Swivi 5.6″ LCD – Now Available

I had the chance to play with a prototype of this monitor, but still have not had the chance to see the final version. I hear it's been upgraded quite a bit on build quality and software menu. I remember a few people commented on this blog that they picked one up at PDN New York last month. Where's the reviews? Hopefully i'll still be able to check out the final version at some point.

Swivi LCD Monitor
find-price-button Swivi 5.6" External HDMI LCD w/ Focus Peaking - via eBay

The 'Swivi' (Swi-vee) is a 5.6" LCD HDMI monitor that attaches like a battery grip to any camera with a tripod mount (not just Canon). The Swivi display connects with an HDMI cable, offers and HDMI pass through, and is powered through a Canon LP-E6. An optional sunshade can be purchased and there is focus peaking available in the monitor. The first units are now available on eBay (click here)

And also available on Amazon (click below)
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Swivi External Swivel LCD Monitor 5.6" Peaking Focus FREE sunhood included - via Amazon


36 thoughts on “Swivi 5.6″ LCD – Now Available

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  2. Emm

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    @Austin - Great question. I believe it works on the display side trying to find contrast and sharp lines in the image. Much like sharpening tools in Photoshop. Just looks for the edges within the image.

  3. Austin

    Out of curiosity, would the focus peaking feature work with m42 mount lenses, not really sure how the feature it self communicates with the camera to tell if focus is peaking so I was wondering if vintage lenses might cause any problems.

  4. Derek

    Just pulled the trigger. Will be posting with notes once I've had some time to test it out. Should be arriving between Dec. 6th-9th.

    BTW, it's cheaper through amazon by $5.

  5. scottrellwi


    Sorry, for being a bit of a noob, I mistakenly wrote loop, but meant zfinder.

    I understand the 2 are for different uses, but would this device allow for better/same/worse than a zfinder or other "viewfinder" type device. I have not used an external monitor yet, so I have no frame of reference.

    Thanks again.

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  7. Emm

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    @scottrellwi - I don't think we can compare the two. They are designed for different audiences. The Zacuto plenty more features than a standard LCD. I'm not sure how well glasses work with the Z-Finders, but if you can dial in the loupe, the Z-EVF should help you lock in better focus. If you have the money, I would go with the Zacuto or maybe even consider the SmallHD DP4 with loupe.

  8. scottrellwi


    If you could get this or a nice zacuto loop, which one would you choose to get for more accurate focus? (60D) As I wear glasses, I am hoping for this new monitor solution.

  9. Emm

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    @aaron - I don't know exactly. I didn't get to try it with an FF. I guess I should have. I had to send the prototype back.

  10. scottrellwi

    Why does the resolution of the screen matter when all but the 7D output low resolution anyway?

    I like the "free" sun shade. I like how it folds out too.

  11. aaron

    @emm How thick is the bottom part(under the camer). I just wonder if I can use this with a rail system and not have to make major adjustment to follow focus & matte box. Or is there and other moutning options?

  12. Derek

    Now to sell my Marshall LCD50....hahaha.

    I always hated the whole extra arm or cold shoe for mounting monitors. This should at least lighten my bags when I go on shoots. We'll see...

  13. Emm

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    @scott - It's useful when viewing high angles or low angles, and it's also convenient to mount to the camera unlike other external monitors. The peaking feature is something most low end monitors don't have as well. It also has HDMI pass through to connect to another monitor, or maybe send the video wireless using an Asus WiCast. There's some cool advantages, but you really have to know what you want in a monitor. This monitor has a cable that connects directly to the camera. So I don't think it would work if you wanted to use it on a Jib.

  14. Emm

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    @Bridger - The display and firmware possibly changed from the protoype I had but it wasn't awful. If you're looking in this price range, I wouldn't expect the highest color accuracy or exposure.

  15. Emm

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    @Barry Sanders - Resolution for most 5" HDMI monitors won't be any higher. The DP6 is the smallest that has at least 720p display. Everything else is usually the same resolution.

  16. Emm

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    @Barry Sanders - Hard to speak on it, because the firmware changed on the monitor from the prototype version. I had the earliest model which was just proof of concept.

  17. Barry Sanders

    Also Emm, does this monitor try to compensate for the 480p HDMI drop when recording with the 5D, 60D, T2i/ T3i?

  18. Bridger

    Emm, what about exposure, I've read you can't trust proper exposure to lower end monitors? Also, does this have DSLR scaling. I tried emailing them, but couldn't get a definitive answer.

  19. Emm

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    @Max - the small EVFs are only about 800x600 resolution. The added peaking feature is supposed to help with that.

  20. Emm

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    @Tristan - The Marshall is a great monitor, but I don't think the Lilliput 5" has a peaking feature to help focus. I'm still waiting to see the final version. You can see how the product photos look different than in the video.

  21. Jamaal

    Ordered. I found a $25 dollar off PayPal coupon code but could only use it once. May be more out there.

  22. This product is SICK!!!!! I need to get one sonner than later. What do you all think about how this stacks up against the marshall or lily pad displays?

  23. This looks awesome. I want to get one ASAP, but my main concern would be how this hook-up affects other inputs on that side of my camera ... such as the mic. Does that side-mount section block the rest of the inputs?

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