Every DSLR and camcorder in the market today has a small LCD screen built-into the device which serves various purposes, such as composing a scene or viewing captured footage. Unfortunately, most of these screen happen to be fixed and non-movable, thus making it difficult to frame and compose certain shots an unusual angles. And leave it to Sony for a simple solution to a simple problem: an external hotshoe-mounted monitor.
However, the fact remains that DSLRs were primarily meant to be used for capturing still images, a quality which shows in the design of its body. As it stands, most DSLRs in the market today do not feature articulating or movable screens, a limitation which makes it difficult for videographers to frame a scene which needs to be taken from unusual angles. And this is the issue that Sony intends to solve with its new hotshoe-mounted monitor, the CLM-V55.
Sony has not announced any pricing details for the CLM-V55 external
monitor, but the company has confirmed that the device is expected to be
available by March this year.
Last but definitely not least, Sony has also announced in a separate press release that it has updated its NEX-5 camera lineup with additional colour schemes for consumers to choose from. In addition to offering the black and silver variants of the NEX-5 for retail, the company has confirmed that a gold-coloured NEX-5 will be made available to consumers by February this year.