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Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System

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Product Highlights

  • Modular Mic and Input System
  • Includes XY Microphone Module
  • Four Simultaneous Inputs
  • Uses SD Memory Cards
  • Compatible with H6 Mic Modules
  • Optional Shotgun Mic and XLR/TRS Inputs
  • Record up to 24-bit/96kHz Audio
  • Doubles as USB Audio Interface
  • Optional Hot Shoe Mount
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The H5 Handy from Zoom is a compact, portable handheld digital recorder that is capable of four-track recording and features an interchangeable, modular microphone system. The recorder ships with an XY microphone capsule and is compatible with the existing line of H6 modules including the optional shotgun mic and XLR/TRS input modules.

The included XY stereo mic module provides two matched unidirectional condenser microphones set at a 90 degree angle, and features a built-in shockmount system and a maximum SPL of 140dB. Additionally, the recorder is equipped with two inputs for external sources, allowing you to record simultaneously with the included stereo XY mic for a total of four input channels. Each input is controllable by its own analog gain knob, and also has a -20dB pad.

The recorder also has an LCD screen and a side-mounted toggle control for navigating through the menu options. It gives you fast access to transport functions, offering physical control buttons right underneath the screen, and conveniently stores its recorded audio to external SD cards.

In addition to the detachable X/Y capsule, the recorder also ships with a foam windscreen, a 2GB SD card, two AA batteries, a USB cable, WaveLab LE (download), Cubase LE (download), and a hard plastic case.

Features:
  • Includes detachable X/Y capsule (XYH-5) with extended signal capacity and shockmounted microphones for reduced handling noise
  • Compatible with Zoom H6 input capsules and optional capsules including the SGH-6 shotgun mic capsule and the EXH-6 dual XLR/TRS combo input capsule
  • Four-track simultaneous recording
  • Large backlit LCD display
  • 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
  • Analog-style gain controls for each input
  • Protective "roll-bar" type covers prevent accidental movement of gain controls
  • Plug-in power (2.5 volts)
  • Built-in effects, including low-cut filtering, compression and limiting
  • Chromatic tuner and metronome
  • Auto-record, Pre-record and Backup-record functions mean that you'll never miss that perfect take
  • MS decoding
  • Multitrack to stereo internal mixdown
  • Normalize, Divide and Trim editing
  • Voice memo and up to 99 marks per recording
  • A/B loop playback
  • Variable playback speed and variable pitch without affecting playback speed
  • Multichannel and stereo USB audio interface for PC/Mac/iPad with loop back function
  • Mountable to DSLR or camcorder with optional HS-01 Hot Shoe Mount adapter
  • Uses two standard AA alkaline or NiMH rechargeable batteries
  • Over 15 hours of operation with alkaline batteries

 

General
Recording Media SD card: 16MB to 2GB
SDHC card: 4GB to 32GB
Display Backlit LCD (128 x 64 pixels)
Power Requirements AA size (LR6) battery x 2
AC adapter (AD-17 (DC5V/1A/USB-type, optional)
USB bus power
I/O
Inputs L/R [XYH-5 X/Y mic]:
Mic Type: Unidirectional
Sensitivity: -45 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
Input Gain: -∞ to 52 dB
Max Sound Pressure Input: 140 dB SPL

Mic/Line In:
Connector: 1/8" stereo mini jack
Input Gain: -∞ to 52 dB
Input Impedance: 2 kΩ or more
Plug-In Power: 2.5V supported
Backup Recording: -12 dB lower than set L/R input gain

Inputs 1/2:
Connectors: XLR / TRS combo jacks (XLR: Pin 2 hot / TRS: Tip hot)
Input Gain (PAD OFF): -∞ to 55.0 dB
Input Gain (PAD ON): -∞ to 35.0 dB
Input Impedance: 1.8 kΩ or more
Max Input Level: +22 dBu (PAD ON)
Phantom Power: +12V /+24V /+48V
Equivalent Input Noise (EIN): -120 dBu or less
Outputs Line Out:
Connector: 1/8" stereo mini jack
Rated Output Level: -10 dBm
Output Load Impedance: 10 kΩ or more

Phone Out:
Connector: 1/8" stereo mini jack
Output Level: 20 W + 20 W into 32 Ω load

Built-in speaker:
400 mw 8 Ω mono
USB Mass Storage Class Operation:
Class: USB 2.0 high speed


Audio Interface Operation:

Multitrack Mode:
Class: USB 2.0 high speed
Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48 kHz
Bit Rate: 16-/24-bit
Inputs / Outputs: 4 / 2

Stereo Mode:
Class: USB 2.0 full speed
Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48 kHz
Bit Rate: 16-bit
Inputs / Outputs: 2 / 2
USB Bus Powered Operation: Yes
iPad Operation: Supported in stereo mode only
Recording
Recording Formats Stereo Mode:
WAV (BWF-compliant)
Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48/96 kHz
Bit Rate: 16-/24-bit (Stereo)
Maximum Simultaneous Recording Tracks: 2
MP3
Sampling Frequency: 44.1 kHz
Bit Rate: 48/56/64/80/96/112/32/160/192/224/256/320 kbps

Multi-Track Mode:
WAV (BWF-compliant)
Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48 kHz
Bit Rate: 16-/24-bit (mono/stereo)
Maximum Simultaneous Recording Tracks: 6 (L/R + INPUT 1/2 + L/R backup)

 

Physical Specifications
Dimensions H5: 2.3 x 5.3 x 1.7" (66.8 x 135.2 x 42.1 mm)
XYH-5 X/Y mic:2.6 x 2.4 x 1.6" (65.5 x 62.2 x 41 mm)
Weight H5: 6.2 oz (176.0 g)
XYH-5 X/Y mic: 3.3 oz (94.0 g)
Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System
  • XYH-5 Microphone Capsule
  • Plastic Case
  • 2 GB SD Card
  • Foam Windscreen
  • USB Cable
  • Steinberg WaveLab LE Software (Download)
  • Steinberg Cubase LE Software (Download)
  • 2 x AA Batteries
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System
     
    4.7

    (based on 61 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (49)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

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    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (5)
    • Good audio (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Interviews (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (44)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great upgrade from my broken H4n

      I use this product as a direct replacement of my H4n which died after 5 years of use. I do sound recording of all sorts but most recently on set sound and boom micing. ...Read complete review

      I use this product as a direct replacement of my H4n which died after 5 years of use. I do sound recording of all sorts but most recently on set sound and boom micing. The H4n was great for this as I could strap it right to my boom pole and watch the meters while I boomed. Perfect for the one-man operation I am. A major problem I had was the fact that you couldn't run phantom power on my boom mic on channel one while using channel 2 to record my wireless lav. well you could but it would eat through a set of AA's in about 10 minutes. With the new H5, you can specifically set which channel has the phantom power on and now I have no problems with ridiculously fast battery drain. I also purchased the EXH-6 dual input capsule and can now mix and record 3 different wireless lavs and my boom mic into four separate tracks on one device.The new analog gain dials are a much needed addition as you can adjust gain on the fly with out the noisy clicking interfering with your clean audio sound. Also welcomed was the line out port which takes away the need for the -15db line attenuation cable I had to use previously.The physical size of this is just a bit smaller than the H4n but it has a nice rubbery grip all around it which feels great in hand.I won't go too much into sound quality. Both H5 and the H4n have great sound quality for the amateur/indy scene that most of us are using it for. If you want that perfect sound for your feature length then you should be investing in something by Sound Devices. If you cannot get quality, usable sound out of the H5 or H4n then you are doing something wrong.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      For certain use this can be really great

      I didn't buy this unit from B&H - I wish I had.
      The build quality is great it's all rubberised plastic so if it drops you're fairly okay..with the...Read complete review

      I didn't buy this unit from B&H - I wish I had.
      The build quality is great it's all rubberised plastic so if it drops you're fairly okay..with the exception of the X/Y capsule.
      I'm not a fan of the interchangeable capsules, I'd just never want to use other zoom digital mics with this tbh I'm only interested in the X/Y and the XLR inputs to use my own mics.

      For video with a great shotgun mic (MKH416) I had no hiss - seriously none it sounded fantastic, I recorded an interview in a studio in London and it sounds perfect.
      For audio with my favourite condenser mic (Shure SM7B) the Zoom H5 is unusable, you have to crank the record input on the H5 up to "9" of 10 and it introduces so much noise hiss it's terrible, ashame the SM7B requires so much gain.
      So I don't think this a tool for a musician more of a tool for a DSLR shooter that owns a good quality shotgun mic, you'd probably get away with a Rode NTG3 as an entry point but the other Rode Shotguns NTG1 and NTG2 shouldn't be considered they'll sound bad with the H5 just like they did with the H4n.

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      5.0

      Great!

      By Goodbye Productions

      from Wilmington, NC

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • knobs

      Cons

      • Picks Up Wind Very Well

      Best Uses

      • Indoor At A Wedding

      Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

      My production crew has loved using this device! The knobs are so essential in sound design and these work so well! Great recorder, to get the most out of it, buy external sound equipment!

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        5.0

        Where has the Zoom H5 been all my life?

        By Chaz

        from Connecticut

        Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

        I have long wanted something portable but of good quality for recording music practice and rehearsals, and for directly capturing LP and tape material from my own excellent audio system without resorting to low-grade USB turntables and such.

        In short, the Zoom H5 is a godsend. Read the specs/features of all the Zooms -- they're astounding. This particular model was the perfect choice for my purposes. Very highly recommended!

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        5.0

        Fantastic! Nice upgrades over H4N.

        By Blackriver

        from Sacramento CA

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Build
        • feel
        • price
        • Size
        • Sound quality
        • Versatility
        • Weight

        Cons

        • joystick

        Best Uses

          Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

          Let me start with the one small negative. The new control joystick feels very flimsy. It is the only part of the recorder that does not feel solid. Ok one other negative. Be nice to have a cap for the unit when the capsule is off. I also wish that they had kept the "folder" button that they had on the H4N. You now have to go menu diving to change folders. Something that I personally change fairly frequently; for example so that I can randomly pick up ambient sound and put it in it's own folder then switch right back to main audio etc.

          Aside from those few niggles the recorder is not only amazing but it managed to improve on the already historically good H4N. Love the dials as opposed to the lever of the H4N. Also love the removeable capsule option as well as the over all shape and feel of the unit in hand. The passthrough charging via USB/NiMetal batteries is also a nice addition.

          The capsule itself is also a nice imporvment. It's vibration dampening is a no brainer since most people using these recorders are likely to use them hand held from time to time if not most of the time. I can say with 100% confidence that the new capsule does result in less handling noise.

          Other improvents are the battery life as reported and here is the big one. Remarkably faster start up and shut down times even with a 32gig SD card. It's virutally instant even with a fresh card chagne.

          I have not yet done a head to head recording comparison between the H5 and the H4N but I would like to. My friend also has the H6 so who knows it may be a 3 way battle. My guess is they are all so close that it would be hard to say that one is better but who knows.

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          5.0

          Worth the extra $ over the H4

          By Hool

          from New York, NY

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attachments

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

              I was going to get the H4 since it is a classic but the shotgun mic attachment and other AKS make the H5 worth the extra $$. Glad I splurged.

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              4.0

              Great audio quality out of this product!

              By Maximus

              from Santa Barbara, CA

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • easy to use
              • Good audio quality

              Cons

              • No Color Display
              • Only Two Xlr Inputs

              Best Uses

              • Interviews
              • Prefessional

              Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

              Good alternative to the Zoom H6 if you dont need four XLR inputs.

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              5.0

              Great device

              By Chris

              from Phoenix

              Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

              We use these all the time to capture audio. The internal mics are awesome and a quick easy device to capture a quick interview.

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              5.0

              Best Recorder

              By DJtommyT

              from East Greenville, PA

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • easy to use
              • Interface
              • Long lasting battery
              • quality

              Cons

              • none

              Best Uses

              • All Sizes
              • Churches
              • Outdoors
              • Social Halls
              • Studios

              Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

              I work in a lot of huge churches and I just the best quality. And the people I work for said that they want one know because they just love the quality of the product. So worth the cost.

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              4.0

              Nice build, size and function. Good so

              By dhovell

              from Annapolis, MD

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to understand
              • easy to use
              • Great build
              • Simple function

              Cons

              • None so far

              Best Uses

                Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                Use this when shooting with Lumix Gh3 for video. Line out into the camera gives a very useable track, plus ambient sound and two additional inputs. All very handy. Turns ANY video camera into a useful piece of gear. That pesky garbage audio on you GoPro, use this and sync. So far so good.

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                5.0

                Excellent choice

                By Tony Serrati

                from San Juan

                Verified Buyer

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                  Cons

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                      Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                      Nice upgrade

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                      5.0

                      Really good device

                      By Larry

                      from Texas

                      Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                      I've only used it a few times, but works great. Also came with bundled software that I need to try out as well. Very nice product and great price.

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                      5.0

                      Great recorder!

                      By krcdyln

                      from los angeles

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

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                            Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                            This is a superb field recorder. So happy with my purchase!

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                            5.0

                            Very nice upgrade

                            By hi_immiles

                            from NY

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Solid

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Interviews

                              Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                              After using the H4n for years this is a very nice upgrade. It just feels more solid and professional quality. The features I like best are the gain dials (they don't make clicking noises during adjustments), the built-in pad for channel 1&2 and the line out to camera, and phantom power to separate channels.

                              I wish the recorder generated timecode and I wish it came with a cover for the front when you want to use the recorder without the xy module.

                              Firmware V2 Update: A useful feature in the new firmware is the built in slate at the beginning and ending of recordings. I wish somehow it began 10 seconds later bc in order for it to work I have to roll camera first before sound.

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                              5.0

                              ZOOM H5

                              By Ron Tyler

                              from Tyler, Texas

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Best quality around
                              • Clean Preamps
                              • Easy to use
                              • Very Light To Hold And Us
                              • Works Well With A Dslr Ca

                              Cons

                              • None I can find

                              Best Uses

                              • Video And Audio Productio

                              Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                              Have not had a chance to use a lot yet, but from what I have found so far it is a great little recorder and a great deal of a improvement over the H4n by a long shot. I love the separate level controls on the front and interchangeable microphones. It makes life a whole lot easier.
                              Great service as always and pricing from B&H.

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                              5.0

                              Incredible

                              By AdamB

                              from New York, ny

                              Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                              Very impressed with this product. It did everything the salesperson said it would. The quality of recording is incredible and the ease of use is phenomenal. A+

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                              4.0

                              Did what I needed.

                              By webpro

                              from New York Y

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                                    Bought this to record narration in another language on a corporate film.
                                    I found it easy and intuitive to operate and it did the job without having to carry lots of heavier gear.

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                                    5.0

                                    The very best!

                                    By Richie

                                    from Brooklyn

                                    Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                                    1. Records auto backup file at -12 db2. Adjust phantom power separately3. When you hit record, it records! No arming on the record button.4. Interchangeable mic is perfect for run and gun.5. Headphone out AND line out separately!6. No auto gain 7.thinner than the H4N8. Doesn't come with the power charger, because it charges via the USB port.9. The included SD card is tucked near the wall, almost unseen, near the windscreen in the packaging.All and all, I am super happy with my purchase, it's only $ dollars more than the H4N, and it's the bees knees.

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                                    5.0

                                    Great portable recorder

                                    By Tezza

                                    from Los Angeles, CA

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                                    This is such a great improvement over the H4n, I do wish the XLR were locking but overall it's quicker to use and manipulate. Love that the audio levels being right there. Haven't really utilized the interchangeable microphone, as I'm mostly using my own mics. Love the phantom power. It has been great on video shoots at venues as well with a direct line in from the soundboard for a secondary recording. For the price, it can't be beat.

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                                    5.0

                                    Nice upgrade from H4n

                                    By Glen

                                    from Austin, TX

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Build Quality
                                    • price
                                    • Small Size
                                    • Sound quality

                                    Cons

                                    • No Ac Cord

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Recording On Set

                                    Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                                    Had a H4n, which developed some software issues and freezes. This was a nice upgrade. Handles really well and quality is good. The price point is pretty sweet too.
                                    On the flip side, the file categorizing could have been better implemented for easier handling. Would have loved to see an AC adapter included too.

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                                    5.0

                                    Everything I hoped it woudl be

                                    By Justin Strandlund

                                    from Chicago, IL

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Durable
                                    • Great audio quality
                                    • Interchangeable heads
                                    • Phantom power

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Podcast
                                      • Video

                                      Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                                      I shoot mostly web videos and this has upped the quality incredibly. I also use it for a mobile podcasting unit and I honestly could not be happier with it. The fact that it supplies phantom power for my secondary microphone is the icing on the cake.

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                                      4.0

                                      professional sound quality at a afordabl

                                      By bmoney

                                      from phoenix

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                        Cons

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                                            Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                                            It was very easy to setup and start recording without any previous experience with any of these types of recorders. Directional mics seems to work best with these

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                                            Kopul - Studio Elite 4000 Series XLR M to XLR F Microphone Cable - 6' (1.8 m), Black
                                            • You Pay: $16.99
                                             

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                                            • You Pay: $11.95
                                             

                                            Headphones

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                                            Headphones are essential for real-time monitoring and mixing.

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                                            System Extensions

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                                            System Extensions add more functions and features.

                                            Zoom - EXH-6 Dual XLR/TRS Combo Input Capsule for H5 and H6 Recorders
                                            • You Pay: $69.99
                                             
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                                            • You Pay: $129.99
                                             

                                            Cases & Protection

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                                            Carry, store and protect all your equipment in a bag or case.

                                            Strut - STR-H5WX Field Case For The Zoom H5 with Integrated Fuzzy Windscreen
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