Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System

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Main Features
  • Includes XY Microphone Module
  • Uses SD Memory Cards
  • Optional Shotgun Mic and XLR/TRS Inputs
  • Modular Mic and Input System
  • Four Simultaneous Inputs
  • Compatible with H6 Mic Modules

 

Our products are constantly evolving to meet the needs of the creators who use them. With the H5 Handy Recorder, the tradition continues.  The H5 provides four tracks of simultaneous recording and, like our flagship H6, it can use all Zoom interchangeable input capsules, allowing you to choose the best microphone for every recording situation. The flexible and powerful H5 provides everything you need to create multitrack recordings, audio for video, and state-of-the-art podcasting, broadcasting and electronic newsgathering.

X/Y recording allows you to cover a wide area yet still capture sound sources in the center with clarity and definition, making it ideal for all types of live stereo recording. The XYH-5 X/Y microphone capsule included with the H5 provides two matched unidirectional condenser microphones set at a 90 degree angle. These are housed within an advanced shockmount that employs rugged external mic wires and rubberized material to isolate the unit from the H5 body and thus minimize vibration and handling noise.  The design of the XYH-5 also allows the H5 to handle louder sounds than any other Handy Recorder model: 140 dB SPL, to be precise—equivalent to the sound of a jet aircraft from less than 200 feet away—enabling you to capture sounds louder, closer, and cleaner than you ever could before.

In addition to standard transport controls (stop, play/pause, record, rewind and fast-forward), the front panel of the H5 offers dedicated record arming buttons for each track, which double as mute switches during playback. A Hold switch disables all front panel buttons to prevent accidental operation during recording. The H5 can be attached to a camera strap or, with the use of our optional Hot Shoe mount, mounted directly to a DSLR or camcorder.

The H5 also provides everything you need to connect with the outside world. Dual combo XLR/TRS inputs that can handle both mic- and line-level signals allow you to connect external microphones and line-level devices like mixers, portable music players, effects processors and electronic keyboards—even electric guitars or basses equipped with active electronics. Each H5 input has its own dedicated gain control knob, located beneath a protective bar that prevents accidental movement during handling. The supplied XYH-5 X/Y capsule also provides a secondary input for connecting stereo mic- or line-level signal via a ⅛" mini phone jack. The H5 supports a +4 dB (professional) input level and utilizes the same high-quality preamps as our flagship H6, ensuring great-sounding recordings in all sonic environments.

There are lots of output options as well. A dedicated Line Out with adjustable volume allows you to send a stereo audio output from the H5 to the mic input of a video camera or other device without the need for an attenuator cable. In addition, there's a separate headphone output with a dedicated volume control. You can use both outputs simultaneously to route audio to your DSLR while monitoring over headphones. There's also a built-in speaker for fast access playback, and a USB port which allows the H5 to be used as an audio interface for your computer or iPad.

 

Power and Storage
Just 2 AA batteries—either alkaline or rechargeable NiMH—are required for power. When using alkaline batteries, the H5 will operate for more than 15 hours, even while recording continuously. You can also use an optional AC adapter to power the H5 without batteries. The H5 records directly to SD and SDHC cards up to 32 gigabytes. Maximum recording time is dependent upon the card size and file type; for example, the supplied 2GB SD card can hold approximately fourteen hours of stereo 320kbps MP3 files, three hours of stereo 16-bit / 44.1 kHz WAV files, or an hour of stereo 24-bit / 96kHz WAV files

The Software

File types
The H5 can operate in two different modes—choose stereo for two-track stereo recording, or multitrack for four-track recording (in either stereo pairs or individual mono tracks)—and it captures audio in the two most commonly used file formats: WAV and MP3.

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The WAV files recorded by the H5 can be 16- or 24-bit, with sampling rates of 44.1, 48, or 96kHz*. They are automatically time-stamped and thus Broadcast Wave Format (BWF) compliant, allowing for precise synchronization in video post-production. MP3 files, while slightly lower in fidelity, are much smaller than WAV files and are thus easier to email and post on social networking sites—allowing you to quickly and easily share your creations around the world.
 
* 96kHz sampling rate available in stereo mode only

Signal Processing

The H5's onboard effects allow you to add polish to your recordings. Compression and limiting compensate for fluctuations in input level, while a low-cut filter helps eliminate wind noise, blowing, and other kinds of low frequency rumble. There's even an onboard metronome and chromatic/guitar/bass tuner.
 
Other features

But the list of H5 features doesn't end there. There's playback looping, pitch change and variable playback speed (without pitch change) to help with phrase training. A pre-record function that keeps the H5 continuously recording in the background, keeping the previous two seconds before you hit RECORD.
  

 

There’s an Auto-Record function that allows recording to begin automatically when a certain level of sound is detected and an equivalent Auto-Stop function that ends recording when the sound drops below a user-designated level, either immediately or up to 5 seconds later. And then there's Backup-Record—the ultimate safety net.* It enables the H5 to automatically record a duplicate set of stereo tracks with 12dB less input gain. Even if your original track is distorted, chances are the Backup version will be fine!

* 44.1 and 48kHz WAV files only.
 
You can even use your H5 as an audio interface, complete with a Loop Back function that makes it easy to add narration to music playback. Simply connect the H5 to your computer or iPad** via USB, launch your favorite DAW or use the included Wavelab LE software,
and start creating a masterpiece.

  ** Apple Camera Connection Kit required.
 


Features at a glance

    Uses a system of interchangeable input capsules that can be swapped out as easily as the lens of a camera
    Includes detachable X/Y capsule (XYH-5) with extended signal capacity and shockmounted mics for reduced handling noise
    Compatible with all Zoom input capsules
    Four-track simultaneous recording
    Large backlit LCD display
    Records directly to SD and SDHC cards up to 32GB
    Up to 24-bit/96kHz audio in BWF-compliant WAV or a variety of MP3 formats
    Two mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors, each with selectable phantom power and -20dB pad
    Analog-style gain controls for each input
    Protective "roll-bar" type covers prevent accidental movement of gain controls
    Plug-in power (2.5 volts)
    Built-in effects, including low-cut filtering, compression and limiting
    Chromatic tuner and metronome
    Auto-record, Pre-record and Backup-record functions mean that you'll never miss that perfect take
    MS decoding
    Multitrack to stereo internal mixdown
    Normalize, Divide and Trim editing
    Voice memo and up to 99 marks per recording
    A/B loop playback
    Variable playback speed and variable pitch without affecting playback speed
    Multichannel and stereo USB audio interface for PC/Mac/iPad with loop back function
    Mountable to DSLR or camcorder with optional HS-01 Hot Shoe Mount adapter
    Uses two standard AA alkaline or NiMH rechargeable batteries
    Over 15 hours of operation with alkaline batteries

General
Recording media:

SD card: 16MB to 2GB , SDHC card: 4GB to 32GB

Display:
Backlit LCD (128 x 64 pixels)


Inputs
INPUTS L/R [XYH-5 X/Y mic]:

Mic type: Unidirectional
Sensitivity: -45 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
Input gain: -∞ to 52 dB
Max sound pressure input: 140 dB SPL

MIC/LINE IN :

Connector: 1/8" stereo mini jack
Input gain: - ∞ to 52 dB
Input impedance: 2 k Ω or more
Plug-in power: 2.5V supported
Backup recording: -12dB lower than set L/R input gain

INPUTS 1/2:

Connectors:
XLR / TRS combo jacks
(XLR: Pin 2 hot / TRS: Tip hot)
Input gain (PAD OFF): -∞ to 55.0 dB
Input gain (PAD ON): -∞ to 35.0 dB
Input impedance: 1.8 k Ω or more
Max input level: +22 dBu (PAD ON)
Phantom power: +12V /+24V /+48V
Equivalent Input Noise (EIN): -120 dBu or less

Outputs
LINE OUT :

Connector: 1/8" stereo mini jack
Rated output level: -10 dBm
Output load impedance: 10k Ω or more

PHONE OUT :

Connector: 1/8" stereo mini jack
Output Level: 20 W +20 W into 32 Ω load

Built-in speaker:

400mw 8 Ω mono
Recording formats

STEREO MODE:

WAV (BWF-compliant)
Sampling frequency: 44.1/48/96 kHz
Bit rate: 16/24 (Stereo)
Maximum simultaneous recording tracks: 2

MP3
Sampling frequency: 44.1kHz
Bit rate: 48/56/64/80/96/112/32/160/192/224/256/320kbps
MULTITRACK MODE:

WAV (BWF-compliant)
Sampling frequency: 44.1/48 kHz
Bit rate: 16/24 (Mono/Stereo)
Maximum simultaneous recording tracks: 6 (L/R + INPUT 1/2 + L/R backup)

USB
Mass Storage Class operation:

Class: USB 2.0 High Speed
Audio Interface operation: Multitrack mode:

Class: USB 2.0 High Speed
Sampling frequency: 44.1/48kHz
Bit rate: 16/24 bit
Inputs / Outputs: 4 / 2
Audio Interface operation: Stereo mode:

Class: USB 2.0 Full Speed
Sampling frequency: 44.1/48kHz
Bit rate: 16 bit
Inputs / Outputs: 2 / 2

USB bus powered operation possible
(iPad operation supported in Stereo mode only)
Power Requirements


AA size (LR6) battery x 2
AC adapter: AD-17 (DC5V/1A/USB-type) (optional)
USB bus power

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Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System
 
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Pros

  • Good audio (10)
  • Reliable (9)
  • Compact (7)
  • Long battery life (6)

Cons

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  • Concerts (4)
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5.0

Awesome Recorder!

By Eric

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

This audio recorder is pretty awesome! The audio sounds very crystal clear! I used this recorder with Rode NTG 2 mic and Sarmonic Lavalier Mic. They sounds awesome!! I tested the unit on the local "Filo-Band" concert event just last week 07/01/17. My impression, was WOW! (Two Thumbs Up)

 
5.0

Now a permanent part of my camera bag. Great product.

By Mike

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

Found so many applications for this great audio device. Great quality, both build and performance. Just check it out on Youtube and see how many people endorse this product and even better show you how to take full advantage of it.

 
5.0

Big upgrade over the H4n

By John I.

from Canberra

Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

Not only are the pre-amps on this way better than the H4n, but the start-up time is significantly reduced. The other great thing about the H5 is that it has physical knobs to make adjusting gain effortless. Can't imagine Zoom doing much to improve on this device. Basically perfect at what it does.

 
5.0

Zoom H5

By Bernie

from Box Hill VIC 3128

About Me Tech Savvy

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • High Quality Sound
  • Long Battery Life
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Conversations
    • Sermon Recordings

    Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

    Excellent product. Good quality Sound

     
    5.0

    Simple and Solid

    By DeeJay SchmeeJay

    from Melbourne, Australia

    About Me Gearhead, Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • High Quality Sound
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Conversations
      • DSLR Sound
      • Interviews
      • Lectures

      Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

      I love this gadget. So simple to use with clean sound, the built in limiter and backup track at -12dB. It's hard not to get great audio from it. And it doubles as an audio interface for your Mac when you're out on the road. Brilliant.

       
      5.0

      Better Than Expected

      By Alter-Mind

      from Melbourne, AUS

      About Me Gearhead, Sound Engineer, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • High Quality Sound
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • DJ Mix Recording
        • Field Recording

        Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

        I bought the Zoom H5 essentially to act in replacement of a camera, so I could record a log of the places I've visited in sound rather than image. Not only has it fulfilled this role perfectly, but I've found myself using it to record live DJ mixes, short Foley samples, and as a backup audio interface for basic singer/songwriter based studio and live recordings. With the included windshield and ability to change the mic capsule, I can see the H5 being a perfect companion for a while to come, especially if I get involved with film/TV/journalism based audio production.

         
        5.0

        Perfect for DSLR filming and external recording

        By Jasper William

        from Australia

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Build Quality
        • Compact Design
        • High Quality Sound
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Conversations
          • Dslr Video

          Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

          Really compact and reliable, superb build quality with sound that goes beyond good value. A great feild recorder and will last for many years to come.

           
          5.0

          Great product, a must-have!

          By Peppe Nero

          from Melbourne, VIC, Australia

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • High Quality Sound
          • Long Battery Life
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

              This recorder is a must for serious DSLR Video producers.
              As the successor of the famous Zoom h4n it has many added features but the same low price.
              It has great features to allow you to capture professional sound and to send it directly to the camera while monitoring and recording an uncompressed WAV file on the device itself.
              I use it to capture the audio for all my video shooting.

               
              5.0

              Exactly what we were after, we love it

              By The smith's

              from Weipa QLD Australia

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • High Quality Sound
              • Long Battery Life

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                  We required this ASAP, we are also in a remote location.
                  The store delivered it on time, we still dont know how they did it, we could'nt be happier with the customer service and advice.
                  Thanks again

                   
                  5.0

                  Good Quality

                  By Alex

                  from Glen Waverley

                  About Me Filmmaker

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • High Quality Sound
                  • Long Battery Life
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts
                    • Conversations
                    • Film Work

                    Comments about Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                    Paired with a nice shotgun it gives good quality sound of your subject and the ambience of the environment. The stereo mic and the shotgun work well together. I am using it with my rode ntg3 and I am able to get good quality recordings of musical instruments and vocals.

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                    UPC: 884354013196
                    Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System
                    • Operation manual
                    • XYH-5 X/Y mic capsule
                    • SD card (2GB)
                    • AA size (LR6) battery x 2
                    • USB cable
                    • Foam windscreen
                    • Case
                    • ​Steinberg WaveLab LE software download
                    • Steinberg Cubase LE software download

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                    What's in the box
                    Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System
                    • Operation manual
                    • XYH-5 X/Y mic capsule
                    • SD card (2GB)
                    • AA size (LR6) battery x 2
                    • USB cable
                    • Foam windscreen
                    • Case
                    • ​Steinberg WaveLab LE software download
                    • Steinberg Cubase LE software download
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