This is something I'd never seen before but it was shared on CanonRumors this morning and I was intrigued.
So if you look at the review I found (video below) there's plenty to like about this so you might want to pick one up
Sale is ONLY for a short time (last I looked only 38 hours remained).
One other thing (and I know many of you hate this idea…) but one other negative is there's no way to mount it vertically. So if you do FB Live streams, you'd have to have a tripod I guess that let's you mount the whole thing vertically. Just something to think about.
IK Multimedia iKlip A/V Smartphone Grip with Integrated Mic Preamp
The iKlip A/V from IK Multimedia is a sturdy handheld grip for smartphones that features a built-in microphone preamp as part of its construction. It comes stocked with a side clip for wireless systems, should you choose to utilize those. Conversely, you can opt to plug a microphone straight into the iKlip's XLR input, and once connected, connect the microphone into your smartphone's mini-jack via a 1/8″ cable. The unit runs on two AA batteries.
- Hand Grip & Mic Preamp for Smartphones
- 48V Phantom Power & Gain Control
- Headphone Out
- Supports Wireless Receivers
- Includes 3.5mm TRRS to TRRS Cable
- Two AA Batteries
- Up to 60-Hour Battery Life
iKlip A/V smartphone broadcast mount – Overview
www.iklipav.com/ for more information
Now you can capture stunning audio for your mobile videos
The solution to getting pro-quality audio for your mobile broadcasting needs is here — iKlip A/V is now shipping! iKlip A/V is the first smartphone broadcast mount that lets you capture and monitor professional-quality audio for your videos with its integrated XLR mic preamp with phantom power and built-in wireless receiver support. Now you can use your smartphone or compact video camera as a full-featured broadcasting solution with high-quality audio.
Here's a review of the iKlip A V Broadcast Mount.
Turn Your iPhone Into An ENG Camera With The iKlip A V Broadcast Mount
Good: The iKlip A/V has a full size XLR port so you can connect professional microphones or wireless mic setups.
Good: The iKlip A/V has a headphone jack on the handle so you can monitor the audio coming into the camera.
Good: The iKlip A/V provides phantom power so if you have a mic that requires it you can get it with this rig.
Good: This broadcast mount has built-in gain control so you can adjust the mic's gain from the handle of the mount.
Good: The cellphone holder that comes with the device accommodates large phones. I have an iPhone 7 Plus and the holder was easily able to hold it.
Bad: The cellphone holder needs a shoe mount or a threaded hole so you can mount a light on the top of the phone.
Bad: The iKlip A/V's audio cable is only a 3.5mm to 3.5mm and this device is designed with the iPhone in mind so they should offer a 3.5mm to lightening cable for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. You can still use this broadcast mount with the newer iPhones but you have to use the headphone jack adapter Apple provides with those phones.
All in all the iKlip A/V Broadcast mount is a really useful device for the journalist, documentary filmmakers, bloggers or anyone who works small, works alone and need to transmit on the fly or even for people that just want to take their iPhone filmmaking more seriously. The few drawbacks that the device has are minor an are easily worked around.
Read full tech specs and features of the IK Multimedia iKlip A/V Smartphone Grip at B&H.
(cover photo credit: snap from B&H)