A new device called the LukiLink just popped up on Kickstarter, and it promises to transform your smartphone into an external HDMI displays for your DSLR.

LukiLink is very simple to use: just connect it to a DSLR camera via an HDMI cable on one side, and a smartphone/tablet via a USB cable on the other. Live video from the camera is then output to the smartphone via the LukiLink mobile app (Android and iOS). The system supports a maximum input/output resolution of 1080/60p.

The team behind the LukiLink, which resembles a simple dongle, explains that the system can be used to view live video from the camera with the smartphone serving as an ordinary external monitor. The system can also be used to livestream footage from the camera on platforms like YouTube, and to transform the smartphone (or tablet) into an external recorder.

LukiLink promises support for NTSC, PAL, and PAL-60 video format inputs, bitrates ranging from 3Mbps to "about 18Mbps," as well as a maximum recording resolution of 1080/30p. Latency, meanwhile, is said to "usually" fall between 200ms and 300ms, though the exact rate will depend on the smartphone used.

The team behind the product is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, where they have raised a little over $40k of their approximate $106k goal. Interested buyers can claim a unit by pledging at least €90 (~$105 USD), which is a €40 discount over the anticipated retail price. Assuming the LukiLink is funded, global shipments are scheduled to begin this upcoming October.