The Accsoon SeeMo HDMI to USB Monitoring Adapter is a pleasant little machine that means that you can use your iPhone or iPad as a monitor.
This isn’t the primary time now we have seen gadgets that let you use a smartphone or pill as an on-camera monitor. The Z CAM IPMAN Gemini and even Accsoon’s personal M1 HDMI to USB-C On-Digicam Video Monitor Adapter Cable for Android Smartphones have been ready to do that beforehand, however solely when utilizing Android telephones. To my information, that is he first reasonably priced machine that allows you to do it with an iPhone.
The entire idea was fairly easy. Make a light-weight adapter that may convert an HDMI sign so it may be seen on an Apple iPhone or iPad.
Measurement & Weight
If you’ll make a product that’s going to be primarily used with small-sized mirrorless hybrids then it may possibly’t be too large or too heavy in any other case nobody will need to use it.
The Accsoon SeeMo is usually made out of light-weight supplies and it suggestions the scales at simply 75g / 2.65oz. What you clearly want to recollect is that you must energy the Accsoon SeeMo and a Sony NP-F model battery goes to weigh much more than the adapter.
Whereas the Accsoon SeeMo, a Sony 37Wh NP-F battery, and an iPhone 12 Professional tip the scales at round 500g / 17.64oz that’s nonetheless going to be barely lighter than even the most affordable 5″ monitor with the identical battery.
With a battery, the depth of the Accsoon SeeMo in all fairness substantial and it’ll find yourself being pretty much like in the event you had been utilizing one thing like an Atomos Ninja V.
Construct High quality
The construct high quality is okay, and although Accsoon has tried to maintain the load to a minimal by utilizing lots of light-weight supplies, it nonetheless feels strong sufficient.
The spring-loaded mechanism that holds your cellphone in place in all fairness sturdy. The adapter is adjustable from 65mm to 90mm, which permits it to accommodate iPhone with a 5.5-6.7” display.
You may press the Accsoon emblem and it’ll launch the locking mechanism. The best way this has been designed is that it sits straight behind the place the cellphone is so you’ll be able to solely actually use it whenever you need to launch the mechanism whenever you need to retailer it away for transportation.
The battery launch mechanism is plastic and I can’t communicate for the way sturdy it will be with out having used the product for a lot of months.
How do you energy it?
The Accsoon SeeMo options an in-built Sony-style NP-F battery plate. That is the one method you’ll be able to energy the adapter.
I might have most well-liked to have seen an in-built battery and/or a USB-C energy enter added as properly. With a small-sized, light-weight adapter it doesn’t make a ton of sense for customers to should energy it by way of a battery that weighs considerably greater than the machine itself.
The SeeMo solely attracts 2W or a most of 4-5W in case you are utilizing it with an iPad.
An in-built battery additionally has its caveats, however I believe a product like this could have one. Being able to energy it by way of a battery or by means of an inside battery or exterior USB-C supply would make it much more versatile, a minimum of in my view.
The opposite situation is that it doesn’t cost your iPhone when it’s linked up, nevertheless, in the event you use the included USB-C to USB-C cable and plug it into the 5V output you should utilize it to cost sure mirrorless hybrid cameras.
The SeeMo comes with a chilly shoe adapter and it additionally incorporates a 1/4-20″ thread within the base that gives you with different mounting choices.
If you wish to use it with an iPad you do have to buy a yet-to-be-announced model of Accsoons iPad cage.
What alerts can it settle for?
The Accsoon SeeMo can settle for Full HD alerts at as much as 60p. It will probably additionally output Full HD video at as much as 60p.
Plug & Play?
The Accsoon SeeMo may be very straightforward to rise up and working. The very first thing you must do is to obtain the free Accsoon See app from the App retailer.
You then put your iPhone into the cradle, join the lighting to USB-C cable out of your cellphone to the SeeMo, after which join an HDMI cable out of your digicam to the adapter.
You then flip your digicam on, flip the SeeMo on and open the app that you simply downloaded.
Then all you must do is to press the Monitor icon on the display and you might be good to go.
There may be additionally a web page the place you’ll be able to change settings, replace firmware and discover hyperlinks to tutorials and the working guide.
As soon as you might be linked up you will notice a real-time picture out of your digicam displayed in your iPhone.
Not solely are you able to see a picture out of your digicam, however you can too entry an enormous array of monitoring help instruments.
These are moderately properly laid out and straightforward to entry.
What you clearly want to concentrate on is that when you may have the data displayed on the display it’s really overlaying up elements of your picture. You may merely press on the display as soon as to take away the data and see a clear picture.
The opposite small gotcha that may catch you out is that you are able to do a pinch to zoom on the display, however it doesn’t provide you with any indication that you’re zoomed in. When you neglect to zoom again out you might properly find yourself taking pictures incorrectly framed photographs. That is one thing you must be very conscious of.
A number of the monitoring instruments which can be out there embody false shade, histogram, peaking, audio meters, waveform, body guides, and so on.
What is sweet is that you could modify the colour and depth of peaking, the place and opacity of the waveform, and so on.
You too can carry up a display the place you’ll be able to add or delete numerous monitoring instruments. That is useful as you’ll be able to solely have the instruments displayed that you simply need to use.
There may be additionally the flexibility to make use of LUTs.
The Accsoon SeeMo enables you to document video and audio on to your cellphone. That is good if you wish to add materials rapidly to social media platforms, and even take a look again at takes. You might additionally use it as a second again up recording.
You may change the encoding bitrate to fit your wants.
30Mbps in all fairness first rate for an HD recording by means of an app on a cellphone. I discovered that the standard of the recordings was greater than ok for social media use.
It is usually good that in case you are on location and also you want consumer approval for a sure shot, and so on. you’ll be able to document a clip after which ship it to them by way of iMessage or comparable.
The Accsoon SeeMo has the flexibility to dwell stream. That is fairly easy and straightforward to do and you may stream to a big selection of various platforms. For anybody working in information or occasions, this can be a useful function to have, particularly in emergency conditions.
Actual World Use
The Apple iPhones have actually good, color-accurate shows that put lots of reasonably priced on-camera screens to disgrace, so utilizing one as an onboard monitor definitely makes lots of sense.
The one actual caveat is that you could burn by means of a battery in a short time on an iPhone when you’re utilizing it as a monitor and in case you are streaming as properly. That is simply one thing you want to remember.
A number of the newer iPhones have very vivid screens that you could simply see in sunny circumstances. Virtually everyone already owns a cellphone, so having the ability to use it as a monitor additionally is sensible. In case you have an older iPhone you’ll be able to flip it right into a monitor as a substitute of throwing it out, so that you simply aren’t tying up your main cellphone.
The dealy over HDMI will solely depend upon what digicam you might be utilizing. Some cameras have much better HDMI delay than others.
Worth & Availability
The Accsoon SeeMo retails for $179 USD. Beneath are hyperlinks to the place you should buy it:
The Accsoon SeeMo is a intelligent little machine that packs lots of options and it means that you can use an iPhone as an on-board monitor. The app is straightforward to make use of and it has a big selection of monitoring instruments. I like that you could dwell stream and in addition document fairly first rate materials on to your cellphone.
As I beforehand talked about I might have most well-liked to have seen some form of inside battery and the flexibility to energy it by means of USB-C.
Utilizing an iPhone as a monitor definitely makes lots of sense, particularly given how good the shows are on the most recent variations.