The CLM-V55 comes as an unexpected, yet exciting, new release for Sony’s Alpha series. As video modes become more prevalent in DSLR cameras (and indeed SLT cameras in the case of the A33 and A55), the variety of accessories available to cater for videographers’ needs is ever-growing.

The CLM-V55 is a 5in screen that attaches to your video-capable Sony Alpha (A33, A55, A560 or A580) via the hotshoe and is then connected via an HDMI cable from camera to device. In order to provide a real time preview there will be a firmware release to allow for full time streaming from the HDMI out port – and this is particularly interesting as it won’t solely influence the use of just the V55 device. Imagine, for example, you wanted to feed a real time live preview to your HDTV or other enabled device, then this should now be possible via this update.

The V55 screen is powered by its own individual Sony M-series battery and comes with a shielded hood to stop excessive light glaring in use. The neck is a swivel-bracket meaning there’s plenty of room for fluid repositioning of the screen as seen fit.

What’s possibly even more exciting is the ability to connect headphones using the 3.5mm mic jack for live in-ear monitoring while recording. This certainly ups the ante to push Sony’s already impressive DSLR movie modes that step further should you be looking for an affordable yet high-level and fairly complete video setup.

To the right of the screen itself is a control wheel that doubles up as a selection button and can be used to adjust a variety of screen display options: it’s possible to change in-ear monitoring volume, screen brightness, contrast, colour temperature (three presets), view highlight clipping (Peak), magnify, adjust aspect ratio and lastly adjust the screen brightness using a five-level gauge.

It’s not fully confirmed that the CLM-V55 will see release in the UK as yet, as the US SRP is $399, but we’re certainly hopeful that this great video accessory will be internationally distributed. More info as and when we have it…

Sony CLM-V55: original press release (full info)

Sony CLM-V55: Original Press Release:

Clip-on LCD monitor from Sony for HD video shooting with Interchangeable Lens Digital cameras
CLM-V55 gives large, high-resolution view of video footage

  • Clip-on LCD monitor attaches to DSLR camera
  • Large (5″) WVGA panel offers superb high-resolution view while shooting HD video
  • Tilt/swivel for comfortable viewing at any angle
  • Colour peaking and pixel magnification for precise focus confirmation

A new clip-on LCD monitor from Sony gives DSLR camera owners a bigger, better view of their footage while shooting HD video.

The CLM-V55 is a portable video monitor featuring a high-resolution WVGA (800 x 480) (5″) LCD panel. Attaching easily to most Interchangeable Lens Digital cameras and compatible HD camcorders via the supplied adaptor, it displays video footage during shooting/playback with excellent clarity and a wide viewing angle.

The clip-on screen tilts and swivels to any angle for comfortable framing in any position – even self-shooting when you’re in the picture.

The CLM-V55 is loaded with pro-style features to help photo enthusiasts and videographers shoot high-quality HD video footage with their Interchangeable Lens Digital camera.

Pixel magnification mode assists with accurate focus confirmation, giving an enlarged pixel-perfect view of a selected portion of the Full HD image. It’s complemented by a colour peaking function that highlights the edges of accurately-focused areas of the video image.

An intuitive control wheel allows quick, positive adjustment of a wide range of monitor settings without interrupting shooting. Adjustable parameters include aspect ratio (16:9/4:3), volume, brightness, contrast, colour tone (phase), colour temp and auto dimmer. On-screen markers aid precise framing by giving precise indication of a TV’s 16:9 or 4:3 actual display area. The LCD monitor’s on-board mono speaker is complemented by a headphone jack for accurate audio monitoring during shooting.

The CLM-V55 attaches easily to a wide range of Interchangeable Lens Digital cameras from Sony and other manufacturers that support HD video shooting. The supplied adaptor simplifies mounting on any camera or HD camcorder that features a tripod screw, an auto-lock accessory shoe or ISO shoe. Signal connection from camera to monitor is via the supplied HDMI cable, while power can be supplied using a battery pack or AC adaptor (both optional). The CLM-V55 comes with a detachable LCD hood for more comfortable viewing when shooting outdoors in bright sunlight.

The CLM-V55 LCD video monitor by Sony is available from March 2011.


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