Saramonic Blink 500 B2+ review

Record your voice (or that of an interviewee) without being limited by the length of a cable

Saramonic Blink 500 B2+ microphone in its case
(Image: © George Cairns / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

I was impressed with the performance of the Saramonic Blink 500 B2+ in noisy urban locations. If you’ve yet to invest in a wireless mic kit then the Saramonic Blink 500 B2+ will greatly improve your video projects’ audio quality without blowing your budget.

Pros

  • +

    Software and hardware noise reduction

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    Negligible lip sync latency

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    Cable-free receiver connection

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    Powerful transmitter magnet

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    Long transmission range

Cons

  • -

    Signal drop our when losing line of sight

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The Blink 500 B2+ is the latest addition to a long line of wireless microphone kits from Saramonic that includes the Saramonic Blink Me, the Blink 500 B2, the Blink500 Pro, and the professional Saramonic Blink Me.  As with the other kits the Blink 500 B2+ consists of two transmitters and a receiver. It is an updated version of the Saramonic Blink 500 B2. The transmission range on the older B2 kit was only 50 meters, but the newer Blink 500 B2+ enables you to talk to the camera from a greater range of 150 meters (without a heftier price tag.) 

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Transmitter
Pick-up PatternOmnidirectional
Max SPL120dB
Transmission Type2.4GHz Digital Frequency
Signal to Noise Ratio >80 dB
Battery Life20 hours
Max Distance150m (with line of sight)
Onboard recordingNo
Dimensions45 × 31.6 × 13mm
Net Weight23g
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Receiver
Display128 x 80 pixels OLED
Battery Life16 hours
Dimensions49.5 × 37.5 × 18.8mm
Net Weight30g
Hollyland Lark M2

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If you primarily use a smartphone to record your video productions’ audio then the Hollyland Lark M2 is worth a look as it costs about the same as the Saramonic Blink 500 B2+ kit and shares similar features. Like the Blink 500 B2+, the Lark M2 boasts effective software noise reduction. The Lark also uses magnets to attach the transmitters to your subject, but the Lark’s transmitters are much smaller and more discrete than the Blink’s. As with the Blink, the Lark’s transmitter can be plugged straight into a smartphone’s USB-C socket so there’s no dangling cable to snap on a gimbal.

Saramonic BlinkMe

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The Saramonic BlinkMe is a great entry-level wireless mic kit, but if you need something a bit more professional then the BlinkMe is worth investigating. Unlike the Blink 500 B2+, the BlinkMe has an onboard recording feature on its transmitters, so if you do lose connection with the receiver due to signal drop out you can replace any gaps in the audio track from the recorded file on the transmitter. You can also adjust sound levels using the touch screen on the transmitters. These extra features come at a price so the BlinkMe will cost you £100 more than the Blink 500 B2+.

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George Cairns

George has been freelancing as a photo fixing and creative tutorial writer since 2002, working for award winning titles such as Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N-Photo and Practical Photoshop. He's expert in communicating the ins and outs of Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as producing video production tutorials on Final Cut Pro and iMovie for magazines such as iCreate and Mac Format. He also produces regular and exclusive Photoshop CC tutorials for his YouTube channel.