I had the chance to taste the digital-only panels we’re going to demo at NAB this year and I think you’ll like the results.

Starting with the aptly named D7, it’s a 7″ IPS-based panel viewing in 1280×800 resolution (true 720p). Moving forward, the D series of monitors from ikan (the D5, D7, D7W and D9) will be our new flagship line as we phase out our VX series of HDMI & SDI monitors (though we will still support you). By placing this technology in our latest monitors, we hope to stay on the cutting edge of on-camera monitor options and give our users something worth creaming about.

If you’re not savvy with this newer panel technology, start learning. There’s been some good argument to say that these puppies will stick around for at least a few years: with extremely wide viewing angles, IPS panels keep blacks crushed with consistent color, vivid images and clean contrast. More mainstream companies such as Dell (their UltraSharp series of flatscreens) and Apple (with their LED Cinema Displays) have switched over and started offering these monitors for gaming or video towers, aside from putting them into more snazzy laptops.

We’ve tested this with mostly Canon cameras (c300, 5dII, xf305 and more) in a variety of modes, also. Check the details below for supported formats.

For the moment, though, here are some pictures for you, thus followed by tech specs of the D7 & D7W (and the dolla bills). Note that in the production model will have a black anodized aluminum body with etched labels–something we’ve received flack for in the past. Hopefully this adds to the sexy and sturdy mentality that all fanboys crave.

Official Tech  Specs (why do I feel like I am putting my foot in my mouth when I say “official?”  This section is updated to the “Offiicial Specs” that we are running with at NAB2012):

  • 1280 x 800 IPS panel
  • Aluminum case with 4 reinforced 1/4 20tpi threads
  • HDMI loopthru / 3G SDI loopthru
  • Peaking
  • False Color
  • Pixel to Pixel
  • Supported Inputs: 1080p 24, 25, 30, 50, 60p / 720p 50p, 60p
  • 4 adjustable function buttons and scrolling menu wheel
  • list price =  $1099.99
  • upgrade hardware for $300 to include Waveform, Vectorscope, and RGB Parade

We will also have an upgrade path from the D7 to our D7w (coming soon). The D7w will list for $1299.99–If you decide to get the D7 and upgrade later, you can trade in and pay the difference. Additional features on the D7w will include:

  1. Vectorscope
  2. Waveform
  3. RGB Parade

If those stills suit your fancy, I’d say keep your eyes peeled in the coming month or two for a production model.

We will have these panels at our NAB booth #c10637 so stop on by for a demo.

More on upcoming monitors soon…