I'm looking for a shotgun microphone, this is a christmas offer from my parents (im 15, interested in film making) and they set a limit at around 100 dollars. I would pay out of my pocket to add to the price range, but im already spending a ton on a recording device, and i dont want to blow my wallet.
I can't think of any "better" microphones that have 1/4" outputs, except maybe ones intended for use with harmonica/blues harp and a guitar amp.
I would go for a mic with XLR's so you at least know that the connector can't be pulled out. As far as a 1/4" plug goes, realize that there are 2 types: balanced (TRS) and unbalanced (TS)
A balanced 1/4" has 2 connectors (the Tip & Ring) and a ground (the Sleeve) and looks like this.
An unbalanced 1/4" has only a Tip and Sleeve, with the Sleeve acting as both a conductor and grounding connection. This is what it looks like.
What is the recorder you have in mind? Name, model, etc. would help us help you more.