When making movies with the recent (or not so recent considering the 5D Mark II is 1.5 years old by now) HD capable DSLRs, audio is almost always the weakest link. I’ve got some good footage with horrible audio and in controlled environments, my Rode Stereo Video Mic gives good sound. I’ve taken it off camera and boom mounted it for some cases but the camera isn’t always the best recording medium at times. I’ve been looking at Zoom’s H4n but it’s a bit beyond my budget at the moment. Come July however, Zoom will release something for the budget movie makers like myself. The Zoom H1. Same XY mic arrangement, smaller form factor and most notably, the USD99 price tag. It only has a single input and output jack but that’s good enough for myself.

  • Stereo X/Y mic configuration captures perfect stereo images
  • 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
  • Includes 2GB microSD card and one AA battery
  • One AA size battery allows 10 hours operation
  • Accommodates up to 32GB microSDHC memory cards
  • Track marker function
  • Low cut filter
  • Built-in tripod mount
  • 1/8″ external mic input
  • Stereo 1/8″ line output
  • Auto record level

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