I’ve been meaning to finish up this review for about 2 months now, unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it) I’ve had a pretty heavy shooting schedule over the last 5 months. Everything for this review was actually filmed almost 3 months ago, I just hadn’t had the free time to sit down and put it together. As an added bonus, you can check out the behind the scenes of this review here.

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For those of you not familiar with the monitor, the Viltrox DC-50 is a $170 clone of the Sony CLM-V55 ($349) field monitor. Very similar design with the same batteries, mounts, and sun hood as the v55.

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Put these two monitors side by side and it’s hard to tell them apart. Over all I’d say the Viltrox DC-50 is a pretty good value. Image quality isn’t quite as good as the V55, but it’s reasonably close, focus peaking is a little better on the V55, but the focus peaking on the DC-50 is completely usable. The Swivel cold shoe mount on the V55 is nicer than the DC-50 with better staying power, but the mount on the DC-50 still works.

Basically the Viltrox DC-50 a slight drop in quality from the Sony CLM-V55 but at half the price. Everything is just a little bit better on the Sony field monitor, but only a little bit. For that small drop in quality you’re paying about half the price. Is the Sony CLM-V55 better then the Viltrox DC-50? The answer to that question is yes, but is that slight jump in quality worth $179? It might be to some, but i’m guessing just as many people will be happy with the quality to price ratio the Viltrox DC-50 offers.

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If you don’t mind waiting for a shipment from China the Viltrox DC-50 can be had for around $170 on ebay, if you need it right away, you can find it on Amazon for around $199. It’s well worth a look if you’re on a tight budget.

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