SmallHD Focus HDMI OLED monitor now shipping

SmallHD is finally shipping their Focus OLED 5.5″ HDMI monitor. Despite the companies recent fire which severely damaged their warehouse they have managed to get out this much-anticipated monitor. The monitor was first shown at NAB earlier this year.

The Focus OLED is claimed to be very sharp, it also has a wide color gamut, and is a touchscreen monitor that’s easy to attach to a camera or rig. SmallHD is also shipping the Tilt Arm: a lightweight, camera-top mounting solution with every Focus OLED.

Primary features

Display: 5.5-inch OLED, 1920×1080, 402 PPI
Brightness: 350 nits
Input: Micro HDMI, Micro USB
Output: ⅛” Headphone Jack, 7.2v Power
Power: Sony L Series Battery (Not Included)

It’s nice that the Focus OLED has a full 1920×1080 display, but it is only 8-bit. The display, despite having a 60000:1 contrast ratio, is limited to just 350 nits which is going to make it extremely difficult to see outdoors in bright conditions.

The Focus OLED supports the following resolutions and frame rates over Micro-HDMI:

UHD-1 4K at 30/29.97 @ RGB 444 8bit, YCC 444 8bit, YCC 422 12 bit & 24/23.98 @ RGB 444 10/8 bit, YCC 444 10/8bit, YCC 422 12 bit, YCC 4:2:2, 8/10/12 bit color in RGB & YCC 4:4:4, 1080p60, 1080p59.94, 1080p50, 1080p30, 1080p29.97 1080p25, 1080p24, 1080p23.98,1080i120, 1080i119.88, 1080i100, 1080i60, 1080i59.94, 1080i50, 720p120, 720p119.88, 720p/100, 720p60, 720p59.94 , 720p50, 720p30, 720p29.97, 720p25, 720p24, 720p23.98, 480p59.94, 480p60, 480p100, 480p119.88, 480p120, 480p239.76, 480p240, 576p50, 576p100, 576p200, 480i59.94, 480i60, 480i119.88, 480i120, 480i239.76, 480i240, 576i50, 576i100, 576i200

The monitor has a ⅛” Stereo mini-jack for headphones, as well as a (3.5mm outer, 1.1mm inner) barrel output for powering cameras via a camera specific adaptor. There is also a Micro-USB that is for future use. Mounting wise there is (3) ¼-20 thread points (top, bottom, & right side).


The Focus OLED monitor has an integrated Sony L Series battery plate and the ability to power popular DSLR and mirrorless cameras. Using the monitor’s 7.2 volt power output and camera specific adapter cables, operators can use one battery to power their camera and monitor for several hours.

Power 6.0 – 8.4V

Power Consumption 5.76W

Recommended Power Supply Battery Only Device

Overload Protection Yes

Battery Chemistry Li-ion

Output Voltage (VDC) Mirrors Input Voltage from battery

Battery Capacity (mAh) 2000mAh – 6300mAh


The smallHd Focus OLED weighs in at 9oz (255.15g) without a battery. This makes it incredibly lightweight and suitable for use on smaller cameras such as a DSLR or mirrorless.


Pixel Zoom (type: )  2x & 4x with smooth pan via pinch zoom gesture
Frame Guides:  Preset Aspect Ratios & Customizable
DSLR Scale:  Canon 5DMkii & Canon 7D
Custom Scale:  Underscan Only
Anamorphic De-Squeeze :  1.33x, 1.5x, 1.66x, 2.0x
Image Rotate(Manual/Automatic):   Automatic or Manual Control
Image Flip (Manual/Automatic):   Automatic or Manual Control
Focus Assist (Colors: ) User Adjustable Color Style and Intensity
Peaking User:   Adjustable Intensity
False Color Spectrum:   Arri Style and Fully User Customizable
Zebra Dual:  User Configurable
Waveform Luma & RGB Style:   Fully User Customizable w/ Region of Interest Highlighting
Vectorscope:   Yes
PIP:   No
RGB Parade:   Fully User Customizable
Histogram:   Luma & RGB Style
Horizon Indicator:   No
Image Capture:   With Dedicated Button and Image Gallery
Custom LUTS:   Loadable as Looks on Pages or as Systemwide Color Calibration via the settings menu
LUT Creation:   No
LUT Downstream:   Applied on Output Preview Page
LUT Import:   Via SD Card or USB Storage Device
Image Overlay:   Opacity Slider and Blink Setting
Blue Only:   No

Audio Meters::  Up to 8 channel


The SmallHD Focus OLED monitor retails for $699 USD. For that price, you get the monitor, the Tilt Arm, an ultraclear screen protector, four cable clips, a cleaning cloth, a 8-inch Micro HDMI to Full HDMI (female) Adapter Cable, a 12-inch Micro to Micro HDMI Cable, and a Micro USB to Micro USB 12″ Cable.

Would you buy a SmallHD Focus OLED monitor, or will you be waiting for something like the Atomos Ninja V? Let us know in the comments section below.


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