Zoom H5 Recorder: Affordable Alternative to the H6


For those of us who don’t need all the power the Zoom H6 has to offer there is a new option for recording audio. Say hello to the Zoom H5. I’ve been using the H4n for years and it still works for me, but dials would be nice and I’ve bent one of my X/Y mics, so I think its time to move on.

Not sure which recorder you should get? Check out our review of the Zoom H6.

The H5 will ship with an XY stereo microphone module that features a built-in shockmount system and a 140dB maximum SPL. The recorder is also equipped with two inputs for external sources, allowing you to record simultaneously with the included stereo XY mic for a total of four input channels. Each input is controllable by its own analog gain knob.

The recorder also has an LCD screen and a side-mounted toggle control for navigating through the menu options. It gives you fast access to transport functions, offering physical control buttons right underneath the screen, and conveniently stores its recorded audio to external SD cards.

Built to many of the same specs as the H6 including:
•Same S/N ratio and maximum gain as H6
•Headphone output for monitoring
•Stereo line output for connecting to your camera
•Supports +4dB input

You can pre-order the Zoom H5 at B&H Photo Video.