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Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System
 
4.8

(based on 141 reviews)

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    (2)

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    (1)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (11)
  • Good audio (10)
  • Ease of use (6)
  • Durable (5)
  • Versatile (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Interviews (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (103)

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

 

Some issues

Good recorder but, XLR inputs do not lock and hard to read meter.

Good recorder but, XLR inputs do not lock and hard to read meter.

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5.0

Great Product

By henrimic

from Geneva Switzerland

Verified Buyer

Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

I really appreciate the gain controls. I can now adapt smoothly the level without steps during an interview. I have recorded a lot of sounds with a Schoeps MS system (CCM8 + CCM41) and the preamps are far better than the H4n for example.

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5.0

H5 Handy Recorder

By Dan

from ORINDA CA

Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

Audio recording is super easy, and the sound is excellent. I also bought the SGH-6 boom mic attachment. I love how you can switch out the type of microphones.

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4.0

Impressive Recorder!

By RickyB

from Marysville, WA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

Does more than expected for my needs! Recently recorded interview in home and was pleased with the functionality.
The reason for only 4 stars is I felt the "Record" button seems very sensitive to even the slightest pressure. On the recording session I thought I had pressed record and later found I apparently double-pushed the button, which meant I was not recording.
My mistake, I should know to always check that the unit is recording.
Overall I would buy again.

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5.0

Another solid product

By BDT

from Brooklyn, NY

Verified Buyer

Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

Had the H6, it was stolen. So downgraded due to price.
This is what, if not more than, most independent filmmakers need.
Smaller than H4, analog controls are nice. Quicker startup, response than H4.

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5.0

Great product!

By Sam

from Blounts Creek, NC

Verified Buyer

Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

We have not began to scratch the surface of this unit's capabilities. It was purchased to record sermons in our church services for high quality reproduction on our web site. We patched in the line output from existing sound system. Using MP-3 format, we kept file lengths to an acceptable length and still maintained excellent quality. Works great and very easy to use. A great time saver, as compared to a tape deck.

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5.0

Great sound

By iHealth

from Fort Worth, TX

Verified Buyer

Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

I upgraded from the H4. The toggle works better and I love having control of gain for each mic. But like the H4, I will keep the Operation Manual very close. There are a LOT of options, and not always obvious which button to tap. Other thing I like is that the H5 has a much more solid feel than the H4.

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4.0

Good general purpose audio recorder

By Jonathan H.

from Boston, MA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

It's good overall. One important missing feature is the ability to record a backup track for the TRS inputs. The H5 will only record a backup for the LR inputs at -12 dB. However, one my buy the input expansion capsule which will then make this feature. On the second day I used it, some one knock it off a mini tripod and it crashed to the ground and the mic capsule popped off. I reattached the mic and turn it back on and it has worked perfectly since.

Note that the new H4n Pro does not support +4 dBu inputs from mixers. So while that device will lead to distortion and unusable recordings, the H5 has a -20 dB pad which works perfectly for hot mixer outputs.

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5.0

Great product

By Brittany App

from San Luis Obispo, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

I am a professional photographer diving into the world of video. I use the Zoom for professional audio in the field. It's easy to use, easy to transport, and the quality of the audio is great.

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5.0

Very Happy

By Brody

from Chattanooga, Tn

Verified Buyer

Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

I have previously owned the H4N and it died on me.
I purchased this model and love it. The quality sounds a little better and the controls are way more thought out. Very easy to control audio levels of each channel. This was a big flaw in the H4n.

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5.0

Great Purchase

By Stav

from Philadelphia, PA

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Great Value
  • Hd Audio
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Confusing File Folders

Best Uses

  • Multi Track Recording
  • Pro Audio Recording

Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

I use this to capture audio from interviews, lectures, speeches, among other things.

My favorite thing is the multi track recording that captures audio from multiple sources at once. You can practically record from any source of audio if you have the right plug.

It has a quick start up and the battery life is great.

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5.0

Great recorder for videography

By Shane212

from New York, NY

Verified Buyer

Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

I used the H% with to external microphone inputs, one from a mixer and another a direct feed, to record presentations at a conference. It all worked well and smoothly. It's easy to use, small and contained, has all the bells and whistles one could want/need. Price is good.

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5.0

Everything I Expected

By Mr_Wright

from Manchester, New Hampshire

Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

The wonderful Zoom H5 has fulfilled all my expectations of it. Complete with phantom power, compressors, limiters, etc. for individual channels, I have tested this device in filming some practice scenes and was extremely pleased with the sound quality recorded. I'm perfectly satisfied with my purchase.

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5.0

Incredible recorder

By Skywalker

from Merced, CA

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Concert Recording
  • Personal Instrumental
  • Professional Recording

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Everything

Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

I had the opportunity to test the H5 at a major rock concert a week ago and am AMAZED at the sound quality. I used the studio limiter setting, low cut filter set to 98hz to cut the noise floor and input setting to about 3. The resulting file is equal in quality to recorded concert CD's produced with huge boom mics and audio mixing equipment.

The H5 comes with Steinberg Wavelab to edit your audio file, 30 day trial. I used Wavelab to adjust the gain levels in several parts as needed and applied a small amount of EQ. The resulting file is amazing. I'm beyond impressed. This is the audio recorder you need. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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5.0

great

By jimbokar

from arizona

Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

Works better than expected...I am very impressed

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5.0

VERY IMPRESSED

By California Guy

from Beaumont, Ca.

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Great Battery Life
  • H6 Capsules Can Be Used
  • Line Out For Headphone
  • Line Out Mini Jack
  • Mic Line Input
  • Perfect Size
  • Phantom Power
  • Protective Case
  • Uses Sdhc Media
  • Xlr Inputs

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Personal Use
  • Professional Use

Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

Extremely versatile for the price. This unit has the same great pre-amps as the larger and more expensive H6. For the last six months, I followed the great customer reviews (which B & H sent to me) of the Tascam DR-60DmkII which I just noticed on their website is now priced at a great $. However, lacking the two X/Y mics the H5 has, I just never pulled the trigger. Finally, I decided to purchase the Zoom H5 and I LOVE IT. I'm retired and just use for fun, attaching a lav mic to the Zoom for fantastic audio. This unit has a mini jack line out so you can run the audio directly to the line-in audio of your DSLR if your DSLR has one. This would give you a back up scratch track. Also, this recorder will record another back-up -12 db to a separate track if you desire (to cover you for peaks). I could just go on and on. Check out the B & H customer reviews on this fantastic recorder.The battery life is fantastic (two AA alkaline) and if you use rechargeable batteries like I do, the battery life is insanely long. This unit ships with a nice protective case. The mini 2gb SDHC card it ships with is useless. Throw it out and get a 32gb SDHC card instead. It also comes with some audio software which I do not use. To go with this unit, I purchased also from B&H the Countryman EMW wired lav, 10 foot XLM cord, one foot 3.5mm to 3.5mm cord, & shoe adapter to seat the H5 to the top of DSLR.

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5.0

Perfect for Concert Archival Recordings

By Emma the Production Girl

from New York, NY

Verified Buyer

Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

We're a small music school that needed a better audio recorder for general use. We make archival video recordings of all our performances and our students had been complaining about the sound quality. We bought the H5 and use it as a pickup mic for our camera (connected with a line-to-mic attenuator) and to make hi-def backup audio files recorded to an SDHC card in the device itself. It's been a huge hit after just one concert - the quality is vastly improved, and our students are grateful to be able to use the files for auditions and applications in addition to their personal practice and review.

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5.0

Qualified review

By mmykey

from Lighthouse Point, FL

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Quality Of Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

      I am a rank amateur when it comes to audio and purchased this to use for recording the sounds of nature to go with SLR videos. It is over my head and I have a job to learn how to use this recorder. However, the little I have used it so far I believe the qualify is fantastic.

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      5.0

      Great device for recording run and gun audio

      By idesOFpaul

      from Los Angeles, CA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Quality Sound
      • Small Package

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Diy

        Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

        The Zoom H5 has everything necessary to record quality audio. The two 3-pin XLR cables allow for the plugging in of two lavaliere mic packs, two shotgun mics or any combination of two. I bought a little hotshoe attachment so that I could have this device on top of my DSLR while shooting.

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        5.0

        Amazing Recorder

        By Nelson

        from Hemet, CA

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

        This recorder is amazing. It has a clear, crisp sound and is fairly easy to use after a small learning curve.

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        5.0

        Perfecto

        By Edgaru

        from San José, Costa Rica

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

        Mucho mejor que la tascam dr70.

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