even then you're better off picking up a mic.
I don't agree. I was able to produce a passable voice clip like this.
I had the stand and clip, but I bet I could get it to work propped up on a book over a towel in a quiet room. A good environment is required no matter which microphone you use.
I have a lavalier microphone...
And I've used it to good effect...but...the instant you decide to use an external microphone, you also graduate to knowing how to use it. Do you know what chin shadow is? Mess that up and lavaliers get muffled or starting picking up P-Pops. Don't move around too much. They can pick up shirt noises. You will, of course, be nailing your long hair behind your head.
All that and you still have to buy it. I suspect using an iPhone/iPod violates the principal that at least in the US, I have to Buy Something
to be worthy.
I've been putting off final production, but I think this might be a good day or two goal. I briefly considered not telling anyone how I shot it.