Shimbol CM5 Monitor Explained – Monitoring and Control of Your Camera From One Device

April 23rd, 2024 Jump to Comment Section

At NAB 2024, Chinese manufacturer Shimbol introduced their newest product, the Shimbol CM5 Wired Camera Control Recording Monitor. This is a 5.5” touchscreen monitor, which also allows you to control certain functionalities of your camera such as white balance, shutter, focus, zoom, and more.

Technical details

The monitor has a Full HD resolution of 1920×1080 pixels, a contrast ratio of 1,200:1, and a brightness of 2,000 nits – making it useful even in daylight recording situations. According to the manufacturer, the device should work with most DSLR cameras on the market. It also features on-screen histograms and scopes to make sure you get the right exposure. 

Setting the white balance via the Shimbol CM5 – Image credit: CineD

It is powered either by NP-F batteries or a DC power adaptor. 


The Shimbol CM5 Wired Camera Control Recording Monitor has an HDMI port for the picture and a Mini-USB port for the controls. When plugging in the camera, the monitor will automatically recognize it and allow for control of the camera. It also features two SDI ports but these can only transmit the picture. 

Shimbol CM5 – Image credit: CineD

Recording on SD card

The monitor also has an SD card slot and can record up to 1080p in an MP4 format, as a proxy.

The Shimbol CM5 with SD Card slot, SDI connectors, and battery pack – Image credit: CineD

Pricing and availability

The Shimbol CM5 Wired Camera Control Recording Monitor will be available in June and will be priced at around $500.

What do you think about this new monitor option? Will you be considering it for your setup? Let us know in the comments below. 

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