Object of Desire: Zoom F8

October 23, 2015

By Greg Scoblete

Zoom recorders are a staple of DSLR filmmaking, and the F8, the company’s newest multi-track recorder, brings a few new tricks to the table. Among them is Bluetooth connectivity, which lets you control and monitor audio levels from the F8 on an iOS device. Using the free Zoom app, you can also edit the metadata of your audio files. The F8 uses eight XLR/TRS inputs with new preamps for recording high-quality audio files. Phantom power can be turned on or off for each pre-amp individually—depending on the number of inputs in use—and you can apply filtering and limiting to each channel. A pre-record function captures up to six seconds of audio before you press record—an insurance against missing a critical piece of sound. You’ll be able to record audio tracks in several file formats, including 16 or 24-bit WAV files up to 192kHz or MP3 files at up to 320 Kbps. The F8 has a pair of SDXC card slots and supports split recording, for saving audio tracks to different cards, or simultaneous recording to create an identical backup on your second card. Thanks to its precision oscillator, you’ll get super-accurate time code recording for syncing your audio tracks with video files in postproduction. The F8 weighs in at 2.1 pounds without batteries and sports a durable aluminum chassis for field use. It ships with a mounting bracket and has a built-in tripod mount.

Price: $1,000


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