Blackmagic Video Assist 7 12G HDR review: all-round high-end performance

The Blackmagic Design Video Assist 7 12G HDR is a mighty beast that makes shooting a breeze

Blackmagic Video Assist 7 12G HDR used outside in a wooded area
(Image: © James Abbott / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Blackmagic Video Assist 7 12G HDR is a great monitor/recorder that provides a large, sharp and bright screen, but this in itself makes it much less portable than 5-inch models. The features on offer aid shooting hugely, as intended, to ultimately provide an excellent shooting experience.


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    Large and bright screen

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    4K Raw capture

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    Analogue audio inputs

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    Uses NP-F570 batteries


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    Too heavy for hotshoe mounting

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    Not ideal for run and gun operators

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    No batteries or mounting device included

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Blackmagic is a big player in the video industry, not least for its amazing Davinci Resolve software. But the company also produces editing controllers and high-end video monitors/recorders, including the Blackmagic Video Assist 7 12G HDR. 

I've been sitting on the fence about whether or not I need a video monitor, but after using the Video Assist 7 12G HDR I can see some huge benefits for myself and anyone who shoots a lot of video. So, aside from the generous size of the screen and the features, which we'll discuss later, one of the Video Assist 7 12G HDR's key features is its ability to capture 4K Raw codecs at up to 60fps, aiming it squarely at professional users rather than enthusiasts, with a price that confirms this.

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Screen size7-inch
Screen brightness2500nits
SD interface2x UHS-II SD slots
HDMIInput and output
SDIInput and output
Analog audio inputs2 x balanced mini XLR with phantom power
Analog audio outputs1x 3.5mm headphone jack
Dimensions193x356x37mm / 7.6x5.14x1.45 inches
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FeaturesEverything you need for precise shooting and control is available.★★★★★
Design A well-built professional product with solid all-round handling. ★★★★☆
PerformanceThe screen is sharp and bright, while the touchscreen and UI are fantastic.★★★★★
ValueIt's not a bad price considering what the Video Assist has to offer. ★★★★☆

Blackmagic Video Assist 5 3G
If you're on a tight budget and only require 1080p Raw video capture, the Blackmagic Video Assist 5 3G is a lower-end model that comes in at less than half the price of the Video Assist 7 12G HDR.

Atomos Shinobi

Atomos Shinobi
Some videographers are happy recording video in camera, and if this is you the Atomos Shinobi is a 5.2-inch monitor with a reasonably bright 1000nits screen with a compact design.

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James Abbott

James Abbott is a landscape and portrait photographer based in Cambridge. He’s also an experienced photography journalist specializing in camera skills and Photoshop techniques. He is also a CAA-approved drone pilot and professional aerial photographer.