Cinemartin Loyal LT S4K Review

March 15th, 2017
Cinemartin Loyal LT S4K Review

Manufacturer Cinemartin promises a great image and a whole host of tools in their new 3840×2160 550-NIT 1000:1 Cinemartin Loyal LT monitor, and all for one of the cheapest prices around. Does this monitor deliver on its promises? Let’s take a look. 

Cinemartin Loyal LT

Author Correction: Since posting this article a few months back I have been made aware of several issues with this monitor and my article and I felt the need to update this post. The monitor is, as one commenter pointed out, native 1920×1080 (HD, not UHD as advertised) and should not have been titled as a UHD monitor. It seems likely that this monitor is being upscaled to UHD (3840×2160), at least in the case of the LOYAL LT S4K 7 version.  The title has been changed to reflect that.

In terms of cost the monitor is listed at 99€ on the website and I can’t find a Loyal LT monitor currently being sold for that. With shipping cost, this monitor will likely cost significantly more than advertised — no longer making it as attractive on the cost side. 

Also, as mentioned in my initial post, the process of ordering is convoluted and should be undertaken with care. The company has also recently announced that this particular monitor line will cease production in June. – Graham Sheldon 

We announced the Cinemartin Loyal LT monitor line back in January, and it was the price-tag that originally had me the most excited: $99.00 for a full HD on-camera monitor. Too good to be true?

Actually ordering one from manufacturer Cinemartin is a bit of a process. Once you click the buy button, you’ll be given a reference code and are directed to contact their sales department, whose email is listed at the bottom of the page. So there are some kinks to work out here in order to streamline the process and become more consumer friendly.

Shipping is around $50 dollars or more through DHL (depending on your location) in addition to the listed pricing for the monitor itself.

For this review, I received the LOYAL LT S4K 7 inch, not to be confused with the 1920 x 1080 Loyal LT base model. The S4K version has a resolution of 3840×2160 and a brightness of 550 NIT, and will cost you around $200.00 once you purchase the shipping and accessories included in the Cinemartin “Shooters Kit”. The base model is slightly cheaper and is 50 NITs brighter.

The monitor comes in fairly standard packaging, and my “Shooters Kit” came with an HDMI cable (Mini Type C to Full Size), sun shade, Sony F970 battery plate and a small ball head cold shoe mount. The battery plate comes with lots of tiny screws, and you’ll need a very small phillips-head screw driver (not included) to mount the battery plate to the back of the monitor.

Lets get this right out of the way — the thin form factor monitor feels like it’s made from cheap plastic, but that does make for a very lightweight monitor that doesn’t even reach a full 1lb in weight. Given the build, this is not a monitor that will likely withstand extreme environments or even slight impact, but that type of performance isn’t necessary for all camera ops out there.

HDMI-Out and HDMI-In ports as well as headphone, USB, and DC ports all line the bottom of the monitor, with 1/4-20 mounting points directly in the center of the bottom and the top.

I plugged in an admittedly bulky HDMI cable into the monitor and attached the other end to my Canon C100. The included cold shoe mount comes very close to the HDMI cable and makes for a tricky fit (see above image).

Installation of the sunshade is particularly easy, though. It clicks right into place, requires no screws, and the shade itself velcros to a frame that clicks easily onto the face of the monitor.

The monitor turned on quickly and connected with my Canon C100 instantly without needing to mess with any input or output settings on either the camera body or the monitor itself. To my eye, the image was very impressive and infinitely better than my Canon C100 display. The colors looked great and the image felt crisp and detailed all the way from the center to the edge of the monitor. Exposure was easy to judge as well.

You can select a variety of different tools (see above image) from peaking to false color and even a histogram using a plastic wheel at the upper right of the monitor. I played around with a few of the tools and everything worked well. Peaking, in particular, worked as intended, but I would have liked to have been able to turn down the intensity of the focus assist.

Given the cost, you may want to pick one of these up even if you shoot on a heavier duty body than a DSLR. This could be the perfect backup monitor to throw in your kit for travel.

For me, the major selling points of the Cinemartin Loyal LT S4K still come down to weight, image quality and price, even if it isn’t as cheap as first suspected. With its HDMI inputs, this is clearly a monitor aimed at the DSLR user, and the weight is a major plus for that type of shooter. For the price, there aren’t many other competitors out there that can deliver great looking UHD resolution on such a bright screen.

Availability: Purchase HERE.

Cost: $150.00 – $220.00 (TBD) depending on model type and shipping location.

What do you think? Will you be picking up the Cinemartin Loyal LT S4K? Comment below!

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Paul Jaczek
Paul Jaczek
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Frank Ehrenfried lass uns sowas doch zulegen?! ;)

Rafael Castillo
MemberMarch 15th, 2017

Yeah Frank!!! Ehrenfried lass uns sowas doch zulegen?! ;)
also, no entendendí ni pupú el comentario anterior pero quize exponer algo gracioso en esta página.

Lukas Van Loon
Lukas Van Loon
GuestMarch 15th, 2017

following

Palmer Woodrow
Palmer Woodrow
MemberMarch 20th, 2017

Congratulations.

Darren Levine
MemberMarch 15th, 2017

This is not a UHD resolution monitor as the article states. it’s an HD monitor which can accept and display a downrezzed UHD signal

Palmer Woodrow
Palmer Woodrow
MemberMarch 20th, 2017

Still hasn’t been corrected, which we can only interpret as deliberate propagation of BS by this site.

If you look at the vendor’s (rather pathetic) Web site, they come as close as they can to openly lying about this product. They do eventually bury a “native 1920 x 1080 resolution” admission further down the page, but only in reference to the “Loyal LT,” not the “Loyal LT S4K.”

Not to mention the highly suspicious rigamarole you’re forced to go through to simply BECOME A CUSTOMER. Sites that do this are often scams, like GearBest and a growing number of sites that claim to have a vast inventory of products but in fact don’t; they just capture as much credit-card info as they can and hope you’ll give up trying to get a refund.

Seriously, are you going to vote with your money for a company that lies?

Palmer Woodrow
Palmer Woodrow
MemberMarch 28th, 2017

Here we are, two weeks later, and Cinema5D is still showing BULLSHIT.

I guess we can pretty much write this site off now.

 Artyom Kornikov
Artyom Kornikov
MemberMarch 15th, 2017

And no any info about delay/lag in video feed? Really?
When there is obvious unacceptable lag in ad-video you posted before, that makes it totally unusable for any video shooting.
Seems like paid article :\

Palmer Woodrow
Palmer Woodrow
MemberMarch 20th, 2017

Not to mention the bullshít title, which claims that this thing’s resolution is UHD, when in fact it is only HD.

Daniele Cernera
Daniele Cernera
GuestMarch 16th, 2017

Joseph Macedo that’s cheap

Joseph Macedo
Joseph Macedo
GuestMarch 16th, 2017

But just monitor right ? Daniele Cernera

Daniele Cernera
Daniele Cernera
GuestMarch 16th, 2017

Joseph Macedo Yeah just monitor

Palmer Woodrow
Palmer Woodrow
MemberMarch 20th, 2017

(random name) And?

Joachim Richter
MemberMarch 16th, 2017

Will a 5” version of this monitor also be available?

Tony Velazquez
Tony Velazquez
GuestMarch 16th, 2017

Alberto Lopez Joseph Harter

Alberto Lopez
Alberto Lopez
GuestMarch 17th, 2017

Thanks bro, we are gonna need one to be sure.

Palmer Woodrow
Palmer Woodrow
MemberMarch 20th, 2017

(random name) (random name)

That’s not a comment.

 Austrian Geek
Austrian Geek
MemberMarch 16th, 2017

Just as a side note: It´s a rebranded “Feelworld F7” screen.
So you can also search for feedback / tests according that model.
(If someone is interested in buying one …)

William Koehler
MemberApril 11th, 2017

Indeed. And in the way of a review:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvC-_Kkxleg

Florian Peichler
Florian Peichler
GuestMarch 16th, 2017

Konstantin Quoda- schau amal

Giovanni Caruso
Giovanni Caruso
GuestMarch 16th, 2017

Muscheltauchen III auf 4K UHD/HDR Blu-Ray!

Gleb Volkov
MemberMarch 16th, 2017

Resolution is NOT 3840×2160. It’s 1920×1080. It only accepts UHD signal and downscales. Suggest correcting the article.

Derek Hakkim
MemberMarch 26th, 2017

DO NOT BUY. About 1 month after “Purchasing” and then refunding it because of how shady the purchasing process was (with a 15% fee attached), my credit card number was stolen and the thief attempted to use it on about $4000 worth of stupid crap, but it was declined thankfully.

Not sure if related to this website but it’s the ONLY shady thing I’ve ever done online with my credit card was use this website.

Palmer Woodrow
Palmer Woodrow
MemberMarch 28th, 2017

Given that this vendor’s entire site resembles other credit-card-harvesting sites, I’d say your suspicion is well-founded.

 Douglas Bischoff
Douglas Bischoff
MemberJune 13th, 2017

Can’t recommend anyone buying this monitor. I ordered one and was told that I would have to pay shipping “when it was ready to ship.” What they didn’t tell me was that the shipping cost was half the cost of the monitor itself.

I received the monitor and one of the user buttons is broken: it has no “spring” to it and stays down when pressed. After two weeks of badgering every email I could find on their website I got the following response:

“you can return your product if it is defective for a new one, you pay shippings”

DO NOT BUY

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