Mounting Zoom H1 on Camera for $1.00

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Ok, someone asked about mounting the Zoom H1 on your camera's hot shoe. This is cool, it's a compact setup, but I highly suggest that you first grab a $12.00 dollar L Bracket or two which will not only move the Zoom's Mic a few inches away from the camera noise, but give you an extra handle for stabilization, and an additional 2 shoe accessory mounts. Here's the T2i with a handle next to the Zoom H1.

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Below: Here's an image shared by Chuckarama using two L brackets and a Flash Bracket

Now that you're all setup, I peeked around some of the camera websites and boy these adapters aren't cheap. They go for as little as $20.00 dollars to as much as $200 dollars for articulating arm types. Me being the frugal shopper, I jump on over to my normal wheel and deal spot - eBay. Low and behold! There's a hundred different types starting from as low as $1.00 dollar. Even heavy metal crafted gear. Hate to say it, but most of the designs look like the ones sold from the big boys, and possibly could be.

Above: Pro-Type Shoe Mount - This is the one I like most

This is a good article to share, make sure to link back to this. It's going to save a few bucks for a whole bunch of people and that adds up to a lot of dollars. So here's the link, jump on over and find yourself a good Shoe mount for your Zoom H1 or H4n.

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11 thoughts on “Mounting Zoom H1 on Camera for $1.00

  1. Emm

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    @Rory - Yes there are tripod mounts under the L bracket, but it may not be super stable. The thread is under a thumb knob. You might want to look into a lighweight cage or maybe a dual hotshoe mount.

  2. Rory

    I want to attach a Rhode Mic and Tascam DR07 to my canon using the L Bracket but I want to be able to attach that set up to a tripod / shoulder-mount / monopod without having to fiddle with anything.

    Is there a 1/4" screw on the bottom of the L Bracket to attach the camera to a tripod. I've looked at pictures and I can't quite tell for sure.


  3. imgpro615

    these ARE handy indeed...i have a number of them and they are good n meaty metal and are deeply threaded so they GRIP and stick well...

  4. Emm

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    @rob - Yes it will pick up all kinds of handling noise and some IS noise on the louder lenses like 24-105mm. Best bet is to add a shotgun microphone which picks up audio further away. The Rode VideoMic Pro is so far an awesome small shotgun that performs very well.

  5. rob

    hi, i've asked a ton of people with no response:

    "does the zoom h1 receive any zooming or IS noise when mounted with one of the small hot shoe adapters?"

    Using Canon t2i ..

  6. Emm

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    @Mike - That straight bracket might work but part of the problem might be if you're still using those plastic clamp knobs. If you have a single clamp knob on each end it can easily twist itself loose. I would try adding another bolt/nut on each end so that it can't twist off, but this might mean you would have to do some drilling.

  7. Hey Em,

    I'm struggling to find an adequate center metal piece to use to connect the two L brackets?

    Would this work?

    It would seem to provide enough points of connection. My questions are:

    1. would the 1/4 screws fit the threads on the bottom of the cowboy L bracket here


    2. would this be a good way to attach them. Seems like it could lead to the L brackets working themselves loose and rotating.

    Any ideas on this or another connecting plate?


  8. Dan

    Hey Emm
    Not to nickel and dime you to death with little questions like this, but what sort of mount did you use when you attached your h4n to the back of the $20 cowboy shoulder rig? Thanks for your countless helpful posts!


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