This clip-on lav mic made specifically for iPhones and Androids (and according to the box, even your computer) is a fun accessory for radio producers, but is still no replacement for a pro quality lav mic.
What’s it for?
A lav or a lapel mic is a small mic that is most often clipped to you shirt or lapel-hence the name. It’s commonly used in video or TV productions where a subject needs to be mic’d while moving around or where a boom mic can’t be in the shot. This one plugs right into your iPhone to record. It’s handy to be able to go hands free when you don’t want, or are not able, to use a handheld mic to record a subject.
What’s in the box
- Mic with built in 3’ cord
- lapel clip
- foam wind screen
- small, soft carrying case
- velcro trap to keep wires neat
- pro quality build
- easy to attach to a subject
- hands-free lets you get audio from unique places. People moving, etc.
- fun item to add to your bag to easily do a stand up on location without looking funny holding your mic.
- wind screen did an okay job stopping wind noise
We don’t like
- It still records to an iPhone. Which even in a quiet room, I found gave a slight noise floor/hum that you could hear with good headphones. Not bad audio, but no replacement for a pro lav. [note: only tested with the iPhone 4s]
- Not able to monitor while recording, so you can’t hear things like wind noise or rubbing against clothes.
- Limited storage capacity on your iPhone/smart phone to keep audio might hinder longer interviews.
How does it sound?
What others are saying
So the smartLav is a great solution both for budget minded shooters and also for shooters on bigger budgets who want the ability to quickly mic up additional subjects. (Newsshooter.com)
For the price, the smartLav is an incredibly effective solution that delivers very good quality audio in place of a more expensive lapel mic or wireless system. (CNet Australia)
“Great mic for on the go. If you are starting out and don’t want to spend $$ on pro mics this is a great substitute.” (User “Alex” on bhphotovideo.com)
Thanks to CSSW member Andrew Norton for writing this review.