Zoom H5 4-Track Portable Recorder for Audio for Video, Music, and Podcasting, Stereo Microphones, 2 XLR/TRS Inputs, USB Audio Interface, Battery Powered
- Uses a system of interchangeable input capsules that can be swapped out as easily as the lens of a camera
- Includes detachable x/Y capsule (xyh-5) with extended signal capacity and shock mounted mics for reduced handling noise
- Four-track simultaneous recording; Built-in speaker: 400mw 8 Ω mono
- Two mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors each with selectable Phantom power and -20dB pad
- Runs on 2 AA batteries and records directly to SD/ SDHC cards up to 32GB
- Max sound pressure input: 140 dB SPL
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The Zoom H5 Handy Recorder
Evolved Recording for Creators
The compact and portable H5 gives you everything you need to create professional quality audio. It comes with a detachable stereo X/Y microphone and utilizes a system of interchangeable input capsules that allow you to choose the best mic for every situation.
Ideal for live concert and rehearsal recording as well as audio for video, the H5 is equally well-suited for podcasting, broadcasting and electronic newsgathering.
- Uses a system of interchangeable input capsules
- Detachable stereo X/Y capsule with shockmounted mics and extended signal capacity
- Four tracks of simultaneous recording
- Records directly to SD and SDHC cards up to 32GB
- Up to 24-bit/96kHz audio in BWF-compliant WAV or a variety of MP3 formats
- Two mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors, each with selectable phantom power and -20dB pad
- Requires just two standard AA alkaline or NiMH rechargeable batteries (over 15 hours of operation with alkaline batteries)
Add superior audio to your video
The H5 can be mounted to any DSLR. Its dual combo inputs can handle both mic- and line-level signals. There's even a dedicated Line Out for direct connection to your camera without the need for an attenuator cable.
XYH-5 shockmounted X/Y mic capsule
The advanced XYH-5 provides dual matched unidirectional condenser microphones housed in an advanced shockmount to minimize vibration and handling noise-ideal for location videography and broadcasting/podcasting. In addition, the XYH-5 is designed to handle extremely loud sounds, making it the perfect choice for capturing the sound of live rock concerts and for electronic newsgathering (ENG) applications.
Available Capsules (Not included)
XYH-6 large diaphragm X/Y mic capsule
The XYH-6 allows you to do stereo X/Y recording and provides dual large diaphragm mic elements with adjustable width-choose 90 degrees for a more focused sound or 120 degrees for a wider stereo image. It''s great for recording classical music and for capturing sound effects in the field.
MSH-6 MS (Mid-Side) mic capsule
Step up to a whole new level of precision sound-shaping with the MSH-6, which contains a forward-facing, unidirectional mic (the 'Mid') and a side-facing, bi-directional mic (the 'Side'). In conjunction with the H5''s onboard MS decoder, it allows you to capture a fully mono-compatible stereo image that can actually be adjusted after recording-ideal for film, video, and television projects.
SGH-6 Shotgun mic capsule
Get all the pickup with half the length by connecting an SGH-6, which adds a professional-quality, highly directional shotgun microphone to your H5. Three elements, combined with digital signal processing, give you the highly directional pickup power of a conventional shotgun in a unit only half the size, making it optimum for recording dialogue and narration with no intrusive mic in the scene.
EXH-6 Dual XLR/TRS Combo capsule
The EXH-6 adds two more mic- or line-level inputs to your H5, allowing you to connect up to four discrete signals from external microphones, instruments, mixers, or portable music players and fully realize your creative vision.
|Number of simultaneous tracks||6||4||2|
|Number of inputs||4 (expandable to 6)||2 (expandable to 4)||2|
|Uses interchangeable capsules||Y||Y||N|
|Provided microphone(s)||XYH-6, MSH-6||XYH-5||Built-in X/Y Stero|
|Maximum SD card size||128 GB||32 GB||32 GB|
|Separate line out||Y||Y||Y|
|USB audio interface in/out||6/2||4/2||2/2|
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* Simple operation once you RTFM. The number of options can be overwhelming to a new user, but defaults work fine for most settings. A little time in the manual, and it quickly becomes intuitive.
* The little menu wheel with its integrated pushbutton switch is very intuitive to use with just your thumb.
* Audio quality is amazing. I honestly thought it would not be very good, with those two tiny microphones, but they are much more directional and of much higher quality than I expected. This isn't the way to record audiophile-level music, but for meetings or similar applications the quality is excellent.
* Dynamic range is good. If the person speaking is a little off-mic, you will still get a decent quality recording and can easily amplify their voice in post processing.
* Voice activated recording with a retroactive feature so you don't lose the couple of seconds before the recording started.
* Can look like a USB storage device when connected to a computer, so compatible with any operating system. No special drivers needed.
* Threaded mount on the back of the unit works with a standard camera tripod.
* Lots of customization settings, if you need them, but sensible defaults allow you to be productive right away and learn the details later.
* Ruggedly built, with a solid and professional feel. I have taken it on about a dozen business trips by train, car, and plane, and have even stuffed it into checked luggage. It comes with a protective plastic shell case, which is nicely sized to the device and not overly bulky.
* This thing gobbles battery power. I invested in a set of 4 rechargeable AA batteries which work nicely. I get about 3 or 4 hours of continuous use, maybe more, on one charge.
* It is a little bulky to carry around, but the positive counterpoint to its size is that it is ruggedly built for mobile use.
I needed to replace a Marantz 671 that fell off a motorcycle and on to a busy freeway while recording :( Let's just say it after being run over by about a dozen cars, it was well beyond repair.
Did the research, went with the H5, and I'm pretty happy, especially considering it's considerably cheaper, offers far more capabilities and sounds at least as good or better as what it replaced.
Love the record level dials. Thank you for that Zoom. Operation is fairly straightforward. The menus are less confusing than most, and operated with a little toggle switch that's pretty easy to use. I'm not fully sold on the mic capsules; they are adequate, but not stellar. I purchased the option MS (mid side) mic and was a bit disappointed in the quality of the recording when compared to my Shure VP-88, but then the Zoom mic costs almost exactly 1/10th the price, so...
The standard X/Y mic that comes with the recorder is very wind and pop sensitive. And the included foam windscreen doesn't help much. If you decide on this unit, get a fuzzy windscreen. I bought the Zoom model, it fits nicely and makes the recorder look like a smurf. Or Don King. But it does the job, and is a must for pretty much any recording, inside or out.
There is an option to add compression to recordings. The 'general' setting is set at a whopping 9/1 ratio, excellent if you want to capture every bit of background noise in your recording, useless otherwise. There is a 'vocal' setting with a much lighter touch that could prove useful, but for the most part, I intend to limit my compression to post.
Others have complained about battery life, but I have found it to be pretty good. I've been using a battery-powered external mic rather than phantom power, so perhaps that's why.
Biggest drawback for me, so far, is that the machine feeds a monitor signal to the headphones even though it's not recording. Maybe I am just getting old, but more than once I have set levels, checked to make sure things are looking and sounding good, and then failed to hit the record button, only to realize minutes later (or not at all) that nothing is recording. I wish there were a way to toggle the monitor so that you can only hear audio when you are actually recording, which would help pitiful recordists like me. Haven't found it - if it's there and you know about it, please educate me.
But overall, a good machine that will serve me well. If I can remember to press record.
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My use case is that I've attached a Shure SM58 to this and I practice flute so that I can identify my mistakes later. Practicing with a microphone in front prepares us for performing live.
This microphone has so many features that I've not yet explored them all.
1. Well built.
2. Quality pre amp and a built in 48V phantom power. All this runs on 2 AA batteries!!! I've been using it for 2 weeks and the battery indicator is still showing full.
3. You can play karaoke tracks on your phone (connect your phone's headphone jack to this one's line in on the mic module and play/sing on the other two tracks. It's perfect for overdubbing and mixing tracks on the go.
4. For the price, we get 3 simultaneous input sources, headphone monitoring, built in compressor and limiters and a stereo mic for field recording.
1. The menu systems will take some time to get used to.
2. The joystick controller on the side is a little loose but it doesn't affect it's usage.
I can't think of any other cons.
I also have a scarlett 2i2 but I don't think I'll be using it that much as this is as good as that interface but is portable and has better pre-amps for the SM58 mic. I've also tested it with condenser mics and it performs brilliantly. You can monitor your recording and the dubbing track simultaneously! It's the best feature.. there's no lag in the monitoring. Instead of buying Scarlett 2i2, people could buy this and they'd have a portable interface and a recorder!
There is a little cribbing though. The mid-high doesn't seems to be that smooth. There is a frequency which seems to be exaggerated but I have not analysed it to see which frequency. It can be a little annoying but it's not a deal breaker and I'm just being picky and difficult. So far it has served me very well and am really happy I bought it. I would recommend this product for anyone who is interested in a portable field recorder.
Now the good. It has very low noise pre amps although don't expect it to power gain hungry dynamic mics. It also comes with a host of (useful) features. It's extremely ergonomic and most important of all - it has excellent recording quality!
Bottom line? Highly Recommend!
The more I use this recorder the more I love it. In fact, I am now using it not just as a field recorder but in the studio!
I suggest use juciedlink to illuminate noise floor to achieve great audio.
Great pre amp
Phantom power control(12v, 24v & 48v )
Stereo mic for environment surrounding
12 hr Back up power
Sturdy dial knobs and protection metal bar
Self Noise above level 5 gain of pre amp
No lock on Xlr input( risk of loosing and stucks hard while removing)
Since I was travelling for the shoot I couldn't return it under the new Amazon India's return (or just replacement) policy of 10 days, which is not at all friendly to professionals. It may be time to quit Amazon India and turn to local professional suppliers, who did everything for mew when I had a trouble with a Rode Wireless Go set. With the new return policy, Amazon India is now good enough only in the case of speedy delivery , that too in cities like Delhi. This policy may be specific to India as I don't see the same in the US site, where I have imported a lot of professional equipment from.
Zoom H5 solve my purpose as I can connect it on my camera using 3.5mm aux cable as well as on my laptop using USB cable supplied with the H5.
Update:- After using it for a year I find it is very difficult to use it with a camera. It is very heavy to mount on a camera. Not recommended to buy to use it on a camera.
It works fine as a USB mic on my laptop.
But these devices are very good for capturing 4 tracks of location recording. Nice stereo mics built in up front, I plug a sennheiser shotgun in one of the inputs at the rear. Nice and affordable. Get a RedHead or something for wind rejection though, the one that ships is very limited to calm conditions.