Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder (Blue)

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

  • 1Description

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 647.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good sound, clunkly?controls Purchased to record meetings and interviews -- I am the editor of an online newspaper, and needed an upgrade from the compact cassette recorder I'd been using for years. Bought the Zoom on a colleague's recommendation. I really liked the compactness and the sound quality, but I found the controls really clunky, especially when using it to transcribe a long meeting or interview. Often the fast-forward would jump me to different recording and I'd have to retrace my steps -- a real pain when you're on deadline. And it finally stopped working after about 8 months. I've replaced it with a different brand, and probably wouldn't buy it again if it were still available.?If I were using it for a different purpose -- say, field recordings of live music -- I might have a different opinion.
    Date published: 2018-04-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not intuitive but good product Had to go through the instructions to figure it all out.? A great number of features, not just a simple recorder.
    Date published: 2017-12-29
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Works well in video setting. We use the H1 to capture audio from speakers giving talks and teaching while video capturing the event.? Works well for voice recordings.? However the record button is vulnerable to accidental tripping due to it's location.? This has led to audio loss on at least one occasion.
    Date published: 2017-12-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent!!! I'm a musician and a sound designer.? I normally use a Tascam DR-40, which sounds fantastic but is also nearly 4 times the size of the H1.? The DR-40 was also ALWAYS getting flagged in airport security because it looks like a stun-gun so I gave up on traveling with it.? The H1 was my next best option.? I have A/B'd the sound quality between these two devices and while I do think the Tascam is more articulate, it's a small difference, not night and day. My purpose for buying this was that I wanted a high quality, stereo, ultra portable/compact recording device that would allow me to quickly sample interesting sounds during international travel.? For this task, I don't believe there is a better device available.? Fits perfectly in a pocket, operates on a SINGLE double-A battery, and has a very no-nonsense layout that makes it exceedingly easy to dial in levels/recording fidelity/etc.? The low cut is a great nice to have in certain environments. Another amazing thing is the line-in which means you can use your own STEREO mics.??I often used my Polsen OLM-20 mics so that I wasn't that weird guy with a blue H1 pointing it at things.? The OLM-20's are nowhere near as good as the built-ins but they did what I needed them to do in the situations where I was walking through crowded markets, train stations, etc and just wanted to capture ambient stuff.?? I can't think of a better device than the H1 for these tasks.
    Date published: 2017-12-13
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Satisfied I purchased the product in September. Took it out of the box about a?month ago and when I started testing it the record button continues to stick. I haven't used in for a job or out in the field, it's been in the house the entire?time. I haven't contacted BH about it yet but I did register the product through Zoom. I will go forward with contacting BH and Zoom to see if the product can be replaced.? I will update the review later.
    Date published: 2017-12-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Affordable & Reliable! Used this for our wedding with a lav connected. It worked as needed.
    Date published: 2017-11-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice product I've had a few of these little recorders that I used for capturing ambient sound and plugging a lav mic into for audio before I could afford a wireless system. Kind of a pain to sync in post but Adobe Premiere makes it easy. It was a great solution for a long time
    Date published: 2017-11-13
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointment What almost nobody tells you is that ZOOM H1 makes A LOT of noise when you just touch the body of this recorder. If you intend to use with external microphone, no problems. If you want to use built-in mics, and you hold it in your hand it will record every single touch, every single movement of your hand. This poor design is just not acceptable. I guess the cheapest smartphone can handle it better. Apart from that it's ok. And I expected recorder to be a bit smaller.
    Date published: 2017-11-09
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    How to change settings like this? mp3 48khz I tried all the possibilities I could not
    Asked by: yehuda s.
    MP3 usually has a sample rate of 44.1kHz and many devices adhere to it, including the ZOOM (IIRC MP3 actually doesn't accept anything other than 44.1khz). The 48kHz setting applies to WAV recordings made with the ZOOM H1. Recording formats available in WAV format on the device are 16-bit/44.1kHz, 24-bit/48kHz and 24-bit/96Khz.On the other hand, the best setting for MP3 recordings is 320kbps.
    Answered by: Michael B.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Does it provide plug in power (1-10volts) not Phantom power 48 votls?
    Asked by: Bob O.
    No Phantom Power.
    Answered by: Jaime J D.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    If you plug a lav mic directly into the H1, can you also record through the H1 X/Y Stereo mics as well, and therefore record two channels at once - one for the lav and one for the X/Y mics?
    Asked by: Jessica T.
    No, can't record with both mics at the same time. Just the connected one.
    Answered by: Jaime J D.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Please. When I get some mic into that Zoom H1 input. Will it record both sound or just sound of the connected mic?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Just the connected mic.
    Answered by: Jaime J D.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    If the H1 is discontinued, will there be a new H1 released?
    Asked by: Quinn N.
    B&H and Zoom both confirmed that the Zoom H1 is discontinued. Zoom said that at this time there is will not be a replacement.
    Answered by: Quinn N.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Can the H1 give you 2 levels of recording (like one that has a -db if you get a spike in audio level, like someone suddenly screaming) so you can take the portion of the lower level audio and still be ok? If not which model does that? Thanks!
    Asked by: Clarke
    While it does record in stereo, anytime I have used it and downloaded recording it comes off as a stereo mp3 ( or mp4a) and can only edit over all recording. Not left or right. Hope this helps.
    Answered by: Conrad M.
    Date published: 2018-08-26


    Hi all,Short question if you dont want to read below. CAN YOU TURN OFF PLUG-IN POWER. (to the mic/line in)?LONG QUESTION:I have a question that arises from an interesting experience at a wedding today. I asked the celebrant if I could get a line out of her little P.A. After doing so she said her P.A was quieter now that I plugged in my recorder. She said, can you turn off phantom power, because a videographer once figured out that the sound doesn't go quiet for me if you turn off phantom power .I was perplexed and tried to explain that this unit doesn't provide phantom power. However she INSISTED it was my fault... not wanting to upset her (celebrants get upset easy lol) I told her I could remove it and try something else. When I got home I researched that the zoom h1 unit does indeed provide plug-in power in the mic/line input. To give her the benefit of the doubt, maybe her little cheap P.A. was affected by some kind of power draw from the zoom h1?Just for the record I used a large headphone jack to mini in to the zoom. (6.3 to 3.5mm or whatever the measurements are)So my question is, if indeed the zoom does provide some power of that mic / line input. .... Can I turn it off??thanks in advance.
    Asked by: phil
    The Zoom H1 does provide plug-in power via the 3.5mm jack and can not be turned off. There are some rercorders that will offer this functionality, but few. Unfortunately it would difficult to determine what the issue is in this case. The plug in power would generally have no affect on a line level signal, and this is common usage of the recorder. There may have been a cable/adapter issue. Hope this is helpful.
    Answered by: Jeff P.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Zoom's been selling this model for 7 years now, making me wonder why there's been no new version?
    Asked by: Dirk G.
    The Zoom H1 has proven to be an exceptional product for the price point, and the manufacturer has not deemed it necessary to release a reissue a replacement at this time.
    Answered by: James B.
    Date published: 2018-08-26
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