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The Zoom H5 is a professional portable field recorder that adapts to almost any situation. Featuring 2 high-quality X/Y unidirectional condensers with an ultra high 140dB SPL max handling, plus an additional 2 analogue audio inputs for external microphones or guitars. This compact portable recorder is like a handheld mini-studio… Perfect for recording interviews, Podcasts, live performances and more.

X/Y recording allows you to cover a wide area yet still capture sound sources in the centre with clarity and definition, making it ideal for all types of live stereo recording. The XYH-5 X/Y microphone capsule included with the H5 provides two matched unidirectional condenser microphones set at a 90 degree angle. These are housed within an advanced shock mount that employs rugged external mic wires and rubberised material to isolate the unit from the H5 body and thus minimise vibration and handling noise.  The design of the XYH-5 also allows the H5 to handle louder sounds than any other Handy Recorder model: 140 dB SPL, to be precise—equivalent to the sound of a jet aircraft from less than 200 feet away—enabling you to capture sounds louder, closer, and cleaner than you ever could before.

The H5 also provides everything you need to connect with the outside world. Dual combo XLR/TRS inputs that can handle both mic- and line-level signals allow you to connect external microphones and line-level devices like mixers, portable music players, effects processors, and electronic keyboards—even electric guitars or basses equipped with active electronics. Each H5 input has its own dedicated gain control knob, located beneath a protective bar that prevents accidental movement during handling. The supplied XYH-5 X/Y capsule also provides a secondary input for connecting stereo mic- or line-level signal via a ⅛” mini phone jack. The H5 supports a +4 dB (professional) input level and utilises the same high-quality preamps as our flagship H6, ensuring great-sounding recordings in all sonic environments.

  • Uses a system of interchangeable input capsules that can be swapped out as easily as the lens of a camera
  • Includes detachable X/Y capsule (XYH-5) with extended signal capacity and shockmounted mics for reduced handling noise
  • Compatible with all Zoom input capsules
  • Four-track simultaneous recording
  • Records directly to SD and SDHC cards up to 32 GB
  • Up to 24-bit/96 kHz audio in BWF-compliant WAV or a variety of MP3 formats
  • Two mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors, Selectable phantom power for either or both main inputs: +12/+24/+48V with 20 dB pads for either or both main inputs
  • Multichannel and stereo USB audio interface for PC/Mac/iPad
  • Mountable to DSLR or camcorder with optional HS-01 Hot Shoe Mount adapter
  • Over 15 hours of operation with 2 alkaline batteries
  • Includes Steinberg Cubase LE and Wavelab LE (via download)


Simultaneous Rec Tracks: 4

Simultaneous Play Tracks: 4

A/D Resolution: 16-bit/44.1 kHz, 24-bit/96kHz

Built-in Mic(s): XYH-5 X/Y micAudio Interface Yes (via USB)

Analogue Inputs: 2 x XLR/TRS Combo, 1 x 1/8-inch

Analogue Outputs: 1 x 1/8-inch

Headphone Outputs: 1 x 1/8-inch

Built-in Speaker: Yes

Memory (internal): 2GB SD card included

Memory (removable): SD card (16MB to 2GB), SDHC card (4 GB to 32GB)

Built-in Effects: Compression, Limiting, Low-cut filter, Metronome, Tuner, Playback Looping, Pitch Change, Variable Playback Speed

USB: Yes

Power Supply: AA battery, AC, USB bus power

Max Battery Life: Over 15 hours

Stand Mountable: Yes (Mountable to DSLR or camcorder with optional HS-01 Hot Shoe Mount adapter

Dimensions:  66.8 × 135.2 × 42.1 mm (main unit only)

Weight: 176 g


For more information, please visit the manufacturer's website.