Zoom H5
4 Channel Handheld Recorder with X/Y Capsule


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The Zoom H5 provides 4 tracks of simultaneous audio recording and, like the flagship H6, can implement a system of interchangeable input capsules (see list below -sold separately ), allowing you to choose the best microphone for every recording situation. In addition to being fully compatible with all Zoom input capsules, the H5 comes with an X/Y stereo capsule, featuring extended signal capacity and shockmounted microphones for reduced handling noise.

Whether you're new to portable recording or a long-time user of Zoom Handy Recorders, the flexible and powerful H5 provides everything you need to create professional-quality multitrack recordings, add pristine audio to your videos, and do state-of-the-art podcasting, broadcasting and electronic newsgathering.

Louder. Closer. Cleaner.

X/Y recording allows you to cover a wide area yet still capture sound sources in the center 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° angle. These are housed within an advanced shockmount that employs rugged external mic wires and rubberized material to isolate the unit from the H5 body and thus minimize 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.

Use the Optimal Mic Every Time

The H5's modular design means that you can always use the best microphone for every recording environment. For example, the Zoom XYH-6 large diaphragm X/Y mic capsule allows you to alter the angle of its microphones (choose 90° for a more focused sound or 120° for a wider stereo image), making it a good choice for recording classical music and for capturing sound effects in the field. The Zoom MSH-6 mid-side mic capsule is the perfect accessory for film and video work. In conjunction with the H5's built-in MS decoder, it enables you to alter the width of the stereo soundstage during recording or in postproduction, while still maintaining perfect mono compatibility.

Create audio that's as compelling as the story you're telling by plugging in an SGH-6 Shotgun capsule—a highly directional microphone designed for capturing sound at a distance (sold separately), ideal for electronic newsgathering and for recording theatrical performances.
Or connect an EXH-6 Dual XLR/TRS Combo capsule (sold separately) to give your H5 four discrete mic/line inputs, each with its own dedicated gain knob, allowing you to record the sound of four separate microphones simultaneously—great for everything from rehearsals to full-fledged music production.

You can also use dynamic, condenser or ribbon microphones with the H5. Phantom power of +12, +24 or +48 volts can be applied to each of the main inputs, as well as a 20dB pad for signal attenuation. Small condenser microphones requiring 2.5 volts of Plug-In Power can be connected to the XYH-5's 1/8" Mic/Line In jack.

The Hardware

In addition to standard transport controls (stop, play/pause, record, rewind and fast-forward), the front panel of the H5 offers dedicated record arming buttons for each track, which double as mute switches during playback. A Hold switch disables all front panel buttons to prevent accidental operation during recording. The H5 can be attached to a camera strap or, with the use of our optional Hot Shoe mount, mounted directly to a DSLR or camcorder.

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 an 1/8" mini phone jack. The H5 supports a +4 dB (professional) input level and utilizes the same high-quality preamps as the H6, ensuring great-sounding recordings in all sonic environments.

There are lots of output options, as well. A dedicated Line Out with adjustable volume allows you to send a stereo audio output from the H5 to the mic input of a video camera or other device without the need for an attenuator cable. In addition, there's a separate headphone output with a dedicated volume control. You can use both outputs simultaneously to route audio to your DSLR while monitoring over headphones. There's also a built-in speaker for fast access playback, and a USB port which allows the H5 to be used as an audio interface for your computer or iPad.

Just 2 AA batteries—either alkaline or rechargeable NiMH—are required for power. When using alkaline batteries, the H5 will operate for more than 15 hours, even while recording continuously. You can also use an optional AC adapter to power the H5 without batteries.

The H5 records directly to SD and SDHC cards up to 32 gigabytes. Maximum recording time is dependent upon the card size and file type; for example, the supplied 2GB SD card can hold approximately fourteen hours of stereo 320kbps MP3 files, three hours of stereo 16-bit / 44.1 kHz WAV files, or an hour of stereo 24-bit / 96kHz WAV files.

The Software

The H5 can operate in two different modes—choose stereo for two-track stereo recording, or multitrack for four-track recording (in either stereo pairs or individual mono tracks)—and it captures audio in the two most commonly used file formats: WAV and MP3. The WAV files recorded by the H5 can be 16- or 24-bit, with sampling rates of 44.1, 48, or 96kHz (96kHz sampling rate available in stereo mode only). They are automatically time-stamped and thus Broadcast Wave Format (BWF) compliant, allowing for precise synchronization in video post-production. The H5's onboard effects allow you to add polish to your recordings. Compression and limiting compensate for fluctuations in input level, while a low-cut filter helps eliminate wind noise, blowing, and other kinds of low frequency rumble. There's even an onboard metronome and chromatic/guitar/bass tuner.

But the list of H5 features doesn't end there. There's playback looping, pitch change and variable playback speed (without pitch change) to help with phrase training. A pre-record function that keeps the H5 continuously recording in the background, keeping the previous two seconds before you hit RECORD. There’s an Auto-Record function that allows recording to begin automatically when a certain level of sound is detected and an equivalent Auto-Stop function that ends recording when the sound drops below a user-designated level, either immediately or up to 5 seconds later. And then there's Backup-Record—the ultimate safety net.* It enables the H5 to automatically record a duplicate set of stereo tracks with 12dB less input gain. Even if your original track is distorted, chances are the Backup version will be fine. You can even use your H5 as an audio interface, complete with a Loop Back function that makes it easy to add narration to music playback. Simply connect the H5 to your computer or iPad** via USB, launch your favorite DAW or use the included Wavelab LE software, and start creating a masterpiece. 
* 44.1 and 48kHz WAV files only.
** Apple Camera Connection Kit required.

Zoom H5 Includes:

  • Operation manual 
  • XYH-5 X/Y mic capsule
  • SD card (2GB)  
  • AA size (LR6) battery x 2 
  • USB cable 
  • Foam windscreen 
  • Case 
  • Steinberg Wavelab LE software download

Optional Zoom H5 Accessories (all sold separately):

  • HS-1 Hot Shoe Mount adapter
  • APH-5 Accessory Pack includes wired Remote Control (RCH-5), AC adapter(AD-17), and Hairy Windscreen
  • XYH-6 X/Y Capsule
  • MSH-6 MS Capsule
  • SGH-6 Shotgun Capsule
  • EXH-6 Dual XLR/TRS Input Capsule

Zoom H5 Features:

  • Uses a system of interchangeable input capsules that can be swapped out aseasily as the lens of a camera
  • Compatible with all Zoom input capsules
  • Four-track simultaneous recording
  • Large backlit LCD display
  • Records directly to SD and SDHC cards up to 32GB
  • Up to 24-bit/96kHz audio in BWF-compliant WAV or a variety of MP3 formats
  • Two mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors
  • Analog-style gain controls for each input
  • Protective "roll-bar" type covers prevent accidental movement of gain controls
  • Hold switch disables front panel buttons to prevent accidental operation during recording
  • Selectable phantom power for either or both main inputs: +12/+24/+48V
  • Plug-in power (2.5 volts)
  • Built-in effects, including low-cut filtering, compression, and limiting
  • Chromatic tuner and metronome
  • Auto-record, Pre-record and Backup-record functions mean that you'll nevermiss that perfect take
  • MS decoding
  • 20dB pads for either or both main inputs
  • Multitrack to stereo internal mix down
  • Unique mono mix function to eliminate shifts in perspective during liverecording
  • Normalize, Divide and Trim editing
  • Voice memo and up to 99 marks per recording
  • A/B loop playback
  • Variable playback speed, from 50% to 150%
  • Variable pitch without affecting playback speed
  • Multichannel and stereo USB audio interface for PC / Mac / iPad
  • Loop Back operation for combining live audio inputwith computer playback
  • USB port for SD card reader function and data exchange to and fromcomputer
  • Mountable directly to DSLR or camcorder with optional HS-1 Hot Shoe Mount adapter (sold separately) 
  • Uses two standard AA alkaline or NiMH rechargeable batteries
  • Over 15 hours of operation with alkaline batteries
  • Optional AC adapter, wired remote control and hairy windscreen

Zoom H5 Specifications:

  • Recording media: 
    • SD card: 16MB to 2GB
    • SDHC card: 4GB to 32GB
  • Inputs:
    • Inputs L/R [XYH-5 X/Y mic]: 
      • Mic type: Unidirectional
      • Sensitivity: -45 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa   
      • Input gain: -inf to 52 dB                                  
      • Max sound pressure input: 140 dB SPL
      • Mic/Line In:
      • Connector: 1/8" stereo mini jack
      • Input gain: -inf to 52 dB
      • Input impedance: 2 kOhms or more
      • Plug-in power: 2.5V supported
      • Backup recording: -12dB lower than set L/R input gain  
    • Inputs 1/2:
      • Connectors: XLR / TRS combo jacks (XLR: Pin 2 hot / TRS: Tip hot)
      • Input gain (PAD OFF): -inf to 55.0 dB 
      • Input gain (PAD ON): -inf to 35.0 dB
      • Input impedance: 1.8k ohms or more
      • Max input level: +22 dBu (PAD ON)
      • Phantom power: +12V /+24V /+48V
      • Equivalent Input Noise (EIN): -120 dBu or less
  • Outputs:  
    • Line Out:   
      • Connector: 1/8" stereo mini jack 
      • Rated output level: -10 dBm
      • Output load impedance: 10 kOhms or more
    • Phone Out:  
      • Connector: 1/8" stereo mini jack
      • Output Level: 20 W +20 W into 32 Ohm load
      • Built-in speaker: 400mw 8 ohms mono
  • Recording formats:  
    • Stereo Mode:   
      • WAV (BWF-compliant):   
        • Sampling frequency: 44.1/48/96 kHz
        • Bit rate: 16/24-bit (Stereo)
        • Maximum simultaneous recording tracks: 2
      • MP3:
        • Sampling frequency: 44.1kHz
        • Bitrate: 48/56/64/80/96/112/32/160/192/224/256/320kbps  
    • Multitrack Mode:   
      • WAV (BWF-compliant):   
        • Sampling frequency: 44.1/48 kHz
        • Bit rate: 16/24 (Mono/Stereo)
        • Maximum simultaneous recording tracks: 6 (L/R + INPUT 1/2 +L/Rbackup)
  • Display: Backlit LCD (128 x 64 pixels) 
  • USB:   
    • Mass Storage Class Operation: USB 2.0 High Speed
    • Audio Interface operation - Multitrack Mode: 
      • Class: USB 2.0 High Speed
      • Sampling frequency: 44.1/48kHz
      • Bit rate: 16/24-bit 
      • Inputs / Outputs: 4 / 2
    • Audio Interface Operation - Stereo Mode:
      • Class: USB 2.0 Full Speed
      • Sampling frequency: 44.1/48kHz
      • Bit rate: 16-bit
      • Inputs / Outputs: 2 / 2
      • USB bus powered operation possible - iPad operation supported in Stereo mode only
  • Power Requirements:
    • AA size (LR6) battery x 2 
    • AC adapter: AD-17 (DC5V/1A/USB-type) (optional) 
    • USB bus power 
    • Battery life (with alkaline battery, continuous recording):  Over 15 hours 
  • Dimensions (WxHxD):   
    • H5: 66.8 x 135.2 x 42.1 mm 
    • XYH-5 X/Y mic: 65.5 x  62.2 x 41 mm
  • Weight:   
    • H5: 176 g
    • XYH-5 X/Y mic: 94 g
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