Zoom H1n Portable Digital Recorder

Zoom H1n Portable Digital Recorder

Capture stereo audio anywhere in crisp 96 kHz/24-bit quality! Zoom's next-gen H1 recorder features X/Y mics with built-in limiting, low-cut filters and more.

Zoom H1 Portable Digital Recorder

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With an X/Y stereo pair of microphones perfect for capturing rehearsals and shows, Zoom's H1 handheld portable recorder runs for 10 hours on an AA battery.

The Zoom H1 is a pocket-sized microSD card recorder with a built-in X-Y stereo pair of microphones ready to record anything you point it towards. Conveniently back-lit for recording in dark environments, and able to be camera-mounted, the Zoom H1 is ideal for capturing shows, band rehearsals, and more. Normally, you can't stuff a recorder, preamps, microphones, and cables into your back pocket. Unless your last name is Bunyan, you'll have to settle for the Zoom H1.

Record to Rock-Solid SD Card Media

Pop a 32 GB microSD card in your Zoom H1 to record up to 50 hours of audio at 44.1 kHz/16-bit resolution. Zoom includes a 2 GB card to get you started -- plenty for a 2-hour recording. When you're done recording, transfer your files to your computer with the H1's handy USB 2.0 connection.

All Controls on Deck

Don't you just hate when you have to dig through menus to access any kind of control? So does Zoom. Zoom's H1 has all the controls conveniently located on the side. Volume, forward, stop and more are easily within your reach. A huge record button at the top lets you record without so much as thinking about where it is.

Built-in Stereo Condenser Mics

The Zoom H1 is equipped with an X/Y stereo pair of small-diaphragm condenser microphones. These microphones capture every detail of a conversation, band practice, or wedding reception, recording at up to 96 kHz/24-bit fidelity. The included 2 GB microSD card can record hours of audio at a time and the Zoom H1 provides up read more to 10 hours of continuous use on a single AA battery.

USB Transfer, Monitor Speaker and Camera Mount

If you're recording at home, you can simply connect via a USB 2.0 connection the H1 to your computer to edit your recorded tracks. A built-in monitor speaker is integrated so you can listen to your recording right away and catch any missed notes or audio. Smartly, the H1 doesn't leave you video recordists in the dark: the Zoom H1 can be tripod or shoe mounted, making it easy to capture with the same fidelity any audio that your camera's microphone lacks.

Optional Zoom APH1 Accessory Pack

Add this optional accessory kit to get a windscreen, AC adapter (USB type), USB cable, adjustable tripod stand, padded-shell case and a mic clip adapter.
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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/

Zoom H-1 Portable Digital Recorder

Introducing the H1 Handy Recorder. It's Zoom's smallest recorder ever. But don't let its size fool you. The H1 Handy Recorder has their renowned recording technology and studio-quality microphones in their easiest, most portable device ever.

Now Zoom recording technology is available to everyone. And with an infinite variety of applications, you'll want to take your H1 everywhere. From musical performances, songwriting sessions and rehearsals to seminars, conferences, journalism or capturing audio for video, the H1 gives you clean, clear stereo sound effortlessly.

Set Apart

Like all Zoom recorders, the Zoom H1's onboard microphones are configured in an X/Y pattern, for stunning stereo imaging. Because both mics are arranged on the same axis, they are equidistant from the sound source for perfect localization and no phase shifting. The result is great stereo recordings with natural depth and accurate imaging.

Under Your Thumb...

With its user interface, the H1 is also their easiest recorder to use. All its functions are at your fingertips, such as track marker, auto record, low cut filter, level and volume controls with onboard buttons... no menus required.

Portable Recording In-hand

Intuitive controls make it easy to capture the audio you need with ease. But they still provide the versatility you've come to expect from Zoom. So you get total recording format flexibility from 16-bit/44.1 kHz to 24-bit/96 kHz WAV, or MP3 from 48 kbps to 320 kbps and enough tools onboard to make impeccable recordings.

Secure Your Digital Memories

The Zoom H1 records on microSD cards and comes with a 2GB card. Using a 32 GB microSD card allows over 50 hours of recording time at 16-bit/44.1 kHz.

MicroSD cards were specifically designed for the ever-evolving mobile technology market. Approximately the size of a fingernail, the microSD card is a significant advance in technology and its size and capacity are a major reason why the H1 is able to deliver so much recording technology in such a small package.

Share the Love

With its Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port, the H1 allows for fast transfer of your audio files to your computer. Listen, edit and share with your fans on your Mac or PC. It also includes a reference speaker to ensure your recordings are being captured as you desire.

Musicians - Shorten the Learning Curve

With stereo recording so precise and so easy, musicians will love the H1. An indispensible part of any serious musician's arsenal, the Zoom H1 makes recording rehearsals and practice sessions easier than ever. And the best part is, because your performance is captured with crystal clear audio, you can really critique your own playing, and get better....

Songwriters - More Hit Wonders

Isn't it time you heard your masterpieces in beautiful stereo that rivals a professional recording studio? They know you're the creative type, not an engineer. That's why they made the H1 so easy to setup and navigate. So you can keep the inspiration going. Your most creative ideas can now be recorded and shared with your co-writers anywhere and at anytime the music hits you. Just be sure you have your H1 on at all times!

Bands - On the Road, On the Run

There are so many applications for your band and the H1. Start with learning songs. If you're the guy who teaches the songs, record each part on an Zoom H1 and email it to the members of your band. If you're the one who books the band, you band needs to get heard. And everyone in the group needs to hear their performance to get better. The H1 makes capturing your performance easy, even when you're cranking out high SPLs.

Film Professionals - Indie Shoots That Don't Sound Indie

With DSLR cameras that shoot incredible HD video, the need for a better audio solution has emerged. The Zoom H1 will easily shoe mount on top of a video or DSLR camera. And because it has a standard 1/4-20 mount on the bottom, you can place the H1 anywhere on your rig. Use the stereo output jack to connect directly to the audio input on your camera, or bring the audio into your editing suite using the USB connection. The Zoom H1 is the perfect entry point for those getting started with dual source shooting.

Journalism - Scoop Central

These days, a journalist needs be able to capture broadcast ready interviews whenever or wherever they occur. Imagine being able to spontaneously capture the kind of audio your producer needs and send it remotely via email. That's what the Zoom H1 provides. It's literally a recording studio in your pocket, and the files are Broadcast Wave Format (BWF) so your producer has time and date stamping as well as any markers you set for total editing ease.

Business - Content Management

Whether it's a sales meeting, training conference or a seminar, the ability to capture and distribute the content is a big part of the ROI when you do events. Use the Zoom H1 to record your content for your company website or distribute it by email to your peers. Edit and turn it into a podcast. The possibilities are endless. Whatever the use, the H1 is perfect for legal, business and medical field use.


Everything you need to get started recording is included. Your H1 comes with an AA battery for 10 hours of operation and a 2 GB microSD card.

In addition, an H1 accessory package (APH-1) is also available with an array of accessories that make your recordings even more pristine and easier to capture. The accessory kit includes a windscreen, AC adapter (USB type), USB cable, adjustable tripod stand, padded-shell case and a mic clip adapter.

Brilliant Stereo Recording, Now in Your Pocket

Combining powerful recording capability with elegance and simplicity, the H1 Handy Recorder is their smallest, most affordable recorder ever.


- Stereo X/Y mic configuration captures perfect stereo images
- Same frequency and SPL handling as popular Zoom H2
- Records Broadcast WAV (BWF) at 96kHz/48kHz/44.1kHz at 16-bit or 24-bit
- Records MP3 from 48 to 320kbps for maximum recording time
- Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port
- Built-in reference speaker
- Includes 2GB microSD card and one AA battery
- One AA size battery allows 10 hours operation
- Accommodates up to 32GB microSDHC memory cards
- Track marker function
- Low cut filter
- Built-in tripod mount
- 1/8-inch external mic input
- Stereo 1/8-inch line output
- Auto record level
- Optional accessory package (APH-1) includes windscreen, AC adapter (USB type), USB cable, adjustable tripod stand, padded-shell case and mic clip adapter

Features at a Glance

The H1 Handy Recorder puts all its functions at your fingertips. No menus! Its backlit display features recording levels, file format, time elapsed, remaining battery life and recording time.

Its intuitive transport puts all the controls on the side with no menus on the screen. A large record button gives you complete control. Playback and pause, marker, forward and rewind buttons are all accessible by your thumb. Volume for playback and monitoring can be adjusted using your index finger.

On the back, you'll find a single AA battery compartment, a tripod mount, low cut filter, auto level setting and recording format selectable switches. There's also convenient mount for a strap or lanyard clip.

All the transport controls are on right side of the H1 and you can adjust recording levels on the fly. A 1/8" stereo line input is located on this side and its USB port is also accessible here as is its power on and hold switch.

On the left side, you can replace your microSD card by folding down the rubberized door. There's also a 1/8" stereo line/headphone output with adjustable volume control for monitoring playback. The built-in reference speaker is on the bottom of the unit.

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars. (20 ratings)
Submitted September 1, 2011 by a customer from wildblue.net
"Easily one of the most useful $100 I've ever spent."
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
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Verified Customer zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
Needs track marking after recording!

Great sound - modern technology has been very good to musicians. But it does have very high handling noise, so beware.

Minimal, in a good way, with this one major exception: you cannot mark (split) tracks after recording. I have no idea why Zoom wouldn't incorporate this as a feature. Well, I guess I understand this, but I wish they would give you that option for maybe an extra $25. (Don't tell marketing, but I'd probably pay even more.) If you record a three hour show, for example, be prepared to either edit this first on the computer or an external recorder before you can easily evaluate what you have. The search function works relatively well - after holding the button down for maybe 10 seconds, it really starts to move fast through the recording. However, I've found that sometimes it will just jump to the next track, which can be pretty annoying. (Control buttons, other than the record button, are pretty darn tiny.) Put in a track marking feature and I would up the 5 rating to 10, no problem. BTW, get the accessory pack, the case is worth the additional money by itself - you can use the double zipper to protect the unit completely while listening, with just enough room for the headphone cable to exit the case. Also, the screw-in plastic handle is useful when recording and you want to tape the unit to a light stand or something. (Even with the tripod, you read more need to isolate the unit from vibration.) The external speaker is good for verifying that your recording worked - you'll just need to hold it up to your ear to hear it, and even then it can't be in a noisy environment.

Ease of Use
I originally bought a Tascam unit similar to the Zoom, but returned it because, even with reading glasses and in ideal light conditions I couldn't read the display. The engineers over there must all be related to eagles. No problem here with the Zoom. But the main thing I LOVE about this recorder is the button driven controls. Turn it on, push the big red button twice, and you get a great recording. Really, this unit is designed to make a great and easy field recording with no prep time, through the mics or through the board, and then dumped into a computer or external recorder for identifying and organizing files. It is NOT designed, in any way, shape or form, to edit or review files from the recorder. With a 4 gig card (came with 2 gig) you can record a 4 hr show on one battery at the high sample rate, no problem. But I have to give a 6 here for the lack of track marking after recording. Would go to 10 if it had it.

I'm writing this review mainly to discuss quality. Some have mentioned the cheap, light plastic feel. OK, so here's my experience with quality: about a week ago, this recorder got thrown, as hard as possible, into the side of a metal file cabinet from the distance of two feet while it was playing. (Don't ask.) The recording kept playing, there wasn't a scratch on the unit, and I don't think even the battery cover came off. But of course I figured the mics had to be a gonner. A few days later, I checked them and, well, this thing still records perfectly. So yeah, I'd say the quality is there.....

Manufacturer Support
haven't had any experience

The Wow Factor
I was prepared to go out and buy another one after it ran into my file cabinet at high speed. I have a ton of gadgets, and although my minidisc recorders are still probably the best technology I've ever seen when it comes to flexibility, this recorder is at the top of the list for usefulness in the real world.

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