Mobile Journalism Equipment On A Budget

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If you are looking to pursue a career in mobile journalist or are simply looking to cover one story without breaking the bank. You may be looking at all the options and wandering where to start.

To help you get started here is our list of recommended tools that will help you achieve near professional results for less than £150 (minus the phone of course).

Audio-Technica ATR-3350 (£20)

A great little lapel microphone to help you achieve perfect audio. Great for interview or hands free commentary, the Audio-Technica ATR-3350 does a fantastic job for a very reasonable price.

AKG P3S (£29)

If you need a microphone with a little added flexibility it's best to invest in a handheld. Allowing you to capture shift your recordings to different sources, handheld microphones can be a solution for many recording challenges whilst giving the people around you a clear sense of what you are doing.

Røde SC6 (£11)

The Røde SC6 is a simple input / output device that allows you to monitor the audio that is entering your smart phone. This allows you to get a true sense of what it is you are recording, minimising the chance of poor a poor audio recording. Along with this, the Røde SC6 allows you to input two microphones, enabling you to record yourself and a subject at the same time.

Anker Astro Mini 3200mAh (£10)

The last thing you want to do out in the field is to run out of power. This simple little device will provide you with a little backup in those crucial moments, preventing the story you have been working hard on from missing it's crucial elements.

Sony MDR-ZX100 (£13)

A decent set of headphones for playback or monitoring that won't break the bank.

Walimex Basic Travel Tripod (£20)

Tripods are an essential piece of kit for the mobile journalist. There is nothing worse than ruining your story by losing the viewers attention to footage that bounces around like a chipmunk after drinking a flat white. The Walimex Basic Travel Tripod is a great choice due to it's portability and it's price.

Joby GripTight Mount (£9)

A simple piece of kit, but an essential one all the same. The Joby GripTight is an inexpensive mount that allows you to connect your smartphone to your tripod so that you can achieve those steady shots that will set your footage apart from the rest.

 

TOTAL £112

 

You could end here with the basics keeping your investment at £112, if however you are prepared to push the budget up to £143 (£152 minus the £9 for Joby GripTight) you can add a couple more tools that will give you that edge.

Mpow® 3 in 1 Clip-On Lens Kit (£15)

The Mpow® 3 in 1 Clip-On Lens Kit is a great little addition to your mobile journalist kit bag. The included fisheye, wide angle and macro lenses provides you with more options when shooting both video and stills, giving you the power to get great shots in any scenario.

ShoulderPod S1 (£25)

For a little extra stability in those moments when a tripod won't do, especially if you are walking around, you can't go wrong with the Shoulder Pod S1. This simple and inexpensive device will help you to get professional looking footage without the bulk of a tripod. As an added bonus, the ShoulderPod S1 works as a tripod mount meaning you won't need to invest in the Joby GripTight above

 

Total £143

 

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