D/B Tech Review: Zoom H1 | Affordable, cool handy recorder

Recently Zoom has finally started shipping its smallest recorder to date, the new H1 Handy Recorder.

Tiny and light (2 oz, 90 grams with the battery), it makes some of the features of other Zoom products like the popular H2 available to a wider audience, thanks to the very affordable price of 99 dollars/euro.

So what do you get for the money?

> Stereo X/Y mic configuration captures perfect stereo images
> 2Gb microSD memory card (expandable to 32Gb) and one AA battery
> One AA size battery allows 10 hours operation
> Same frequency and SPL handling as popular Zoom H2
> Records Broadcast WAV (BWF) at 96kHz/48kHz/44.1kHz at 16-bit or 24-bit
> Records MP3 from 48 to 320kbps for maximum recording time
> Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port
> Built-in reference speaker
> Track marker function
> Low cut filter
> Built-in tripod mount
> 1/8-inch external mic input
> 1/8-inch stereo line output
> Auto record level

We got one to test, and we’ve been impressed by it. Easy to use (all functions at the touch of a button, no menu), good sounding mics, definitely useful for capturing sounds without having to bring more expensive and bigger devices with you. Perfect for those into sampling, sound-design, as well as for journalists, etc.

Up to 10 hours of operation with a single battery, and it fits in your pockets. Just be aware of the fact that the mics are very sensible. Sometimes it is better to use a tripod with it and, if recording outside, a windscreen.

If you like to capture the sounds around you, check out the Zoom H1. Digital in Berlin highly Recommended.



Fab is a musician and Editor-in-Chief for AudioNewsRoom (ANR), a music technology online magazine.