SmallHD Action 5 2000 Nits 5″ Monitor first look at Cine Gear 2022

At CineGear 2022 we got a chance to see SmallHD’s Action 5 2000 Nits 5″ Monitor. SmallHD has introduced several high-end monitors in the last couple of years, and many shooters have been longing for a more affordable monitor with the SmallHD excellent PageOS type menu system. The HDMI Action 5 monitor has been designed to specifically fill that void.

The SmallHD Action 5 features a streamlined 5″ touchscreen with a lightweight build at just over 0.5 lbs. Action 5 is designed for your on-the-go shoots that want a bright, lightweight, and compact monitor.

Key features

  • Bright 2000 cd/m² Display
  • 1920 x 1080 Screen Resolution
  • 1000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • Rec.709 Color Gamut Supported
  • Uses Sony NP-F or Canon LP-E6 Batteries
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The Action 5 is a 5″ monitor with HDMI input and output, headphone jack, USB port for installing LUTS and updates, 8VDC Power Out, and DC Power input. The monitor can be powered with a Sony L and the Canon LP-E6 batteries. You can also power externally with the SmallHD D-Tap to Sony L-Series Faux Battery

2000 nits of brightness


Action 5 features 2000 nits of brightness, which is perfect for outdoor use. It has a 1000:1 contrast ratio, Rec. 709 color gamut, and multiple mounting points.


This monitor is powered by ActionOS, a simplified version of SmallHD’s professional-level PageOS software toolset that gives you the necessary tools for out-of-the-box usability. The ActionOS toolset is designed to be mastered in under 60 seconds. Using the touchscreen, you can easily select, adjust, and toggle between the monitor’s most crucial tools, including Focus Assist, Expose Tool and Look Tool. 

Available Tools

Focus Assist


Accentuate in-focus areas of the image for at-a-glance adjustments

Expose Tool


Use false color and an exposure scale to ensure your shot is lit perfectly

Look Tool

Look Tool

Contrast adjustment for Log-based footage, with 3 SmallHD-designed LUT presets and the ability to load a custom LUT if desired

Frame Tool


Quickly check the framing of your image


SmallHD Action 5 Product Front Raised Screen On
Weight (oz) 8.5
Mount Points Three ¼-20 Mount Points (Right, Bottom, and Back)
Diagonal Size 5.5
Resolution 1920×1080
Pixel Density 400
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Brightness 2000 Nits
Contrast 1000:1
Backlight Type LED
Display Size 5″
Input Signal
HDMI Input Types
720x480i&[email protected], 60Hz 720x576i&720x576p@50Hz 1280x720p@50, 59.94, 60Hz 1920x1080i@50, 59.94, 60Hz 1920x1080psf@24, 25, 29.97, 30Hz [email protected], 24, 25, 29.97,30,50,59.94,60Hz 3840x2160p@24,25,30Hz 4096x2160p@24Hz

What’s Included

Action 5 Kit
  • SmallHD Action 5 Monitor
  • Screen Protector
  • Hinge Mount (cold-shoe to 1/4″-20)
  • USB Flash Drive (for updating firmware/LUT)
  • Mini-HDMI to HDMI Cable (18in/45cm)
  • Micro-HDMI to HDMI Cable (18in/45cm)
  • Microfiber Screen Wipe
  • Replacement M3 screws (for pan/tilt adjustments)
  • M3 Allen Key

Price and Availability

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The SmallHD Action 5 retails for $329 USD and it is available to pre-order.

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