Zoom F3 Portable Field Recorder

Level the field! This pocket-sized recorder boasts 32-bit float audio (no more too-loud or too-quiet takes!) with 2 XLR preamps, and runs on AC or batteries.

With 32-bit float recording, the Zoom F3 effortlessly captures the quietest raindrops and the loudest explosions. Its small footprint allows for this recorder to be placed anywhere, as you capture and monitor high-quality audio at up to 192 kHz.

Focus on the Scene

When you're working in the field or on set, sound levels can fluctuate often and quickly. The F3 allows you to adapt to your scene without having to set the gain or worry about clipping. In post, you'll be able to work with your capture, regardless of extremely low or high levels.

Watson Wu: "When I'm on film sets, I'm often recording really loud sounds like race cars and weaponry. That's why I love the 32-bit float technology. I can fit this small device virtually anywhere and I don't have to worry about my levels being off."

Award-Winning Audio

Featuring the dual A/D converters and low-noise preamps found in Zoom's professional F-Series recorders, the F3 guarantees high-quality recordings in any setting or situation.

Battle Tested

The F3 is built with durable side bars, standard tripod mount and slide-resistant rubber feet ensuring that you can mount it on your gear or hide it in any scene. It's sturdy metal casing and locking XLR connectors is designed for use in a variety of environments.

Mark Lanza: "The F3's size makes it so versatile. I can place it right into a chaotic scene -- I can mount it on a standard boom, place it inside a potted plant, or even strap it to the side of a read more speeding motorcycle."

Wave Watching

Monitor your recordings with seamless accuracy as the F3 displays your audio as real-time waveforms.

Record & Listen

The headphone output allows you to keep an ear on your recordings, plus a line output enables you to go to your camera or other gear.

All Day, Worry-Free Capture

The F3 is well-equipped for long location shoots or remote fieldwork, with a variety of power options and massive storage.

Onboard Power

With two alkaline AA batteries (not included), take advantage of eight hours of battery life.

Alternate Power

Set yourself up for an unlimited charge via the AD-17 AC adapter or USB battery pack.

Memory cards

Use a micro SD card up to 1TB to record over 180 hours of audio at the highest possible sample rate/ bit-depth.

"In my quest for the perfect sound, having the freedom and portability of the F3 is a dream come true. Its dexterity is unprecedented for a portable pro kit. And, small enough to be strapped to my wrist like a watch, the F3 has become my irreplaceable travel companion." - Chiara

30' of Control

Versatile control options give your production more flexibility than ever. Stay out of the shot and record from a distance of up to 30 feet (10 m) using the F3 control app for iOS and Android, and BTA-1 adapter (sold separately.)

Audio Interface & Streaming

Connect your F3 to a computer or iOS device via USB as an audio interface and record or stream up to two channels in crystal-clear 24-bit float/96 kHz resolution. The loopback function allows you to combine your computer's audio with the F3 inputs to complete the sound for your stream.

John Servido: "The F3 slots right into the lineup and into my kit! I guarantee it will become the handiest asset on set or in the field."


- 2-channel / 2-track field audio recorder
- Featuring 32-bit float recording and dual AD converters for full dynamic range and clip-free audio capture
- 2 discrete inputs with locking XLR connectors
- Input signals can be monitored with real time waveform display on LCD
- Compact and Durable (can be attached to boom mic with Velcro)
- High quality mic preamps provide a super-low noise floor (−127 dBu EIN)
- Record up to 192 kHz sampling/32-bit float WAV format, mono or stereo files
- Stereo 1/8" Phone/Line Output jack with dedicated Volume control
- Records directly to microSDHC and microSDXC cards up to 1TB
- Wireless iOS/Android remote control available through optional BTA-1 Bluetooth adapter
- Use as 2-in/ 2-out, up to 32-bit float/96 kHz USB audio interface
- Over 8 hours of operation with two AA alkaline batteries (not included)
- Runs on only 2 standard AA batteries or AC adapter (AD-17) or USB batterypack
- Wireless timecode synchronization (Optional BTA-1 Bluetooth adapter and UltraSync Blue device by Timecode Systems are required.)
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Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 1 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): ZF3

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 631-542-5270
Email: info@zoom-na.com
Web: https://zoomcorp.com/en/us/contact/

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (1 ratings)
Submitted August 12, 2023 by a customer from yahoo.com

"Extremely Small Yet Packs An Awesome Proverbial AUDIO Punch!"

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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The Zoom F3 has 32-Bit Floating Point, which is great for audio people who forget to "Gain Stage".Also, the Zoom F3 is small enough to fit on a boom pole for great convenience in certain recording situations. Furthermore, the Zoom F3 is small enough to function great in a lot of "Run-N-Gun" filming situations (as well as in other small, confined spaces where bulky recording gear makes it difficult to record audio).The Zoom F3 is a great compliment to other bulky field recording devices like Sound Devices, Zoom F8/Zoom F8N, and others.
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