4 hours ago, ColdPixel said:
I would like a microphone that I can keep out of frame so it looks more professional on video calls for business. The field is view is pretty small, so as long as its not a huge microphone, it shouldn’t be difficult. The C2 pencil microphones seemed to check those boxes but alas, it’s unavailable.
The style of mic you're talking about is known both as a small diaphragm condenser and pencil condenser, besides the C2 the best value I know of are the Pearl and Little Gem from ISK but they're almost always out of stock. There are other options in the lower price brackets by brands such as Superlux, Audio Technica, JoeMeek, Takstar, Pyle and MXL though I can't vouch for the quality of these options I am sure they will be more than serviceable for basic use. The biggest thing to look out for is polar pattern, that basically means what direction the mic will pick up sound in. You want a supercardioid microphone, if it says omni, omnidirectional, bidirectional just cardioid or anything other than supercardioid it isn't what you want.
Ignore the pricing but basically any microphone on this list is a good option, I'm sure there are other, cheaper options and I'd be more than happy to vet any options you do come up with but for ease of understanding these are the sorts of thing you're looking for.