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Zoom H5 Portable Recorder

Zoom H5 Portable Recorder

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Portable Audio Recorder

Whether you’re capturing audio for your latest home video, recording a podcast, or just making some sweet music, the Zoom H5 Handy Recorder puts broadcast quality equipment right in your hand. Capable of four-track simultaneous recording, compatible with all Zoom input capsules, and bundled with a Zoom X/Y microphone capsule to get you started, the H5 is one of the easiest ways to step into the field of professional audio recording.

Zoom H5 Portable Recorder
Zoom H5 Portable Recorder

Sound Input

To jump start your sound capture, the X/Y capsule features two matched unidirectional microphones housed in an advanced shock mount, giving you a powerful mic that can process loud sounds, avoid handling noise, and achieve full clarity. If you’d like to add something more to the mix, you can switch out for any Zoom capsule or take to the dual combo XLR/TRS inputs that can handle microphones, mixers, electronic keyboards, and more. Each input has a dedicated gain control knob and can supply phantom power if you have a microphone in need.

Zoom H5 Portable Recorder
Zoom H5 Portable Recorder

Extra Features

As you process the sound, you can choose the file format (WAV or MP3), any compression or limiting, and either stereo or multitrack recording. For more customization, there is a host of recording modes as well as additional filters, a chromatic tuner and metronome, and multiple playback options. As you record, all of your audio is safely stored on SD or SDHC cards and can be easily transferred to your computer when you’re ready to master. For full versatility, the H5 can operate with two AA batteries and can mount to a DSLR or camcorder, giving you a fully powerful audio capture device that can go everywhere you do.

Zoom H5 Portable Recorder
Zoom H5 Portable Recorder

Product Demo


  • Zoom
  • Compatible with all Zoom input capsules
  • Four-track simultaneous recording
  • Analog-style gain controls for each input
  • Protective roll-bar type covers prevent accidental movement of gain controls
  • Plug-in power (2.5 V)
  • Built-in effects including low-cut filtering, compression, and limiting
  • Chromatic tuner and metronome
  • Auto-record, pre-record, and backup-record functions
  • MS decoding
  • Multitrack to stereo internal mixdown
  • 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 loopback function
  • Mountable to DSLR or camcorder with HS-1 Hot Shoe Mount adapter
  • Recording media: 16 MB - 2 GB SD cards, 4 - 32 GB SDHC cards
  • Sampling frequency: 44.1/48/96 kHz (WAV), 44.1 kHz (MP3)
  • Bit rate: 16/24-bit (WAV), 48 - 320 kbps (MP3)
  • Maximum simultaneous recording tracks: 4 (Stereo File Mode), 6 (Multi File Mode)
  • 128x64 LCD display with backlight
  • USB 2.0 high speed ports (4 inputs, 2 outputs)
  • Battery life: 7 - 15 hours depending on mode
  • Power requirements: 2 x AA batteries, AC adapter, or USB bus power
  • 2.63 x 5.32 x 1.66 in (66.8 x 135.2 x 42.1 mm)
  • 6.21 oz (176 g)
  • Inputs L/R
  • 1/8 in (3.5 mm) stereo mini jack
  • Input gain: -∞ to 52 dB
  • Input impedance: 2 kOhms or more
  • Plug-in power: 2.5 V supported
  • Inputs 1/2
  • XLR/TRS combo jacks
  • Input gain (pad off): -∞ to 55 dB
  • Input gain (pad on): -∞ to 35 dB
  • Input impedance: 1.8 kOhms or more
  • Maximum input level: +22 dBu (pad on)
  • Phantom power: +12/24/48 V
  • Equivalent input noise: -120 dBu or less
  • Outputs
  • Line-out with 1/8 in (3.5 mm) stereo mini jack, -10 dBm rated output level
  • Phone-out with 1/8 in (3.5 mm) stereo mini jack, 20 mW + 20 mW output level
  • Built-in mono speaker with 400 mW, 8 Ohms
  • XY Mic
  • Directional microphone capsule
  • Sensitivity: -45 dB
  • Input gain: -∞ to 52 dB
  • Maximum sound press input: 140 dB SPL


  • X/Y microphone capsule
  • 2 GB SD card
  • 2 x AA batteries
  • USB cable
  • Foam windscreen
  • Case
  • Steinberg Cubase LE software
  • Steinberg WaveLab LE software


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Estimated ship date is Mar 13, 2015 PT.

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