Zoom North America has officially announced the release of their brand new H5 Hand Recorder. With many features you will find on the flagship H6 microphone but for more than $100 less, the H5 employs a system of interchangeable input capsules, allowing the best microphone to be used for every recording situation. The H5 is currently available for pre-order for only $269.99. The new H5 Hand Recorder will be fully compatible with all Zoom input capsules and it will also come with a brand new X/Y stereo capsule, featuring extended signal capacity of up to 140 dB SPL. On top of that, there will be shockmounted microphones to help reduce handling noise. This will come in handy when you are running the product on top of your DSLR in handheld mode or even slight movements on tripods.
"Our products are constantly evolving to meet the needs of the creators who use them," said Scott Goodman, Zoom North America CEO. "The H5 continues that tradition, providing everything needed to do professional-quality multitrack recording in the field and capture pristine audio for video, broadcast and podcast."
With the H5 Handy Recorder, users will now be able to use four tracks of simultaneous recording directly to an SD card of up to 32 gigabytes. There will be a wide selection of MP3 and BWF-compliant WAV file formats, including 24-bit / 96k high-resolution audio. With an option adapter, the H5 can be mounted directly to your DSLR or camcorder, like previous models. It just requires you to use 2 AA batteries for power. The alkaline battery life is estimated to be more than 15 hours. "Dual XLR/TRS combo jacks enable the connection of external microphones or line-level devices. Each input has its own dedicated gain control and pad, as well as phantom power in three different voltages."
Some additional features of the H5 Handy Recorder included a stereo Line Out for connection to camcorders; a headphone jack and built-in speaker; onboard effects, metronome and chromatic tuner; adjustable playback speed and pitch correction; and Pre-record, Auto-record and Backup-record functions. There will be a USB port that enables data transfer to and from editing software. This will allow the H5 to act as a true multichannel audio interface for any computer or even iPad.
You can Pre-Order a Zoom H5 Handy Recorder and get more information about it now at B&H's official product listing page HERE