Yes, the truely profession


Yes, the truely professional mics will have XLR connectors. But since there’s so much equipment to buy, the total bill can be quite staggering. The XLR requirement is a place where you can cut corners…. unless you’ll be shooting in a location that is electrically noisey. A mic cable with XLR connectors is almost certainly going to be "balanced", which means it’s designed to cancel noise from electromagnetic fields. Fluorescent lights sometimes cause such noise. Also, my AC-to-DC converter causes electrical noise that my mic picks up. So I always run on battery. That reminds me… you’ll probably want to pick up an extra camcorder battery, preferably of higher capacity that the one that comes with the camcorder.
Good luck! πŸ™‚
Ken Hull

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