Hi my new camcorder comes with a cable that you can plug in which ends in a yellow video, white and red audio RCA/phono/AV plugs.
I have plugged them into my old video recorder via a SCART adaptor and I can see the live video feed on my TV. The camera can operate in 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratio but my old TV doesn't cope with the 16:9 mode at all well, simply squashing the image full screen.
I can also plug them into my PC capture card and use the capture card bundled software to monitor the live feed (though there is a 1-second plus delay or time-lag between the reality being viewed (say a clock face with a second hand) and the video image displayed on my PC screen (the clock on the screen is one-second-plus slow). The bundled software does have a 16:9 aspect ratio mode which is nice.
What I would like to buy is a portable video monitor which would give me a good fully detailed image, operating appropriately in either 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratio either automatically or with a manual 4:3 or 16:9 option.
Now with the wide screen view, and given the video signal has a height of is it 576 lines, I reckon the minimum screen resolution I need to display every data point would be 1024 x 576.
No problem for my 15 inch PC monitor but it doesn't have an AV composite video inputs, also it needs a mains supply so it isn't portable. Also 15 inch is just a wee bit big for portable in my opinion.
I was thinking maybe 12 inch or 10 inch screen might be ideal.
But most LCD monitors which are portable of that size have at the most 800 pixels width resolution. That is true for most dedicated monitors or DVD-player monitors which often have AV inputs on them and other people have used as portable video monitors.
There are newer LCD screens in use for different purposes which seem to be up to my ideal specification in theory.
I have noticed that netbook, notebook or ultraportable PCs often use a 10 inch 1024 x 600 screen. Presumably I could get one with a video capture card, maybe but there might be a time lag as I experienced with my PC, and there is always a delay when you switch a PC on before you can run the program which makes it function as a video monitor.
Also I have my eye on a new DVD-TV player with an amazing 1280 x 800 resolution.
Meos 12.3" Portable Freeview TV + DVD Player
This would cost under £200 and obviously does a lot more than simply be a video monitor. It only seems to be available ordering via the web - that wedodigital website or diddydigital on ebay. So I can't test it and Beth the person who answers questions on the website can't really give me information about delays though someone else on a campsite website said he uses a DVD-player as a monitor with no noticeable delay on the screen.
I have seen nothing with a similar specification in searching the website of local electrical stores like Currys or Comet and the rest.
Anyway this is a dedicated camcorder forum so I thought I would post here to see what people recommend for a portable external video monitor for a camcorder.
Which would you recommend?
The Meos is under £200 and that is the top of my budget. Ideally, I would rather spend £100 on a simpler device which didn't bother with the DVD player or the TV but had at least 1024 pixel width and was portable 10 or 12 or maybe 13 inch at a stretch. Ideally with a rechargeable battery in it or at the very least with a 12 V input for power but I can't find such a product anywhere on the internet at that price.