Portable Audio Recorder

  • Uses a system of interchangeable microphone capsules
  • Includes detachable X/Y capsule (XYH-5)
  • Compatible with all Zoom input capsules
  • Records up to 24-bit / 96 kHz
  • Recording format: WAV (BWF compatible) and MP3
  • 4-track simultaneous recording
  • Large backlit LCD display
  • Records directly to SD and SDHC cards up to 32 GB
  • 2 mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors, each with selectable phantom power and -20 dB pad
  • Gain control knob on each input, with protective 'roll-bar' that prevents accidental movement during handling
  • Plug-in power (2.5 V)
  • Built-in effects, including high-pass filter, compressor and limiter
  • Chromatic tuner and metronome
  • Auto-record, pre-record and backup-record functions
  • M/S decoding
  • Multitrack to stereo internal mixdown
  • Normalize, divide, and trim editing
  • A/B loop playback
  • Integrated loudspeaker
  • Variable playback speed and pitch (without tempo change)
  • Multichannel and stereo USB audio interface for PC, Mac and iPad (requires optional camera connection kit)
  • 1/4" attachment screw-hole on the back side
  • Powered by 2 Conventional AA alkaline batteries or NiMH rechargeable battery packs
  • Operating time (with alkaline batteries): approx. 15 h
  • Dimensions of H5: 67 x 135 x 42 mm
  • Dimensions of XYH-5 capsule: 66 x 82 x 41 mm
  • Weight H5: 176 g
  • Weight XYH-5: 94 g

Includes:

  • XYH-5 X/Y microphone capsules
  • 2x AA (LR6) batteries
  • USB Cable
  • Foam windscreen
  • Case
  • Steinberg Cubase LE software (download)
  • Steinberg WaveLab LE software (download)
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Further Information

Integrated Stereo Microhone Yes
Recording Tracks 4
Microphone Inputs 2
48 V Phantom power Yes
Line Inputs 4
Storage Medium SD/SDHC Card
Headphone connection Yes
Integrated Speaker Yes
Resolution max. 24 bit
Max. Sample Rate 96 kHz
Limiter Yes

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Versatile portable audio device for numerous applications
BeautifulPeople, 10.11.2020
We bought this audio device for our NGO to capture audio on the go for our videos, interviews, podcasts and also in a booth to record voice over using XLR inputs. And for this price we just could not find anything that would match zoom h5 in its usability, audio quality and portability. As of right now you probably won't find anything better!

Nonetheless, it has its shortcomings. For example...
- when you push the gain dial on a XLR input over 6~7, self noise of preamps will become apparent (can be mitigated if you use something like a Fethead/Cloudlifter)
- attenuated backup recording available only for XY capsule. If you are recording using XLR inputs you have to stick to only one file.
- device is powered via 2xAA and battery life is significantly shorter if you use phantom power. Fortunately it can be power also via power bank or usb to wall plug adapter. So if you are shooting indoors you can pretty much forget about the battery life. If you don't have access to electricity, make sure to have spare batteries in your pocket.

So for the recap...

Pros: audio quality, portability, use applications, possibility to use as an audio interface for your PC
Cons: self noise when your exceed that 6-ish mark on a gain knob, battery life when using phantom power, only digital limiter

As I already mentioned, it is a great audio recorder and if your needs are similar to ours, I am sure you will love it!
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Surprisingly Easy To Use
Dave Sin Santos, 15.05.2020
I read manuals before using a product, but I was slightly confused by the multi or stereo recording functionality - however, following the instructions fixed this immediately. Overall I'm finding it easier to work with than the H4N - press the record button and it records! Guessing that was something Zoom listened to customers on. The onboard mic isn't that great but is definitely workable.
PROS (compared to H4N): Lightweight; Very quick start; Menu navigation much quicker; I like the protected potentiometers on the front - much easier to adjust than the side dial; Easy card access - instead of going through battery pack, dedicated slot.
CONS: It's plastic, so does pick up noise if handheld - would seriously recommend getting the microphone stand converter as that will reduce 90% of your handling noise (can also be used with all Zoom recorders, so worthwhile); If you're not familiar with Zoom recorders could be tricky to learn everything; The stereo mic that it comes with seems focused at a slightly odd angle - the pickup angle is definitely not a perfect arc.
I've been surprised by how good this is - and the quick start (32GB card, about 5 seconds compared to around 40 seconds for H4) makes it a no-brainer for me.
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Light, Flexible, Dynamic... Fairly noisy? OK!
Evy09, 16.01.2018
Zero Handling noise thanks to the material the unit is made, XLRs just make the job with no complaints at all.
The software is really ok, makes the job too.
Possibility to switch over different capsules makes this unit worth the price both really, really durable and versatile.

Maybe some uncertainty on the capsules recording quality, they just didn't convince me completely 'cause for a hundred bucks less you get the H2n and the quality gap is not that high (I compared them with a consistent re-amping test).
Zoom's preamps seem to be all slightly noisy on their own, Not that much to say "this mic is scam", but you know, high enough to say "ok, I know you're there, I'll just fix you if needed".
Obviously, if you use a premium external phantom-powered mic this problem is easily bypassed.

THAT SAID, the recording quality on the H5 is remarkably higher than the previous brothers, the sound is just more naturally "in your face" and easily verges on a studio-like sound.
This is becoming a standard for sound-design solutions.

Zero-handling noise is an important feature and here is your friend. This is not granted on all devices on the market.

All of this balance revealed itself as a crucial point and is exactly where I decided to bank on it, with tremendous satisfaction!
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Handy recorder for interviews and field recording
damondimento78, 08.02.2021
I'm not a professional sound recordist or musician. I use my audio recorders for conducting interviews and stereo field recordings of soundscapes.

I can compare to my other recorders. I own a Sony PCM-D100 which is better built and much quieter and more sensitive but it costs more than twice as much. The zoom H5 has the advantage of varied microphone options and two xlr inputs.

In terms of build quality the recorder is good, not as good as the sony, but it also doesn't pick up as much handling noise.

Great features- interchangeable microphones, multiple inputs.

In terms of noise floor- it definitely has some hiss at higher gain settings. I will use it primarily for interviews and location recordings and have found that a conservative use of the noise filter in my DAW will sort out most of the problems.

I already have one of the Zoom F1 recorders and several of the mics, so this fits perfectly in the ecosystem and gives me lots of options.

Overall for the price and features it's great
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