Best lavalier microphone in 2024: tiny mics to clip to your clothes

Our camera or smartphone’s built-in mic may capture good-quality sound when we're standing close to our device, but the quality will diminish when we move away from the camera. By clipping a lavalier (or lapel) mic to our clothing we can keep the mic closer to our mouth and ensure better quality sound. Lavalier mics clipped to our shirt consist of a small capsule that tends to record with an omnidirectional polar pattern. This means the mic will hear us if it’s clipped pointing up towards our mouth or downward (to minimize ‘popping’ caused by plosive words beginning with ‘p’ or ‘b’) 

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