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Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System
 
4.7

(based on 62 reviews)

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98%

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Pros

  • Easy to use (5)
  • Good audio (5)
  • Build quality (3)
  • Sound quality (3)

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    Best Uses

    • Interviews (3)
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    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

    Must have in your kit

    By Subtle Tales Studios

    from Boise, ID

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Features
    • Size
    • Sound quality
    • Weight

    Cons

    • Odd Residue After Holding

    Best Uses

    • Film
    • Instrument Recordings
    • Meetings
    • Podcasting
    • Vocals
    • Voice-over

    Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

    Absolutely wonderful bit of gear. The quality of the audio the Zoom H5 records is perfect. I Keep it set at in WAV at 48Khz - 24bit, (to match my in camera rates, audio drift is a terrible thing) and with a 32gb card it'll record 30ish HOURS of audio in stero mode, or about 15ish hours in multi mode using both inputs and the XY capsule.

    I've used this with Lav, shotgun (with and without phantom power), Dynamic mics, and the XY capsule. I've input with XLR, 1/4 TRS, and 3.5mm TRS via the capsule input both with and without line power, recorded misc mic inputs from mixers and occasionally I'll even run the line out to the camera for backup. Everything works incredibly well. And with the new firmware update the ability to output a sine wave at the begining, end or both of a recording makes syncing that much easier when I do run to the camera.

    I've mounted this to the top of DSLRs via the hot-shoe with a generic friction arm, and it's light enough to hold steady with no worries. Even with XLR cables hanging off.

    On set, podcasts, pick up recordings, simple voice-overs, even random things my kids do, I reach for this thing every time I even THINK I might want to record audio. I can't wait to try out the other capsule attachments.

    Having owned both this and the H4N, this is a much better buy.

    My one big complaint about this is the feel of the exterior for the first few weeks left my hands with an odd coated feeling. It's a weird personal thing, nobody else complained about it, but I no longer have that feeling on my hands after use.

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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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                    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

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                      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

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                              Cons

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                                  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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