Let’s get real. While our smartphones now typically can capture some high-quality video, they weren’t ergonomically designed to be used as a video camera. Enter the PR-2-PM, a total game-changer in mobile video recording. This smartphone video kit gives you the compact rig you need to get steady shots and the microphone necessary to capture quality audio.
This rig can be used with smartphones that are between 2.2 and 3.6 inches wide. The knob on the top twists to loosen or tighten the clamp down securely on your smartphone. Once tightened down, you can hold onto the padded grip, which will give you a more stable shot than just holding the phone itself. There is also a wrist strap that comes included, which I use to give myself added security for when I have those clumsy moments. Both the grip and strap can be removed from the clamp piece by merely unscrewing the grip.
When it comes to my gear, it is pretty regular that I will combine various pieces. That’s where the three 1/4 inch threads come in super handy. With one on the top, bottom, and on the back, I can attach tons of different accessories or even attach the PR-2-PM to a larger rig. With the level that is on the clamp, I often use this rig as a way to mount my phone to a tripod and get more level shots.
The top of the rig also features a shoe mount, allowing me to mount even more accessories to the PR-2-PM, such as the VXR10 Shotgun Microphone that comes included with this kit. The VXR10 is a cardioid microphone that focuses on audio primarily in front of it, while reducing background noise. The included shock mount will also help to minimize handling noise. The microphone will take your smartphone videos to the next level with higher quality audio as compared to your phone’s onboard mic.
The VXR10 is excellent as part of this kit, but you can also use it with your DSLR cameras and camcorders. Universal compatibility is a big bonus of this kit. There’s nothing more annoying about a new piece of gear that only works for one particular scenario. While the PR-2-PM is specifically designed as a smartphone video kit, almost all of its components can be used with the existing gear that you have as well as future gear that you may add to your arsenal. This is one kit I am constantly using and make sure to keep in my gear bag.