Product: Zoom H2n Handy Digital Recorder
Subject: Zoom H2n Review
Price: $159.00 ( Retail )
Cheap Place to Buy: Ebay.com
Our Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Your audience is always going to be a lot more forgiving about amateur visuals than they are about poor audio. Filmmakers must always make sure they reach a certain level of professionalism with the sound they are capturing for their project.
Today we will be taking a closer look at the Zoom H2n Handy Digital Recorder to see if it is up to filmmaking standards.
The Zoom H2n Review – Product Overview
A few months back we were lucky enough to test out the Zoom H2n Handy Digital Recorder on a couple of projects. We decided to write this Zoom H2n Review about our experiences with it during the testing period.
In this review we will discuss how well it works, how durable it is, some minor drawbacks with it, and where to get the best deal when you buy it online. By the end of this review you should have a good idea as to whether the Zoom H2n Handy Digital Recorder is right for you.
The Zoom H2n is run by standard Double A batteries but please don’t let that put you off – we found that Zoom H2n could stay in active use for well over 20 hours on just one set of batteries.
Your recorded work is stored on standard SD/SDHC memory cards which offer more than enough recording time ( we made use of a basic 8 GB card throughout our two projects and there was at least 4 GB left on it afterwards ).
The device records onto 16 or 24-bit WAV files and MP3 audio files up to 320 kbps. It uses sampling frequencies between 44.1 and 96 kHz but as always – the higher the chosen sampling rate the more memory you will consume.
We usually find that the quality and mic arrangements of these portable products are not really up to standard – this was not the case with the Zoom H2n! It uses 5 microphones in a simple X/Y stereo to two channel or a four channel ‘surround sound’ arrangement.
With this ‘surround sound’ arrangement you have a pair of channels recording directly in front of the microphone then one on either side of the recorder.
For monitoring there is a pretty effective built in speaker or you have the choice of using a 3.5mm output line.
The Good And The Bad
- A very convenient size to transport around
- Great price ( inexpensive )
- Two effective recording modes ( Stereo & Surround )
- The choice of MP3 and PCM/WAV for recording formats
- The ability to change through different sample rates
- An input included so you can make use of an external mic
- Uses simple SD/SDHC Cards as a recording medium
- Does not support XLR of any kind
- Not the easiest shape for handheld recordings
Who is The Zoom H2n For?
Due to it’s price, the Zoom H2n Handy Digital Recorder is the perfect choice for independent filmmakers or newcomers to filmmaking.
It’s extremely easy to use; the button layout is well-placed/easily accessible and the parameter controls are easy to figure out. If you are not that confident in your audio engineering skills then this digital recorder is a great place to start.
Our Final Opinion on The Zoom H2n Handy Digital Recorder
The Zoom H2n is a very capable device for it’s price – we were not expecting much from it but we were pleasantly surprised. We found it was a good all-round digital audio recorder that offers plenty of flexibility.
The audio quality often managed to rival condenser mics that are twice it’s price and it’s host of features were very easy to use. We thoroughly enjoyed using the Zoom H2n on our test projects and I’m sure the results we get with it are only going to improve the more we use it.
We hope you enjoyed our Zoom H2n Review and if you have any questions about the digital recorder or want to leave your own personal review, please leave a comment in the section below.