The Zoom H5 Handy Recorder was a winner at the 2015 NAMM TEC Awards. We are fans of handheld recorders and stopped by the Zoom booth to learn more about what made this winner a winner.
The H5 is a portable 4-track digital recorder with interchangeable mic inputs–detach the included shockmounted X/Y mic capsule and connect an optional Zoom condenser mic to suit your recording needs. We like the fact the mics can be swapped out, especially because the unidirectional X/Y mic capsule is capable but not adjustable.
The H5 lets the user select stereo recording for two tracks or multitrack for four tracks. Record .wav and MP3 files directly to SD and SDHC cards up to 32GB capacity. Pitch change and a variable playback feature aid learning. The H5 can also automatically begin and end recording when a certain level of sound is detected. Another attractive feature is Backup-Record, which saves a stereo version of your original track–handy should something unexpected happen with the original. The H5 uses two alkaline batteries and can record approximately 15 hours.
We think the H5 is worthy of consideration for those in the market for a handheld recorder for either audio alone or audio/video. It plays nicely with external i-devices, provided you have the necessary software to complete the interface–and offers flexibility and a host of useful features at an affordable price point of $269.99.
Read more about the Zoom H5 here.