I'm planning to buy a pair of Samson C02s for one-on-one outdoor interviews (mostly dog trainers working with dogs, so lavaliers aren't really an option) as they seem to be very good microphones for their price and they fit quite well within my budget.
However, I was planning on using them in a slightly bigger interview setting (4-6 people, split in two groups) and I was wondering if they would do a good enough job to cover them and also produce a decent enough audio for social media (most likely a Facebook live event).
Might there be other alternatives to the Samson C02 somewhat within the same price range? I'd love to have a pair of Rode NT5s but the jump from $100 to $400 is a bit too much right now.
Somewhat a related question is about the audio interface. I'm looking at the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 which would allow me to connect the mics to my laptop and join the audio with the video from my DSLR, or I could pay 50% more for the Zoom H4n which would allow me to leave my laptop at home. Which one would people pick?