Zoom H4n Handy Mobile 4-Track Recorder with True X/Y Stereo Mics, Built-In Speaker, Backlit LCD Display, USB 2.0

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About Zoom H4n

The Zoom H4n Handy Recorder picks up where the H4 left off and adds additional features to an already popular audio recorder. Ideal for recording interviews, lectures, rehearsals, meetings and more, this palm-sized unit packs the ability to record up to 4 channels of audio at greater than CD quality.

The H4n features onboard true X/Y stereo microphones to pick up clear, natural sound without phase shifting. The mics can be rotated to select a 90° or 120° recording pattern for terrific versatility. The digitally-controlled preamp, combined with the high-quality microphones, allows you to capture Linear PCM audio at rates up to 24-bit/96kHz. The recorder captures audio to SD or SDHC cards with capacities up to 32GB. A USB 2.0 port allows you to quickly transfer files to a Mac or PC, or use the H4n as a live audio interface.

For connecting your own microphones or instruments, the H4n features XLR/TRS combo input jacks with phantom capability. A 3.5mm line output is provided and a reference speaker is built-in for quickly reviewing your recordings. The unit operates on a pair of standard AA batteries and features a Stamina mode to provide up to 11 hours of continuous recording at 16-bit/44.1kHz.

Other useful features of the H4n include variable playback speed, automatic and pre-record functions, a low-cut filter and limiter for improving the sound quality of recordings, time stamping, a metronome and tuner and more. The backlit LCD screen and intuitive controls are easy to use, even for the recording novice.

The Zoom H4n is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Zoom H4n: Easy to use and Lightweight

Summary of Customer Reviews

(6)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (5),Lightweight (4),Compact (3),Highly compatible (3)
Best Uses:
Independent films (3),Outdoor events / games (3)

Zoom H4n Specifications

Type
Hand-Held Multi-Track Stereo SD Card Recorder
Recording/Reading Methods
SD/SDHC Card (Up to 32GB, 2GB Included)
USB Connection to PC/Mac
Recording Bit Rate
WAV - Up to 24-bit
MP3 - Up to 320kbps
Sampling Frequency
WAV - Up to 96kHz
MP3 - Up to 48kHz
Number of Channels
4
Inputs
2 x XLR/TRS Combo Inputs (Balanced, Unbalanced)
1 x 3.5mm Mic Input
2 x Built-In Condenser Microphones
1 x USB 2.0 Port
Output
1 x 3.5mm Mini Stereo Headphone/Line Out Jack
1 x USB 2.0 Port (Same as Input)
Power
2 x AA Batteries
AC Wall Power
USB Bus Power
Battery Life
Approx. 6 Hours (Normal) or 11 Hours (Stamina Mode)
Display
128 x 64 Pixel 1.9" Backlit LCD
Dimensions (W x H x D)
2.75 x 6.1 x 1.4" (70 x 156 x 35mm)
Weight
9.9 oz (280g) (Without Batteries)
Warranty
Zoom 1 year warranty

Zoom H4n Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
3.7

(based on 6 reviews)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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  • 4 Stars

     

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  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 1 Stars

     

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Product

Great product, super versatile. I use this thing all the time. 4 channel recording is great. I mainly use this for audio with my DSLR. I even use the onboard mics as a shotgun mic pretty often. You can change the pickup pattern of onboard mics as well. Only downside is there is not way to run a line out and monitor audio at the same time. This problem is solved with magic lantern though. I think the only other comparable option is by a company named Tascam, but that does not have 4 channel au...

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Great product, super versatile. I use this thing all the time. 4 channel recording is great. I mainly use this for audio with my DSLR. I even use the onboard mics as a shotgun mic pretty often. You can change the pickup pattern of onboard mics as well. Only downside is there is not way to run a line out and monitor audio at the same time. This problem is solved with magic lantern though. I think the only other comparable option is by a company named Tascam, but that does not have 4 channel audio but does have line out and a headphone jack. If you get this I would highly recommend a Redhead windscreen if you use it outdoors.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good, but I'm a Tascam guy.

While it is not a bad recorder by any means, I will no longer be recommending it since I bought my Tascam DR 100MkII. I used the H4n extensively for a few months when I was working for a friend who already had it and I found it to be very usable, but just not as professional as it should be for the price. It is very plasticy and somewhat cheap feeling, my iPod feels like it is more durable than this recorder. While the sound quality is good for most situations, there is too much self noise to...

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While it is not a bad recorder by any means, I will no longer be recommending it since I bought my Tascam DR 100MkII. I used the H4n extensively for a few months when I was working for a friend who already had it and I found it to be very usable, but just not as professional as it should be for the price. It is very plasticy and somewhat cheap feeling, my iPod feels like it is more durable than this recorder. While the sound quality is good for most situations, there is too much self noise to really be used as a primary audio source. This is especially true if you are recording foley or other sound effects, as the noise will be noticeable when the sound effects are cut in to a video. Also, there are no locks on the XLR connectors. I've never had a cable fall out, but it could be a disaster if you step on the cable mid-shot. Also, there are almost no physical controls. If you want Phantom power, you have to dig through a menu to turn it on. Volume is controlled by a rocker switch like that on a cell phone, which makes quick level adjustment very difficult. The preamps do not have coarse adjustment immediately available, so if you suddenly get a loud signal you cant immediately pad the signal. Finally, it does not have internal room mics and only has one power source. I bought a Tascam DR100 MkII a few weeks ago and I absolutely love it, if you're seriously considering buying this you really need to take a look at the competition too. The Zoom does offer 4 track recording and it is much lighter than the Tascam, so if you have it mounted on a shoulder rig or steadicam your arms may thank you for saving some weight, but to me sound quality and ease of use go to the DR100. I think the H4n is a very capable recorder, just be aware of the limitations and don't buy it just because your friend recommended it. Use them both and decide for yourself, but I've made up my mind.

Reviewed by 6 customers

 
5.0

Solid Audio Recorder at a Good Price

By

from Sheridan, WY  -  Novice

I bought this to serve two purposes; to record interviews, and to act as an on-camera mic on my DSLR video rig (at least until I pick up a shotgun mic to replace it). I'm still learning the ropes, but so far audio comes out clean and spot on; the capture is excellent. I've used a wired LAV mic successfully, and had luck using it on top of my DSLR rig as well. Having four tracks to record to is excellent, XLR inputs are handy, device seems reasonably powerful. So far, so good. That said, the menu is clunky and not quick to navigate, memory cards take forever to format/load, the entire unit feels a little too delicate; I plan on using this extensively in the field, and depend on my gear to take a bit of a beating. But at this price point, I suppose I can't complain.

 
4.0

Nice to have

By

from Puerto Rico  -  Experienced

Easy to use, hard.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Good, but I'm a Tascam guy.

By

from California  -  Experienced

While it is not a bad recorder by any means, I will no longer be recommending it since I bought my Tascam DR 100MkII. I used the H4n extensively for a few months when I was working for a friend who already had it and I found it to be very usable, but just not as professional as it should be for the price. It is very plasticy and somewhat cheap feeling, my iPod feels like it is more durable than this recorder. While the sound quality is good for most situations, there is too much self noise to really be used as a primary audio source. This is especially true if you are recording foley or other sound effects, as the noise will be noticeable when the sound effects are cut in to a video. Also, there are no locks on the XLR connectors. I've never had a cable fall out, but it could be a disaster if you step on the cable mid-shot. Also, there are almost no physical controls. If you want Phantom power, you have to dig through a menu to turn it on. Volume is controlled by a rocker switch like that on a cell phone, which makes quick level adjustment very difficult. The preamps do not have coarse adjustment immediately available, so if you suddenly get a loud signal you cant immediately pad the signal. Finally, it does not have internal room mics and only has one power source. I bought a Tascam DR100 MkII a few weeks ago and I absolutely love it, if you're seriously considering buying this you really need to take a look at the competition too. The Zoom does offer 4 track recording and it is much lighter than the Tascam, so if you have it mounted on a shoulder rig or steadicam your arms may thank you for saving some weight, but to me sound quality and ease of use go to the DR100. I think the H4n is a very capable recorder, just be aware of the limitations and don't buy it just because your friend recommended it. Use them both and decide for yourself, but I've made up my mind.

(0 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

bought it for a friend

By

from san diego  -  Hobbyist

bought it for a friend. will let him review it, but some people like it.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Product

By

from Denver, CO  -  Business Owner

Great product, super versatile. I use this thing all the time. 4 channel recording is great. I mainly use this for audio with my DSLR. I even use the onboard mics as a shotgun mic pretty often. You can change the pickup pattern of onboard mics as well. Only downside is there is not way to run a line out and monitor audio at the same time. This problem is solved with magic lantern though. I think the only other comparable option is by a company named Tascam, but that does not have 4 channel audio but does have line out and a headphone jack. If you get this I would highly recommend a Redhead windscreen if you use it outdoors.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good, but...

By

from Centre County, Pa  -  Travel

The H4N goes beyond previous models in capability and style, but in adding the adjustable mic pick-up range they took away the cage that protected those sensitive mics from abuse. Great unit, just don't ever drop it!

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Shopper  I'm looking to shoot a few live videos as intros for an online training I'm putting together. As such, I'm thinking of using something like the H4n with a corded lavalier mic to capture the audio. Any suggestions as to the corded lav I should get? Thanks!
JUAN M  "I used the H4n in conjunction with my Canon EOS 1D Mark 4, to shoot a video/audio song for a band call 3RD Base Picnic. I hooked the headphones out from the H4n into the mic of the Canon. Great sound, it was easy to adjust the the volume and the video came out spectacular. The recording was pro quality, we are getting ready to record a few more songs using the same technique. Good luck"
Dale G  What is a 200-400$ wireless lapel mic kit I can pair this with? best options?
KENT P  For your price range I would consider a used Sennheiser EW 100 Wireless Bodypack SK-100 G2 Transmitter system. I have seen then on ebay in your $ range. The G3 series has a few more features but I use both G2 and G3 daily and unless you buy the rackmount receivers that have true diversity antennas, my experience is, you will see no significant advantage. Be careful of the freq band you purchase. The REALLY cheap ones may use one of the now illegal bands. Even though I own a Sound Devices 442 and a 664 I still use my H4n for foley and client conferences. It does what it does, very well.
Shopper  Does the - Zoom H2SJ - Silicone Jacket Protective Cover for H2 Handy Recorder - also fit the H4n? Has anyone tried it. Thanks
ACCOUNTS P  Never tried it buy I own both the H2 and H4N - no way the case for the H2 will fit the H4N, the H4N is much bigger.
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