Zoom iQ5 Lets You Make Professional-Quality Audio from your iOS Device

by steven schwartz11 Comments

Wow, here's a device that's going to forever change audio recording with your iPhone. The new Zoom iQ5 brings directional stereo and high-quality audio-grabbing to your iPhone party.

This Zoom iQ5 is for film makers and prosumers who want CD-quality audio and width-adjustable stereo in addition to or instead of a dedicated field audio recorder like the Zoom H4n, Zoom H5, and others.

A revolution in stereo microphones for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

The Zoom iQ5 is a high-quality mid-side stereo condenser mic, perfect for recording music and compact enough to be slipped into your pocket. Simply connect it to the Lightning connector of your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and get ready to do some serious stereo recording any time, any place.

Zoom iQ5 Professional Stereo Microphone

Use it vertically or use it horizontally

Zoom iQ5: Use it vertically or horizontally

Zoom iQ5: Use it vertically or horizontally

The iQ5 employs a unique rotating mechanism that enables audio recording with correct left-right stereo orientation whether used vertically or horizontally. Use it in standard “audio” position or simply rotate it to the “video” position in order to record video with the attached iPhone, iPad or iPod touch held horizontally.

Mid-side recording made easy

Zoom iQ5: Mid-side recording made easy

Zoom iQ5: Mid-side recording made easy

Mid-side recording makes it easy for anyone to record in realistic (and fully mono-compatible) stereo. The iQ5 actually contains two microphone elements: a directional “mid” mic that captures audio coming from in front and a bidirectional “side” mic that covers ambient signal. Stereo width can be set to 90° or 120° according to the recording situation, or you can opt to record the mid and side mic signals as RAW data and then use Zoom's Handy Recorder iOS app to adjust the stereo width from 30o to 150o. This allows you to go from a tight sound focused on a single instrument to a wide image that includes the surrounding ambience and reverberation. The app even allows you to collapse the signal into phase-coherent mono, which is great for interviews, narration and other voice recordings.

The Handy Recorder app

Zoom's free Handy Recorder app is specially designed for use with the iQ5. Simply download it from the App Store and install it on your iOS devices. The app allows you to record in linear PCM format for the highest quality sound, or in AAC format to conserve storage space. It also enables you to apply compression, EQ and reverb effects, as well as normalize and divide files. Using the Handy Recorder app, you can even upload files to the SoundCloud audio sharing site, so you can immediately share your recording with the world.

Download the PDF manual of Handy Recorder app HERE

Zoom iQ5 Specifications

Zoom iQ5 specs

Learn more about iQ5 Professional Stereo Microphone

Do you use your iPhone on video shoots? How about this Zoom iQ5 – are you as excited about this product as others? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below:

(cover photo credit: snap from Zoom)


  1. I think revolution is a slightly too big word for that. Zoom is simply trying to get their feet where RØDE has been for quite some time now…

  2. What if I get a call while recording that hour long graduation or want to text instructions to my cameraman across the gym? This looks handy for capturing sound effects while out and about, or for a dedicated padcaster mic though.

  3. I must say, that’s a pretty cool device. The fact that I would be able to turn the mic in a direction that better matches the direction of audio. I might have to pick this up, thing is, any idea where this is sold? I went to the site and I couldn’t find a price or where it can be bought at. 🙁

  4. This looks promising and all, but there’s been many other type of mics that are of good quality. I am interested in it somewhat, maybe for the ability to change the direction of the mic without changing anything else, that really helps in many ways I think. I’ll wait until I can get my hands on one to share an overall opinion.

  5. I actually do a lot of my youtube filming on an iPhone and iPad, and the audio is often hit or miss for me. This is exactly what I need to get, simply because of how useful and easy it is. I know there’s other mics like it out there, but this looks like it’s the better one right now.

  6. I am planning on getting one very soon. I normally don’t make videos with any of my apple products, but I do have a podcast and I like to have a good quality mic involved that I can mess with on the fly. I would buy state of the art mics, but this will do just fine for me.

  7. Combine this with an iPod Touch and you’ve got a serious recording solution without all the phone concerns.

  8. I think this is a pretty nifty device. I know I could use a decent mic as I record on my crappy iPhone and iPad often. I am actually going to make films with my iPad very soon as I have a nice lens for it and will be just making something completely odd with it. Audio needs to be really good, so I hope this works like a champ.

  9. I know I could use something like this. I know it technically not that impressive of a device as there’s many mics out there, but it’s still cool nonetheless and the price alone may be well worth it. I will gladly get one. Any chance these guys make a similar mic for android devices or other mobile devices?

  10. I got this last Friday, and I will say it’s quite fun to use, it’s also really easy to use too and barely any setup. I like simple things, especially if they get the job done for me, so I am very happy with this.

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