FieldMonitor turns your iPhone®, iPad®, or iPod touch® into a wireless picture monitor / waveform monitor / vectorscope / histogram. See exactly what your camera is doing, without tethering your camera — or yourself — to a hardwired monitor and set of ’scopes.
- Full-screen monitoring of your signal, with or without engineering ’scopes.
- Onscreen markers: frameline and mask with adjustable safe areas and aspect ratios; several grids, center markers, and a customizable crosshair.
- Focus Assist with variable sensitivity and four peaking modes (for camera sources only, not Teradeks. On iOS 11, focus assist requires iOS 11.2 or later).
- 3D LUTs to view camera images: use the built-in LUTs or import your own .cube LUTs (camera sources only).
- On modern iDevices, you can also see a fully-adjustable false-color overlay for direct exposure verification.
- H and V Image Flip.
- Anamorphic desqueeze for 1.33x, 1.5x, 1.8x, and 2.0x lenses.
- With a compatible camera you also get start/stop, exposure, color balance, and focus controls, so you can maintain essential control even while recording (FieldMonitor provides a limited set of controls intended to supplement or replace on-camera adjustments while recording under Wi-Fi control. It does not replace Canon’s Camera Connect, Panasonic’s Image App or Lumix Sync, or Sony’s Imaging Edge Mobile for more comprehensive control, configuration, playback, and image transfer).
||Live-view Resolution (16x9 images)
||Display LUTs &
|Canon EOS DSLR and mirrorless cameras||512x288||Yes||Yes||Canons can’t output a clean HDMI feed when Wi-Fi remote control is active, so only internal recording can be used. No peaking display. Latency: 5–7 frames @ 24fps typical.
|Panasonic Lumix cameras using Image App or Lumix Sync remote control (S1-series compatibility requires iOS 9 or later)
|Yes||Yes||GH4s can’t record 10-bit when in Wi-Fi remote mode. Some cameras only transmit 320x180 images. Camera’s peaking display may not available while recording. Latency: 4 frames @ 24fps typical.
|Sony “Smart Remote” cameras (A6300, A6500, A7Sii, A7Rii, etc.)
|Yes||Yes||“Smart Remote” Sonys disable Picture Profiles and other features in Wi-Fi remote mode: no S-Log, no S&Q motion! No tap-to-focus control in movie mode. No focus mag or peaking. Latency: 5–6 frames @ 24fps typical.|
|Sony “Ctrl w/ Smartphone” cameras (A6400, A6600, A7iii, A7Riii, A9, A99ii, etc.)
||640x360||Yes||Yes||S-Log works, S&Q motion works. No focus-area display or tap-to-focus control; no battery or storage display. No focus mag or peaking. Latency: 5–6 frames @ 24fps typical.|
|Sony* “Ctrl w/ Smartphone” cameras (cameras with * after their name in FieldMonitor: A1, A7Siii, A7Riv, A9 version 5+, etc.)
|Yes||Yes||S-Log works, S&Q motion works. No focus-area display. Tap-to-focus control only on A1 &A7Siii in movie mode. No focus mag or peaking. Latency: 3 frames @ 24fps typical. 1024x576 in “PC Remote” mode only.|
|Teradek H.264 transmitters||depends on Teradek settings;
480i to 1080p
|No||No||Requires iOS 10+. H.264 streams only. Latency: 4+ frames @24fps depending on encoder settings.
|Fujifilm X-T3 and X-T100 cameras only: Fujifilm video functionality when using wi-fi remote control is very poor and FieldMonitor cannot improve it. Using a Fujifilm for video with wi-fi control is not recommended; FieldMonitor’s Fujifilm support is being maintained for existing customers and no further development is planned.||640x360||Yes||Yes||X-T3 only records 1080p/29.97. X-T100 only records 720p/24. No on-camera controls or displays; the camera body goes dead. No manual focus with focus-by-wire-lenses. No HDMI monitoring or recording. No tap-to-focus control in movie mode. No focus mag or peaking. See “Fujifilm issues” for full details. Latency: 2–3 frames @ 24fps typical.
- Audio monitoring is not possible with camera sources, only with Teradeks.
- If your camera lacks a mode dial or switch to choose between stills and movies, you won't be able to switch modes using FieldMonitor.
- FieldMonitor (like any other live monitoring and control Wi-Fi app) depends on having a clear Wi-Fi channel for communication. In areas with many busy Wi-Fi networks and/or sources of radio interference, performance cannot be guaranteed. Test for adequate performance using your camera’s native app before buying FieldMonitor!
Screenshots and Videos
- Panasonics in manual-focus mode provide the richest set of Wi-Fi controls and functions.
- Panasonics in AF mode and Sonys show fewer focusing controls. You can’t set the focus point on most Sonys in movie mode.
- Many “Ctrl w/ Smartphone” Sonys do not display focus area, battery level, or storage space.
- Teradeks have no camera controls, LUT capability, or Focus Assist.
- Older iDevices with A6 or earlier processors can’t show false color.
Typical Panasonic controls in manual-focus mode. Panasonics send storage and battery-level information. Camera battery level shown with PWR: label, iDevice battery shown with the i: label.
Typical Sony controls in manual-focus mode. This Sony does not send storage or battery information, and the AF button only works in AF mode. iDevice battery shown with iPWR: label.
False-color display allows setting each of the color levels (false color requires iDevices with A7 or later processors).
Unsure where your focus is?
Focus Assist gives you fully adjustable in-app sharpening, like an analog peaking control (Focus Assist is only available for camera sources, not for Teradeks).
Focus Assist’s Edge Mode really emphasizes where focus is placed.
Focus Assist demo:
Anamorphic support? Sure! Pick your lens and your final cropped aspect ratio.
The 4-WAY display lets you see all the ’scopes alongside picture. A tap of the screen hides controls for a clear view.
Many Panasonic cameras offer a peaking control in manual-focus mode (in STBY only for most cameras, though the GH5 displays it while recording).
With Panasonics in manual-focus STBY mode, you can magnify the focus area as both picture-in-picture...
...and as a full-screen image.
Use a LUT to properly view log images or to apply a look (camera sources only).
A demo of FieldMonitor’s monitoring tools, common across all camera sources:
A demo of version 8.0, showing FieldMonitor’s Canon support:
Version 8.1, showing Panasonic operations:
Version 4.2, showing FieldMonitor’s Sony-specific operations:
Version 4.1 reviewed by DSLRVideoShooter:
Version 4.1 reviewed by DansTube.tv in Australia:
Versión 4.1 revisada por Toni Galera en LookMediaSpain.com:
FieldMonitor is an independently-developed app, not a product of Canon, Fujifilm, Panasonic, Sony, or Teradek. Canon, Fujifilm, Panasonic, Sony, and Teradek are not responsible for FieldMonitor’s performance, suitability, or fitness for purpose.
iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. Canon, EOS, and Camera Connect are trademarks of Canon Corporation. Fujifilm and Camera Remote are trademarks of Fujifilm Corporation. Panasonic, Lumix, Image App, and Lumix Sync are trademarks of Panasonic Corporation. Sony and Imaging Edge Mobile are trademarks of Sony Corporation. Teradek, Cube, Clip, VidiU, and Bolt are trademarks of Teradek, a Vitec Group Brand.
© 2021 Adam J. Wilt. Last updated 2021.04.22