F&V F3 Monitor Review

Monitors are an important investment. They do much more than just help you compose and expose your image correctly, they are the window to your clients first impression of your work on set. You don’t want that window to be small or to look dirty. But finding a solid video monitor at an affordable price is tough. That’s where F&V’s F3 monitor comes in. The F3 monitor has one of the best images I’ve seen in it’s price range. And with a resolution of 1024×600 it’s display is perfect for DSLR shooters.

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Pros:

  • Several affordable models
  • Incredible Image
  • Hard, detachable shade
  • 3 Effective monitoring scales (record, preview and playback)
  • Works brilliantly with DSLRs
  • Focus Peaking
  • Composite RCA, Composite BNC, HDMI, and HD-SDI BNC connections

Cons:

  • No HDMI Passthrough
  • No False color/Zebras
  • Reflective screen (shade helps and the monitor is bright enough to knock down most reflections)

Should You Buy It?

Yes. The F3 monitor is a great buy for those looking for an affordable monitor with a great image and multiple input options. If you don’t need all the bells and whistles, check out the HDMI F3 monitor or the even cheaper F1 monitors from F&V.


All F&V Monitor Models

 

F1F1 HDMI Monitor $215

  • HDMI
  • Screen Size: 7.0” (diagonal)
  • Display Area: 6.1 x 3.4” (154 x 86mm)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9/4:3 Selectable
  • Pixels: 800 x 480
  • Color Depth: 24-bit (16,777,216 colors)
  • Contrast Ratio: 500:1
  • Viewing Angle: 70° (L), 70° (R) x 70° (T) x 50° (B) (CR?10)
  • Dot Pitch: 0.03 (W) x 0.007 (H)” (0.642 x 0.179mm)

F1

F1 HDMI and HD-SDI $439

  • HDMI and HD-SDI
  • Screen Size: 7.0” (diagonal)
  • Display Area: 6.1 x 3.4” (154 x 86mm)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9/4:3 Selectable
  • Pixels: 800 x 480
  • Color Depth: 24-bit (16,777,216 colors)
  • Contrast Ratio: 500:1
  • Viewing Angle: 70° (L), 70° (R) x 70° (T) x 50° (B) (CR?10)
  • Dot Pitch: 0.03 (W) x 0.007 (H)” (0.642 x 0.179mm)

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F3 HDMI $299

  • HDMI
  • Screen Size: 7.0” (diagonal)
  • Display Area: 153.6mm(H) x 90mm(V)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9/4:3 Selectable
  • Pixels: 1024(H) x 3(RGB) x 600(V)
  • Selectable Color Depth: 24-bit (16,777,216 colors)
  • Brightness: 400 cd/m²
  • Contrast Ratio: 800:1
  • Viewing Angle: 170°
  • Dot Pitch: 0.15(H) x 0.15(V)

f3-monitor-34-hood-open-0197-1-2_1F3 HDMI and HD-SDI $499

  • HDMI and HD-SDI
  • Screen Size: 7.0” (diagonal)
  • Display Area: 153.6mm(H) x 90mm(V)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9/4:3 Selectable
  • Pixels: 1024(H) x 3(RGB) x 600(V)
  • Selectable Color Depth: 24-bit (16,777,216 colors)
  • Brightness: 400 cd/m²
  • Contrast Ratio: 800:1
  • Viewing Angle: 170°
  • Dot Pitch: 0.15(H) x 0.15(V)