The H1 is an improvement over the H4s in that its dual mics are in a protectve cage. The H4s in this respect is a bad design -- the mics are completely unprotected from bumps, hits and falls. And since they are made out of plastic and not metal, they will break or at least bend upon impact. The H1 seems to correct this shortfall with a stunning new mic cage design. Congrats to Zoom of Japan, they now appear to be dominating the low-end audio field recorder segment.
I was also thinking, since audio is so easy to replace these days when one uses a clapboard and/or Singular Software's DualEyes, the Zoom H1 can also be used as a substitute wireless mic for interviews, for instance. Record the interview front of the camera using the Zoom H1, then in editing simply replace the scratch audio recorded by the camera with the pristine audio recorded by the H1. Pronto, you are a pro.
Since I hate CMOS sensor and their notorious rolling shutters giving me jello, skew, bent verticals, and other nasty rolling shutter related artifacts, I use a Nikon CCD-sensor camera with global electronic shutter for my non-critical video recordings. Downside is the camera has no 3.5mm EXT. MIC input. But with the Zoom H1 and DualEyes, one no longer misses this.
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