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Zoom F1-LP 2-Input / 2-Track Portable Field Recorder with Lavalier Microphone

Zoom F1-LP 2-Input / 2-Track Portable Field Recorder with Lavalier Microphone
Key Features
  • Videography, Interviews, Vlogs
  • Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone
  • Limiter & Auto-Level Prevent Distortion
  • Records Stereo MP3 or Hi-Res WAV
Record clear, crisp dialog in a hurry for your next video shoot, interview, or vlog with the Zoom F1-LP, a 2-track portable field recorder with an onboard limiter and auto-level control providing distortion-free 24-bit audio, and a clip-on lavalier microphone for easy setup. Whereas other F-Series recorders such as the F4, F6, and F8n are centered around a sound bag–ready form factor, the F1-LP is tailored for belt-mount and pocket-friendly placement.
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Zoom F1 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone
  • 3Onboard Limiter and Auto-Level Prevent Clipping
  • 4Configurable Recording Settings
  • 5Record Direct to microSD Cards
  • 6Audio Interface Functionality
  • 7Mic/Line Input with Plug-In Power
  • 8Zoom Mic Capsule Input
  • 9Headphone/Line Output with Volume Control
  • 10Power for Hours
  • 11Multifunction Micro-USB Port
  • 12Highly Visible Display
  • 13Low Profile and Lightweight
  • 14Built-In Tone Generator
  • 15Sound Markers for Simple File Alignment
  • 16Auto Lock Inhibits Accidental Interruptions

Record clear, crisp dialog in a hurry for your next video shoot, interview, or vlog with the Zoom F1-LP, a 2-track portable field recorder with an onboard limiter and auto-level control providing distortion-free 24-bit audio, and a clip-on lavalier microphone for easy setup. Whereas other F-Series recorders such as the F4, F6, and F8n are centered around a sound bag–ready form factor, the F1-LP is tailored for belt-mount and pocket-friendly placement.

From the easy-to-read backlit display and simple one-touch controls to the long battery life, the F1-LP is properly equipped to serve you reliably, regardless of your audio background. Whether you need long-duration recording for a lecture, professional audio capture for an interview, or a space-saving setup for trade shows and special events, the F1-LP is ready to handle your crucial audio tasks.Plus, its operational simplicity ensures that the F1-LP will never get in the way of your workflow, be it simple, complex, or always changing. You can feel confident using it as your main recorder, a USB audio interface for your dedicated computer or iPad rig, or a backup unit for added safety.

Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone
Attach the included lavalier microphone to your subject with the supplied mic clip, then connect its 3.5mm plug–equipped cable to the input of the F1-LP; the locking connection inhibits unintended disconnects. The microphone's omnidirectional polar pattern delivers consistent audio pickup from all directions, yielding dependable voice capture even as the subject turns their head or the microphone changes position.
Onboard Limiter and Auto-Level Prevent Clipping
The F1-LP utilizes an onboard limiter and automatic level control to provide protection against overloading the A/D converters. Record with confidence knowing that sudden volume spikes won't distort or clip your files.
Configurable Recording Settings
The F1-LP boasts a slew of recording resolutions to choose from—48 to 320 kb/s in MP3 format, or up to 24-bit / 96 kHz in uncompressed WAV format. Also, a pre-record function allows you to capture approximately two seconds of audio before you press the record button, and a low-cut filter attenuates rumble for cleaner voice recordings.
Record Direct to microSD Cards
Maximize portability by recording directly to a microSD/microSDHC card (available separately) for up to 32 GB of storage space. Select MP3 format if you really need extended time and minimal file size, or use the BWF-compliant WAV format for uncompressed audio quality and industry-standard file compatibility.
Audio Interface Functionality
Alternatively, use the F1-LP as an 2-in/2-out USB 2.0 audio interface at up to 16-bit / 48 kHz. Connect it to your computer or iPad, launch your preferred audio recording program, then enjoy the combination of the F1-LP's sonically solid front end, plus the familiarity and features of your favorite software.
Mic/Line Input with Plug-In Power
The F1-LP can accommodate mic- or line-level signals via its locking 3.5mm stereo mini-jack input. Since it supplies 2.5V plug-in power, you're free to use common condenser mics such as lavaliers, headsets, and earsets.
Zoom Mic Capsule Input
A proprietary 10-pin Zoom mic capsule input on the F1-LP accommodates Zoom's line of interchangeable capsules (available separately) in place of the standard mic/line input. With mid-side, X/Y, and shotgun mic capsules to choose from, you can be ready to record music, dialog, or sound effects without carting an external microphone setup. There's even the EXH-6 input capsule (available separately) if you need dual XLR-1/4" combo inputs.
Headphone/Line Output with Volume Control
A locking 3.5mm stereo output jack with a dedicated volume control enables straightforward routing to your camera, DSLR, secondary recorder, or headphones.
Power for Hours
To keep up with the pace of on-location production, the F1 can be powered via two AAA batteries or a Zoom AD-17 power adapter (available separately). Even at 24-bit / 48 kHz, you get plenty of recording time—up to 17.5 hours with lithium batteries or up to 10 hours with alkaline batteries. All-day shoots are no problem for the F1-LP.
Multifunction Micro-USB Port
A micro-USB port on the F1-LP serves several functions. Connect it to a computer for convenient data exchange, or hook it up to an iOS device (or computer) to use the F1-LP as a miniature audio interface.
Highly Visible Display
Day or night, view vital information such as audio levels, recording time, battery status, and more on the 1.25" monochrome backlit LCD. Intuitive one-touch buttons provide fast, hassle-free operations.
Low Profile and Lightweight
With its minimal profile, the lightweight F1 attaches neatly on belts and waistbands, or can be slipped into a pocket so the recorder can be easily concealed.
Built-In Tone Generator
The F1-LP has a built-in tone generator for calibrating audio levels between the F1-LP and a DSLR or video camera without the need for an attenuator cable.
Sound Markers for Simple File Alignment
A sound marker function allows you to record reference tones that simplify audio and video file alignment between unsynchronized devices.
Auto Lock Inhibits Accidental Interruptions
The record hold function or hold switch can be used to prevent interruptions to the recording caused by accidental button presses.
UPC: 884354018719

Zoom F1 Specs

Portable Recorder
Number of Tracks2
Maximum Sampling Rate96 kHz / 24-Bit
MicrophoneInterchangeable Omnidirectional Lavalier
Built-In SpeakerNo
DisplayMonochrome LCD (Backlit)
Memory Card SupportmicroSD, microSDHC (Up to 32 GB)
Internal StorageNone
Audio File FormatsBWF, ID3v1, MP3, WAV
Sample Rates44.1 / 48 / 96 kHz
Bit Depth16 / 24-Bit
Bit Rates48 to 320 kb/s
Signal Processing & FXAuto Gain, Limiter, Low-Cut Filter
Timecode SupportNo
Analog I/O1 x Proprietary 10-Pin Mic Capsule Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Line/Mic Input (Lockable)
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Headphone/Line Output (Lockable)
Digital I/ONone
Phantom PowerNone
Plug-In PowerYes, 2.5 V
System Connection1 x Micro-USB (2.0)
Gain/Trim Range-12 to +36 dB
Headphone Output Power11 mW per Channel into 32 Ohms
≥2 Kilohms
Microphone Sensitivity-32 dB/Pa
Microphone Max SPL115 dB SPL
Power OptionsBattery or AC/DC Power Adapter
Battery Type2 x AAA (Not Included)
Approximate Battery Life48 kHz/24-Bit:
10 Hours (Alkaline, Mono, Plug-In Power On)
9 Hours (NiMH, Mono, Plug-In Power On)
16 Hours (Lithium, Mono, Plug-In Power On)
AC/DC Power Adapter5 VDC at 1 A (Not Included)
Dimensions2.5 x 3.1 x 1.3" / 64 x 79.8 x 33.3 mm
Weight4.2 oz / 120 g (without Batteries)
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.875 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.9 x 6.4 x 2.2"

Zoom F1 Reviews

a high performance recorder

By Yong
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-01

It's a high quality audio recorder for lecture, conference and travelers


By Michael
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-03

I have been using this product for around two years now. Up to this point, I have been satisfied. Before the recent proliferation of affordable wireless systems the Zoom F1 was a clever solution and a bargain. I was never entirely comfortable with not being able to monitor the audio, but as a one-man-band, you don't always have the bandwidth to monitor the audio anyway. But forget all that... the last time I tried to use this thing the tiny, plastic clip that holds the battery door shut broke. Now the battery door will not stay closed. I am incredibly relieved that this happened when I was prepping gear and not in the middle of a shoot. I would not recommend that anyone rely on this product for professional use. Please believe that the only reason I am writing this review right now is the hope that I can save some poor schmuck's career. Zoom would do well to seriously consider the damage such a product could do to their reputation and offer some sort of complimentary battery door replacement program.

Works great, battery door not so much

By James
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-12

It's a great little recorder. It does everything it needs to and consistently delivers good sound. I own four of these, and I have four with broken battery doors. I have not mistreated the recorders at all. There is a little plastic slider which holds the door in place. The batteries are on springs, so there is tension against the door. I've resorted to using gaff tape to hold it shut.

Good in comparison to RDE

By Jack
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-16

This product produces clean audio. I had some trouble downloading the software (2) that were promised, but Zoom distributors gave me an access code that was missing from my packaging.

Great sound, but not terribly durable

By Grant
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-15

I use this recorder for field recording (m/s shotgun), tracking stories (XLR adapter) and at times as a USB interface. The results from the recorder in all instances are great. The build of the unit itself is not so hot. The battery door is extremely easy to break if you aren't careful. Luckily, when I broke mine, it was a free warranty replacement from Zoom. This tool stays in my bag for the times I need to make photos while gathering sound, too. I hope the next iteration is a bit more sturdy.

Great recorder

By Michael
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-29

This a really good audio recorder, I both 2 The only problem I had was that one came with a crack on the screen It works perfectly fine but it is not what You spect for a new product


By Krzysztof
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-19

ok good

Needs to be babied or you'll have problems.

By Jameson
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-23

First things first, this product WORKS... sort of. I purchased two Zoom F1's at the exact same time roughly two years ago and put them to work doing interviews. The receiver itself records beautifully with pretty easy to understand menus and controls. (I originally had a zoom H4 that I used for capturing audio, but needed something smaller hence why I went with the F1) The microphones that were provided also capture sound very well, I really enjoyed using the lavs for interviews. That's about where it ends for the good. The first thing that went wrong on BOTH F1s were the screw on belt clips located on the back of the receiver. The screws barely tightened down and I had to constantly do upkeep to make sure the clips would hold. They failed after a few short months. Next, one receiver was bumped off a couch onto the floor which was a hard surface. From first looks, the receiver appeared fine until I noticed I couldn't close the battery door. a tiny- and I mean TINY flimsy plastic clip holding the door shut snapped from the fall. The receiver still works to this day but I need to gaff tape the door shut and pray the connectors don't wiggle loose. I babied the second receiver for a year after that until the day of writing this review. once again, the receiver fell but from roughly 5 inches off the ground onto asphalt. The clip holding the battery door shut snapped again from the force of the fall. I find it amazing that the build quality of the f1's feel so rugged and durable, and yet an overlooked weak point is the battery door. If you're concerned about dropping the receiver STAY AWAY FROM THIS PRODUCT. If you're going to baby these and keep them safe at all times this may be right for you.

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Can this be used as an interface to a computer ...

Can this be used as an interface to a computer like the H5/6? How about USB-C out to a new iPad Pro? Thanks!
Asked by: Robbin
I have not tried that yet. May need some adaptation in the way cabling. Sorry I. Ant be of more help.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2019-03-20


Is the limiter analog or digital?
Asked by: Rafael R.
The Zoom F1 features a digital limiter.
Answered by: Andrea O.
Date published: 2018-08-28

Is there a 1/4-20 thread mount on the back?

Is there a 1/4-20 thread mount on the back?
Asked by: William
No, just a smaller screw that mounts the belt clip.
Answered by: Chris
Date published: 2019-04-12

I see you are showcasing Zoom EXH-6 Dual XLR/TRS ...

I see you are showcasing Zoom EXH-6 Dual XLR/TRS Combo Input Capsule for H5... with this Zoom F1. Does Zoom F1 have a mic capsule input?
Asked by: brany
Yes, the F1 has a mic capsule input that will work with the EXH-6.
Answered by: Zoom Customer Support
Date published: 2021-06-16


If I use this with an EXH-6, will it record each channel to its own track (for instance left channel is input 1 and right channel is input 2)? I'm thinking it would but I just wanted to be sure?
Asked by: Sean
The left and right channels of the Zoom EXH-6 will be recorded on separate tracks of the recorder.
Answered by: Andrea O.
Date published: 2019-05-25

I've had the battery door break on two of these ...

I've had the battery door break on two of these devices. Is there any way to use a power cable instead of needing to open and close the battery door (which now does not stay closed)?
Asked by: Erika
You can power this device via usb for ac power. Here is Zoom's recommend power adapter B&H # ZOAD17. Use this with any usb to micro-usb cable.
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2020-10-27


is there a dead cat wind screen that fit the lav mic for this unit? the lav mic that came with this is much bigger than a standard lav mic.
Asked by: david d.
The Bubblebee dead kitten works great and fits perfectly. I like them even better than the Rycote. Mid size provides a snug fit for the included lav mic.
Answered by: Edgardo M.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Can the Zoom F1 USB sound output be used at the same time with internal recording?
Asked by: Alexander
This recorder may be used as a USB interface while recording to internal memory simultaneously.
Answered by: Mark S.
Date published: 2019-05-25
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