Protect your Canon 5D mini-HDMI input & cable

One of the problem of shooting with the 5D and other members of its family is the mini-HDMI port. While it is technically usable, when you are in the field, you quickly realize how precarious the wire is plugged into the mini-HDMI slot. I worked on a prototype product that was supposed to solve this issue a while ago but unfortunately, with my failure to find a decent CNC shop, I gave up. Fortunately, for us, some people have better connection than me!

The Solutions

Zacuto released the pincher a few weeks ago which solves the issue and now it is Lock Circle which is coming up with their proposal: the LockPort. I really like their solution. While Zacuto went for the ‘you will never have to worry about this ever again‘, the LockPort went for the practical solution.

Look at this beauty.

Lock Port on a 5DMrkII

Note: you can find more images on the website.

There is a lot to love about this product, here is what the press release has to say:

  • Fits the RedRock Micro DSLR Baseplate with original screws and pads.
  • Saves the “expensive to repair” mini HDMI port on your 5D camera.
  • Full-Size HDMI output allows you to use stronger standard cables.
  • Standard size HDMI plugs locks securely in the socket – no signal loose!
  • 90° FRONT or REAR output editions.
  • Gold plated contacts.
  • Rock solid clamp.
  • Better cable layout on your rig set-up.
  • Fits the RedRock Micro DSLR Baseplate with original screws and pads.
  • Instant reverse output direction set-up.
But the one thing I really like about this product is its price: 99$. Ok, it is not cheap but it is cheaper than the Pincher and if you ever had to deal with the mini-HDMI port of the 5D, you know how valuable this little gizmo is.
Note: There is also a 7D version.

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  • Looks like a solution, but I don’t like how you need to adjust your setup so much to solve the mini-hdmi issue, which I do think is an issue after many a broken cable – and luckily no broken hdmi port.

    I’ve heard of a company developing a hdmi cable that locks itself in place in the hdmi port. I can’t remember who was – or was supposed to be – making this. Anyone else know about this?

    • admin

      I think that even if the cable would lock in place, the camera mount is too weak to be trusted. Also, the fact that the cable is now at a 90 degrees angle is way more practical IMHO.

    • Jnash

      Did you mean the port protector from Small HD ? $49 low profile design and for me is the best of the bunch. I’m getting ready to place my order asap.

  • Mark

    The locking hdmi is only available on a full size connector, not the mini hdmi connector on the 5d/7d
    This solution looks great (ESP. If you are a redrockmicro user)

  • This is EXACTLY what I was hoping to find now that I’m using a DP6 monitor from SmallHD on my modified Redrock rig. The HDMI keeps on popping out of the camera’s port or wiggling just enough to lose connection and then I’m shooting blind. Hopefully this will save the HDMI port on the 5D and keep my video feed going, although, R&D aside, I do wonder what the profit margins are on things like this.

    • admin

      I used to work on a similar (but less cool) design. Cost was 22$ per unit if I ordered them in batch of 100 but my version was not as neat as his (the shape was very crude) so I dont think his margin is that big (considering the investment in time + required equipment).

  • I agree the cost is reasonable for the seller, but if you’re at a point where it doesn’t fit in your budget, I’ll consider the right-angle HDMI cable from MG1 concepts. Not as secure, but better than any standard straight connector.
    Even Zacuto’s $35 cable is only angled on the type A end…
    I’m ordering one, we’ll see how it does.