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Brilliant stereo recording in your pocket.

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.

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
Auto record level

Be ready. Anywhere. Anytime. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS
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 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (14)
  • Compact (13)
  • Excellent sound (11)
  • Versatile (8)
  • Low distortion (7)

Cons

  • Poor quality construction (3)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (14)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
  • Performances (7)
  • Home studio (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (4)

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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(19 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not so great

By Matt Navarre

from USA

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Comments about Zoom H1 Handy Recorder:

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.

(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Recorder

By William Binkiewicz

from OHIO

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Comments about Zoom H1 Handy Recorder:

Great recorder
This is an easy to use great little recorder. I use it to record my band live and it just does a great job. Easy to download to my computer and then create CD's
I've had no problems
Can't beat it for the money

(12 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Bad Sound

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Zoom H1 Handy Recorder:

I bought the ZOOM H1 for field recording for my business. Bottom-line, the sound was horrible. Lots of clicks and pops throughout the audio tracks. I wonder how this has gotten good reviews. I find the product to fall well short of my expectations. Unfortunately, I didn't try it until it was past 30 days so I can't return it now.

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Must have!

By Franknfilms

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Zoom H1 Handy Recorder:

The Zoom H1 is pretty incredible for it's price. You can choose mp3 or wav recording, it comes with a 1 gig micro sd. I use it to instantly record guitar riffs that I come up with so I don't forget them. Also, I put this recorder in the room when playing with my drummer and it picks up everything beautifully. I was blown away by the stereo sound quality, you could record a demo with this! I haven't tried any other similar products so I can't compare, but my zoom h1 is one of the best gear purchases I've ever made.

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

a must have for every band and guitarist

By rickman007-inCP9

from goose creeke SC

Comments about Zoom H1 Handy Recorder:

i own it and love it. im currently in the navy and i dont have much time for guitar practice and creativity but when i do, the h1 is there and ready too. i love the sounds im getting of this device. i record my accoustic and it sounds very professional. if you are in a band, i strongly recomend the h1 for practice. dont let the small plastic-ness fool you.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not good for USB - GREAT overall

By Musical Director

from Bridgewater, MA

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Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Poor USB sound

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio

Comments about Zoom H1 Handy Recorder:

I've been using the H1 Handy to record some songs at home, the sound quality is excellent except when trying to use this as a USB mic. There is a popping sound that only shows up when recording via USB. It's much better to record the songs and then transfer the files afterwards. Overall the quality and ease of use are awesome.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!

By washburn82

from Gopackers WI

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Comments about Zoom H1 Handy Recorder:

I bought this to mainly record licks and lyrics just for my own reference. I was totally blown away by the quality of the sound. I recorded my cedar top acoustic with this and it sounded totally amazing. well worth the money and then some.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I'd Buy It Again

By Naiya

from Portland, Oregon

Comments about Zoom H1 Handy Recorder:

Great for such a tiny device. We're a prog-metal band and we play loud: this picked up just about everything. We are using it for practice so we can listen back. I recommend getting the accessory pack (with the tripod, mic-cover, case, adapter, and USB thingy). Not bad for the price. It helps to place it in the right spot in any room; the first time we put it behind a false wall and it picked up everything pretty clearly. The input level feature is KEY! Yep, I'd buy it again. I like it and you can't beat it for the size and price. IMO the accessories should come WITH IT. Just sayin'.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome!

By kevnak

from South Bay, CA

Comments about Zoom H1 Handy Recorder:

Bought the zoom h1 to record drums. It's light, portable, and offers instant playback. The sound quality is amazing for such a small device. Drums and cymbals comes out clearly if placed correctly. I do recommend buying the accessory pack because this device does pick up a lot of wind noise.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

REGRETS

By Jerry

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.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Value for money

By doslape

from miami, fl

About Me Experienced

See all my reviews

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound

Cons

  • Weak

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Gigs
  • Jams
  • Rehearsal

Comments about Zoom H1 Handy Recorder:

I bought one of this like a month ago, and its totally value for money, with my band we use it to record our rehearsals, and our gigs and then upload it to facebook, its pretty cool and very easy to use!.
go for it

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Alternative To USB Soundcard

By Greg

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.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good. Not great.

By Yolhanson

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.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very nice except for internal speaker

By kingfishrgm

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.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Using it all the time

By Wolfsaiden

from Provo, UT

About Me Experienced

See all my reviews

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.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    handy recorder

    By gsy123

    from Virginia

    About Me Novice

    See all my reviews

    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.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great sound!

      By Pete

      from Illinois

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Performances

        Comments about Zoom H1 Handy Recorder:

        I had a Zoom H4 for years but never used the 4 track feature so when it finally quit I bought the H1. It is much easier to use and has better sound quality than my old recorder. We use it to record band practice every week so it was easy for me to compare. I can't believe that it sounds so good at this price!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great recorder for live recordings

        By Experianced semi pro player

        from Boston

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Zoom H1 Handy Recorder:

          I have used this for several years now at rehearsals and live performances and been more than happy with the results. It's simple and easy to use and can record over 15 hours and I've never run out of battery. Quality is fine, picks up exactly what the audience hears. Yes, you need to put it in a good location. I try to put it on a table or some solid, centered as much as possible. Yes, I could get better recordings if I spent hours setting up mikes and mixing everything on a multi track recorder. It's perfect for what I use it for; instant recording of live music for review with little set up.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          yes. I would buy again

          By ronald

          from undisclosed

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          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Zoom H1 Handy Recorder:

          Sound of this recorder is great. wish it were made a little sturdier. But has held up good so far.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very very good

          By Mike

          from New York, NY

          About Me Professional Musician

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Zoom H1 Handy Recorder:

            Sounds great. You can use it as an audio interface as well. Works with Mac OSX and Logic. so I plug this in and it's a USB interface I can multi-track with. Not to mention I recently recorded a live show at a speak-easy with it, and the results were very good. If no one was talking during the performance it might even be usable audio for a live album. This is overall just the greatest invention. Wish we had these back in the day.

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