Saramonic sent me this kit, and I must say I was reluctant.
I think shoving your audio through the notoriously crappy DSLR's audio electronics is like re-sampling your 4k video down to an 8-bit DVD format before posting. Things just get real ugly.
As with all these manufacturer's that want to send me gear, I let them know - if it doesn't work or I don't think it will benefit my YouTube channel's subscribers, I won't waste there time and won't post a review.
They were still game (I'm thinking overconfident) and sent it anyway.
When I got the unit, I almost missed the fact that this was part of a whole kit, as I was really impressed with the build quality of the included shotgun mic. So I decided to (unfairly) test how this mic would hold up the my favorite mic of all time, the NTG-3.
Why is the NTG-3 my favorite? Your opinions may vary, but I found if I tweak the audio recorder just right, I can get the best sound I can get and not have to post process it AT ALL. I can't say that about any other mic I've used, and I've used a lot.
Of course, the damn thing is $700 for the mic alone. But I've also used $2000 mics, and I don't like them as much. Again, that's just my preference and personal opinion. On a real set, I leave it to the sound pros to do what they do best, and don't really care what they are using.
So, I figured if the included Saramonic shotgun mic was even a third as good as the NTG-3, these Saramonic folks might have a winner on their hands.
Check out the video, as I think it did pretty darn good for the price.
Stay tuned for Part 2 and we'll see if I can pull off recording audio directly to the DSLR using it's crappy audio electronics. I don't think I'll get anything usable, but who knows - I was pretty surprised at the mic for the price.
The Basic Filmmaker