Object of Desire: Zoom F1 Audio Recorder

May 16, 2018

By Greg Scoblete

The Zoom F1 Audio Recorder.

Our cameras are shrinking so it’s only natural that audio recording devices should get smaller as well. Zoom’s newest field recorder, the F1, is small enough to mount relatively unobtrusively on your mirrorless or DSLR. The recorder ships with either a shotgun or lavalier microphone for capturing two-channel, 24 bit/96 kHz audio in either time-stamped WAV or MP3 format. While a mic is included, the F1 uses Zoom’s proprietary 10-pin connector so it can work with all of the company’s interchangeable mic capsules. It features an on-board limiter to ensure spikes in volume won’t jack your levels.

The F1 connects to a shock mount which you can slide into your camera’s hot shoe, connecting the recorder to your camera’s 3.5mm jack. The audio is recorded both to your camera and to a microSD card (not included) inside the F1 for redundancy. It features a tone generator so you can calibrate audio levels between your camera and the recorder. The 1.25-inch monochromatic display alerts you to audio levels, remaining battery life and other settings. The F1 draws power from a pair of AAA batteries (included) or from an optional adapter. You’ll get up to 10 hours of operation from AAA batteries when using a lav mic capsule.

PRICE: $200 (with lav); $250 (with shotgun)

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