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OVERVIEW

Don't let its size fool you. The H1 Handy Recorder has Zoom's renowned recording technology and studio-quality microphones in their easiest, most portable device ever.

Now Zoom recording technology is available to everyone. And with an infinite variety of applications, you'll want to take your H1 everywhere. From musical performances, songwriting sessions and rehearsals to seminars, conferences, journalism or capturing audio for video, the H1 gives you clean, clear stereo sound effortlessly.

What sets Zoom apart?
Like all Zoom recorders, the H1's onboard microphones are configured in an X/Y pattern, for stunning stereo imaging. Because both mics are arranged on the same axis, they are equidistant from the sound source for perfect localization and no phase shifting. The result is great stereo recordings with natural depth and accurate imaging.

Under your thumb
With its newly designed user interface, the H1 is also Zoom's easiest recorder to use. All its functions are at your fingertips, such as track marker, auto record, low cut filter, level and volume controls with on-board buttons No menus required.

Intuitive controls make it easy to capture the audio you need with ease. But Zoom still provides the versatility you've come to expect. So you get total recording format flexibility from 16-bit/44.1 kHz to 24-bit/96 kHz WAV, or MP3 from 48 kbps to 320 kbps and enough tools onboard to make impeccable recordings.

Everything you need to get started recording is included. Your H1 comes with an AA battery for 10 hours of operation and a 2 GB microSD card.

In addition, an H1 accessory package (APH-1) is also available (see sku # H70260) with an array of accessories that make your recordings even more pristine and easier to capture. The accessory kit includes a windscreen, AC adapter (USB type), USB cable, adjustable tripod stand, padded-shell case and a mic clip adapter.

Combining powerful recording capability with elegance and simplicity, the H1 Handy Recorder is our smallest, most affordable recorder ever.

Brilliant stereo recording in your pocket.

FEATURES
  • 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 memory card and one AA battery
  • One AA size battery (included) 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
  • 1/8" stereo line output

Be ready. Anywhere. Anytime. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

H1 Handy Recorder

  • Simultaneous Recording Tracks: 2
    Simultaneous Playback Tracks: 2
    Functions: Lo-cut Filter, Auto REC Level, Marker
    Recording Format: WAV (Quantization: 16/24-bit, Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48/96kHz) MP3 (Bit Rate:48/56/64/80/96/112/128/160/192/224/256/320kbps, Sampling Frequency: 44.1kHz)
    Playback Format: WAV (Quantization: 16/24-bit, Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48/96kHz), MP3 (Bit Rate: 32/40/48/56/64/80/96/112/128/160/192/224/256/320kbps, Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48kHz)
    A/D Conversion: 24-bit, 128 times oversampling
    D/A Conversion: 24-bit, 128 times oversampling
    Signal Processing: 32-bit
    Recording Media: microSD card (16MB - 2GB), microSDHC card (4GB - 32GB) Display: 127 segment custom LCD (with backlight)
    Built-in Stereo Mic: Unidirectional condenser microphone
    Gain: 0 to +39dB (Minimum gain with digital attenuation: -28dB)
    Maximum Sound Pressure Level: 120dB SPL
    Mic/Line Input: 1/8" stereo phone jack (Plug-in power supported)
    Input impedance: 2kÎ (Input level: 0 to -39dBm)
    Phones/Line Output: 1/8" stereo phone jack
    Output Load Impedance: 10kÎ or more
    Rated Output Level: -10dBm
    Phones Output Level: 20mW + 20mW into 32Î load
    Built-in Speaker: 400mW 8Î
    USB Interface: Mini-B type (USB2.0 high-speed compatible), Mass Storage Class operation
    Power Requirements: (LR6 or Ni-MH) AA battery x 1, or AC adapter (AD-17, USB to AC type)
    Battery Life (LR6 batteries): 10 hours (MP3), 9.5 hours (WAV)
    Dimensions (mm): 44(W) x 136(D) x 31(H)
    Weight: 60g (without batteries)
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ZoomH1 Handy Recorder
 
4.2

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

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    (1)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (8)
  • Easy to use (8)
  • Excellent sound (7)
  • Versatile (6)
  • Low distortion (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (9)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
  • Performances (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Not so great

I would not buy it again. In fact, this is the 2nd and last product I'll ever buy from this company.
I've owned one of these for a while, and used...Read complete review

I would not buy it again. In fact, this is the 2nd and last product I'll ever buy from this company.
I've owned one of these for a while, and used it for dozens of interviews. The sound quality is good, and I like the XY pattern but there are few pretty big flaws that prevent me from giving it a better rating.

1. TONS of noise from just holding it. They didn't do any work at all to insulate the case, so you need to hold it very carefully, or put it on the desk. And then why not just use a USB mic?
2. Must be used with optional wind screen. Otherwise it picks up plosives and every passing light breeze.
3. No setting to record in mono, so you need to do that in post. Which is no biggie, but still.
Cheap plastic. I was hoping that the optional kit with a screw-on mic stand attachment would help the noise problem from holding it, but it's also cheap plastic, and transmits sound to the mic very efficiently. Bad.
It is only $99, which is cheap.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good. Not great.

It is poorly constructed. When recording, almost any movement of the hand will be picked up. Forget about hand-held recording (unless you're really not fussy about noise); you'd need to set it...Read complete review

It is poorly constructed. When recording, almost any movement of the hand will be picked up. Forget about hand-held recording (unless you're really not fussy about noise); you'd need to set it down on a surface that was guaranteed not to be touched or bumped, such is the propensity for exterior noise to come into the recording.
It's useful for home recording when you don't want to set up your entire rig. You might just want to hit record and then jam for a while. The input level adjustment is handy, but the higher the level, the greater the problems mentioned above.
Sound quality: quite good. You can set the recording quality for a wide range: the better the quality, the less recording time you get. With a 32gb card, it should not be a problem.
It is easy to use. I've only been on it for an hour or so, and I can do everything. It downloads to my iMac with no issues; the computer just reads it as an external drive (which it becomes, when loading to the computer) and you can copy and save wherever. I imagine PC would be as effortless.
It's just the construction that gets me. They must do better next time.

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5.0

excellent

By 

from Tennessee

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Excellent Sound
  • Low Distortion

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Performances

    Comments about Zoom H1 Handy Recorder:

    Capture the live performance at high volumes

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    5.0

    Great value!

    By 

    from Phillipsburg, OH

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Low Distortion

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording

      Comments about Zoom H1 Handy Recorder:

      Bought assessory kit, great decision. The case alone worth it.

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      4.0

      Good all Purpose Recorder

      By 

      from Missouri

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Low Distortion
      • Overall Good Little Recor
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • First One I Ordered Didn'
      • Poor Quality Construction

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events

      Comments about Zoom H1 Handy Recorder:

      The first one I ordered didn't work at all, thank God I purchased the insurance plan, Musicians Friend promptly sent me another which did work. Overall it's a good little recorder, you get what you pay for. But it does have some nice accessory's that come with it ie: Tripod, windscreen, and nice carrying case. Good little recorder on a budget.

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      4.0

      handy recorder

      By 

      from Virginia

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Low Distortion
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording

        Comments about Zoom H1 Handy Recorder:

        This is a handy little recorder for home recording use. I use it mainly for recording acoustic guitar at home, and it reproduces the sound of my guitar (seagull coastline spruce with elixir nanoweb light medium strings) accurately. I do recommend purchasing the accessory pack, as it has some essential and useful items. I usually set the recorder about a foot away for so (on a mini tripod that comes in the accessory pack), pointing at the 14th fret. My gain is set anywhere from 60-70, as this setting allows me to strum very hard without distorting. My gain is set to manual mode, lo-cut filter on and recording in WAV format (24 bit/48 kHz), and these settings give me good results.

        *note: your zoom h1 will probably require a firmware upgrade. Instructions are included in the manual and there are some good videos on youtube that walk you through the steps.

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        It does everything I need it for.

        By 

        from Henderson, Tex

        About Me Novice

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Zoom H1 Handy Recorder:

              It helps me record new songs at a moments notice. That way I can remember the song easier.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Alternative To USB Soundcard

              By 

              from Florida

              Pros

              • Cheap
              • Compatible
              • Great sound
              • Record Anywhere

              Cons

              • Battery Life
              • Volume Control

              Best Uses

              • Instrument Recordings
              • Vocals Recordings

              Comments about Zoom H1 Handy Recorder:

              This product is a great alternative to all those chords and wires of the USB interface soundcard. Just import the vocals / Instruments from sd card to DAW. Don't need expensive microphone / Interface. Only downside , don't keep battery inside of it after use. It will drain it. At least for me , it does. Also , put input volume down , it's very sensitive to sound.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              REGRETS

              By 

              from Lyndeborough, NH

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Zoom H1 Handy Recorder:

              When I phoned to order the ZOOM H-4, the salesman asked me what uses I would make of it (recording voice lessons and rehearsals)and told me that I didn't need so high-powered a recorder and recommended the H-1 instead. I was pleased by the lower price. But now that I've (managed to) set up the H-1 ZOOM, I find it inferior in quality of sound to the OLYMPUS digital voice recorder (VN-5200PC) upon which I was trying to improve. So I am now sorry to have been persuaded to buy the cheaper recorder and wish I weren't stuck with it.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Good. Not great.

              By 

              from Orange, NSW, Australia

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Poor Quality Construction

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Performances

              Comments about Zoom H1 Handy Recorder:

              It is poorly constructed. When recording, almost any movement of the hand will be picked up. Forget about hand-held recording (unless you're really not fussy about noise); you'd need to set it down on a surface that was guaranteed not to be touched or bumped, such is the propensity for exterior noise to come into the recording.
              It's useful for home recording when you don't want to set up your entire rig. You might just want to hit record and then jam for a while. The input level adjustment is handy, but the higher the level, the greater the problems mentioned above.
              Sound quality: quite good. You can set the recording quality for a wide range: the better the quality, the less recording time you get. With a 32gb card, it should not be a problem.
              It is easy to use. I've only been on it for an hour or so, and I can do everything. It downloads to my iMac with no issues; the computer just reads it as an external drive (which it becomes, when loading to the computer) and you can copy and save wherever. I imagine PC would be as effortless.
              It's just the construction that gets me. They must do better next time.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Very nice except for internal speaker

              By 

              from Sandpoint, ID

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Accurate Recordings
              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Great Headphone Sound
              • Lots Of Recording Options
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Too Much Noise When Moved
              • Worst Onboard Speaker Eve

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Easy To Takeuse Anywhere
              • Events
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Zoom H1 Handy Recorder:

              They must fix the dreadful onboard speaker. It cannot be heard under most conditions. If I had known it was this bad I would have opted for another unit, possibly the Hn2. The quality of the headphone plugin is very nice.

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              5.0

              Using it all the time

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              from Provo, UT

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Low Distortion
              • Powerful
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Performances
                • Spoken Word

                Comments about Zoom H1 Handy Recorder:

                I use the zoom for recording song snippets I don't want to forget, class lectures, personal sound archive samples, and really anything.
                This little guy turns on plenty quick in my opinion (about 4s). The USB data transfer works like a charm, and play back is great too.
                The only thing to watch out for is handling it during recording - you'll get major storm-sounds during your recording.
                You can't expect a studio condenser mic sound, but it really does deliver incredible sound across low and high frequencies.

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