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Friday, October 28, 2016
  • SONY PVM-740 Video Monitor

Sony PVM740 7.4" OLED Monitor

BP #: SO-PVM-740  |  MFR #: PVM740

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Quick Overview

Even a lifetime spent looking at the finest monitors will not prepare you for the PVM-740, Sony's first professional video monitor to incorporate an Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display. The OLED panel will rivet your attention, amaze your colleagues and establish an entirely new benchmark in professional monitoring.


Even a lifetime spent looking at the finest monitors will not prepare you for the PVM-740, Sony's first professional video monitor to incorporate an Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display. The OLED panel will rivet your attention, amaze your colleagues and establish an entirely new benchmark in professional monitoring. Built with Sony's proprietary Super Top Emission™ technology, the OLED panel does so many things, so well. Blacks are incredibly deep and specular highlights are intensely powerful. As a result, contrast is so striking, even non-technical people sit up and take notice. On scenes with city lights against a night sky, the PVM-740 produces a picture you simply must experience first-hand. Sony OLED technology is also superbly responsive, for faithful rendering of fast-action sports, camera whip-pans and text scrolling. And with exceedingly low reflection of ambient light, the picture remains gorgeous from the dim light of the control room to exterior day location shoots. These are capabilities that leave even cherished CRT monitors far behind. The PVM-740 incorporates a 7.4-inch screen (188 mm viewable area, measured diagonally) and offers 960 x 540 resolution. Sony complements the OLED panel with a superb, 10-bit panel driver and ChromaTRU™ technologies. These emulate the colors and gamma of CRT monitors and support color gamuts including SMPTE-C, EBU and ITU-R BT.709. Standard inputs can handle composite video, SD-SDI, HD-SDI, 3G-SDI and HDMI™ sources across the range of signal formats from PAL and NTSC up to 1080/50P and 60P. Sony even supports portable applications with a die-cast aluminum chassis and AC/DC operation. This is a total package. In this way, the PVM-740 is going to rewrite the rules in professional video monitoring. From the editing studio to the outside broadcast van, from newsgathering to field production and digital cinematography, even research and development, the Sony PVM-740 will be the compact monitor of choice.

Unprecedented picture performance

Take the high resolution, geometric accuracy, compact size and freedom from reflections that you expect from LCD monitors. Then add the deep blacks, rich contrast and instantaneous response you associate with CRT monitors. The organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panel of the PVM-740 is all of this, and much more.

OLEDs are a special class of light emitting diodes made of organic compounds—with the same six-carbon rings as living matter. Unlike LCDs, which can only transmit or block externally generated light, OLEDs generate their own light, responding to electrical current within millionths of a second. The result is a revolution in picture quality.

Incredibly deep black, high contrast

When an OLED pixel is off, it's completely off, emitting no light when no electric current is applied. This results in blacks that are even deeper than those of CRT monitors. In this way, PVM-740 reproduces the deep black of a night scene with amazing accuracy and will not raise the black portion of an image even in a low-illumination edit suite. While the black is deep, peak brightness is higher than full-field white, for brilliant reproduction of fireworks, nighttime skylines and even stars in the night sky. In addition, low reflection enables the PVM-740 to reproduce delicate, clear images in exterior day location shoots, performance that CRTs and LCDs would be hardpressed to equal.

Sony makes the most of this extraordinary contrast range with a 10-bit panel driver that creates supremely lifelike, smooth dark-to-light gradations such as in the sky at sunset.

Intense peak brightness

"Bottom emission" OLED emits light through the panel's TFT circuit, reducing light output. Sony’s Super Top Emission™ structure emits light from the other side, increasing on-screen brightness. In addition, Sony created micro-cavities that improve efficiency and increase the brightness further still.

Unlike an LCD, but similar to a CRT, the peak brightness is higher than that of an all-white image. And the black is profoundly deep. In this way, the PVM-740 creates brilliant, sparkling images and reproduces textures with amazing dimension.

Pure, deep color

Sony controls the spectrum of emitted Red, Green and Blue with carefully sized micro-cavities. Inside the cavities, optical resonance cancels unwanted color frequencies and boosts the desired Red, Green and Blue for exceptional purity. Toward the surface, RGB color filters further enhance color purity, for a stunning picture. The color filters also minimize the reflection of ambient light. So you get deep color reproduction even in bright environments.

Quick response with blur-free motion

Because the OLED electroluminescent layer inherently responds to electrical current, it emits light within millionths of a second. This means near instant response for fast-moving images. You'll see virtually blur-free pictures in all types of imagery, including sports broadcasting, rapid camera pans and text scrolling.

High speed at low temperatures

Because Sony's electroluminescent layer is not liquid crystal, response speed is less affected by low temperatures and performance is maintained in cool climates.

*Operating temperature: 32°F to 104°F (0°C to 40°C)
Operating humidity: 30% to 85% (no condensation)

Sony’s exclusive Super Top Emission (STE™) technology

Typical OLED panels use bottom emission. This employs a metal cathode and a chemical desiccant to protect the OLED layer from air and water. It requires the light output to pass through the Thin Film Transistor (TFT) layer, reducing overall output.

Sony’s Super Top Emission™ structure emits light from the other side. This increases light efficiency, achieving higher screen brightness.

Input Versatility

Multi-format Signal Support – up to 3G-SDI Input
The PVM-740 accepts almost any SD or HD video format, either analog or digital. The monitor incorporates various video interfaces as standard, including composite, an SDI input for SD-SDI, HD-SDI and 3G-SDI, plus an HDMI™ interface. With the 3G-SDI interface, PVM-740 accepts 1080/50P and 1080/60P formats over a single cable. This meets the SMPTE 425 standard, which transmits up to 4:2:2/10-bit 1080/60P and 1080/50P over one SDI cable. By anticipating upgrades to 1080P, 3G-SDI system is an ideal, future-proof solution.

The HDMI interface enables the PVM-740 monitor to connect with the growing population of HDMI-equipped professional video gear, including selected Sony XDCAM™, XDCAM EX™, NXCAM™ and HDV™ products. You can also connect consumer cameras and Blu-ray Disc™ players, ideal for video authoring or photo image previews.

  • Auto chroma/phase function
  • Blue only mode
  • H/V delay mode
  • On-screen menu
  • Select language display
  • Key inhibit function
  • Monaural speaker

Picture Performance
Type OLED panel
Resolution 960 x 540 pixels (QHD)
Effective Picture Size(H x W)
6 1/2 x 3 5/8 inches (164 x 92 mm)
7 1/2 inches (188 mm) 
Aspect 16:9
Panel drive RGB 10-bit
Viewing Angle 85°/85°/85°/85°
(typical) (up/down/left/right contrast>10:1)
Composite BNC (x1), 1.0 Vp-p ±3 dB sync negative
SDI BNC (x1)
Audio Stereo mini jack (x1)
-5 dBu 47 kilohms or higher
Parallel remote Modular connector 8-pin (x1)
Seiral remote RJ-45 modular connector (Ethernet) (x1)
DC in DC 12 V (output impedance 0.05 ohms or less)
Composite BNC (x1), loop-through, with 75 ohms automatic termination
SDI BNC (x1), output signal amplitude: 800 mVp-p ±10%,
output impedance: 75 ohms unbalanced
Audio monitor out Stereo mini jack (x1)
Speaker (Built-in) 0.5 W (mono)
Headphone output Stereo mini jack (x1)
Power Requirement AC 100 V to 240 V, 50/60 Hz, 0.5 A to 0.3 A,
DC 12 V 1.9 A
Power Consumption Maximum approx. 27 W
Operating Temperature 32°F to 104°F (0°C to 40°C)
Recommended: 68°F to 86°F (20°C to 30°C)
Operating Humidity 30% to 85% (no condensation)
Storage / Transport Temperature -4°F to +140°F (-20°C to +60°C)
Storage / Transport Humidity 0% to 90%
Operating / Storage / Transport Pressure 700 hPa to 1060 hPa
Dimensions (W x H x D)
(with stand)
8 7/8 x 7 1/4 x 6 3/8 inches
(222.4 x 183.5 x 161.8 mm)
(when AC adaptor is attached)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
(without stand)
8 7/8 x 6 5/8 x 2 7/8 inches
(222.4 x 166 x 70 mm)
(when AC adaptor is detached)
Weight 4 lb 6 oz (2.0 kg)
5 lb 12 oz (2.6 kg)
(When AC adaptor is installed)
Supplied accessories AC power cord (1), AC plug holder (1),
AC power adaptor (1), Operating Instructions (1),
CD-ROM (1), Using the CD-ROM manual (1),
Warranty book (1)