Best Budget Camera Monitor (For Cameras Without Flip Screens)


– So when shooting YouTube videos, it’s really nice to have a flip out screen so that you can monitor yourself and make adjustments. But what happens if your camera doesn’t have a flip out screen, or if you actually are
shooting further away? Well, you can always invest in an expensive external monitor, but not everyone has the money to do that. So in this video, I want to talk about my favorite cheap monitor for DSLR and mirrorless cameras, which is actually free. And that is, using your smartphone or a laptop with software to create a monitor for your video. So I’m gonna review how to
do it, and more, coming up. Hey, what’s up, Sean
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consider subscribing. So a lot of us, when
creating YouTube videos, we shoot by ourselves, right? So whether we’re at home or at an office, it’s really nice to have a camera that has a flip-out monitor so that when you’re shooting, you can monitor yourself,
maybe adjust some settings. But you run into a couple situations that can be problematic. Number one, maybe your camera doesn’t have a flip out screen. So now, you have to get everything right, start the recording, run
in front of the camera, and then it’s kind of a guessing game. Or, it does but maybe you’re shooting kind of far away from the camera. Right now, I’m about five,
six feet away from it. So even having a monitor
wouldn’t help me very much. And additionally, it’s also nice if you can adjust the controls without having to be behind the camera. Because in this case,
I’d have to run back, adjust the controls, run back over here, adjust the controls. And so that’s why having
an external monitor is really nice. But they can cost a lot of money. They range from a couple hundred dollars to hundreds of dollars. So in this video, I wanted
to talk about a free way to create an external monitor. And initially, that is downloading the app for your camera. So right now we’re actually shooting on a Sony a7R II, and this
is Sony Play Memories app. And I’m able to start and
stop the recording on here, as well as see the entire shot composition right here on my phone. Now, the different apps vary depending on the camera model. There’s a Panasonic one, it’s
called a Panasonic Image app. And the Canon one is called
the Canon Camera Connect. And different ones do different things. And the Sony one, I don’t think we can adjust the controls here, but we can star and stop
recording, so that’s nice. You can make sure the
camera’s still running, you can see your whole shot composition. But on the Canon app, you can change the shutter speed, the ISO, so even if you want to
dial in the exact picture and image settings, you
can do that on the app. Okay, and so the two things that you want to check to see if you can do this with your set-up, is, is your camera a new enough model to have Wi-Fi and app compatibility, and does your camera manufacturer actually have an app for your camera? We know Canon, Panasonic, Sony’s good, and I’m sure some of the other brands have it covered as well. Additionally, there’s
some other cool things you can do with the mobile
app for your camera. I mean, if you’re ever
taking a group photo and you’re setting your camera up, instead of using your timer, you can just use your
phone as a remote shutter. Of course, you can
start and stop recording if you want to do video clips. But it’s also great for
just transferring files. A lot of the newer cameras allow you to transfer video and photos over Wi-Fi, and we like to do this a lot on the road if we want to take nicer
photos for Instagram or whatnot, we can just
grab them to our phones really quickly and share them online. So using an app is a super good solution. However, there is another solution that might work for you as well, and that is using your
laptop and software. And so, the only way that
I’ve ever tested this is with the Canon EOS utility. This is another great way to
be able to create a monitor as well as adust your settings. So here’s all you have to do to set it up, is you grab your USB cable, and you can just plug it into your camera. This is a Canon 70D. Picked it up right away
there on my camera, and it opens up the EOS Utility app. Then I can go into my camera settings and remote shooting, and
go to my live view mode, and there it is, it’s
activating the camera now. One tool or tip that I’m using here is the USB extension cable, that’s just USB about, I
think it’s 10 feet long, because this little black
cable’s not very long. And now I can use this camera and operate it remotely here. So if I was to use this
as the main shooter here, then I can not only see my shot, but I can make all kinds
of adjustments to it, even down to the frame
rate and the white balance, and a lot of things. So if you were going to be batch
producing content yourself, you’ve got your whole studio
set up just like this, then this is a great way. You could have even your notes here on the studio computer, your laptop. And you can also make sure
you have your adjustments and settings all controlled through the EOS utility. So either a software solution or a mobile phone, iPhone app solution. Two really great ways to have
the best monitor for cheap, actually free, right, if you
already have that stuff around to be able to start
leveling up your videos because you have more control and better vision of the
content you’re creating. Okay, so I hope these tips were helpful. And as usual, I will post
links to the EOS download and other information, the app downloads, in the YouTube description below. So definitely check those out. Question of the day: have you ever used these software or these apps before on your phone, for a monitor, for remote
shooting, anything like that. Definitely share your tips with the Think Media community
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100 thoughts on “Best Budget Camera Monitor (For Cameras Without Flip Screens)

  1. Hello, I had myself all excited about purchasing a Canon SL2 then I thought, do I really prefer a side of camera flip screen or top of camera flip screen, hmmmm. Do you have a preference?

  2. I did try it, but I must say that the focus and image quality is pretty bad on my laptop :/ (plus it takes a computer and lots of place). It works for now, but I'll still be looking for a cheap dedicated monitor.

  3. I have a canon powershot sx530 hs, am I able to use EOS utility for that camera? And where can I get the USB cord?

  4. Remote shooting wont work with canon eos m5 and i cant seem monitor myself using the app either when it comes to video. Please help <3

  5. will Canon IXUS 185 will work with the canon camera control app please reply because i am planning to buy the camera canon IXUS soon for my youtube channel if it will work with this camera i will take it repy pleassssssssssssssssssssssssssse and i love your videos it gave me tip for my channel budget cameras all kinds of stuff so keep going

  6. Too bad that on the A6000,6300 you can't use the 'record' feature in the app. Another strike for sony.

  7. Does this work on a t6? When I connect and go to video mode on my camera it says you canโ€™t connect while in video mode. If anyone can help id appreciate it, thanks

  8. My camera is a Sony without wifi how to I turn my iPad into a monitor with a camera that doesn't have wifi???

  9. Can someone please tell me how I can use my iPad as a monitor (to record not taking pictures) with my Canon t6i please!! What apps or cords are needed..Thanks

  10. Hi Sean! I've been thinking of buying the new Sony a7III. But, as you probably already know, the camera does not have a flip-out, rotating screen. I considered using the Sony PlayMemories app on my smartphone, but I was told that the app can only be used for transferring photos and not for video, is this true?

  11. Broi need help with nikon d3200. When i connect that with wire with smart phone it says (through dslr dashboard, helicon remote) liveview diabled by nikon.
    Cannot use that camera with smart phone. How to bypass that? Please help.

  12. I tried it with canon app and it said โ€œfunction not available in video shooting modeโ€ I have a EOS T6

  13. I keep trying to find videos or explanations on how to tether/connect my Samsung NX3300 camera and can find absolutely nothing. Everything is for Canon cameras. Not everyone uses or likes Canon cameras. Any help would be appreciated. I'm at the end of my rope. Thanks.

  14. how about an android/iphone for fuji cameras which dont have a tilt option. any app for tht ? appreciate your reply.

  15. Yes!! Thank you! I just made the switch to Sony and was researching a cheap monitor with little success. I suspected there was an app that could do this and Iโ€™m so happy to find out there is! Love your vids! Thanks!

  16. This is an awesome video! But this is so sad! I have a Canon Powershot Elph 300 HS but none of the software works for this. (It's too outdated)

  17. Nice vid! Here is the New Arrival Bestview S5 Monitor, maybe you will like it too~
    https://www.amazon.com/Bestview-5-5-inch-Monitor-19201080-Vlogging/dp/B07H2R6YCD/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1539767931&sr=1-4&keywords=BESTVIEW+S5+MONITOR

  18. You just saved me $40 on buying a webcam! Olympus Image Share, free app, does many basic shooting functions including live preview and remote start for photos and videos. THANK YOU!

  19. this app does not work for video on canon,can you guys send me a linkfor one that have video capability?please

  20. Sean, Sean, Sean… why I didn`t think about it before!
    Thanks for the idea! I`ll use it next time for sure! This way I will know when my camera is not recording … battery dying in the middle…

  21. alright sean, having some issues. my Nikon d3200 doesnโ€™t have a flip out screen and iโ€™m trying to add my iphone 8plus as my external screen. i understand the hdmi cables i just canโ€™t find a good app that works with the camera. also my camera doesnโ€™t have wifi.

  22. There are lots of DIY you can do but the first things you have is smartphone, laptop, camera/dlsr, HDMI cable and OTG cable(for those who don't have a Wireless Connection camera itself.) Second step is If the camera/DSLR don't have WiFi as I said before, you can download the app named, qdslrdashboard(cost 4-5 dollars I think) but don't worry, still you can find alternative of it. After you downloaded the App, make sure you have an OTG cable and HDMI cable for HDMI input of the camera/dslr to connect between the two in your smartphone, it will automatically open the app and ready to go as you ready to shoot. The laptop thing in the video, that's it. Thank you and I wish this information will help you somehow.

  23. Thank you very interesting! I think my canon t5 is too old for the app so Iโ€™ll have to look into the usb alternative but I appreciate the clarity!

  24. Thanks for another great video, Sean! I'm just starting out on my YouTube Journey. Sadly, even though I use the latest model Nikons (D5, D850, D500) the Nikon Snapbridge app, still doesn't support live view in video mode and you can't even start/stop recording. Not to mention that none of Nikon's DSLRs have flip screens. I've heard of a few independent apps that allow you to connect a smarthpone via an OTG cable. I know you're not a Nikon guy. But I'd love to hear your thoughts on this, or better yet, see you do a video on it! Keep up the great work…

  25. can you use an EXT monitor and the flip out screen on at same time canon 60 is there a setting ? I herd there is a software update

  26. Cool. Got me on the right track. I have a Nikon D3300 and I found a bluetooth adapter that works on my camera and sends the video to my phone or tablet. You can find it at: https://amzn.to/2S2Hc6q

  27. unless it's been changed my issue with the playmemories app is that you have to be connected to Wi-Fi with the camera and your phone. there are apps that allow you to mirror your camera screen using your phone if you have an OTG cable. I have yet to get one to work with my a7s

  28. So I want to start recording while on site at houses I'm renovating, but feel lost in all the new tech available and editing software. Sometimes it can be dusty on site with construction and just dirty everywhere in general. Many years ago I invested in my Nikon D3300 with 2 nice Nikkor lenses, stand, ect., but it sadly doesn't have a flip screen to do these videos with. I also don't usually have wi-fi where I'm at to use an app as suggested. The laptop may be an option, but seems annoying in an often dirty construction zone dragging cords and getting more equipt dirty. What decent budget friendly monitors can I get to mount to my Nikon? Or can I use my smart phone LG g4 to do filming? Or should I just sell my camera and invest in something new and compact that I don't have to worry about getting dust on, and if so, what camera kit would that be?

  29. Hey,
    Can I get to know if there is any application on Google Play Store for monitoring the live view while recording a video. ๐Ÿ™
    Because the EOS utility software is not working on Android. ๐Ÿ˜–

  30. Thanks for this info, I am a newbie and some years back I bought a Nikon D3200 for our daughter to take pics at events. I am learning photography now and had been using a 7" battery powered TV as the monitor. I thought that would be great to be able to use a old Note 5 I had laying around the house and found your video. I can't wait to hook this up! ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. How to use your smartphone/ tablet as a wireless monitor for your camera for free 2019

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTaR8pHMjTE

  32. I have the rebel t5 which doesn't have wifi support, I'm only in high school and lowkey have a youtube channel for fun. Im looking into other cameras, does anyone know if the canon t6 supports wifi AND video at the same time, because I seen some comments down below saying certain cameras dont do it at the same time

  33. You dont know that canon never support video mode on their app, lol๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚even you are making yourself like a pro๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  34. Random, but I really like that floor lamp on the right, where did you get it?

    also, ty so much for your informative vid ~

  35. I have a canon t6 and I need to be able use the mini USB for a mic and use the mini hdmi cable to a monitor. Please help I'm trying to get started with my channel and I am running into nothing but problems. Thanks for your time. Andrew

  36. Unbelievable how many cuts there are in this video. Itโ€™s like the six minute video took him hours to make. Why doesnโ€™t he mention Nikon? He only mentions, โ€œSony, Panasonic, and one other brand but not Nikon very strange

  37. I am looking for a bugit HDMI video Camera Monitor for my Video camer I do not use a DSLR i use a video camera Panasonic AC 130

  38. I am looking for a bugit HDMI video Camera Monitor for my Video camer I do not use a DSLR i use a video camera Panasonic AC 130

  39. Hi sean,i have canon camera i tried for camera canon connect for recording but its now working for filming only for taking picture it works

  40. the sony a7iii can also change settings through mobile app playmemories for video recording too.whilte balance,shutter,format,f stop. etc. wish there was histogram

  41. There are two more options.
    OTG transfer over cable. A bit faster than WIFI and faster to connect. Androids have a free app for it.
    And then there are old monitors. You cant change the settings but can basically connect any HDMI monitor or a tv that is just lying around to your camera as long as it has the output and most do.

  42. Good info… I'm an Actor and often must send in Video Auditions… this seems a great way to do this. I've just been using my i phone in the past but this should give a much more "finished" result… I'll probably try to figure out how to connect a lavalier mic as well to try to get rid of room boom… Thanks, again…

  43. Dude you annoy you talk to much, you want to explain something so simple, mixing with other, you want to inform evething in one short video. Sorry

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