Camcorders and a growing number of DSLRs feature LCDs that swivel and/or tilt to better enable image composition from less-than-ideal camera angles. Swivel-based LCDs, especially larger LCDs, can prove to be especially handy when you have to compose photos from a distance. The problem is that the largest LCDs top out at about 3.0 to 3.7”, which when viewed from a distance greater than arm’s length, is suddenly not so large.
As a workaround solution, many videographers and DSLR shooters have relied on field monitors for composing and reviewing stills and video clips. Available in sizes up to 9” diagonally, these oversized LCDs incorporate a TV-like experience into the creative workflow process. The downside of field monitors is that most all of them require two to three accessories, i.e., camera mounts, cables, etc, in order to integrate them to the workflow process.