May 12 2011 - Photo Jottings

May 12 2011


Sony CLM-V55 monitor quick review.

Did you ever wish you could have a better, and bigger main LCD on your camera, one that makes it easier to focus and compose on? The Sony CLM-V55 is one such product.  This screen is great for old folks that can’t see too well anymore, or anybody else that has problems seeing the standard 2.5″ or 3″ camera LCDs.  Even if your current camera screen is VGA quality, like most Sony DSLR, SLT and NEX cameras screens are now, the Sony 5.0″ portable monitor is a big step up.

You don’t need to have a Sony camera to use this item, any camera or camcorder that supports HDMI output will work.

Thoughts from my somewhat limited use on still cameras only; for cameras without
live view and video, like the A700/900 etc—still worth a hard look.  If you have trouble seeing
everything in the camera screen, or your camera screen doesn’t tilt or swivel, this LCD would solve those problems.  For live view cameras with tilt screens; it would be a nice accessory as you can see the focus point much easier, and shooting and watching video is more enjoyable.
The Sony CLM-V55 is pretty expensive, especially if you buy a battery for it, (there is no battery included).  You can get a cheap laptop for the price of those items, but a laptop is not very handy, and cheap laptops have awful screens.  If you don’t use a tripod much or shoot video, it doesn’t make much sense to get this.  But….if you do use a tripod often for indoor photography, or shoot a lot of videos, this monitor is very addictive.
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