Zoom’s latest recorder has been released, the $499 H5, which sits usefully between the six-track H6 and two-track H2n, with a mid-size form factor offering four-track recording via its front ‘capsule’ microphone and two combination 1/4-inch/XLR inputs.
The supplied front X-Y mike is housed within an advanced shockmount to minimise vibration and handling noise, while this mike can also be removed to add any of Zoom’s four other capsule mikes, including shotgun and mid-side options, or a module allowing two further 1/4-inch/XLR inputs. As with Zoom’s other recorders, file quality can be set all the up to 24-bit/96kHz.
The H5 can be attached to a camera strap or, using an optional hot-shoe mount, mounted directly to a D-SLR, feeding the line out into your D-SLR while simultaneously monitoring via headphones and keeping the four separate tracks on SD/SDHC card for post-production.
UPDATE: Distributor Dynamic Music asks us to mention that the RRP is likely to be far above the street price of the H5, indicating an estimated selling price of around $379. While shopping around, however, endeavour to buy from a legitimate Australian reseller - contact Dynamic if unsure.
For more information visit: www.dynamicmusic.com.au