There aren’t a lot of downsides to pencil mics, but there are a couple of things to keep in mind. First, most pencil mics require XLR cables. If your camera doesn’t have an XLR input, you’ll either need to record externally, or get an XLR to 3.5mm cable. Second, if the microphone is not positioned correctly, you could end up with a lot of room tone and reverb. 

We’ll talk more about microphone positioning later.

Large Diaphragm Microphone

If you are making a video podcast or some other type of broadcast-like video, then you might want to take a look at a large diaphragm microphone, more commonly known as broadcast microphones, such as the Shure SM7B or the Audio Technica AT2020. These microphones tend to really bring out the low end of your voice, giving you a nice warm radio-like sound. They are designed to be close to the sound source, which will give you a great overall sound. However, along with that great sound comes a few minor issues.