than a strange breakout cable), it's got an internal battery, and it's got a hard plastic sunhood that you can put on it, which is only a few inches deep (better than some of the huge 6" deep ones for what we do). The most interesting thing though is that they say they offer a "sunlight readable" version. I think I'm going to take the plunge, since it's only $375 for the sunlight-readable version.
Edited by Tom Wills, 27 September 2010 - 11:08 AM.
I also doubt that it's going to be anywhere close to any of the high-end monitors out there, but it might be an upgrade from something like the Pilot monitor, depending on how they make it "sunlight readable". (note that I put it in quotes!) And considering that my current monitor washes out on overcast days, anything would be an upgrade.
I know that there was a company that was making other small and inexpensive LCDs transreflective for about $600 including the monitor, so that's a possibility for what Lilliput is doing. Lilliput's charging $160 for the mod alone.
Again, I doubt it'd be a Transvideo or even a competitor to the 7" 700NIT Steadicam monitor at the price it's at, but it might be on-par or better than the original 500 NIT Flyer one, and cheaper too.
I'm pretty much sure it's not gonna be any better than tiffen's , opposite, tiffen might be even better despite liliout's claims. If i was you, i would check it first before spending that 300$,'or have a possibility to return it. You're not the first looking for alternate amd cheap solutions, unfortunately, this is not happening, otherwise no one would go out and buy green crt monitors for 14000$....
The 668GL is 450 nits for $200. For another $200 Lilliput will add a transflective film.
It is a new model, marketed toward the DSLR/prosumer video market, but based on monitors they've been making for the car video/car-puter/gps market.
Analog component BNC, Composite BNC, HDMI. No pass-through or HD-SDI. The connectors feel solid. The build quality is reminiscent of the Flyer monitor or consumer monitors. It can handle input up to 1080, and has 480 actual vertical pixels, quite good for a small monitor. The internal battery is lithium polymer and lasts about an hour and a half of use, but it has intelligent power saving routines. No particulary professional features other than image flip. No focusing aids, no underscan, no blue-only. But then again, the Flyer SD monitor doesn't have these either.
I bought the non-transflective version for a director's monitor/focusing monitor, direct from their US website, after calling and speaking with a rep in their office. It is a LOT of bang for the buck for $200. It supposedly doesn't like non-regulated power over 13 volts, so that could be a big limitation for Steadicam work without modding your sled or using only 7-12V velcro'd on battery sources.
I'm very curious as to how the transflective version would look, but I used my non-transflective monitor outdoors all day on a shoot last week and was very pleased with its performance. It was much more viewable than the 7" Marshall that we had on our small jib.
Here's my take: for $200-$375 you are not risking much if you decide you don't like it, and it probably could find a place in your kit as a focusing monitor/client monitor.