Zoom’s Tiny H1 Handy Recorder Does High-Def Stereo

Zoom recorders have gained a lot of fans amongst podcasters, journalists, musicians, and students looking to record interviews, music, lectures, and just about anything else in the open air…and now Zoom is looking to up its game by shrinking it down: the Zoom H1 Handy Recorder weighs just two ounces and is the company’s smallest portable audio recorder yet, but captures stereo sound with a pair of XY microphones at an audiophile-friendly 24bits/96kHz, so there’s plenty of data for any massaging editing, and cleanup users want to do later.

“It’s our smallest recorder ever,” said Zoom marketing directory Mark Wilder, in a statement. “But don’t let its size fool you. The H1 Handy Recorder features our studio-quality microphones and our award winning recording technology at a very affordable price.”

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The Zoom recorded also features a new interface that aims to put common functions up-front with a button-press: although it’s still pretty old-school for folks used to touchscreens and smartphones, the recorder features an accessible track marker function, autorecord, a low cut filter to eliminate boom and rumble, plus level and volume controls that are immediately accessible with no menus. The H1 records to microSD media (meaning up to 32GB of audio capture; the unit ships with a 2 GB card) and uses a single AA battery that should run for about 10 hours of continuous operation. The H1 also sports a USB 2.0 port for transferring recordings, and in addition to capturing lossless WAV audio it can also record MP3 audio at bitrates from 48 to 320kbps to stretch out recording time. The H1 also features 1/8-inch line and mic inputs, and a mounting joint for a tripod or mic stand.

The H1 Handy Recorder should land at retailers July 30 for a suggested price of $99.