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Zoom iQ5 Stereo Microphone for iOS Devices with Lightning Connector (White)

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Product Highlights
  • Mid Side Stereo Recording
  • Set Stereo Width to 90° or 120°
  • Adjust Raw M-S Data with Zoom iOS App
  • Fully Mono-Compatible
  • Set Gain Manually or Use Auto-Gain
  • Built-In Limiter to Avoid Input Overload
  • Rotates for Horizontal or Vertical Use
  • Headphone Jack Enables Direct Monitoring
  • Use Zoom App or Other Compatible App
  • For iOS Devices with Lightning Port

The white iQ5 from Zoom is a compact mid-side stereo condenser microphone for lightning equipped iOS devices. It allows for high-quality 44.1kHz/16-bit, mono-compatible audio tracking and is ideal for recording live concerts, ENG, videos and more.

The iQ5 features a rotating capsule that enables it to be used vertically or horizontally with your iOS device. This allows you to record video with your device situated in either standard or landscape positions while ensuring that the audio is recorded with the correct left-right stereo orientation.

The capsule contains two elements including a directional "mid" mic that captures audio coming from the front and a bidirectional "side" mic that picks up ambient sounds from the sides. The stereo width can be set to either 90° or 120°, or you can record the mid and side mic signals as raw data and use Zoom's Handy Recorder iOS app to adjust the stereo width after the fact. The app also allows you to collapse the signal into phase-coherent mono, ideal for voice recordings such as interviews.

The iQ5 allows you to set the recording level of the microphone manually by using the MIC GAIN wheel, or automatically by choosing from three Auto Gain presets: Concert, Solo or Meeting. The unit also features a built-in limiter for protection against input overloads.

Works with iPhone 5, iPod touch (5th generation), iPad (4th generation) and iPad mini running iOS 6.0 or newer
In addition to Zoom's Handy Recorder iOS app, iQ5 can be used with most iOS apps that support audio input from an external microphone such as Apple's GarageBand
Dedicated headphone jack that enables direct monitoring during recording and playback
Microphone Mid-side (M-S) stereo mic(90°/120°/M-S)
Maximum SPL 120 dB SPL
Input Gain + 0 to + 40dB
Audio 44.1 kHz, 16-bit
Power Powered by the connected iOS device.
The connected iPhone/iPod touch can be powered by connecting the genuine Apple power adapter that was included with it to the USB connector. (iPad/iPad mini does not support this function)
Connector Lightning connector
USB Mini-B connector (only for recharging the connected iOS device)
Stereo mini-jack (combined headphone/line level output)
Compatible Audio Import Formats iPhone 5, iPod touch (5th Gen), iPad (4th Gen), iPad mini
Compatible Operating Systems iOS 6.0 or newer
Dimensions 2.3 x 2.46 x 1.51" (58.6 x 62.45 x 38.5 mm)
Weight 1.1 oz (30.5 g)
Zoom iQ5 Stereo Microphone for iOS Devices with Lightning Connector (White)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    ZoomiQ5 Stereo Microphone for iOS Devices with Lightning Connector (White)
     
    4.0

    (based on 7 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    83%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good sound quality (5)
    • Lightweight (5)
    • Simple controls (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

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          • Was this a gift?:
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        Reviewed by 7 customers

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        3.0

        Very Sensitive to Handling Part II

        By nctq

        from NC

        About Me Conference Recorder

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Allows Iphone Charging
        • Allows Phone Charging
        • Easy Controls
        • Good Sound Quality
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Requires Wifi Off
        • Warranty Not Tranferrable

        Best Uses

        • Stereo Recording

        Comments about Zoom iQ5 Stereo Microphone for iOS Devices with Lightning Connector (White):

        This is an update to an earlier review by the same name. Through some playing around I have found some settings that drastically cut back on the sensitivity issues mentioned. If you set the unit to "Auto Gain" you had better not be handling the iPhone or it will pick up every little touch and movement. However, if you set to "Limited" and set the wheel to about "4", things are much more satisfactory. I think I have also solved the popping issue. Apparently, a requirement of this product is to have "Airplane Mode" turned on. In other words, you cannot have wifi and bluetooth turned on. This would have been good to know before purchasing the product since one of my goals for this product was to use it for online broadcasts, and a pretty interesting multi-camera iOS solution that performs Multicam Switching that uses wifi to synchronize the iPhones, iPads etc that are be "switched" live using the app.I asked my Zoom North America tech person if my warranty would transfer to a new owner if I sold it (since it does not meet a huge portion of my goals) and I was told that the warranty does NOT transfer. I was totally surprised to hear this. I am marking off one star for this policy.So... to summarize: I would have marked this review UP a star or even two, but I feel that turning OFF wifi should be listed as a requirement prominently in the sales literature, since many legitimate purposes could require wifi to be ON. And... now that I know that my unit is OK even though it does not meet MY needs, (discovered by many hours of testing) I could have recouped some of my investment by selling it, I have now found out that if I sell it, the buyer will have no warranty even though I have had it for less than six months. No bueno. I thought better of this company before finding this out.I will mention one HUGE benefit to this device. It allows charging the iPhone or iPad while recording. Using the lightning to USB adapter and a USB microphone will not allow this. Changing my bottom line to "Yes, I would recommend this to a friend" WITH the serious qualifications mentioned.

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        3.0

        Very very sensitive to handling

        By nctq

        from NC

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Great Separation
        • Lightweight
        • Rich Sound Quality

        Cons

        • Occasional Pop And Hiss
        • Sensitive To Handling

        Best Uses

          Comments about Zoom iQ5 Stereo Microphone for iOS Devices with Lightning Connector (White):

          I am really trying to like this mic. Years of satisfaction with the Zoom H2 and several of the great value Samson Go Mics and it seemed like this product would be a slam dunk. And... when the iPhone is mounted in a stationary tripod, it surely delivers. It has excellent stereo separation and it really does have rich, robust sound. More than once when I play back a recording with headphones I have turned around to to see someone I hear behind me, only to find that the sound is there from the recording.However if you handle (touch AT ALL) the iPhone or move the tripod while recording, this mic will pick up all those sounds as bumps and white noise; sounds that the human ear cannot pick up will be in your recording.Additionally, I have had issues with popping sounds and hisses. My first iQ5 mic would predictably produce the pops in any given 5 minute recording. Zoom support was quick to replace the first one after hearing some of my recordings. I am very pleased with their support! I have been playing with the replacement for a number of hours now, and I have had 2 sections of unprovoked popping that lasts for about 5 seconds before it clears up. Grrr. I'm not up to another round of emails with support and another trip to the post office. To be fair I suppose it could be the iPhone's lightning connector. I have not tested for this issue with other iOS devices.I waited too long to put this to serious use so I cannot return it to B and H. I am close to writing it off as a loss, but will keep it for videos where the iPhone or tripod will not be moved or touched at all.

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          3.0

          better sound for your iPhone

          By littlee

          from Los Angeles, CA

          Comments about Zoom iQ5 Stereo Microphone for iOS Devices with Lightning Connector (White):

          This mic provides better sound when using the iPhone to shoot video. It is delicate and requires jimmying to have it work correctly so there are drawbacks,but it is the easiest option out there.

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          5.0

          Just saved myself space and money!

          By Gadget junkie

          from Sarasota, Fl

          About Me Gearhead

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy Controls
          • Good Sound Quality
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Need An Adapter
          • No protective case

          Best Uses

          • Eng
          • Interviews
          • Running
          • Travel

          Comments about Zoom iQ5 Stereo Microphone for iOS Devices with Lightning Connector (White):

          Forget about expensive, bulky equipment. This little mic, coupled with my iphone 5s just alleviated my needing to carry around all my ENG and Run and Gun equipment. In addition, I don't have to buy another portable audio recorder! The mic with the HandyRecorder app = good to go!

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          5.0

          Not Too Shabby, Part II

          By Ari

          from Memphis, TN

          About Me Gearhead, Tech Support

          Pros

          • Easy Controls
          • Good Sound Quality
          • Lightweight
          • Long Battery Life

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Tutorials
            • Video Documentation

            Comments about Zoom iQ5 Stereo Microphone for iOS Devices with Lightning Connector (White):

            For whatever reason the issue I previously reported about the L/R channels being switched with the native iOS camera is not an issue anymore. Either something changed in iOS, but it's working as expected now! I'm re-rating as 5 stars rather than my previous 4 stars. Great little mic!

            As an additional note, the hardware gain and limiters are quite effective, but the auto gain function is (unsurprisingly) not great. The Mid-Side, 120 degree and 90 degree options all produce markedly different sound characteristics and add quite a bit of versatility to this device. The more I use this mic, the more I like it.

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            4.0

            Not too shabby

            By Ari

            from Memphis, TN

            About Me Gearhead, Tech Support

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy Controls
            • Good Sound Quality
            • Lightweight
            • Long Battery Life

            Cons

            • Needs Lr Channel Switch

            Best Uses

            • Documentation
            • Tutorial Recording

            Comments about Zoom iQ5 Stereo Microphone for iOS Devices with Lightning Connector (White):

            I use this to help create technical documentation for a legal office and to record individual attorneys giving mini-tutorials on various office processes.
            The sound quality is quite a bit better than the built-in microphone but not as clear as the Rode SmartLav for solo-dialogue. The Zoom recording app is very flexible and allows you take full advantage of the mid-side mic configuration.
            The only big issue I have with it is that the left-right channels are swapped when holding/mounting the phone in what I consider to be the normal orientation for recording video (home button on the right as you look at the screen). You can swap this easily in the Zoom app, but the Zoom app is audio only. If you use the mic for video you may have to swap the channels during post processing. It would be nice if there were a left-right swap hardware switch on the mic itself, or if the mic itself rotated to accomodate the most common way to hold the phone during video capture. Otherwise, I really like this mic and find it to be perfect when the SmartLav isn't the right choice.

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            5.0

            Review of the Zoom iQ5 Microphone

            By TomVideo

            from Raleigh

            About Me Audiovideo Enthusiast, Practical

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clever Design
            • Easy Controls
            • Good Sound Quality
            • Good Spatial Control
            • Low Energy Use

            Cons

            • Lack Of 48 Khz Recording

            Best Uses

            • Audio For Iphone Video
            • Home Use
            • Recital Recordings
            • Travel

            Comments about Zoom iQ5 Stereo Microphone for iOS Devices with Lightning Connector (White):

            I bought the iQ5 to create high quality audio recordings with my iPhone 5S as well as to get better audio with the movies created using my iPhone 5S. I have not been disappointed in either case. The iQ5 is a high quality microphone capable of giving quite excellent audio recordings with a variety of audio spatial configurations using the microphone elements in the iQ5. The audio recordings made accompanying video are far better than those using the internal iPhone microphone. The free HandyRecorder app really turns the iPhone, when equipped with the iQ5 into a recording station competitive with portable recording systems from Edirol and Zoom. The iQ5 is easy to use, small enough to easily fit in a shirt pocket and have with you any time high quality recordings may be needed. The increased battery consumption by the iQ5 when installed on the iPhone is minimal.

            My only criticism of The iQ5 is that it is limited to making 16 bit 44.1 kHz recordings whereas most video applications are expecting 48 kHz recording and hence the audio recorded by the iQ5 must be converted to 48 KHz for many video applications.

            The iQ5 is very reasonably priced and is sure to find use in any number of applications where high quality audio recording is required with minimal equipment.

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