Zoom H1 – $99 Pre-order for July 30th Release

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Ok, before posting up this blog article I made sure to place my pre-order for the new Zoom H1 portable audio recorder expected to ship on July 30th. It appears from several blogs they are very confident in this release date. If you're at all interested in this super portable audio recorder, you can jump over to BHPhotoVideo.com and get on that waiting list to get notified.

Well personally, I'm not taking any chances being the last to pick one up in case they go quickly, so i've already pre-ordered my item(s) from an eBay seller accepting pre-order payments. I'm not suggesting that any of you follow in my footsteps, since this is a pre-order item still 23 days away from shipping, but just in case you might be as bold as I am, here's more information.

The eBay seller is actually a huge retail store, and feedback shows they ship several hundred items daily. Yeah, that's alot of shipping. Feedback is great for the amount of volume they pump out, so i'm not too worried. At only $99 dollars + Free Shipping, it's not much of a risk and I always say, Paypal's got my back! There's already been 4 other purchases before mine, hopefully they don't have a limited amount they are accepting.

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 card and one AA battery
* One AA size battery 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 <<<< Yes it does have a Mic input people.... * Stereo 1/8" line output * Auto record level * Optional accessory package (APH-1) includes windscreen, AC adapter (USB type), USB cable, adjustable tripod stand, padded-shell case and mic clip adapter So just in case any of you out there might be as brave as I am, i've sorta jumped the gun here. I expect these things to sell out early much like the Canon T2i, and be fairly hard to obtain in the first few weeks of it's release. Here's the pre-order link for the Zoom H1 portable audio recorder.



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34 thoughts on “Zoom H1 – $99 Pre-order for July 30th Release

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  2. Paul

    Any ideas on inexpensive hot/cold shoe adapters to use with the H1 and a T2i? Wondering if it's necessary to use a shock mount or not. (I've never used any mic hooked up to a T2i.)

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  4. just preordered this on your recomendation, after buying the spyder track dolly from you i feel confident in your advice.

    definatly excited for this. i shot one promotional video using the on camera mic in the d300s...yikes, never do that again.

    look forward to seeing this in the mail!

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  7. @Flash946: The built-in microphones in the Zoom products are stereo microphones. The Rode shotguns are mono and highly directional which often reduces unwanted ambient noise. What microphone you use depends on what you're trying to accomplish.

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  9. Emm

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    The built in mic is not poor, the AGC (automatic gain control) is poor. And you can't turn it off on a T2i. Yes you can plug in a built in microphone to capture sounds 'away' from the camera but it still processes with AGC.

    If you want to control the gain on you audio, you need a different device. The zoom has built in mics, but if you want to monitor levels from an 'external' microphone, you'll need the zoom close to you, and a microphone somewhere else.

    Watch this video, I might explain why i use a rode + zoom. http://cheesycam.com/a-s-s-implants-how-to/

  10. I'm needing some clarification. I have to buy a Canon T2i for grad school (Advertising). I'll be using it for photos, but i'm more excited about using it to film mock commercials and webshorts. All the reviews say that the built-in mic is poor, so I started researching external mics. The Rode External Mic seems popular, but apparently still goes through the camera's audio and the sound levels seem poor. This Zoom H1 seems like a cheaper option and has it's own levels (doesn't have to go through the camera). If it's so great, WHY WOULD IT HAVE AN EXTERNAL JACK FOR ANOTHER MIC?!?! WHY WOULD I COMBINE A RODE WITH THE ZOOM H1?!?!? Some help/clarification would be great. Thx all.

  11. Phuong

    Would love to have you who's the first to review it. But they really need to figure out how to cable this thing directly to the canon camera, so that I don't need to sync the sound and the movs all the time...
    thnx for posting!

  12. Emm

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    The Zoom H1 has a 1/8" mic input to support things like the Rode VideoMic or Rode Stereo Mic. There are many microphones using the 1/8".

  13. Emm

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    It has a 1/8" Mic input to support various microphones like the Rode Stereo, or Rode VideoMic.

  14. Kevin

    No XLR? I dont see the point of buying the recorder to just to be stuck with the built in mic.

  15. Thanks Jeff.
    The set up in your video is exactly what I was hoping to do with the H1. Then I can have a cleanish audio track on my camera and assuming the ACG is still used and ruins it i can then sync up my track that was recoded in the H1. Lovely

  16. jane

    I wish it had ext mike inputs. I prefer ro use my schoeps microphones.
    In this configuration an iphone 4 with a blue mickey is a good alternative I think.

  17. admin

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    The H4n can record 4 different tracks simultaneously, has a bunch of Input types for different connections, has a higher bitrate recording too. I have the H4n, but most of the time only use the stereo input and record on one track. This H1 is a great addition for those times.

  18. Josh

    I was just curious what the major differences between this and the H4n was? Is there any significant differences for dslr shooting? Thanks!

  19. I followed your lead and pre-ordered mine from ebay. Next i need to find a nice way to mount it to my hot shoe like they show. If i were to run the 1/8th line out from this device into my camera could I record the audio directly into my camera at the same time and then use the recorders storage as a backup. that way there is no need to sync on post? I don't have a slate or anything so i would have to find a way to fake one using my phone maybe.

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  21. Wow I didn't even realize there was going to be such a huge price difference. I wasn't sure what I was going to do yet for a recording device, but I'm pretty sure I know now. Thanks!

  22. Al Black

    With the mic so close to the lens, does it pick up the lens focusing or any sounds of hands etc against the body of the camera?

    Fantastic site btw, I've already bought the fluid head thanks to your review =)

  23. Herb

    The H1 looks cool. I was thinking about using two of them for actors to wear & use with lavs, instead of a more expensive wireless setup.

  24. admin

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    Wow sorry to hear, that sucks. I'll follow up with them again on release date, but buying through Paypal, I can always open a dispute. If it was more money invovled, I think i'd be really nervous.

  25. admin

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    Yes this is a recording device that is seperate from the camera. You will have to sync in post same like the Zoom H4n.

  26. HOLD IT!!!!
    I tried to order my tascam DR-100 there and they told me they shipped it and
    5hrs later they told me they didn't have it.

    Then it took them a WEEK to refund my money.
    Totally F*cked up my schedule.
    For shure, I'm not buying my stuff there again.

  27. Neil Russell

    The H1 is definitely on my shopping list, but in the meantime I started using my mostly-retired Panasonic HDC-SD100 as an audio device.
    It can match my new T2i's framerates so synching is no problem, it records to SDHC cards, has adjustable audio levels, and it gives me an extra video reference.
    Best of all I already have it so I can wait on the order backlog of the H1.
    Looking forward to your H1 review

  28. Jeff

    I Almost forgot I also got a (Pro Type 1/4"-20 Tripod screw to Flash Hot Shoe Adapter) from ebay so I can hook this up on the top of my t2i.

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