Zoom H5 Handy recorder review

The Zoom H5 Handy might just be the quintessential companion if you're keen on making videos

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Zoom H5 Handy recorder
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Digital Camera World Verdict

If you’re starting to think about making videos, you’ll need to consider the audio side too, and Zoom’s H5 is specifically designed for this application. Four track recording will add real atmosphere to your productions.


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    Interchangeable microphone modules give greater flexibility

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    Shock-mounted mics eliminate handling noise

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    Tough construction

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    Can handle up to 140 dB SPL (that’s a jet engine at full bore)


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    You may want to start out with one of Zoom’s smaller and cheaper recorders

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Zoom has made a great success of its range of audio recorders. Even the lowliest of its ‘H’ range delivers high-quality audio recordings with the ability to raise bit-rates far above CD quality – up to 24 bits per sample compared with CD’s 16, and sampling rates of 96kHz, compared with CD’s 44.1kHz. And hitherto the model numbering has been marvelously self-explanatory. The little H2n recorder is a two-track or stereo recorder. The H6 is a six-track recorder, Zoom’s highest level yet.

Now we have the new H5 – which turns out to be a four-track recorder, with two tracks (L/R) from the X/Y stereo condenser mics on the front, two more from the inputs at the rear. Zoom already has the four-track H4n, so a new H5 nomenclature was required. But what’s different?

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