A few weeks ago, I picked up a great little microphone for church. What made it really great was that it was under $25. The Audio-Technica ATR-3350 is a wired lavalier mic that works great with camcorders, pocketcams, and even iPhones. It is an omnidirectional condenser mic with a 20 foot cord.
I picked up a Kodak Playtouch pocket cam on clearance at the same time to use for leadership training and video testimonials at church. This microphone works great with the Playtouch and the sound quality is noticeably better. The microphone comes with a built-in battery pack to power the condenser microphone and it also includes a wind-screen. Since it has a 20-foot cord, you have plenty of room to get a good video shot, but the cord will get easily tangled if you are not careful.
The microphone plugs into the 1/8 microphone jack on a camcorder or pocket cam, and it is simply plug and play. For churches, this is a great microphone to have on hand. It is much much cheaper than a wireless battery pack system, and the sound quality is top notch. I recorded a quick leadership training video with it that you can check out on youtube.
And finally, here is what will take your video recording to a whole ‘nother level. If you pick up this adapter from kV Connection, you can use this microphone with your iPhone or android phone. You can thank me later for saving you time. Simply record the video, edit it directly on your device, and upload it to youtube, facebook, or vimeo. This is a simple, quick, and inexpensive way to improve your audio on video recordings.