If you're a musician who wants to film your practice sessions or a fan in the crowd recording your favorite band, here's a common problem that can often occur: the video you shoot will end up looking OK, but the audio sounds weak and thin. For a medium in which audio is the key component and portability is important, there are relatively few options.
The movement from 35mm to digital sensors in compact cameras has done more than simply make it possible to instantly review and share your photos. It’s also changed the way cameras are designed. Because the sensors used in today’s compact cameras are much smaller than a frame of film, lenses can also be much smaller and cover longer zoom ranges than ever were possible with film.
People today expect their digital devices to handle multiple tasks. We check our e-mail, surf the Internet and shoot video with our mobile phones, so it makes sense that a stand-alone multitrack recorder should also work as a computer audio interface, controller and portable recorder. The Zoom R16 does all of these jobs, and the R24 accomplishes even more.
When the Zoom Q3 was announced last year, it was the world's first high-resolution portable digital recorder with high quality, built-in stereo microphones and an integrated video camera. A software update was recently announced that adds a camera-setting option that makes it easier to capture a good-looking picture in bright environments. Check out this post for more information about the Q3, and a link to the new update.
Are you looking for an ultra-compact digital audio recorder that you can mount on a tripod, carry around with you all the time, and attach to your video-enabled DLSR? Do you want something drop-dead easy to use? Would you prefer not to spend over $100 on a device like this? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the solution is due to arrive in late July, and it's called the Zoom H1.
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