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Sony CLM-V55BDL Portable Monitor Bundle

High resolution 5" LCD monitor with charger and battery

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Our take on the Sony CLM-V55BDL Portable Monitor Bundle

by Woody Sherman
Sony

The sun is over your shoulder. The light on your subject is perfect -- but you can't say the same for your display. Even the sizeable LCD displays on the back of today's higher-end DSLRs are no match for the sun. A moment like this calls for the right tool — a fully-articulated, high-resolution five-inch monitor that you can tilt and swivel to your heart's content. An included LCD hood improves your ability to see all the nuances in your shot, even in bright sunshine.

This convenient bundle includes a battery used throughout Sony's DSLR product line, the NP-FM500H, and the BC-TRM InfoLithium® M-Series charger. You can charge batteries, one at a time, for both your monitor and your camera as you shoot. The display takes a full-size HDMI input, and is compatible with many of today's most popular cameras and camcorders.

There's a headphone jack, for audio monitoring — many cameras don't have this option — and a well-placed control dial intuitively regulates volume, color temperature, aspect ratio and more.

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Highlights:

  • high-resolution (800 x 480, WVGA) 5" LCD portable display with battery and charger
  • articulated tilt and swivel mount tilts +/- 90 degrees, swivels 360 degrees
  • supplied LCD hood helps shooting in bright situations
  • monitor video or stills, with both 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios supported
  • full-size HDMI input — works with a wide range of cameras from many manufacturers
  • headphone jack for audio monitoring
  • shoe adapter for stable, secure mounting
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Power system details:
  • includes 1 NP-FM500H battery (common to many Sony Alpha DSLRs)
  • includes BC-TRM InfoLithium® M series charger
  • auto-dimmer kicks in after 60 idle seconds to save battery power

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  • The Sony Portable Monitor Bundle includes the CLM-V55 Clip-on LCD Monitor (in a separate box) along with the NPFM500H Lithium-Ion battery (7.2V/1650mAh) and the BC-TRM battery charger (DC Output: 8.4V/0.3A).
  • The CLM-V55 box includes:
  • 5" LCD monitor
  • Shoe adapter
  • Shade hood
  • 19" HDMI cable (with standard Type A HDMI on one end and a Type C mini-HDMI on the other end)
  • Cloth storage pouch
  • Operating Instructions
  • Warranty (US)
  • Warranty (Canada)
  • Manual Addendum

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Features

Overview: The Sony CLM-V55 Clip-on LCD monitor allows you to easily review the still images and video captured on your DSLR. This 5" portable monitor features WVGA (800 x 480) resolution. This CLM-V55 bundle also includes an NP-FM500H rechargeable battery pack and a BC-TRM battery charger.

Compatibility: The CLM-V55 works with most digital cameras that have an HDMI output (with a Type C mini-HDMI connector).

Hood Shield: The monitor comes with an attachable three-sided hood to shield the LCD screen from direct sunlight and the elements. The hood folds flat for storage when not in use.

Headphone Jack: The CLM-V55 has a side-mounted 3.5mm headphone jack that allows you to monitor audio levels when shooting video or listen to the audio during playback.

Shoe Adapters: Included with the LCD monitor are two shoe adapters, an accessory shoe and an auto-lock accessory shoe. You can select the shoe adapter that best fits your camera. Either shoe adapters can tilt up to 90° forward or backward and swivel 180° left or right for best viewing. The monitor attaches to the shoe adapter via the tripod screw receptacle on the bottom of the unit.

Controls: The monitor has a side-mounted rotary control dial for quick adjustment of the monitor's settings. The menu includes the following adjustments:

  • Peaking: The monitor displays the entire image in black and white with the focused parts in color to make it easier to see which parts are in focus.
  • Pixel Magnification: Magnifies the center of the image (800 x 480 pixels) and displays it pixel-by-pixel on the whole LCD screen. The higher the image resolution, the smaller the magnified area.
  • TV Display Area: The monitor displays a grid just inside the angle of view to act as a rough guide to the shooting area. There are two types of grid, 80% and 90%, for both 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios.
  • Volume: Adjusts the volume from 0 to 100 (default 30)
  • Brightness: Adjusts the brightness from 0 to 100 (default 50)
  • Contrast: Adjusts the contrast from 0 to 100 (default 50)
  • Color-tone (Phase): Adjusts the hue from 0 to 100 (default 50)
  • Backlight: Adjusts the brightness of the backlight from 0 to 5 (default 5)
  • Color Temperature: Selects the color temperature and adjusts the white balance of the screen: 9300K, 7200K, or 6500K (default 6500K)

Battery: The bundle includes the Sony NP-FM500H Info-Lithium M-series battery and the BC-TRM battery charger. The monitor is also compatible with the optional NP-QM71D and NP-QM91D batteries. The estimated battery life is as follows:

Battery Battery Life
NP-FM500H 3 hours
NP-QM71D 5 hours
NP-QM91D 8 hours

Auto Dimmer: The monitor's Auto Dimmer feature will dim the LCD's output after 60 seconds of non-use to conserve battery power.

AC Adapter: The CLM-V55 can be powered by household AC current by using the optional Sony AC-PW10AM AC adapter (sold separately). The AC adapter will not charge the battery.

Connection: The CLM-V55 has a Type A (full size) HDMI input connector. A short HDMI-to-miniHDMI cable is provided for connecting your camera to the monitor.

 
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sony portable camera monitor

Written By kenneth, kenneth s on Wednesday, September 04, 2013
 
this thing works! how many times have you used a new piece of camera equipment that you got for a steal only to find out why it was so cheap? yes, the sony monitor isn't cheap. quality never is. if you want a monitor you will never have to worry about, this is the one. the size is just right and the image is clear and bright. the hood does it's job when it's bright outside and it works on just about any decent camera. you will not be sorry you added it to your equipment bag.
Pros:
easy to use. great focusing aid. permits camera positions not otherwise possible.
Cons:
not inexpensive.
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