How to Monitor Audio on Cameras Without Headphone Jack

In this episode of cinema5D Essentials, Li-Lian and Johnnie discuss how to monitor audio if you have a camera with no headphone jack. Bear in mind that you still need a microphone input in order to be able to use this tip. 

What can you learn in this episode?

Some of the recent small, video-capable mirrorless cameras like the Sony a6500/a6300 and the FUJIFILM X-T20 are equipped with a microphone input but lack a headphone output. This is a major concern when needing to monitor audio during shooting interviews, or when wanting to control audio in general. One of our solutions is to use the modestly-priced Saramonic SmartRig+ 2-Channel XLR Microphone Audio Mixer. In this episode we take a closer look at this device.

Saramonic Smart Rig+ Pros:

  • 2 professional XLR inputs
  • Separate gain control knobs for each audio channel
  • Can be used with a smartphone or a DSLR/Mirrorless camera
  • It provides a standard 48V phantom power
  • Better pre-amps then most DSLRs
  • Offers a headphone jack to monitor audio

Saramonic Smart Rig+ Cons:

  • No headphone volume adjustment, which can get quiet at times
  • No battery level indicator
  • You monitor the sound that comes into the Saramonic, which is not necessarily what makes the camera is recording.

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Music was kindly provided by Art List.

What solution do you use when monitoring sound with your camera?  Do you have any special tricks to help combat the absence of a monitor jack ? Let us know in the comments section below.

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