THE SARAMONIC SMARTRIG+ GIVES YOU GREAT AUDIO INTERNALLY IN YOUR DSLR/MIRRORLESS. BUT IT LACKS A BATTERY INDICATOR, AND HAS A STRANGE SMARTPHONE MODE WITH FLAWS.

I first heard about the Saramonic Smartrig+ on dslrvideoshooter.com. I decided to try it out, but I didn’t have high hopes as it records the sound internally in the DSLR.

Usually external recorders like the Zoom H4N is needed to get the greatest audio quality. But when I tried the Saraminic Smartrig+ I was really impressed. This little bad boy lets me record with a XLR mic internally in my Canon 1DX II. And the audio quality actually matches my Zoom H4N recorder.

NO BATTERY LEVEL INDICATOR

As you can see in the video I was quite impressed. Especially with the quality of the preamps. And this device lets you connect to any DSLR or mirrorless camera with a minijack.

I tried out the smartphone mode, but this I was not as happy with. The sound quality was better than the internal microphone in my iPhone 6 SE. But it was not a huge difference. Also the headphone monitoring output is not working when in smartphone mode. This works fine with DSLR mode though.

My biggest gripe about the Saramonic Smartrig+ is that it has no battery level indicator. It runs of of 9 volt “smoke detector” batteries. But I get no warning before the battery is completely dead.

To learn more about the Saramonic Smartrig+ I recommend to watch my video. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the Saramonic Smartrig or other devices.

Filmmaker Marius Loland is from Norway and has worked in a multitude of productions. Among his clients are BBC, Universal Music and Louis Vuitton. He has also created an award winning documentary in Norway called “Mot en av mine minste”.