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Since you won’t get XLR inputs with an $800 camcorder, you might also want to consider buying a small portable multitrack recorder. Around $200 will give you two channels of 24bit 48khz audio. This will sometimes give you better quality and controll than if you recorded into a laptop. I’ve done both, so I would recommend either.