Zoom North America’s has announced its new H5 portable audio recorder. The Zoom H5 employs a system of interchangeable input capsules, similar to the company’s flagship H6 model, allowing the best microphone to be used for every recording situation. In addition to being fully compatible with pre-existing Zoom input capsules, the H5 will come with a new X/Y stereo capsule that features an extended signal capacity of up to 140 dB SPL, as well as shockmounted microphones for reduced handling noise.
The H5 allows four simultaneous audio tracks to be recorded directly to SD cards, with a max size of 32 gigabytes. The H5 can record in a variety of formats, including MP3 and BWF-compliant WAV file formats, and 24-bit / 96k high-resolution audio. With the use of an optional adapter, it can be mounted directly to a DSLR or camcorder and requires just 2 AA batteries to provide the H5 with its impressive 15 hours of battery life. Dual XLR/TRS combo jacks enable the connection of external microphones or line-level devices. Each input has its own dedicated gain control and pad, as well as phantom power in three different voltages.
Additional features include a stereo Line Out for connection to camcorders; a headphone jack and built-in speaker; onboard effects, metronome and chromatic tuner; adjustable playback speed and pitch correction; and Pre-record, Auto-record and Backup-record functions. A USB port enables data transfer to and from editing software and allows the H5 to serve as a multichannel audio interface for computers and iPads.
Scott Goodman, the CEO of Zoom North America has said “The H5 continues the tradition of providing everything needed to do professional-quality multitrack recording in the field and capture pristine audio for video, broadcast and podcast.”
The Zoom H5 will carry a price of $269.99 and be available later this summer. Check out this video for more information.