Imagine a world where screen real estate goes beyond 3 inches or 3.2 inches on your digital camera. It's not really possible when cameras, and especially interchangeable lens cameras (ILCs), are being made so small, but the CLM-V55 LCD monitor changes all of that. It's a 5-inch screen offering a WGA-resolution (800x400) display for reviewing and recording photos and videos, connecting to any camera via HDMI, with a mono speaker on the back.
Unfortunately, there's no easy way to mount the screen on Sony's own NEX series of ILCs, apart from the NEX-7, given that they use a proprietary flash mount. The only way to get around this limitation would be to use a mounting bracket attached to the tripod socket, or a third-party hotshoe adapter that converts the proprietary NEX mount into a regular cold shoe. The only example we've come across so far is this hack from Wide Open Camera.
The V55 attached to a Sony Alpha digital SLR.
The screen displays all of the same information found on the camera's LCD, and it's as simple as plugging in the included cable for HDMI to mini-HDMI to the appropriate ports, and switching both the camera/camcorder and screen on. In the box, the V55 also comes with two accessory shoe adapters for mounting the screen on a cold shoe. Using one of the adapters, the screen can tilt forwards and backwards up to 90 degrees, and can swivel 360 degrees. There's also a detachable hood that's ideal for using outdoors and in bright situations. It folds neatly back on itself with side flaps and a hood when not in use.
Most importantly, the V55 addresses another big issue facing filmmakers using SLRs or ILCs: audio monitoring. There's a 3.5mm headphone jack just above the HDMI input, which helps to monitor sound recording through the camera's microphone or external microphone, if applicable.