August 23, 2017

LukiLink Turns Your Smartphone Into a Monitor

With the new LukiLink USB to HDMI adapter, you can use your smartphone as a monitor for your camera.

These days, small cameras are capable of delivering amazing imagery—but with the major drawback that they still mostly have small screens, which can make framing and focus difficult. While there are a variety of great monitors out there with prices that are getting lower every day, the cheapest available option is now available: purchasing a LukiLink and using your smartphone as a monitor.

LukiLink users might be concerned about latency, but initial testers like Frank Glencairn are getting good results that show pretty minimal latency, considering the conversion. Some measure of latency, however, is inevitable; it will depend quite a bit on the processing power of your phone. Ultimately, you want it to be as short as possible so that you can make accurate focus inputs and respond adequately to changing scene dynamics.

Credit: LukiLink

LukiLink is also set up for both recording video and streaming, but the data rate limitations make this a less attractive option for most. It'll do in a pinch, but there are better solutions out there for recording (though of course none at this price point).

Currently, the launch appears to be Android-only, which is more likely due to limitations placed by Apple on iOs hardware and software than reluctance by the developers. If you are an Android user looking for a cost-effective monitoring solution, LukiLink's Kickstarter price is $93 with an eventual launch price of $150. 

Tech Specs

  • 1080p/720p resolution up to 60fps
  • 18mb/s bitrate to PC, 15mb/s to Android
  • 1 oz
  • 3.2 x 1.3 x .4 inches
  • Android App and PC support

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What is the difference to using an otg cable with the DSLR controller app? I've been using it for years now.

August 24, 2017 at 8:45AM

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Latency I suppose... USB liveview has latency, and is difficult to pull focus properly.
But most cameras now has pretty nice wifi liveview. But this is cheap and may work fine with old cameras, or cameras without wifi.

August 24, 2017 at 11:58AM

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Julian Cortizo
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I see this as another product that has limited or no market, doesn't really solve a problem, innovate or in any anyway push the cart ahead........... le sigh ...next...

August 24, 2017 at 12:42PM

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Well, don't let the door hit you...

August 27, 2017 at 3:36PM

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The Latency is a big issue for me if you are planning on using it as a monitor, but I would look at it to use the system as a cheap way to live stream to Facebook or Youtube. https://appvalleyvip.net

August 31, 2017 at 12:33PM

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