SmallHD FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX Review

The SmallHD FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX is a mixture of a FOCUS 7 On-Camera Monitor and a Teradek Bolt wi-fi receiver. This zero-delay 7″ wi-fi monitor is meant to take the perfect know-how from each Teradek and SmallHD and mix it right into a single product.

The SmallHD FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX is predicated across the similar idea because the FOCUS Bolt 500 RX, however with all the advantages of the FOCUS 7.

Key options

  • 7″ 1920 x 1200 Touchscreen Display
  • Built-In Teradek Wireless Video Receiver
  • Transmits as much as 1080p60 Video (Focus 7 Bolt 500 TX)
  • Up to 500′ Wireless Working Distance
  • Waveform / RGB Parade / Vectorscope
  • 1,000 cd/m² 10-Bit IPS LCD Panel
  • Daylight-Viewable Display
  • Dual, Hot-Swap L-Series Battery Plate
  • 160° Viewing Angle
  • Input: Wireless, Full Size HDMI
  • Output: ⅛” Headphone Jack, 7.2v Power

So how does it examine in opposition to the FOCUS Bolt 500 RX? Below you possibly can see the important thing differnces.

FOCUS Bolt 500 RXFOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX
Display: 5-inch, 1280×720, 294 PPIDisplay: 7-inch, 1920×1200 323 PPI
Brightness: 800 nitsBrightness: 1,000 nits
Input: Wireless, Micro HDMIInput: Wireless, Full Size HDMI
Output: ⅛” Headphone Jack, 7.2v PowerOutput: ⅛” Headphone Jack, 7.2v Power
Power: Sony L Series BatteryPower: 1-2x Sony L Series Battery (Not Included)
Compatibility: FOCUS Bolt 500 TX, Teradek Bolt 500, Bolt 500 LT, Bolt 500 XT TransmittersCompatibility: FOCUS Bolt 500 TX, Teradek Bolt 500, Bolt 500 LT, Bolt 500 XT Transmitters
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The complete philosophy behind the FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX is simplicity. By integrating every little thing you want into one compact answer you are taking away a number of the pains of conventional wi-fi monitoring. You solely have to energy one gadget, don’t have to mount one product to a different and also you don’t have to run any cables. By preserving issues easy, it permits filmmakers to spend extra time truly creating, as an alternative of worrying about tools.

Who is it aimed toward?

SmallHD FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX Review

The FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX is being focused at administrators, producers, content material creators, or perhaps a cameraman/camerawoman who needs to supply an all-in-one wi-fi monitoring answer for his or her purchasers or different members of a group they might be working with. But in saying that, it could possibly be utilized by nearly anybody.

The FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX seems to be to be a very good in-between answer for individuals who desire a wi-fi monitoring answer that has a bigger display screen, however don’t need to go to the expense of shopping for a 703 Bolt or a Cine 7 500 RX.

Shooters engaged on high-end factual productions will typically get requests to supply a wi-fi monitoring answer as a part of their equipment. The FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX can be a very good answer for this very purpose.

You may additionally use it as on-camera monitor everytime you don’t want to supply a wi-fi video system. In some methods, this makes lots of sense as a result of you should use it for a number of functions.

The greatest caveat with the FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX is that it solely has a full-size HDMI Input. This is ok in case you are utilizing cameras which have an HDMI out, however not so nice in case your digicam doesn’t. No phrase but if there will likely be an SDI model.

What does it include?

It ships with the next gadgets:

  • SmallHD FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX
  • Monitor Handles & Neck Strap
  • Sony NPF L-Series Battery & Charger
  • Matte Screen Protector for FOCUS 7 Monitor
  • Clear Screen Protector for FOCUS 7 Monitor
  • SmallHD cleansing fabric
  • SmallHD Micro-HDMI Male to HDMI Type-A Female Adapter Cable (8″)

Build Quality

SmallHD FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX Review

Appearance clever, the FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX seems to be pretty just like the Focus Bolt 500 RX. The black end and understated design once more level to the philosophy of preserving issues clear and easy. Wireless video and monitoring options should be properly made and stand as much as the trials of discipline use, and whereas it doesn’t look as strong because the 703 Bolt, the FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX nonetheless seems to be solidly made.

The exterior housing of the FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX is made out of milled aluminum, and there are many mounting factors. Three on the underside and one on either side of the unit.

The weight of the FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX is 17.2oz (487.61g). This to me is certainly one of its greatest promoting factors. Having a 7″ monitor with a built-in wi-fi receiver that weighs underneath 500g is spectacular. Being in a position to give a producer, director, or a shopper an all-in-one monitoring answer that’s simple for them to hold round is an enormous deal.

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I hate Frankenstein wi-fi monitoring options

From my expertise, no one needs to hold round some massive and heavy Frankenstein wi-fi monitoring answer with cables and mounting arms hanging off it in all places.

SmallHD FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX Review

The solely button on the FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX is an influence button. There are not any different switches or buttons on the unit in any respect.

SmallHD FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX Review

On the underside of the monitor, there’s a recessed space the place you will see the full-sized HDMI port in addition to a USB port. What different producers ought to be aware of is that SmallHD has recessed the HDMI enter in order that there isn’t any likelihood of it getting knocked out or damaged. I’ve by no means understood why firms make screens with HDMI ports sticking straight out of the facet.

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To the left of the HDMI and USB ports is a 1/4 20″ mounting gap, the SD card slot, and a headphone jack.

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On the highest of the FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX there are three wi-fi antennas.

HDMI Input Support

  • 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 shade 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


SmallHD FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX Review

If you will construct a product that’s primarily designed for use by administrators, producers, focus pullers or anybody else, then it not solely needs to be useful but additionally comfy to make use of. If a wi-fi monitor is just too heavy or has a large number of cables and arms hanging from it, folks will likely be reluctant to need to use it. The great thing about the FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX is that it’s light-weight and doesn’t have cables hanging off it in all places. Being completely self-contained, there may be nothing it could get snagged on.

SmallHD FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX Review

The monitor handles are fairly easy however are very nice and ergonomic. They are comfy to carry for lengthy durations of time. The solely drawback with the FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX is that it’s contact display screen and you’ll want to take your arms off the handles to achieve the display screen.

The solely draw back to the handles is that there isn’t any means of rapidly altering their angle or adjusting the place with out utilizing an Allen key.


SmallHD FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX Review

As the FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX doesn’t have any in-built followers and it depends on warmth sinks to dissipate the warmth it does get fairly heat. The advantage of that is there may be completely no noise, the draw back is the unit does get fairly sizzling. Once it has been on for a when you actually discover it.

In all honesty, I would like a bit of warmth over a loud fan that interferes with the recording of audio.

Is the display screen vibrant sufficient?

SmallHD FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX Review

One of the most important promoting factors of the FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX is the 7″ (17.8cm) 1,000 nit daylight viewable 1920×1200 IPS LCD display screen, which makes use of an optically bonded anti-reflective display screen. Optically-bonded Gorilla Glass has been used due to its transparency and toughness. The optical bonding course of is meant to scale back the harshness of reflections and ensure that blacks are usually not washed out.

At 1,000 nits, the FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX is barely brighter than the FOCUS Bolt 500 RX (800 nits), however nowhere close to as vibrant because the Cine 7 (1,800 nits), or the 703 Bolt (3,000 nits).

I personally assume that 1,000 nits are nowhere close to sufficient to be thought-about usable in vibrant sunny circumstances. The time period “Daylight viewable” is open to interpretation. I actually assume you want a display screen with not less than 1,500 nits minimal to make that declare. In saying that the brightness is on par with screens and monitor/recorders such because the Atomos Ninja V and Atomos Shinobi.

The pixel density is a claimed 323 PPI. The panel is listed as 10-bit by SmallHD, however I requested SmallHD straight and was instructed that it’s 10-bit (8+2 FRC) panel. A number of firms checklist their screens as 10-bit although they’re actually utilizing a 10-bit (8+2 FRC) panel. FRC stands for Frame Rate Control Technology and an 8+2 FRC panel is mainly a means of making an attempt to approximate the colour replica of a real 10-bit panel. A real 10-bit monitor can show 1024 shades of shade, whereas a 10-bit (8+2 FRC) panel can solely really show 256 shades. So what a 10-bit (8+2 FRC) panel does is artificially create in-between shades of shade by rapidly shifting the pixels to go between sure shades of colors.

For instance, you’d present the primary shade of 1 shade for 75% of the time after which one other one for 25% of the time. This creates an phantasm for the viewer that they’re truly seeing extra colours than what can truly be displayed.

Image Quality

SmallHD FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX Review

At the top of the day if a monitor can’t show correct pictures then it doesn’t matter what number of bells and whistles it has.

The image high quality is admittedly good on the Focus 7 Bolt 500 RX. I haven’t used each SmallHD monitor they’ve made, however personally, I discovered the picture high quality on the Focus 7 Bolt 500 RX to be proper up there with the dearer Cine 7 collection.

The Focus 7 strikes an excellent steadiness between picture high quality and brightness. Would I desire it to be brighter? Absolutely.

The colours are good and vivid and most significantly the blacks look good and black. The Focus 7 retains good distinction and shade rendition. Most importantly the colours I used to be seeing on the Focus 7 regarded virtually an identical to these of my EVF. A number of screens are usually overly saturated and at first look, they give the impression of being nice, however a very good trying picture doesn’t imply that it’s correct.

The bother with making an attempt to guage any monitor’s picture high quality is that it is rather subjective. What one particular person might imagine seems to be good, one other might imagine it seems to be horrible. For me personally, I need the monitor to match as intently to what I’m seeing in my cameras EVF.

Real world use open air

SmallHD FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX Review

Most screens will look good indoors, however outside usability is what separates an awesome monitor from a very good monitor. Too typically I’ve examined so-called “Daylight viewable” screens solely to search out out they’ll’t be used open air.

I wished to see how the Focus 7 Bolt 500 RX performs open air in sunny circumstances. While it does an inexpensive job, it’s probably not what I might classify as daylight viewable in vibrant sunny circumstances. In saying that, you possibly can nonetheless see the display screen, however in case you are making an attempt to evaluate vital focus you’ll in all probability want some type of solar hood.

Does it even have 1,000 nits?

SmallHD FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX Review

To test the claimed brightness of the Focus 7, I shot a white card with a light-weight set at 5600Okay, after which uncovered the picture so it was slightly below 100% so there was no clipping. I then took a studying from the Focus 7 utilizing a Sekonic C-800. The Focus has a claimed most brightness of 1000 nits so does it produce 1,000 nits?

SmallHD FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX Review

The Focus 7 gave me a studying of 1,170 lux and a Kelvin shade temperature studying of 6489Okay. Just for reference, it had a CC rating of 0.1G. The studying of 1,170 lux exceeds SmallHD’s determine of 1000 lux.

It was spectacular that the Focus 7 recorded a Kelvin shade temperature studying of 6489Okay. This is sort of an identical to its white level D65 (6500Okay setting).

How does the image high quality examine to an Atomos Ninja V or Shinobi?

SmallHD FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX Review
Atomos Shinobi

Yes, I do know the Ninja V and Shinobi are solely 5″, however I can’t examine the Focus 7 in opposition to the Shogun 7 as that product doesn’t truly exist but. The Atomos Ninja V and Shinobi each have 1,000 nits which is strictly the identical because the 1,000 nits of the Focus 7.

I actually just like the display screen on the Ninja V and Shinobi, and it’s very arduous to beat on the worth.

SmallHD FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX Review

To test the claimed brightness of the Ninja V, I shot a white card with a light-weight set at 5600Okay, after which uncovered the picture so it was slightly below 100% so there was no clipping. I then took a studying from the Ninja V with a Sekonic C-800. The Shogun Inferno gave me a studying of 1,070 lux and a Kelvin shade temperature studying of 5697Okay. It had a CC rating of 0.2G.

In abstract right here is how the Focus 7 and Ninja V examine while you have a look at brightness, Kelvin shade temperature, and CC rating. Just for one more reference, I’ve thrown within the Atomos Shogun Inferno and the SmallHD Cine 7.

SmallHD Cine 71,900 lux5997OkayCC 0.2G
Atomos Shogun Inferno1,580 lux7144OkayCC 0.4G
Atomos Ninja V1,070 lux5697OkayCC 0.2G
SmallHD Focus 71,170 lux6489OkayCC 0.1G

On the SmallHD screens, you possibly can set the white level to varied Kelvin shade temperatures. For the above readings, the SmallHD screens had been set at D65 (6500Okay).

Below you possibly can see the place the varied Kelvin shade temperatures fall.

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    SmallHD Focus 7
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    Atomos Ninja V
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    Atomos Shogun Inferno
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    SmallHD Cine 7

Measurements are one factor, however how do all of those screens truly examine in the true world? Well, I discovered that the SmallHD Focus 7 regarded fairly just like the Cine 7. The Atomos Ninja V had essentially the most element (though that is because of its smaller measurement and excessive 427 PPI). I at all times discover that the Atomos screens are slightly bit over saturated. The Shogun Inferno nonetheless seems to be fairly good but it surely’s displaying its age when in comparison with the newer shows getting used on the Cine 7, Ninja V., and Focus 7.

The display screen on the Focus 7 just isn’t practically as shiny as each the Ninja V and Shogun Inferno and that makes it much less inclined to reflections and glare.

It will likely be attention-grabbing to see how the Focus 7 compares in opposition to the not too long ago introduced Atomos Shogun 7 ($1,499 USD).

All of those screens could be calibrated via using X-Rite merchandise. The SmallHD screens do want a specific colour probe although so test their web site for extra particulars.

Touch display screen

The Focus 7 options touchscreen management. Touchscreen management is nice, but it surely additionally must work if you find yourself utilizing gloves in chilly circumstances. I didn’t have any issues utilizing contact display screen gloves when working the Focus 7.

The touchscreen, for essentially the most half, is sweet and responsive. I solely discovered myself very sometimes having to press one thing greater than as soon as to get it to work.

While I do just like the touchscreen performance you do should be conscious that you’ll have to consistently wipe the display screen with a cleansing fabric as a consequence of what number of fingerprint marks will accumulate on the show.

Web pageBuilder OS

SmallHD FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX Review

Like all SmallHD screens, the FOCUS 7 Bolt RX makes use of the identical Web pageBuilder OS graphical person interface (GUI). SmallHD constructed the Web pageBuilder OS to make menus much less complicated. Web pageBuilder is a really customisable system because it permits you to selectively apply monitoring instruments comparable to waveform, vectorscope, multiview, LUTs, and focusing aids on completely different “pages”.

SmallHD FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX Review

These pages could be simply flipped via utilizing the joystick (it’s virtually just like how some Mac merchandise work). The buttons on the entrance panel may also toggle monitoring instruments on and off for every web page.

The buttons and controls are all in the appropriate place as you possibly can entry them whereas holding onto the screens handles.

SmallHD FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX Review

If you haven’t used a SmallHD monitor with Web pageBuilder earlier than, it doesn’t take too lengthy to get the dangle of it. I fairly like the way in which it really works because it permits me to in a short time go between completely different scopes or focus peaking and many others. simply by utilizing the joystick. I discover this a faster system to make use of than turning gadgets on and off such as you usually should do on most monitor interfaces.

I actually like Web pageBuilder OS. I discover it by far the best working system to make use of on any monitor. I particularly just like the Color Picker operate the place you possibly can transfer a goal icon round and it’ll show shade values for you.

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    False shade show in ARRI EVF
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    False shade show on the SmallHD (high & left), and on the Atomos (proper & backside)

One of the opposite good elements of Web pageBuilder OS is that SmallHD has truly bothered to standardize the false shade performance. As a default, the false colours are mapped on to ARRI cameras, however you may also customise them to no matter digicam you might be utilizing. This is an enormous deal. A number of different screens simply have false shade with no scale or markings and you haven’t any thought what you might be truly seeing. Above you possibly can see what I imply. The false shade indicators on the SmallHD precisely replicate what I’m seeing in my EVF.

Monitoring Tools

  • Pixel Zoom: 2x and 4x with pinch zoom
  • Aspect Ratios: Preset and customizable
  • DSLR Scale: Canon 5D Mk II and Canon 7D
  • Custom Scale: Underscan solely
  • Anamorphic De-Squeeze: 1.33x, 1.5x, 1.66x, 2.0x
  • Image Flip: Auto and guide
  • Image Rotation: Auto and guide
  • Color Focus Assist: Adjustable type and depth
  • Peaking: Adjustable depth
  • False Color: Spectrum, ARRI-style and customizable
  • Dual Zebra: Customizable
  • Waveform: Luma and RGB, customizable with area of curiosity highlighting
  • Vectorscope: Yes
  • Picture-in-Picture: No
  • RGB Parade: Customizable
  • Histogram: Luma and RGB
  • Horizon Indicator: No
  • Image Capture: With devoted button and picture gallery
  • Custom LUTs: Load as seems to be on pages or as system-wide calibration by way of the settings menu
  • LUT Import: Via SD card or USB storage gadget
  • Image Overlay: Opacity slider and blink setting
  • Blue Only: No
  • Audio Meters: Up to 8 channels

Wireless performance

SmallHD FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX Review

This built-in receiver has a claimed vary of as much as 500′ line of sight (or 500′ LoS) and it’s appropriate with FOCUS Bolt 500 TX, Teradek Bolt 500, Bolt 500 LT, Bolt 500 XT Transmitters. It doesn’t seem like appropriate with Bolt 1,000, and 3,000 transmitters.

If you will construct a wi-fi receiver right into a monitor then it must be not solely dependable but additionally trouble-free. Pairing is required with the FOCUS Bolt 500 RX in any other case, anyone with one may present up on set and steal your footage. The pairing course of encrypts the transmission, which retains every little thing safe and obtainable solely to these folks you need to see the footage.

SmallHD FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX Review

The good factor concerning the built-in Bolt wi-fi receiver is that it’s pretty simple to pair up with a Bolt transmitter, Cine 7 TX or Focus 7 Bolt 500 TX. This could be finished straight from the wi-fi menu. There you possibly can change the nation area for operation of your wi-fi system in addition to pair up a brand new transmitter.

I like that after getting paired your transmitter as soon as with the FOCUS Bolt 500 RX, all you’ll want to do is flip it on and it simply routinely connects up immediately.

To pair the product, you could possibly additionally use the Bolt Manager software program which could be downloaded from the Teradek web site right here.

Wireless efficiency

SmallHD FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX Review

This is at all times a tough one to assessment and take a look at. Wireless vary and efficiency rely on the place you might be utilizing it. In one location it’s possible you’ll get 500′ of vary or extra, and in one other, it’s possible you’ll be fortunate to get 50′. From my testing right here in Japan, I discovered the wi-fi vary to be fairly good. I managed to get a superbly secure sign even after I left the transmitter in my condominium after which went down two flights of stairs, round a nook, down a hall after which went exterior the constructing. I used to be impressed as there was no direct line of sight and an terrible lot of concrete and metal between the transmitter and receiver.

To additional take a look at the vary I arrange a take a look at the place I may measure the precise distance at which the FOCUS Bolt 500 RX would work. Again that is going to rely in your location and wi-fi site visitors in your space. I’m in the course of Tokyo, so it needs to be a very good indicator of how properly the system works given the quantity of wi-fi site visitors and interference on this metropolis.

SmallHD FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX Review

I discovered that I nonetheless had a very good clear, secure sign up till round 180m (590ft) from the place the digicam was so long as I maintained line of sight. I used to be utilizing the Cine 7 500 TX because the transmitter unit. This determine exceeded the 500ft vary that SmallHD claims is the efficient vary of the Focus 7 Bolt 500 RX.

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What is sweet is that the Focus 7 Bolt 500 RX truly gave me warnings on the display screen after I began to strategy its most working vary.

Once the Focus 7 Bolt 500 RX dropped the sign that is the place I bumped into issues. I discovered that even after I began strolling again in the direction of the digicam the sign didn’t return. I even tried turning the RX unit on and off once more however that didn’t work both. I discovered that I needed to stroll all the way in which again to inside round 10m of the TX unit for the sign to come back again. This is likely one of the irritating issues when utilizing wi-fi, it’s by no means actually bulletproof.

While the vary of the system was good I wished to see what would occur if I misplaced connection, so I turned the receiver off after which again on once more. It took roughly 8 seconds for the receiver to re-establish a connection which was fairly fast.

Next, I turned the Cine 7 500 transmitter off, which is extra generally what might occur while you change over a digicam battery or energy the digicam off after which on once more. This time it took round 11 seconds for the image to re-establish.

What about if I pulled out the SDI from the digicam feeding the transmitter? This time the system re-established the connection in round 7 seconds.

So what would occur if I out of the blue modified the body fee to 60fps (nonetheless in a 23.98p recording mode) on my digicam whereas the system was on? I misplaced the image for about 3 seconds. When I modified the digicam again to 23.98fp, it took round 5 seconds for the image to re-establish.

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The Focus 7 Bolt 500 RX couldn’t wi-fi obtain a 1080p60 sign.

Now, SmallHD claims the Focus 7 Bolt 500 RX will help as much as 60p in full HD, so I made a decision to check that declare. Again this was no drawback in any respect, and altering from 23.98p to 60p didn’t end in a lack of image in any respect.

One difficulty I did discover was when making an attempt to transmit a 60p sign, there was image on the Cine 7 TX, however the Focus 7 Bolt 500 RX wasn’t in a position to show the picture.

Power Draw

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With a 1,000 nit daylight viewable display screen and built-in wi-fi receiver, the FOCUS Bolt 500 TX consumes a most of 16.2 watts (1080p60, 100% brightness, instruments utilized, receiving a wi-fi sign.) The energy enter for the gadget is 6 to 8.4 VDC.

I discovered that I may run the system off two Anton Bauer NP-F774 batteries. for round 3.5- 4 hours. The battery plate is detachable and could be swapped over for a V-mount or AB-Gold Mount plate.

Is it an obstacle having the wi-fi in-built?

This is a query lots of people are sure to ask, so I’ll tackle it from my perspective. No, I don’t assume it’s a drawback having it built-in, and right here is why. The Sidekick II Bolt wi-fi receiver doesn’t make the FOCUS Bolt 500 TX a lot greater than a FOCUS 7 On-Camera Monitor and even when you don’t need to use the wi-fi capabilities it’s not going to get in the way in which.

Could Teradek and SmallHD simply have made a removable or slot in a wi-fi receiver? I requested Teradek about this and I used to be instructed that “Regarding removable wi-fi receivers, that is one thing we’re actively trying into. Our aim is to make these built-in options as light-weight and as small as potential whereas sustaining an inexpensive worth level.”


Both SmallHD and Teradek fall underneath the Vitec umbrella and it’s good to see know-how from two completely different manufacturers being built-in right into a single product. From my understanding, one of many principal causes that Vitec was buying all of those completely different manufacturers was in order that they might share the know-how and give you higher merchandise. It actually has taken a while for this to occur.


The FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX retails for $1,529 USD. I feel this can be a affordable worth for a 7″ monitor and a wi-fi receiver that has a 500′ vary.

What you additionally have to have in mind is that the FOCUS Bolt 500 RX doesn’t include a transmitter and even the most cost effective appropriate choice; the Bolt 500 is $1,390 USD. So realistically you’re taking a look at $2,919 USD for the most cost effective obtainable receiver and transmitter answer. If you already personal a Bolt transmitter you then received’t have to spend that extra money.


SmallHD FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX Review
Vaxis Storm 058 Focus

Nobody else makes an built-in 7″ wi-fi monitor/receiver. The closest product that might provide competitors is the Vaxis Storm 058 Focus which I have previously reviewed.

The Vaxis Storm 058 Focus has a built-in Storm 1,000FT+ Wireless Receiver with a full HD (1920×1080) IPS 5.8″ display screen and claimed 1,000 nits of brightness. I measured the display screen and it solely had 737 nits.

The Vaxis Storm 058 Focus retails for $2,599 USD and not using a TX unit. This is pricey contemplating the unit has no inputs and a severe lack of monitoring help instruments. The SmallHD Focus 7 Bolt 500 RX and Cine 7 500 RX are vastly superior merchandise to the Vaxis Storm 058. The solely benefit the Vaxis has is transmission distance.


The FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 TX is a pleasant little bit of equipment and it delivers on its supposed function. It’s useful and straightforward to make use of, and it takes lots of the complication out of wi-fi monitoring.

I simply want that SmallHD would hurry up and make SDI variations of the Focus Bolt collection. I’m undecided if this may occur since they now have the Cine 7 collection.

The picture it shows is very nice, it’s properly constructed, and it’s light-weight for a 7″ monitor that includes a wi-fi receiver. I truthfully haven’t come throughout a better-integrated monitor/ wi-fi video receiver. Its measurement, weight, and performance make it a extremely good product at hand to a director, producer or a shopper.

SmallHD FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX Review

I additionally discovered it actually nice even after I was working as a solo shooter. When I used to be establishing interviews or stay crosses I may go and sit within the skills spot after which see what my lighting and framing regarded like. That means I used to be in a position to make changes to my lights with out having to maintain going backwards and forwards to the digicam to see what these modifications regarded like. Anything that makes my job simpler and extra environment friendly is at all times welcomed.

Most importantly, purchasers, administrators, and producers cherished utilizing it. I may give them the FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX and it was simple for them to carry, carry and use.

If you might be on the lookout for a flexible product that can be utilized as each an on-camera monitor in addition to an all-in-one wi-fi video receiver answer then the FOCUS 7 Bolt 500 RX is actually value taking a tough have a look at. If it’s too massive then there may be at all times the choice of the 5″ FOCUS Bolt 500 RX. If you need one thing that’s barely brighter you possibly can step as much as the Cine 7 500 RX or the 703 Bolt.