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Help with Vixia HF G40 and External Monitor!

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Hello all, novice here just recording soccer for colleges.  Camcorder LCD screen is way to small so I use a Lilliput 5D-II 7" monitor that is hooked up to my new G40 via HDMI.  This worked perfectly on my older Sony CRX550v.  The problem is, the Lilliput monitor does not capture the full view of the G40s lcd screen.  All 4 edges are cropped out some.  Example, the Lilliput does not capture the photo tab on the G40s lcd screen so I'm missing quit a bit when I look into the Lilliput monitor.  I hope this maks sense.  I have the Lilliput set to 16:9. Full view has same issue.  Tried everything.

  Is my Lilliput to cheap/weak and upgrading to a better field monitor will fix this issue?  I don't want to spend $300-$500 on a new monitor if it won't help.  Canon rep was zero help.  He hooked it up to a tv and stated that there are zero issues and said that the camcorder was not ment to used with an external monitor so he couldn't help.  Wow, this isn't rocket science.

  B&H blames the G40 which makes no sense to me.

    I am sorry to say that what you are facing is not an issue with the monitor, but a limitation of the 5D Mark II itself.  That camera does not have a completely clean HDMI output that can send out a full signal in the same way as the G40.  No monitor is going to correct this situation.

  All I want is to be able to connect an external monitor to my G40 so that when I'm recording a soccer match and looking into the larger screen, it is equaling to what is on the LCD.  I shouldn't have to guess my distance when I zoom or pan away because I have to take into account the differences of the 2 screens.  I can't believe we are creating self driving cars and I can't have 2 monitors equal each other. Sigh...  

  By the way, regardless of what I see on the external monitor, when I play it back on a TV it shows what is being seen on the G40s LCD screen.  So the camera works great, just need an external monitor to work properly.  Did Canon drop the ball here?  I tried to post a pic but it sent my post to subscription...not sure how to post pic here.



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Registered: ‎04-27-2017

Re: Help with Vixia HF G40 and External Monitor!

Hello all,

  I want to pass on my findings so that it may help others seeking the same question since no one replied.  Smiley Tongue

I was unhappy with the response I got back form B&H Photo and Canon.  Lilliput only stated that the 5D-II's  native resolution is 1024x600 and A7 is 1920x1080.  Since I was unhappy with all the responses, I went ahead and took the plunge and bought the Lilliput A7 external monitor.  


  The A7 fixed all my viewing issues.  What is showing on the G40 monitor is equal to what is showing on the A7.   They mirror each other perfectly and now my eyes don't have to work so hard.  I believe this is because the lative resolution on the G40 LCD is HD 1920x1080, so if you use an external monitor with a lesser native resolution such as the 5D-II (1024x600), the larger external monitor wont be able to capture the Full screen of the smaller but more powerfull G40 LCDscreen (1920x1080).   Hope that makes sense and I was able to pass on some usefull information.   I may be wrong as to why it works but it works and somehow the professionals didn't know the asnwer.


B&H explained that it would never work and blamed Canon for not having a clean HDMI output. ????? I couldn't accept this. makes no sense.


Canon customer support only would say that it works on large screen TV's perfectly but since it wasn't intended for small screen monitors, he was not incllined to answer.  ????? Pretty crappy service and knowledge from the company that makes the camcorder.


Lilliput only stated the obvious, that the A7 had a stronger native resolution of 1920x1080.  ????  This company makes the extternal monitor and  can't tell me for certain if it would work?


Almost 200 views on these Canon forums and not one person could help or suggest ideas?   Wow....


  Thanks all for nothing, hope I was able to help someone....



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