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ZoomH6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System
 
4.8

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Pros

  • Easy to use (16)
  • Versatile (11)
  • Portable (9)
  • Ease of use (7)
  • Good audio (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Interviews (16)
  • Field recording (13)
  • Video (6)
  • Live music (4)
  • Weddings (4)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

New Standard for quality and versatility

Zoom H6 review

This versatile flash card recorder has been available for a few months and sets a major standard for economy and performance in a handheld unit. In brief, it allows...Read complete review

Zoom H6 review

This versatile flash card recorder has been available for a few months and sets a major standard for economy and performance in a handheld unit. In brief, it allows three different microphone capsules to be used with the recorder as well as room for six inputs via XLR/TRS connectors and line-in. It can also be used as an audio interface via USB.

The three microphone capsules include an XY stereo unit, as well as a Mid-Side one that allows mono recording as well as varying the stereo spread, and a short shotgun (SGH-6) that must be purchased separately. They allow many choices for recording without an external microphone. The Mid-Side microphone is slightly noisier than the XY unit.

Many different use situations can be imagined. My interest is in field recording so configuring the H6 to cope with wind and handling shocks required some innovation described here. The recorder with an attached microphone can be mounted in a Rode Blimp suspension body by using elastic hair ties around the front of the unit as well as through the strap attachment slots all connected to the thumbscrews on the suspension hoops. I find a crochet hook about size F/5 or 3.75 mm helps place and remove the elastics easily. This way the recorder can be carried with a shock mount. The blimp and wombat cover acts as a substantial wind screen. When used this way, the accessory H6 remote control (part of APH-6 package) allows control of the recorder from outside of the blimp setup. It comes with an extension cord as well allowing use from an extended distance. An earphone cord can also be routed out of the blimp for close monitoring of the recording. If you use the short shotgun mic (SGH-6), you would best use a boom pole to position the shotgun mic as you would for good recording technique.

Using either of the XY or MS microphone modules allows recording at -12 dB as a back-up in case the levels are set too high. This option is not available for the six other XLR or TRS inputs. There is also a limiter/compressor option available with three separate settings. No automatic level control is available but the compressor can act as an ALC. There is an auto-record capability for which you can set the activation start threshold so the recorder could be left unattended to capture evanescent sounds. You can also set a stop level.

There are some limitations in this versatile unit. If you want to use an existing microphone with a 3.5mm (1/8 inch) plug and require plug-in power this is available only when the XY microphone is mounted. This jack also functions as a line-in input. If you want phantom 12 or 48 volt power, this is only available on the four built-in XLR/TRS jacks. The accessory EXH-6 external input, attached where the XY or MS mics would go does not provide phantom power.

Combined with a video camera, or DSLR, there are great extended sound recording capabilities. For musicians requiring more than six inputs use of an external mixer will be needed. It takes some time to navigate the controls but they become intuitive with use.

With a wide range of usage and a reasonable price the Zoom H6 system can't be beat.

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Still have noise compared to Tascam DR-6

This is a well thought out device, it has a lot of usage, and iLife many reviews, it's good for general purposes.

For DSLR filmmakers, you may find it...Read complete review

This is a well thought out device, it has a lot of usage, and iLife many reviews, it's good for general purposes.

For DSLR filmmakers, you may find it very hard to view the screen or adjust the dials when it is mounted on top of the camera, you CAN use additional supporters like a cage or a hotshoe mount, but it will add more stuff around the camera making it less portable.

I have been using both extensively and tested both the Zoom H6 and the Tascam DR-60D and between all my filmmaker friends that had used both devices, the Zoom renders more noise even though it is better than the H4N.

Don't get me wrong, it IS a good device but it has its application. I do love the fact I can use 4 XLRs but I hate the menu and option buttons they make it hard to change the settings.

Also, the backup recording options ONLY applies to the front modules L/R input not the 4 XLRs.

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5.0

Old Film Guy buy new Sound Recorder

By Spotdirector

from NYC

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use And Learn
  • Great Quality Sound

Cons

  • I Have Not Found Any Cons

Best Uses

  • Documentary Work
  • Run And Gun

Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

Coming from the days a Nagra seems ancient. This little gem is an amazing piece of equipment. The quality is amazing, easy to use, the sound recording is impressive. More sound inputs then I'll ever need shooting documentaries and some national content work. Really nice stuff

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5.0

Game changer

By Jim the Runner

from San Jose, CA

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Great Sound
  • Long Battery Life
  • Super Portable

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Field Recording
  • Sound For Microbudgets

Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

This has totally changed how sound is recorded. Dynamite for field recording and microbudget productions. The batteries last a long time and the layout is great. Two thumbs up!

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4.0

Love it

By Chris

from Wyoming, MN

Verified Buyer

Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

The zoom h6 is really handy for interview settings. I love finally being able to take the audio off my camera and position it how I want without messing up my framing.

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5.0

Great capability for the price

By Active Shooter

from Midwest

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Necessary Accessories Not

    Best Uses

    • Audio For Videos

    Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

    Rather than go all in with the new Zoom F8, I picked this up to determine if I really need all the capacity of that unit. I like the smaller form factor of this H6 and am impressed with the low pre amp noise and decent quality of the supplied mics. I was surprised it did not come supplied with the USB 110vc adaptor included, but i have loads of those around to no big deal. Nor did it come with a strap. again, i have loads around, but would have been nice.
    Build quality good. Wish the menu and go to toggle switch were larger and more substantial.
    A/B mic modules sound fine and after you figure out the side pattern settings its a nice set up.
    I still have time to spend exploring the unit before I run and gun with it, but the recording so far a fantastic. Its a keeper and well worth the money.

    I own the H-1, H-2 (original) and H-4 ( original). Those units may be passed on to my kids or as deep backups.

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    5.0

    Best handy recorder I have ever seen

    By Charlie

    from Budapest, Hungary

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    Pros

    • Clear Preamps
    • Low Noise Level

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Field Recordings
      • Interviews
      • Multi-channel Recordings
      • Podcasts

      Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

      I use this as a field recorder to get interviews and record audio channel with Rode Filmmaker kit. It has excellent noise levels and clear preamps. I highly recommend this recorder. The Zoom H6 is a cost effective alternative to using a recording studio. We have been successful with the learning curve to operate it, and use the manual constantly as we need to use various features. We are getting great quality recordings and have successfully done multitrack with up to 4 tracks- so far. I re-name and I bring all tracks into Adobe Audition, or Final Cut Pro. I choose the H6 for a few reasons but key ones were the large color VU meters, and the microphones. I love the feel of the H6, the buttons, dials, readout and controls. It will be a very valuable tool in my field production toolbox.

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      5.0

      Easier to use than expected

      By Musician-turned-Filmmaker

      from New York City

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use Interface
      • Great For Indie Film Work
      • Low Noise Floor

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indie Filmmaking
        • Interviews
        • Live Event Recording

        Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

        I had a feeling before buying this that it would work great but be unintuitive to use. Not true! The menu/display screen is pretty simple to navigate, and all settings/options are not buried too deep. Would it be nice to access things like phantom power in a single button click on the console? Sure. But Zoom obviously had to design this in a simple, small form factor.

        I use this for film, and I'm transferring all files to the computer to edit and mix there, so I have no interest in the mixing, EQ'ing, editing features onboard the H6. Can't speak intelligently to those features. I'm merely using this as a high quality audio capture device.

        The noise floor is very low, especially when using a professional shotgun mic with it, and the stereo mics that come with it are convenient for certain kinds of uses; however, they may be too noisy compared to standalone mics used in conjunction with the H6.

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        4.0

        great price point!

        By Joevich

        from Philadelphia

        Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

        The zoom h6 is a great product at an excellent price point! Great sounding audio and easy to use.

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        5.0

        The best piece of gear I have ever purchased, hands down

        By Aram Vartian

        from Washington, D.C.

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        Pros

        • Clear Crisp Recording
        • Compact
        • Long Battery Life
        • Multiple Configurations
        • Physical Controls

        Cons

        • Digital Menu Is Sluggish

        Best Uses

        • Music
        • Podcasting
        • Video

        Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

        For the price, the Zoom H6 digital recorder has been the most reliable, most functional and most impressive piece of recording technology I have ever purchased.

        I run a surprisingly popular actual play Dungeons and Dragons podcast called Godsfall, and recently we upgraded our audio rig so that every member of our five-person cast was on an individual lav mic. I needed an affordable device to record clean audio on all of these microphones individually while giving me easy access to adjust those voices on the fly. Since our recorded games can last up to seven hours, I also needed the device to have decent battery life. The H6 drastically outperformed all of my expectations.

        Even on Eneloop Pro rechargeable batteries, the H6 rarely drops below a single bar, even when providing phantom power to our back-up shotgun mic. The audio is records is crisp and clean and easy to adjust with large, tactile knobs instead of through a fiddly digital menu. This allows me to keep the game running smoothly, making audio adjustments without interrupting the pace of our story.

        The X/Y and ball mics the unit comes with are also excellent, providing a complete package that allows me to capture ambient audio as well as professional voice overs. As a video professional, I have also found the H6 an invaluable tool for processing and capturing audio, a vast improvement over any DSLR's audio input.

        The device feels solid but not excessively heavy, allowing me to toss it into any bag without considering or feeling the extra weight, even loaded with 4 AA batteries. The buttons, knobs, toggle and switches feel well-built and have excellent feedback. If I had any complaint it would be that the digital menu seems to drag a bit as you navigate, but even that is ever just so slightly.

        If you have a need to record professional audio in a compact package, this is far and above the only option for you.

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        5.0

        excellent choice

        By aga

        from san francisco

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

        perfect for travel videography

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        5.0

        excellent choice

        By aga

        from san francisco

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        Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

        excellent for travel videography

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        5.0

        FANTASTIC!!!!!

        By VFX_Chrono

        from Baltimore, MD

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Everything

        Cons

        • Nothing

        Best Uses

          Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

          This is a mind blowing recorder. It has a nice sturdy build and the design is very nice. The XY mic that comes with the kit is amazing and perfect if you don't have a mic already. The battery life is out of this world, I've been using it for about 2 weeks every now and then and the battery is still full bars. Easy to follow menu and over just amazing. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS!!

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          5.0

          Excellent Live recording tool for studio quality recordings

          By Alexhast

          from Los Angleles

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Build In Microphones
          • Ease Of Use
          • Multitrack
          • Sd Card Storage
          • Sound Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Live Recording

            Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

            I am using the H6 to record live performances on stage. The two microphones pick up the sound on stage and the first two TRS inputs take the signal from the mains of the mixer. I have recorded two gigs with 4 tracks, and 5 hours each so far and I am very impressed. After recording with WAV 24/96 I loaded the files in my DAW and the quality is absolutely amazing. Love the H6. With a 64 GB SD Card it records 15 hours with 4 tracks 24/96.

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            5.0

            Great Recorder

            By Joe

            from Stillwater, MN

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • The Four Knobs Don't Lock

            Best Uses

            • Audio For Video

            Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

            I like that it is simple enough to get it running quick but also has every feature I will ever need.

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            5.0

            Amazing upgrade to the H4N

            By IEHD

            from Chino

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • 6 Channels
            • Phantom power

            Cons

            • Short Usb Power Cord

            Best Uses

            • Field recording
            • Multi-mic Conference Room

            Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

            I ave the H4N as well. This is a great improvement in the lineup of products by Zoom.

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            5.0

            I would buy this product again and again

            By Sergey

            from Sacramento, CA

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

            I think many videographers were waiting for this product, some of them have a great experience with zoom h1,h4,h5, and people know how wonderful each of them is. And I believe this H6 performance has met people's expectations. I'm cinematographer and for me this product is really practical and its quality and price have proper place. I would recommend it to everyone.

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            5.0

            good quality stuff

            By Val

            from Seattle

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

            This is a high quality product,... Like the ease of use and straight forwardness as well as small features like phantom power 5v 24v and 48v that gives you ability to use different mics... Good job Zoom

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            5.0

            Great job at a good price

            By Mike T

            from Montreal, Canada

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • 4 Xlr Inputs Phantom
            • Color Display
            • Good Mics Xy
            • USB powered

            Cons

            • bulky
            • Small display

            Best Uses

              Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

              It might be a little bulky but I am impressed. I've recorded a live show using XLR mics and the sound is great. Yes, I'm an amateur but I love the fact that the H6 prevents me from carying lots of equipment! So now I can concentrate on the video...

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              4.0

              Awesome sound.

              By emmanuelgnr

              from Guadalajara, México

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • price
              • Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Video Production

                Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                I use it to small video productions with a RODE NTG-3 / Wireless microphones and the result and quality it's just great.

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                5.0

                Great Versitile recorder

                By bolexbuster

                from Baltimore, MD

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Eases Of Use
                • High Quality
                • Simple Interface

                Cons

                • The Case Is Cheep

                Best Uses

                • Live Recording

                Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                I used this products with both line in and the interchangeable mic. I was happy and excited at the quality and ease of use. THe manual dials are a huge plus.

                I did have some problems with some SD cards. Just check before you buy one specifically for this device. It does comes with a 2GB one, which really ought to be enough for small projects.

                The case is cheep and arrived broken upon arrival. Emailed the company and they sent a new one no problem.

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                5.0

                Excellent product for videography

                By Terry

                from Wichita Falls, TX

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • A Plus Build Quality
                • Independent Volume Cntl
                • Six Channel

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • ENG
                  • Videography

                  Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                  The voice quality of the H6 is absolutely superior. Having a high quality six channel recorder with independent channel volume control for filmmaking is definitely an asset. Shooting video with the H6 and two or three Sennheiser ew 100 ENG G3 Wireless Microphone Combo System's yields absolutely the best audio quailty I have heard. Anyone looking for a portable recorder that provides studio quality recording, the H6 is the recorder of choice.

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