Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder (Blue)

Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder (Blue)

Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder (Blue)

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Product Highlights

  • B&H Exclusive Color
  • X/Y Stereo Mic
  • Records WAV and MP3 up to 24-bit/96 kHz
  • Records to microSD/SDHC
  • 3.5mm I/O
  • High-Speed USB 2.0 Connectivity
  • Backlit LCD Display
  • Built-In Speaker
  • Uses 1 AA Battery
  • Threaded Tripod Mount Socket
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Zoom H1 overview

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The blue H1 Handy Recorder from Zoom is an easy-to-use, versatile stereo digital audio recorder that fits into the palm of your hand. Following in the footsteps of the popular H2 and H4n, the H1 brings pro-level recording to a more compact and affordable design. Perfect for musicians, journalists, podcasters, and more, the H1 records high-quality WAV and MP3 files to meet any professional need. The H1 has a stereo X/Y microphone configuration that captures perfect stereo images. A built-in speaker lets you listen to your recordings right away.

The H1 records your audio onto easily-found microSD or microSDHC flash memory cards, supporting capacities up to 32GB. A 2GB card is included so you can begin recording right away. The H1 records WAV audio at rates up to 24-bit/96 kHz, and MP3 audio at rates up to 320 kbps and VBR. The pocket-sized device runs on a single AA battery to provide up to 10 hours of continuous operation.

The simple, intuitive interface provides you with 1-button recording, while a backlit LCD display shows vital information. The rear of the recorder features controls for the low cut filter, automatic level control, and format selection. Physical controls are provided for input level and record/playback functions, so you don't have to navigate through complicated menus in order to find the features you want.

A 3.5mm mic/line input lets you connect an external microphone or music player, while a 3.5mm headphone/line output lets you connect your favorite headphones or small external speakers. A high-speed USB 2.0 port allows you to easily transfer data to your Mac or PC. A threaded tripod mount socket makes it easy to mount the H1 on a tripod or stand.

Recording Time
The H1 records on microSD cards and comes with a 2GB microSD card. Using a 32GB microSDHC card allows over 50 hours of recording time at 16-bit/44.1 kHz
Compact Form Factor
This tiny recorder slips easily into your pocket or bag for the ultimate in portability
High-Quality Audio
The recorder can record WAV (BWF) files at up to 24-bit/96 kHz or MP3 files up to 320 kbps and VBR. Broadcast Wave Format allows you to add track markers to your recording
X/Y Stereo Mic Configuration
The X/Y stereo microphone configuration captures crisp, true stereo recordings for incredible accuracy and realism
Reference Speaker
A built-in speaker lets you listen to your recordings immediately
microSD/SDHC Card Recording
The H1 records to easily-found microSD and microSDHC memory cards with capacities up to 32GB. A 2GB card is included to get you started
The simple interface provides 1-button recording and offers physical controls for playback functions, input and volume levels, low cut filter, and auto level control, eliminating the need for complicated menus. The backlit LCD screen makes it easy to see vital information
Automatic Gain and Low-Cut Filter
An advanced Auto Gain Control (AGC) and low-cut filter allow the H1 to record audio at the most appropriate level while minimizing unwanted noise without having to adjust settings
AA Battery
The H1 uses a single AA battery to give you up to 10 hours of continuous use
Input/Output Options
A standard 3.5mm mic/line input lets you connect external microphones and sound sources such as MP3 players. A 3.5mm headphone/line output let you connect headphones or small external speakers
High-Speed USB 2.0
A high-speed USB 2.0 port allows you to quickly transfer your audio files to your Mac or PC
Tripod Mounting
A standard threaded tripod socket lets you mount the H1 to a tripod or stand
Optional Accessory Kit
The APH-1 accessory package (sold separately) offers a windscreen, AC adapter, USB cable, adjustable tripod stand, padded case, and mic clip adapter to maximize the H1's capabilities
In the Box
Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder (Blue)
  • Wavelab LE
  • Cubase LE
  • 2GB microSD Card
  • AA Battery
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Zoom H1 specs

    Type Hand-held stereo digital audio recorder
    Recording/Reading Methods microSD/SDHC card (2 GB included)
    Recording Bit Rate WAV: 16 and 24-bit
    MP3: 48-320 kbps, VBR
    Sampling Frequency WAV: 44.1, 48, and 96 kHz
    MP3: 44.1/48 kHz
    Number of Channels 2
    Recording Time All times are for a 1GB memory card
    Stereo Mode:
    MP3: 17 hours 21 mins (128 kbps), 6 hours 56 mins (320 kbps)
    WAV: 1 hour 34 mins (16-bit/44.1 kHz), 1 hour 26 mins (16-bit/48 kHz), 28 mins (24-bit/96 kHz)
    AD/DA Conversion 24-bit, 128x oversampling
    Signal Processing 32-bit
    Connectors 1 x 3.5 mm mic/line input
    1 x 3.5 mm headphone/line output
    1 x High-speed USB 2.0 port, mini-B type
    Microphone Type Unidirectional condenser microphone
    Gain 0 to +39 dB (Min gain with digital attenuation is -28 dB)
    SPL 120 dB max
    Input Impedance 2 kOhms (0 to -39 dBm)
    Output Impedance 10 kOhms or more
    Output Level -10 dBm rated
    20 mW + 20 mW phones output level into 32 ohms
    Speaker 400 mW @ 8 ohms
    Display 127-segment custom LCD with backlight
    Battery Type/Life 1 x AA or LR6 battery
    Up to 10 hours MP3, 9.5 hours WAV
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 1.7 x 5.4 x 1.2" (44 x 136 x 31 mm)
    Weight 2.1 oz (60 g) (without batteries)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.7 x 3.9 x 1.9"

    Zoom H1 reviews

    H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder (Blue) is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 600.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interview recorder I used to use wireless lavs, but got sick of having to scan for frequencies every time. This little guy just goes in your subjects pocket if they're standing or on a side table or floor if they're seated for a talking head. No interference, long battery life, very reliable. I use it with the Rode Smartlav and TRRS adapter. The only negative, and it's a big one is that the controls are very limited due to the small size. Some of the buttons are multi-purposed and I can never remember how to format or set the date since it's not a frequent thing I need to do. Also, it's all plastic which means it's lightweight, but it also means you should not drop it.
    Date published: 2015-09-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome Quality, lots of Handling Noise This little recorder is awesome. the only thing bad about it is how sensitive it is to handling noise. I ordered a shock mount for it; hopefully that'll do the trick. But if you're keeping it put it is excellent. I also use it as a poor man's wireless mic. I wired a lapel mic to it and put it on a lecturer while shooting video of the lecture and sync it later. The only other bad thing is I get a card read error when I try to format a blank card. I don't know if that's normal or not. I tried it on another H1 and it did the same thing a few times when I tested it against mine. I also wish it had a limiter instead of auto level.
    Date published: 2011-10-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amateur User I only used this once so far, outside. It did a really good job. As with other comments, it picks up a large amount of ambient noise...which it should since it's not a shotgun mic. I bought the accessory kit and used the foam ball. It worked great at keeping down the wind noise as there was a breeze during the recording. Only picked up the blast of the worst of the breeze. The sound was good. I am an amateur, and have lots to learn about getting the setting dialed in. I am planing on using a plug in mic, weather that be a lapel or a shotgun mic like he Rode Micro. I recommend this item for beginners. Easy to use right out of the box.
    Date published: 2017-08-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Judge me by my size do you?-yoda This little guy packs a punch! Just as good as any shotgun mic out there in my opinion. Emmagination from @ has THREE of these, tells you how good they are, eh? This little guy records very clear, crisp, audio and has a variety of formats and bitrates. Records professional quality audio, and I use it to film my movies with all the time now. Essential piece of gear for any filmmaker. I highly recommend it, but you MUST buy the Windtech windscreen or you pick up lots of wind noise. Very good investment for both!-mike g ;)vimeo.com/michaelgoinsWindtech windscreen(B&H) http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/714075-REG/WindTech_MM_52_MM_52_Mic_Muff_for_Zoom.html/WIMM52
    Date published: 2012-01-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolute Best Bang for the Buck! We picked this little wonder up for some field recording purposes as it was much tougher to get into certain venues with our full audio equipment. After spending a day at an ADRL drag racing event and interviewing I was more than pleased with the quality and plan on picking up a few more just to have on hand for our upcoming events we'll be covering. If you're on the fence with your purchase fear not as this is a solid little wonder with great quality, I'd pick up the accessory pack but at the very least snag a Deadcat or a Windscreen if you don't want the one in the accessory kit (this is fairly applicable to all mics you plan to use outdoors).
    Date published: 2012-06-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Basic features, but does the job We typically use these recorders as a backup, with a lav mic hidden in clothing. The built-in mics do a good job, and for the price, the sound quality is actually quite good. Personally, I don't like the micro SD cards - they're too small and I've had bad luck with static damage. I think the recorder chassis is large enough to take a full-sized SD card. One very frustrating thing about the recorder is that the display doesn't tell you how much record time is left on the card, when it's recording. You have to stop the recording to get that information. Other than that, the recorder works well and does it's job.
    Date published: 2017-06-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great little rig I use the H1 instead of as a sort of cheap-o wireless setup. It's small and compact and can easily slip in someones pocket, and just hook them up with a wired LAV directly into it and let your subject walk and talk to their hearts desire. The on board mics are decent enough too, and the recording to .wav makes for some great quality sound - not the best in the world, but for under $$ you can't beat it! I do wish it was SD and not MicroSD, but it's not a big thing. Buttons are sturdy, and the battery life will easily last you a day. Single AA battery takes no time to change as well. If you don't need XLR inputs, then you definitely won't regret this purchase.
    Date published: 2013-03-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unreasonably good sound quality The good: - Exceptional sound quality for the price and size - Easy to use ? all the most important functions (including switching between MP3 and WAV) are done through hardware switches, so very little futzing with software menus. - Card reader mode so you don't need to have an SD card reader to retrieve files. - Mic mode ? super cool. Plugs into a computer to be used as a very nice external mic. Not so good: - Pretty flimsy construction (I bought a case almost immediately after holding it) - NEEDS a windscreen outdoors, but sounds great with one. Standard $3 foam windscreen fits and works fine. - Doesn't come with a micro-USB cable (but you probably have a bunch of those already)
    Date published: 2017-08-24
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