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Zoom H4N Handy Portable Digital Recorder

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  • Built-in X/Y stereo mics record at either 90° or 120°
  • Four channel simultaneous recording using built-in and external mics
  • Digitally controlled, high-quality mic preamp for improved audio quality
  • Large 1.9-Inch LCD screen and improved user interface for easy operation
  • 24bit/96kHz Linear PCM recording for pristine recording
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 2.8 x 1.4 inches ; 9.9 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B001QWBM62
  • Item model number: ZH4N
  • Batteries 2 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (481 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 28, 2009

Product Description

In the box

The H4N comes with everything you need to create high-quality audio for video.

  • SD card (2GB)
  • Windscreen
  • MA2 mic clip adapter
  • AD-14 AC adapter
  • USB cable
  • Cubase LE software
  • Protective case
  • Operation manual

The Zoom H4N Handy Recorder

The gold standard in portable recording

The rugged and reliable H4n has long been a favorite of videographers working on location, but is equally well-suited for live concert recording and music production.

It offers four tracks of simultaneous audio recording, a built-in X/Y stereo microphone, dual external inputs, and comprehensive multi-effects, making it the field recorder of choice for anyone looking for high-quality audio in a portable package.

  • Four-tracks of simultaneous recording
  • Records directly to SD and SDHC cards up to 32GB
  • Built-in X/Y stereo mic, adjustable between 90˚ and 120˚
  • Dual mic/line/instrument inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors
  • Up to 24-bit/96kHz audio in time-stamped BWF-compliant WAV or a variety of MP3 formats
  • Requires just 2 AA alkaline or NiMH rechargeable batteries, with up to 11 hours of battery life
  • Tripod mount, mic clip, and AC adapter included

Great audio for your video

The H4n can be connected to any standard tripod or mic stand, or you can use Zoom's optional Hot Shoe adapter to mount it directly to your camera, making it an invaluable addition to any videographer's field kit.

Two paths to perfect stereo

The H4n provides two different ways of recording great-sounding stereo: X/Y and MS (Mid-Side).

X/Y recording:

The built-in X/Y microphone provides two matched unidirectional microphones. The angle of the two can easily be changed from 90 degrees for a tightly focused stereo image to 120 degrees for a wider image. X/Y is an excellent way to cover a wide area while still capturing sound sources in the center with clarity and definition, making the H4n ideal for all types of live stereo recording, such as location video shoots and live concerts.

Mid-Side recording:

The H4n also provides an onboard MS decoder so you can do MS recording using external microphones. This powerful technique allows you to adjust the width of the stereo image in postproduction while maintaining perfect mono compatibility, making it especially useful for film, video and television projects.

Ideal for music-making, too

The H4n transforms any environment into a home studio. Its ability to record up to four tracks simultaneously, along with powerful overdubbing and punch-in features, allows you to do high-quality recording—up to 24-bit/96kHz—wherever you go.

Onboard effects such as compression, limiting, reverb, and guitar and bass amp modeling enable you to turn your musical creations into studio-quality recordings. Onscreen controls allow easy mixdown to stereo or mono, and the H4n can even convert your finished song to an MP3 file for emailing and posting to your favorite social networking site.

H4n H5 H6
Number of simultaneous tracks 4 4 6
Number of inputs 2 2 (expandable to 4) 4 (expandable to 6)
Phantom power +24/+48V +12/+24/+48V +12/+24/+48V
Uses interchangeable capsules N Y Y
Provided microphone(s) Built-in X/Y XYH-5 XYH-6, MSH-6
Maximum SD card size 32 GB 32 GB 128 GB
Separate line out N Y Y
USB audio interface in/out 2/2 4/2 6/2
Battery life (Alkaline) 6-11 hrs 15 hrs 20 hrs

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Easy to use and great sound quality.
Ryan J Williams
The built in condensers get some really nice sound, and the external jacks allow me to use any mic I want to use, or record any stereo sound with the 1/4" inputs.
B. Florence
The one thing I can say about the sound is that it is accurate.
Aaron Morris

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

689 of 699 people found the following review helpful By Oresti Tsonopoulos on March 6, 2010
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After having done a quick video test for the Kodak Zi8, I decided to do something which would focus more on its audio recording capabilities. I also wanted to test the Zoom H4n, a portable flash recorded I recently purchased... so, here I am, killing two birds with one stone.

I setup the Kodak Zi8 about 5 feet from the sound source, which is an upright piano... that's me noodling on it. The Zi8 is mounted on a tripod.

About 15 feet away from the piano, I've setup the Zoom H4n recorder. This unit has an XY stereo microphone built into it. It also has the ability to record two inputs, in the form of XLR or 1/4-inch. So, we'll be hearing the built in XY microphone on the unit as well as a pair of AKG 414s which I positioned above the piano, pointing into the open lid.

"Kodak Zi8 Internal Microphone"
Here we hear the internal microphone on the Zi8. Mono, a bit noisy and perhaps a little too close to the piano to capture a clean sound. In any case, this does the trick for capturing an idea, but definitely doesn't cut it if you're looking for high-quality audio.

"Zoom H4n XY Microphone"
Here the stereo image opens up suddenly. This XY microphone which is built into the unit is capturing a very natural, coincident stereo sound. It's a very reflective room, so you hear that, as the microphone is about 15 feet from the sound source.

"Zoom H4n Pair AKG 414s"
Here we're hearing the pair of AKG 414 microphones pointing into the piano. Because the microphones are very close to the sound source, there is significantly less "room" sound. This would be more suitable for a studio recording, while the XY sound would be more appropriate in perhaps a classical or field recording.
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309 of 318 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Morris on March 28, 2009
Just like the customer above me, I have a fairly early model (serial 2211). I don't imagine them having any revisions or anything, because this unit is really solid. Let me start by saying that this device should not be considered a Mic in its own right. Sure, it has two condenser microphones stuck on top to record in stereo, but I wouldn't use these mics in any studio unless I had nothing better. This unit is for those people who want to record in the field, and be able to capture 4 tracks of audio in a handheld device.

First, the build quality. Obviously Zoom took a lot of criticism to heart from their first H2 and H4 models. The H4n sports a "rubberized" hardshell design that's easy to grip, and seems to stand up well to surface scratches. (Mind you, the rubber texture can attract greasy fingerprints which can get annoying if you're a gadget freak like me). The top of the unit where the mics are is metal. There is some plastic on the unit, but definitely better designed than the previous two recorders from zoom. The buttons are easy to press, and the screen is large, allowing you to see everything you need to very easily.

The poster above me wondered why there was no metal cage protecting the microphones (like the previous H4 had). The answer to this is the switchable pattern on the microphones. Each mic can be twisted and swiveled to change the directionality that the mic pics up. In its native position the mics pic up at a 90 degree angle, giving a pretty good stereo image. But when you twist them, the mics are then a 120 degree angle. This is good for picking up sources that are farther away, or even ambient sounds for a wider stereo image. If there was a metal cage over the mics, you couldn't reach your fingers in to twist them.
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197 of 203 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 11, 2009
In looking for a portable handheld recorder for scratch tracks and samples, I weighed the benefits of a few of the handhelds available today and settled on the H4n. The other recorders on my short list were the Edirol R-09 and Sony PCM-D50, and also the H4. So far the H4n hasn't disappointed.

I settled on the Zoom H4n for a couple of reasons:

1) 1/4" and XLR inputs with phantom power - Very handy for throwing a mic on a kick and snare, and the H4n will record those plus the internal condensor simultaneously, which is perfect to get the rest of the drum kit for some quick loop scratch tracks.

2) More geeked out features than the others - They are not needed but still fun to have. The H4n is like the Leatherman of handheld pocket recorders with plenty of built in effects (which sound really good btw), built in 4 track recorder mode, tuners and metronome, playback speed control, MP3 encoder, acts as USB audio interface (both input and output), built in monitor speaker, and more. I also like the little things I'm still discovering, like when I put Ni-MH batteries in and then plugin in the adapter it recharges the batteries.

3) Build - I like the build quality compared to the H4 - Not as nice as the Sony but the thing does feel solid and substantial in your hand. The built in mics are a little exposed without a wire cage on the top like others have, it would probably not be a good thing to drop this unit and have the mics hit first.

4) Cost - This recorder was midrange even with it being brand new. It's less than the Sony and more than the H4 or R-09. I suspect the price will come down a bit when it's been out for a couple months down to where the R-09 is now. For what it has built in it's amazing to be it's as inexpensive as it is.
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