Good equipment can make the difference between an amateurish embarrassment and professional production when it comes to video recording. The combination of the Zi8 and my pair of microphones collect good enough source material to keep me in the latter category. Combined with the capabilities of Apple’s iMovie software, I can produce respectable videos anywhere I happen to find myself.
This pair of microphones serves me well. I mainly use the Azden SMX-10 when recording videos in public, resorting to the OLM-10 when recording unboxings and such in quiet settings. Sound quality is decent and they’re small enough to fit in my bag. Considering that one can walk out of B&H Photo with both microphones and change for a $100 bill, I call that a win!