Zoom H5 4-Input / 4-Track Portable Handy Recorder with Interchangeable X/Y Mic Capsule


Key Features;

  • Live/Location Recording & Podcasting
  • Swappable Stereo Mic, Built-In Speaker
  • Dual XLR-1/4″ Mic/Line Inputs
  • Fast, User-Friendly Operability
  • Records in WAV up to 96 kHz
  • 3.5mm Line & Headphone Outputs
  • Onboard Compressor & Low-Cut Filter
  • Powered via Batteries, AC, or USB
  • Supports SDHC Cards up to 32GB
  • Stereo Safety Track Recording


The Zoom H5 has two XLR inputs, and a 3.5mm stereo mini-jack input. Simply put, the XLR inputs are for larger microphones, such as the ones you’d use on a podcast, or shotgun mics, which are used to record dialogue in film.

The 3.5mm stereo mini-jack input accepts TS, or TRS plugs. Using the TS plug will give you a mono sound, which is only one track, and which will be present on the left-hand side. If you connect a TRS plug to it, the Zoom H5 will record a stereo signal.


Is the Zoom H5 Worth Buying?


Battery Life

According to Zoom, the H5 should be able to run for about 15 hours. Bear in mind that your mileage may vary, as certain variables, such as whether you’re using Phantom Power, can affect how long the recorder can go for.

There are many different variables which could potentially affect the battery life of the device, but the takeaway is that the H5 can record for hours at a time, and It’s always worth carrying some extra batteries with you, just in case.

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The Zoom H5 is very portable, and it comes with a plastic case, that is cushioned, and compact. This allows you to safely carry your recorder around, whilst not impeding you if you quickly need to take it out and record.

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