Zoom Presents the H5 Handy Recorder

by steven schwartz3 Comments

With fewer features than last year's Zoom H6 Handy Recorder (and presumably a lower price but it hasn't been announced yet), Zoom announced at NAMM 2014 the new Zoom H5 Handy Recorder.

With 2 XLR's (rather than the H6's 4 (upgradable to 6)) the Zoom H5 Handy Recorder replaces the Zoom H4n, a standard piece of gear for many independent film producers.

Confession: I still sometimes forget to turn on my H4n (no feeling quite like it when you discover you've not been recording and the “record” button is flashing, not steady). For people like me, that's the major downside of shooting with a DSLR camera that has mediocre audio processing.

For more details, read Cinescopophilia's article “Zoom H5 Handy Recorder”. Release date and pricing yet to be announced.

Zoom H5 Handy Recorder

The Zoom H5 appears to share many characteristics of the popular H6 Handy Recorder, such as the same preamplifier and H6 according to those that were on the exhibition floor. The Zoom H5 Handy Recorder will have a total of 4 XLR inputs instead of the 6 that the H6 has. The H5 has 2 XLR inputs at the bottom of the unit and can add 2 more via an add on.

The H5 will also be able to share the other add ons from the H6 recorder.

We understand that the H5 does not have phantom power.

At the National Association of Music Merchants exhibition or NAMM 2014 Zoom showed off a non working prototype H5 Handy Recorder.

At the National Association of Music Merchants exhibition or NAMM 2014 Zoom showed off a non working prototype H5 Handy Recorder.

From B&H Specs

The H5 Handy from Zoom is a portable handheld recorder that features an interchangeable microphone system. The recorder ships with an XY microphone capsule and is compatible with the existing line of H6 modules including the optional shotgun mic and XLR/TRS input modules.

The H5 will ship with an XY stereo microphone module that features a built-in shockmount system and a 140dB maximum SPL. The recorder is also equipped with two inputs for external sources, allowing you to record simultaneously with the included stereo XY mic for a total of four input channels. Each input is controllable by its own analog gain knob.

The recorder also has an LCD screen and a side-mounted toggle control for navigating through the menu options. It gives you fast access to transport functions, offering physical control buttons right underneath the screen, and conveniently stores its recorded audio to external SD cards.

Learn more about Zoom H5 and its product hightlights at Cinescopophilia's article “Zoom H5 Handy Recorder”

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  1. Actually it has phantom on XLR standard input, as the H4, H4n and H6, but not on the XLR add-on, as specified by Zoom itself about the H6 add-on.
    If it has the same preamp of the H6 it’s a welcome upgrade from the H4 family. I own the buggy original H4 with its infamous internal batteries buzz, its much better son H4n and the useful H1, that’s a poor man alternative to wireless lavalier miking.

    1. Where did you get that info Ugo? That would be great news…. but everyone else is saying there’s no phantom power. I hope you are right 🙂

      1. I have seen no indication that it has phantom power capabilities either.

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