Hands-On The Sony BVM-F250A OLED Reference Monitor

Hands-On The Sony BVM-F250A OLED Reference Monitor

May 21, 2013

Learn why a professional colorist is eager to finally get this uber-expensive OLED display into his color correction suite. What does he think about it?


A Look at Sony’s BVM OLED

 

Ok, I’ll admit it, I have a monitor fetish and if you ask Dan and Pat, they’ll say that I just like the latest and greatest and love spending money! Well, all of those things are true! Over the years I’ve owned Sony, Panasonic, eCinema, Front Niche, TV Logic, and Flanders Scientific monitors. Each monitor has pros and cons but with each iteration I felt like I was getting more features, better image quality and bigger bragging rights.

However, my quest for the best is not only driven by my need to be the coolest kid on the block but also because I need to know that what my clients and I are seeing is 100% without a doubt, what the footage actually and precisely looks like.

More than computers, GPUs, or control surfaces, the grading monitor sitting on the desk is the most important tool in the room. Think about it – no other piece of gear with exception of scopes, directly influences the corrections and grades you make. To put it simply, if you’re going to spend money, in my opinion, your best investment should be in the highest quality monitor you can afford.

I’ve just purchased and received a Sony BVM-F250A reference monitor and want share some initial impressions and information about it in this review.

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BVM-F250A

What came before
Over the past few years my facility has relied heavily (and still does) on the wonderfully affordable and insanely accurate monitor line from Flanders Scientific such as the 2461W and now the newer CM240.  In the opinion of  Team Mixing Light, when measuring bang for the buck there IS NO BETTER OPTION than this line of monitors from FSI.

Hold on, you’re thinking I thought this article was about Sony’s BVM OLED offering. It is. And, I’ll get to that momentarily, but lets back up for a second and take a look at what makes up a reference monitor.

Defining The Reference Monitor
Since Mixing Light launched, one question we get all the time is “what monitor should I buy?”  Indeed, if you look on forums across the web having anything to do with color grading, you’ll see this question all over the place.  While some think this is a hard question to answer I don’t think it is.  A reference monitor, in my opinion, should be able to meet the following criteria:

  • Have accurate grayscale tracking producing neutral black, gray and white, moving smoothly between those ranges
  • Accurately hit primary/secondary reference coordinates for a given color space
  • Switchable color spaces and switchable gamma
  • Multi-format input and the ability to display various formats/frame rates accurately
  • Flexible connectivity
  • Customizable performance options via software/firmware

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8 thoughts on “Hands-On The Sony BVM-F250A OLED Reference Monitor”

  1. From what I see here, my article ends at the list of characteristics that define a reference monitor. I own an FSI OLED and just had a pretty negative experience with the sony. I am hoping for more of your analysis…am I missing something here?

    1. Justin –

      This Insight apparently didn’t make it all the way over from our old site to Mixing Light 2.0 earlier this year and as one of our earliest, no one really noticed! Thanks for noticing, I’ll get it sorted.

      What’s up the Sony? I’ve owened this one, X300 but also many of the FSI monitors. Anything I can help with?

          1. It’s a team effort 🙂

            And thanks Justin for alerting us! Also: If you go to Account > My Profile, you can change your Public Display Name away from your email and to your actual name.

  2. how would you say the F250A is doing, after nearly five years?
    i just ordered a used one for GBP 2800 including the BKM 16R and all adapter cards, tilt feet, a hood and a flight case. i haven’t received it yet, but i’m excited, and think i did a good deal!

    1. Hey Nicolas- for 2800 and those accessories I think you have a bargain. The bigget thing that drifts on these panels is light output – which you can easily measure and adjust for.

      The only thing I’d worry about on a used OLED panel is burn-in especially if was being used in production environment where markers etc could be left on screen for long periods when the panel was very bright

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