So I'm finally doing a little research and working to figure out exactly what I need. Am I correct when I say that most camcorders do not have a hook up for an XLR cable? I read that XLR cables are what give a much more professional quality of audio. I also read that there are adapters for XLR cables to hook up to the 3.5 mm ports on most camcorders. Is the quality of audio as good using the adapter as it would be if the XLR cable were hooked up to an XLR port on a more expensive camera?
Finally, is there any point to buying something like the Zoom h4n if you are hooking up the microphone to the camera?