By Olaf von Voss
Zoom have upgraded their popular entry-level audio recorder, the H1. The all new Zoom H1n comes with a bunch of new features and refinements, especially for indie video shooters. Let’s have a look, shall we?
Upgraded looks. That’s the first thing you’ll notice when examining the new Zoom H1n audio recorder. But the company didn’t stop just there, the engineers plunged deep into the H1 and upgraded the inner workings quite a bit. As a result we see a polished new housing, repositioned buttons and lots of new features.
Zoom H1n Audio Recorder
The original H1 recorder was very small and compact and so is the new Zoom H1n. The size and weight remains almost the same while the housing has evolved. This device is meant to be put in your pocket and carried wherever you go so you’re always ready to record something without adding any bulk to your bag.
the new Zoom H1n (top) vs the now discontinued H1 (bottom).
The biggest advantage to me personally is the fact that all the controls now can be found right on the front of the Zoom H1n. There’s now a dedicated dial for levelling the incoming signal, too. For such a device I always prefer more dedicated buttons and dials than less controls and a time-consuming menu structure.
Watch the introduction video below for a quick rundown of features:
Stereo X/Y 90° mics are on board but this entry-level recorder doesn’t feature any XLR connections. However, it does sport a ⅛” Mic/Line In jack so all you need is a powered mic in order to record external audio. The device provides up to 2.5V plug-in power. A headphone/Line Out jack can be found on the other side so a DSLR without any headphone out shouldn’t be an issue anymore.
From:: Cinema 5d