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Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System
 
4.7

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        Excellent audio and build quality

        Had the H6 a couple of months ago but ended up returning it because of its bulkiness;
        This new release (H5) is a brilliant upgrade from the popular H4; better ergonomics and...Read complete review

        Had the H6 a couple of months ago but ended up returning it because of its bulkiness;
        This new release (H5) is a brilliant upgrade from the popular H4; better ergonomics and crisp preamps

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        Not what I expected

        I was hoping to reduce the noise floor with the upgraded preamps in this unit. Unfortunately, it's on-mic has a loud hiss that I have to edit in post as well as the lav...Read complete review

        I was hoping to reduce the noise floor with the upgraded preamps in this unit. Unfortunately, it's on-mic has a loud hiss that I have to edit in post as well as the lav I connected to the mic capsule. Others I have spoken to say they don't have this problem,,,. I may return this for an H1. Not impressed with this unit.

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        4.0

        Great Value

        By nick

        from california

        Verified Buyer

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              Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

              XLR, 1/4 and 1/8 inputs. 4 track recording. Easy to learn. Great value.

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              5.0

              Easy and professional

              By Weetbix

              from New Zealand

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                    Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                    I found this very user-friendly. Only used for one shoot thus far, with the Zoom EXH-6 Dual XLR/TRS unit (using 3 lapel and one shotgun) and worked a charm. Love the dual record at 20db less for when the levels topped out.

                    Excellent little machine that will get a lot of use for broadcast TV and lesser productions.

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                    5.0

                    Wonderful product!!

                    By Jeff

                    from Red House, WV

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Excellent sound
                    • High end
                    • Small

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Interviewing
                      • Recording family events

                      Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                      Recording podcasts. Compact, easy to use, and mautiple features.

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                      5.0

                      Incredible improvements

                      By EC

                      from Pennsylvania

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                      I just got this recorder and I am very happy with it.

                      The H4n was a great recorder but this one offers very significant improvements, my personal favorite is the individual level knobs.

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                      5.0

                      The best has gotten better!

                      By Matt

                      from Philadelphia, PA

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Amazing Audio Quality
                      • Excellent Build Quality
                      • Interchangeable Mics
                      • Physical Level Controls

                      Cons

                      • No Jam Sync

                      Best Uses

                      • Dslr filmmaking
                      • Field Audio Recording
                      • Interviews
                      • Re-recording
                      • Sound Design

                      Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                      I wanted a step up from my Zoom H4n. The Zoom H5 offered some excellent additional features over the H4n. First of all the, the preamps are much nicer. The H5 has physical pots/knobs for input level control (instead of buttons and menu settings found on the H4N). The interchangeable mics are awesome. Great sounding. I bought the Mid-Side mic module as well. Fantastic.

                      I'm really happy with this unit. Selling my trusty old H4n!

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                      5.0

                      Great

                      By Johnny the Videographer

                      from Salt Lake City, UT

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                      Great recorder for professional audio.

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                      5.0

                      Great Product

                      By Roberto lira

                      from Mexico City

                      Verified Buyer

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                            Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                            Easy to use, perfect for using with a dslr. The quality of the sound is amazing, no need to work in postproduction for quick editions

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                            5.0

                            Great!

                            By Studio8

                            from Santa Barbara

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                                  Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                                  Its improved! from the H4N

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                                  5.0

                                  great product

                                  By producer/director

                                  from NY,NY

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                                        Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                                        The batteries (two double AA) last for about 6 to 8 hours. the problems of the H4 has been fixed.

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                                        5.0

                                        Does What It Says It Does

                                        By The Arsonist

                                        from Haviland, KS

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                                        Pros

                                        • clean audio
                                        • Interchangeable Capsules
                                        • Phantom power
                                        • Strong Feature Set

                                        Cons

                                        • Menu system

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Audio for Video
                                        • Field Audio
                                        • Quick Voiceovers

                                        Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                                        What can I say, the Zoom H5 is a great product. I generally use it with a Røde NTG-2 plugged into the XLR input and powered by phantom for recording audio for video. I run the recording on the Zoom, and feed the line out to my video camera. Depending on the project, I may not even have to sync the audio from the Zoom in post; the line in to the camera is often fine for quick work.The feature set on the Zoom is great. I usually have the soft limiter or compressor turned on, and the backup recording on the L/R mics works well (I have not had to resort to using the backup yet, but it's there if I ever clip the L/R mics).I love having the quick selects to arm tracks to record. Sometimes I need the built in L/R, sometimes I don't, so quick switching is excellent.I also love the dedicated knobs for volume, and the roll cage bar to protect them.I have not yet found out how long the battery will last. I've run the L/R mics along with the Røde with phantom on, recording for about two hours straight. The battery readout said there was 1/3 bars of battery left, but it has also said that after an hour into a 4 hour studio video project (the Zoom was running the whole time, but only recording while video was rolling.)My only nitpicks are that I have to dive into menus a bit more often than I would like. The Zoom could really use a couple of customer programmable function buttons. Personally I would program one to be a +48v Phantom toggle (+48 off, +48 on 1, +48 on 1&2) and a dynamics toggle (dynamics off, dynamics on L/R, dynamics on 1/2, dynamics on all).The selector knob is also a bit finicky; I would have preferred a scroll wheel with a button in the middle like on the higher end Canon DSLRs.The selection process is also contextual, which can get confusing. Hit the select button to select, then in that menu hit the record button to select, then hit the pause button... I realize this has probably been planned to reduce the chance of accidentally deleting something.For mounting, I use a cheap photo ball head on a Manfrotto Superclamp and clamp that to my tripod legs. That puts the H5 right below and to the side of my video camera, and I can tilt it up or down depending on my needs. I can't see how mounting it on a hotshoe would work very well.

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                                        4.0

                                        Great Recorder

                                        By Lkcisneros

                                        from Chandler, AZ

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                                              Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                                              I bought this to record audio for my DSLR shoot and it works great. I used the stereo input instead of multichannel since I'm only using this for interviews and only need one clean channel. I like the functionality, easy of use and the available 4 channels of audio on this handy, little recorder. It's small and light weight enough to place it in the hot shoe on my camera. The dials are nice to adjust audio levels as oppose to buttons and the menu functionality is great. There's so many variables, accessories and tools that you can go a bit crazy but I'm glad I have the flexibility and functionality available to me, even if I don't use it all.

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                                              5.0

                                              As advertised on box

                                              By Scoman

                                              from New Zealand

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                                              Pros

                                              • 24bit Recording
                                              • 2 Second Buffer
                                              • 4 channel
                                              • Xrf

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Field Bird Recordin

                                                Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                                                A great little recorder for "point and shoot" recording. Nothing complicated a great way to introduce yourself to recording!

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                                                5.0

                                                Great update from H4N

                                                By GM

                                                from Brooklyn, NY

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                                                      Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                                                      Better Signal to noise ratio than H4N. Better Battery Life. WAY shorter turn on time. Great Pick-up pattern.

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                                                      2.0

                                                      Not what I expected

                                                      By tech junkie

                                                      from Sarasota, Florida

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                                                      Pros

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                                                        • Lots Of Options For Files

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                                                          Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                                                          I was hoping to reduce the noise floor with the upgraded preamps in this unit. Unfortunately, it's on-mic has a loud hiss that I have to edit in post as well as the lav I connected to the mic capsule. Others I have spoken to say they don't have this problem,,,. I may return this for an H1. Not impressed with this unit.

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                                                          5.0

                                                          Great performance for the price

                                                          By Brian

                                                          from Chicago, IL

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                                                          Pros

                                                          • Ease of Use
                                                          • Ergonomics
                                                          • Low noise

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                                                            Best Uses

                                                            • Videography

                                                            Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                                                            Great preamps (same as H6). Easy to use. It's not "dead silent," but for a portable recorder, it's very good; very little hiss/noise during conversations. Great SNR. I don't need the extra bells and whistles of its bigger brother, H6, so this is excellent for those who just want to record high quality audio at a lower price. Feels great holding it. I plan to use the XLR inputs (1/2) for binaural recordings. You can also interchange different mic modules for your needs (avoid MSH-6 because that one produces more noise than the XYH-5). You get the best bang for the buck for this kind of performance. The H5 does not dissappoint!

                                                            I have not tried the XLR inputs using phantom power. My hunch is that it'll drain the two AA alkaline batteries quickly. I would recommend getting some high capacity NiMH batteries if you're going to use phantom power.

                                                            It does not come with an AC adapter (purchased separately as a kit: APH-5 Accessory Pack).

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                                                            5.0

                                                            Bang for the Buck

                                                            By Ex. Jim the Runner

                                                            from Michigan

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                                                              • Exposed Cables On Mic

                                                              Best Uses

                                                                Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                                                                This is my first pro level audio recorder. I am glad I waited for the H5, it is truly impressive. The controls seem quite intuitive, but I will be reading the manual to make sure I am able to take full advantage of the various recording settings.

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                                                                5.0

                                                                Excellent audio and build quality

                                                                By H.A.

                                                                from VA

                                                                Verified Reviewer

                                                                Pros

                                                                • Preamps
                                                                • Quality
                                                                • Versatility

                                                                Cons

                                                                • Missing Stereo Capsule

                                                                Best Uses

                                                                  Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                                                                  Had the H6 a couple of months ago but ended up returning it because of its bulkiness;
                                                                  This new release (H5) is a brilliant upgrade from the popular H4; better ergonomics and crisp preamps

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