The SmallRig Advanced Compact V-Mount Battery Mounting System is impressive in use, and it lives up to its claims of providing a compact, lightweight and sturdy solution for videographers. The ease of assembly stands out with it taking seconds to mount your camera securely (Assuming an Arca compatible plate is available), making it a genuinely tool-less installation. Once in place, the base plate of the rig fits onto the camera securely, providing a firm and sturdy hold. When it comes to switching between handheld and tripod shooting is incredibly straightforward, thanks to the quick-release feature enabling the rig to be quickly detached and set aside.
The 90° backward rotation of the V-mount battery plate is a simple idea that really works. Flip the plate down and it offers unobstructed access to the camera’s flip screen. This function proved beneficial during shoots, allowing me to make quick adjustments without hassle through the touchscreen interface and then I could pack it away again when not in use. I usually use an ATOMOS Ninja V as my main monitor rather than the Canon screen.
The most striking feature of the rig as I’ve already mentioned is its use as a power supply solution, although it in itself doesn’t provide power. The V-mount battery capability really does revolutionises the use of power-hungry cameras, such as the Canon EOS R5 C. It drastically extends shooting times, eliminating the need for constant battery changes.
While the chest pad does provide some added stability, its small size and the shortness of the rods make it less effective than it could be. Nevertheless, the overall stability improvement for handheld shots is significant, making this system a valuable asset for videographers.