Sennheiser EW112 G3 Wireless Lavalier Microphone Review & Comparison

In today’s video, I’m reviewing my go-to wireless lavalier microphone system for my DSLR camera. This is the lavalier microphone that I wish I had purchased instead of all of the other systems I purchased and tried over the years (in an attempt to save money).

I bought my Sennheiser EW112 G3 system after I got back from Thailand where my Rode VideoMic and my Audio-Technica wired mics weren’t a good fit. We were filming interviews on the island of Koh Sahmui, and there were so many birds in the surrounding jungle, that the audio from the shotgun mic was virtually un-useable, and the wired mics weren’t a fit because of the number of people walking back and forth in the area where we were filming. Needless to say, I wasn’t happy after having flown to Thailand and back in 5 days from the U.S., and neither was the client. I realized that saving a little money had just cost me a ton of time, swore to myself “never again” and bit the bullet to invest in a set of high-quality wireless lavalier microphones…

I asked a lot of people in the A/V industry who film large events with people on stage what kind of microphones they use when they have to capture great audio and can’t afford mistakes. Almost all of them pointed me towards the Sennheiser EW100 G3 series, and that’s what I purchased (my model is the EW112 G3).

Yes, it was a significant investment at a time when I had other things to pay for.

No, I don’t regret it for a second.

And yes, I still love my Rode VideoMic Pro – it has it’s place and is great for videos where I can’t mic up the talent or where I have multiple people in the video and I want to capture audio from all of them.

I’ve been traveling and using this wireless lavalier system with both my Canon 5D Mark III (it will work with any DSLR that has an external microphone jack), with my iPhone using a special cable (reviewed in this video), and with a recorder.

What I love about this wireless microphone system:

  1. Great range – more than I’ll ever need
  2. The ability to scan all available frequencies and only select “interference-free” frequencies
  3. Very high-quality audio
  4. The ability to amplify the signal out of the receiver so I can turn the mic-input gain way down on my DSLR (thus capturing much better quality audio)
  5. Easy to sync the body pack to the receiver
  6. Very solid build-quality
  7. The AF LED on the body pack tells me if my mic sensitivity is too hot, so I can adjust it using the built-in mic sensitivity feature (which prevents me from capturing unusable audio)
  8. It uses AA batteries, has a battery indicator bar on the LCD screen, and the batteries last a long time

Overall, I love this wireless lavalier microphone system. My previous system was the Azden WMS-Pro, which cost me about $150 and a whole lot of frustration and grief, both during filming and in post-processing (I should have saved my money and purchased the Sennheiser EW100 G3 to start with).

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