March 01, 2011

BONd7 LCD – For Your Eyes Only

The new BONd7 from Bon Electronics is a 7-inch 1024×600 monitor with HD-SDI, HDMI, and 3G SDI level A/B inputs and the useful ability to record straight to an SD card from the screen – so that users can hand the card to an editor for location editing, or for instant playback on another screen without accessing the original recorded files.

Being able to review recordings on the monitor is also useful for HD DSLR users, as playback from the camera's internal card isn't generally quick or easy.

The BONd7 offers H.264 recording with frame play, thumbnail file list, false colour, focus peaking display, video (Y/C) range check, waveform, vector and markers display. It takes DC 7v ~ 36v power or uses or AC Adaptor (100 – 230v, 50Hz/60Hz), and should weigh about 750g.

There will also be a monitor version (the BON7S) without the recorder and camera-specific features (such as peaking), but with a de-embedded 8-16 channel audio level meter, EBU/User marker, time code display, and tally. A further version, the BPM-071S, will join Bon's BPM series of field monitors.

There is also the BONd17, a 17-inch director's monitor, which can take the SD card from the d7 and play back the video.

It has HDMI, HD-SDI, 3G and composite inputs, plus HDMI to SDI, SDI loop and composite loop output. It can record in H.264, has peaking for focus, false colour display for exposure, video (Y/C) range check, waveform, vector and markers display, and a remote control.

There will also be a 5-inch monitor, the BON5D II, with a 800x480-pixel display, and HDMI input. Other features include: peaking, false colour, scan/zoom, image flip and freeze frame.

By David Fox

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