Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System

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Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System
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Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System

Zoom turned the pro audio world upside down last year with their acclaimed H6 portable recorder, and now they complete the "one-two punch" with the introduction of their new, smaller H5 Handy Recorder. Following in its big brother's footsteps, the H5 features an interchangeable microphone system and is compatible with the existing line of H6 mic modules.

Appealing to those who are looking for the functionality of the H6, but don't need all of its inputs or bells and whistles, the H5 has a black-and-white screen (as opposed to the H6's color screen) and features 2 inputs for external sources, in addition to its swappable stereo mic capabilities. The H5 will record to external SD cards.

Like its big brother, it has a side-mounted 3-way navigation toggle to get you through the menu options. Rather than burying important controls deep in its menu, the H5 gives you fast access to physical transport functions right underneath the screen, to make sure you're never fumbling to start or stop recording.

The H5 will ship with its own, brand-new XY stereo microphone module that features a built-in shockmount system and an impressive 140dB maximum SPL. The recorder is also equipped with four input channels, allowing you to record simultaneously from the included stereo XY mic and two additional sources. Each input is controllable by its own analog gain knob.

Keeping the bar high, Zoom has built the H5 to many of the same technical specifications as the H6. Also like the H6, the H5 will feature both an analog line output (ideal for creating back-up recordings to your camera) and a headphone output for monitoring.


  • Modular Mic and Input System
  • Includes XY Microphone Module
  • Four Simultaneous Inputs
  • Uses SD Memory Cards
  • Compatible with H6 Mic Modules
  • Optional Shotgun Mic and XLR/TRS Inputs
  • Record up to 24-bit/96kHz Audio
  • Doubles as USB Audio Interface
  • Optional Hot Shoe Mount
  • Includes 2GB SD Card
Number of Tracks
Max Sample Rate/Resolution
96 kHz / 24-Bit
Built-In Cardioid Stereo Pair, X/Y Configuration
Built-In Speaker
Yes, 400 mW Mono
LCD (Backlit)
Memory Card Support
Audio File Formats
Sample Rates
WAV: 44.1 / 48 / 96 kHz (Stereo) | MP3: 44.1 kHz
Bit Depth
Bit Rates
48 to 320 kb/s | 48 to 320 kb/s
Analog I/O
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Line/Mic Input | 2 x Combo XLR / 1/4" TRS Input | 1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Line Output | 1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Headphone Output
Phantom Power
+12 / 24 / 48V
Plug-In Power
Yes, 2.5 V
Host Connection
1 x Mini-USB (USB 2.0)
Gain Range
1/8" Inputs: Up to 52 dB | Mic/Line Inputs: Up to 55 dB
Max Input Level
Mic/Line Inputs: +22 dBu (Pad On)
Headphone Output Power
20 mW per Channel into 32 Ohms
Microphone Sensitivity
-45 dB/Pa
Microphone Max SPL
140 dB SPL
Power Options
Batteries, USB Bus Power, AC/DC Power Adapter
Battery Type
2 x AA
AC/DC Power Adapter
5 VDC at 1 A (Not Included)
2.3 x 5.3 x 1.7" (Recorder) | 2.6 x 2.4 x 1.6" (X/Y Mic)
6.2 oz (Recorder) | 3.3 oz (Mic)
  • Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System
  • XYH-5 Microphone Capsule
  • Plastic Case
  • Foam Windscreen
  • USB Cable
  • Steinberg WaveLab LE Software (Download)
  • Steinberg Cubase LE Software (Download)
  • 2GB SD Card
  • 2 x AA Batteries
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty