Best 7″ On-Camera Monitors Under $200

Cheap on-camera LCD monitors have made great strides in features over the last couple of years.

They’ve also become dependable as far as color accuracy and performance is concerned, at least for the low budget shooter not looking to break the bank.

In this article let’s go over three feature-rich 7″ on-camera monitors for less than $200 that deliver great value for money. The monitors have to pass these important criteria:

  1. 1920 x 1080p screens.
  2. Should accept a 4K signal till 30 fps via HDMI 1.4
  3. Have important exposure and focus tools.
  4. Should use standard Sony or Canon batteries.
  5. Have a brightness of 400 nits or more.
  6. Have the standard safe area and frame markers.

Here are my top three picks:

FeelWorld FH7

Buy on Amazon | B&H

Out of the box you get:

  • Mini HDMI to HDMI Cable
  • Sunshade
  • Shoe Mount
  • L-Series Battery Plate

Important specs:

  • Brightness Histogram
  • Peaking, Focus Assist (Red, Green, Blue)
  • False Colors
  • Zebra Exposure (1-100IRE adjustable)
  • Anamorphic Mode (1.3x, 2.0x, 2.0x)
  • Image Flip (H, V, H/V)
  • Image Freeze
  • Center Marker
  • Screen Marker
  • Color Temperature Adjustment
  • Zoom (4X, 9X, 16X) (No support in 4K input)
  • Aspect Ratio (No support in 4K input)
  • Pixel to Pixel (No support in 4K input)

Positives

  1. Anamorphic desqueeze.
  2. Accurate battery indicator.
  3. You can monitor audio levels.
  4. Full range of Zebra exposure.
  5. It has three customizable function buttons and an easy-to-navigate menu system.

Negatives

  1. Some important features are missing when you input a 4K signal.
  2. When HDMI display output is set it shrinks the image to thumbnail size.
  3. The HDMI port is placed right next to the ¼” thread, so you might have to purchase a right-angle HDMI adapter.
  4. The mute button controls both the speaker and the headphone jack.

Lilliput A7S

Buy on Amazon | B&H

Out of the box you get:

  • Foldable Sun Hood
  • Silicon Rubber Case (Red or Black)
  • HDMI A/C Cable
  • Battery Plate for F970
  • Cold Shoe Mount Bracket

Important specs:

  • Safe zone markers
  • Focus assist features including Zoom, Focus Peaking, False Color, Exposure
  • Image flip
  • Resolution: 1920×1200
  • Brightness: 500 cd/?
  • Contrast: 1000:1
  • Viewing angle: 170 degrees (H/V)
  • Video Input: HDMI
  • Video output: HDMI
  • Audio output: Speaker; 1x 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Input voltage: DC7-24V; 1xDC12V connector
  • Battery release button to attach or remove battery without any concern at dropping it down during shoot

Positives

  1. Silicon case (red or black) is a great addition.
  2. Decent audio monitoring quality over headphones.

Negatives

  1. You will need an anti-glare reflector because the screen is glossy.
  2. The tripod thread gets in the way of the silicon case.
  3. Sun shade not very sturdy.

Elvid FieldVision 4KV2 (also sold as FeelWorld FW760)

Buy on Amazon | B&H

Out of the box you get:

  • Mini HDMI Cable
  • Sunshade
  • Hot Shoe Mount
  • F970 Battery Plate
  • HDMI Plug Lock
  • 1 x 2200mAh battery
  • Charger

Important specs:

  • Resolution: 1920×1200
  • Aspect ratio: 16:10
  • Brightness: 450 cd/m²
  • Contrast: 1200:1
  • Backlight: LED
  • Input: HDMI, AV
  • Audio: Speaker, Headphone jack
  • Power Consumption: 5W
  • Input Voltage: 7V~24V
  • Supports UHD and DCI 4K Resolutions
  • 160° Viewing Angle (H/V)
  • Focus Peaking
  • Zebra Exposure Guides
  • 1:1 Pixel Mapping
  • False Color
  • Image Flip
  • Screen Markers

Positives

  1. Great battery life.
  2. It has four programmable buttons for easy access to commonly used features.
  3. The menu is easy to navigate.
  4. Ball mount supplied is not half bad.

Negatives

  1. Build quality is so-so.
  2. Speaker and headphone jack is controlled by one mute button.

Here’s a table comparing some of the important specs:

  Lilliput A7S Elvid FieldVision 4KV2 FeelWorld FH7
Resolution 1920×1200 1920×1200 1920×1200
Aspect Ratio 16:10 16:10 16:10
Brightness 500nits 450nits 450nits
Viewing Angle H170° V170° H160° V160° H160° V160°
4K Compatible Yes Yes Yes
Focus peaking Yes Yes Yes
Pixel to Pixel Zoom Yes Yes Yes
False Color Yes Yes Yes
Frame Markers Yes Yes Yes
Anamorphic Desqueeze No Yes Yes
Image Flip Yes Yes Yes
Battery Type Canon LP-E6 and Sony F-970 L-Series L-Series
Battery included No No (Yes, with the FW760) No
DC Input Yes Yes Yes
Audio Jack Yes Yes Yes
Mounting options 2 1 1
Weight 0.71lb 0.63lb 0.68lb

What’s my pick?

If I had to pick one of these three, I would definitely opt for the FeelWorld FH7 (Amazon, B&H). For these reasons:

  • HDMI out (loop through).
  • HDMI port is at the bottom, so you don’t need to buy a right-angle HDMI adapter.
  • All the important exposure tools and anamorphic desqueeze.

What do you think?

4 replies on “Best 7″ On-Camera Monitors Under $200”

  1. Hello

    Thank you for this review, and also I would definitely opt for the FeelWorld FH7. I need a monitor and this information has helped me a lot, thanks again and greetings from Costa Rica

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