During IBC 2019, we talked with Jennifer from Saramonic about their new wireless microphone system: the Saramonic Blink 500. The advantage of this compact wireless system is that it works with any camera but also with smartphones. Let’s take a closer look at it!
Saramonic Blink 500 Features
The Saramonic Blink 500 is a compact and versatile clip-on wireless system that you can use with a camera or a smartphone. This wireless system operates in the 2.4 GHz spectrum, and the Blink 500 can automatically choose the best channel to work in. You can use a wireless system that utilizes the 2.4 GHz bandwidth anywhere in the world without a problem. The maximum distance between the transmitter and receiver is 164 feet/50 meters. Also, the Saramonic Blink 500 systems utilize 24-bit / 48 kHz resolution to capture your audio.
In total, depending on your needs, six packages are available, but they all share the same transmitter. The Saramonic Blink 500 TX features dedicated gain buttons so you can adjust the signal level and even mute it. The transmitter is small and has a built-in microphone with an OMNI pickup pattern as well as a 3.5mm jack input. That way, you can choose if you want to put it in your pocket and use it with a lavalier (that is included), or directly clip it to your shirt if you are in a hurry. Also, like the RØDE Wireless Go, the built-in clip doubles as a cold-shoe adapter.
On the receiver side, you have a couple of options to choose from:
- A “standard” dual-channel receiver that plugs into your camera via a 3.5mm jack output. Note that you can use two transmitters with only one receiver.
- A receiver with a Lightning connector that you can use with your iPhone and iPad.
- A USB-C version for Android smartphones/tablets.
The transmitter and receiver run on an internal battery that lasts up to five hours, according to Saramonic. You can recharge the internal battery via the USB Type-C port on the side of the receiver/transmitter. The smartphone receivers are powered via the Lightning/USB-C port and don’t have an internal battery.
Pricing and Availability
The Saramonic Blink 500 is available now, and the camera kit with a transmitter and receiver starts at $179.00. Various packages are available depending on your needs. Also, you can buy additional emitters/receivers later down the road to expand your kit.
What do you think about the Saramonic Blink 500? Do you think it can be a versatile alternative to the RØDE Wireless Go? Let us know in the comments!