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ZOOM H5 Handy Recorder

Abel Code: ZOOM-ZH5
Mfr. Code: ZH5
Estimated to Ship – 5-10 Business Days
Special Order Only
This is a special order item. You will be charged upon placing your order, which is non-cancelable and non-returnable.
This handheld recorder offers 4x tracks of simultaneous audio recording with interchangeable ZOOM input capsules. The ZOOM H5 Handy Recorder records to SD card (included) or SDHC card. It includes a backlit LCD display.
Key Highlights
  • Interchangeable Mic Capsules
  • Unidirectional X/Y mics
  • 4 tracks


ZOOM H5 Handy Recorder provides 4x tracks of simultaneous recording and, like your H6 Handy Recorder, the H5 Handy Recorder uses all Zoom interchangeable input capsules. That way you can select the best microphone for each unique situation. This handheld recorder offers the ability to create multitrack recordings, audio for video, and state-of-the-art podcasting, broadcasting and electronic newsgathering.


  • Interchangeable Mic Capsules
  • Shockmounted dual X/Y microphones set at 90-degree angle
  • Rugged exterior cable for added shock isolation
  • Mics capture up to 140dB SPL
  • Largest diaphragm size available on a portable recorder (14.6mm)
  • Adjust mic angle from 90° to 120° for a wider stereo image

Louder / Closer / Cleaner

With X/Y recording you can cover a wide area yet still capture sound sources in the center with clarity and definition. This makes it ideal for all types of live stereo recording. The XYH-5 X/Y microphone capsule included with this H5 provides 2x matched unidirectional condenser microphones set at a 90° angle.

The mics are housed within an advanced shockmount that employs rugged external mic wires and rubberized material to isolate the unit from the H5 body and thus minimize vibration and handling noise. The design of the XYH-5 also allows the H5 to handle louder sounds than any other Handy Recorder model: 140 dB SPL, to be precise—equivalent to the sound of a jet aircraft from less than 200 feet away—enabling you to capture sounds louder, closer, and cleaner than you ever could before.

Mid-Side Recording

Mid-Side Recording offers a new level of precision in your ability to shape sound. The MSH-6 Capsule contains dual mic elements - a forward-facing, unidirectional mic (the "Mid") and a side-facing, bi-directional mic (the "Side"). Together with the M5 onboard MS decoder, these two microphones capture a fully mono-compatible stereo image that can actually be adjusted after recording. This makes it suitable for cinema, broadcast, and video projects.

Live Recording Personified

The XYH-6 capsule employs two angeled high-quality unidirectional microphones which are sensitive to signals coming from the front, but less to signals coming from the sides and rear. This X/Y recoding is optimum when you wish to cover a wide area, yet capture a strong center image. 

Optional Mic Capsules

XLR/TRS Capsule - plug in the optional EXH-6 Dual XLR/TRS Capsule (sold separately) to provide 2x additional inputs. In this manner you can connect up to 4x discrete signals from external microphones, instruments, mixers, or portable music players to fully realize your audio vision. It's all the power of a professional recording studio, right in the palm of your hand.

Stereo Shotgun Capsule - Add an optional SSH-6 Stereo Shotgun Capsule (sold separately) for a super-directional mic for capturing sounds directly in front, plus a bi-directional one for capturing ambient sounds. It's ideal for location recording to capture dialogue on a center microphone and mixing in the environmental sound from the side mic.


In addition to standard transport controls (stop, play/pause, record, rewind, and fast-forward), the front panel of the H5 offers dedicated record arming buttons for each track, which double as mute switches during playback. A Hold switch disables all front panel buttons to prevent accidental operation during recording. The H5 can be attached to a camera strap or, with the use of our optional Hot Shoe mount, mounted directly to a DSLR or camcorder.

The H5 also provides everything you need to connect with the outside world. Dual combo XLR/TRS inputs that can handle both mic- and line-level signals allow you to connect external microphones and line-level devices like mixers, portable music players, effects processors, and electronic keyboards—even electric guitars or basses equipped with active electronics. Each H5 input has its own dedicated gain control knob, located beneath a protective bar that prevents accidental movement during handling. The supplied XYH-5 X/Y capsule also provides a secondary input for connecting stereo mic- or line-level signal via a 1/8" mini phone jack. The H5 supports a +4 dB (professional) input level and utilizes the same high-quality preamps as our flagship H6, ensuring great-sounding recordings in all sonic environments.

The H5 Handy Recorder offers a lot of output connections as well.  A dedicated Line Out with adjustable volume allows you to send a stereo audio output from the H5 to the mic input of a video camera or other device without the need for an attenuator cable. In addition, there's a separate headphone output with a dedicated volume control. You can use both outputs simultaneously to route audio to your DSLR while monitoring over headphones. There's also a built-in speaker for fast access playback, and a USB port which allows the H5 to be used as an audio interface for your computer or iPad.

Power and Storage

Just 2x AA batteries—either alkaline or rechargeable NiMH—are required for power. When using alkaline batteries, the H5 will operate for more than 15 hours, even while recording continuously. You can also use an optional AC adapter to power the H5 without batteries. The H5 records directly to SD and SDHC cards up to 32 gigabytes. Maximum recording time is dependent upon the card size and file type; for example, the supplied 2GB SD card can hold approximately fourteen hours of stereo 320 kbps MP3 files, three hours of stereo 16-bit / 44.1 kHz WAV files, or an hour of stereo 24-bit / 96 kHz WAV files.

File Types

he H5 can operate in two different modes—choose stereo for two-track stereo recording, or multitrack for four-track recording (in either stereo pairs or individual mono tracks)—and it captures audio in the two most commonly used file formats:

  • WAV
  • MP3

The WAV files recorded by the H5 can be 16- or 24-bit, with sampling rates of 44.1, 48, or 96 kHz*. They are automatically time-stamped and thus Broadcast Wave Format (BWF) compliant, allowing for precise synchronization in video post-production. MP3 files, while slightly lower in fidelity, are much smaller than WAV files and are thus easier to email and post on social networking sites—allowing you to quickly and easily share your creations around the world.

*NOTE: 96 kHz sampling rate available in stereo mode only.

Signal Processing

The H5's onboard effects allow you to add polish to your recordings. Compression and limiting compensate for fluctuations in input level, while a low-cut filter helps eliminate wind noise, blowing, and other kinds of low frequency rumble. There's even an onboard metronome and chromatic/guitar/bass tuner.

Other Features

But the list of H5 features doesn't end there. The H5 incldues playback looping, pitch change, and variable playback speed (without pitch change) to help with phrase training, as well as a pre-record function that keeps the H5 continuously recording in the background, keeping the previous two seconds before you hit record.

There is also an Auto-Record function that allows recording to begin automatically when a certain level of sound is detected and an equivalent Auto-Stop function that ends recording when the sound drops below a user-designated level, either immediately or up to 5 seconds later. And then there's Backup-Record—the ultimate safety net.** It enables the H5 to automatically record a duplicate set of stereo tracks with 12dB less input gain. Even if your original track is distorted, chances are the Backup version will be fine.

**NOTE: 44.1 and 48 kHz WAV files only.

You can even use your H5 as an audio interface, complete with a Loop Back function that makes it easy to add narration to music playback. Simply connect the H5 to your computer or iPad*** via USB, launch your favorite DAW or use the included Wavelab LE software, and start creating a masterpiece.

***NOTE: Apple Camera Connection Kit required (not included)

In addition, the H5 Handy Recorder features:

  • Large backlit LCD display
  • Record directly to your SD and SDHC cards (up to 32 GB)
  • Capture up to 24-bit/96 kHz audio in BWF-compliant WAV or a variety of MP3 formats
  • Analog-style gain controls for each input
  • Plug-in for 2.5V power
  • Built-in effects: low-cut filtering, compression, limiting, and more
  • Chromatic tuner and metronome
  • Auto-Record, Pre-Record, and Backup-Record functionality
  • Multitrack to stereo internal mixdown
  • Normalize, Divide, and Trim editing
  • Voice memo and up to 99 marks per recording
  • A/B loop playback
  • Convert WAV files to MP3
  • Operate over 15 hours with alkaline batteries (accepts 2x AA alkaline or NiMH rechargeable)

Editing and Post Production Software

The Zoom H5 comes with free download licenses for Steinberg's Cubase LE music production software and WaveLab LE audio editing software, providing not just the ability to capture superior audio in every box, but to do spectacular things with it.

Whether you wish to create your own music utilizing the Handy Recorder’s USB audio interface function or take your recordings to a more professional level, Steinberg’s powerful and state-of-the-art audio software used by creators around the world now comes with every Zoom Handy Recorder purchase.

The Zoom H5 currently includes this software:

  • Cubase LE8 for MAC OS X 10.9/10/10 and Windows 7/8/8.1
  • WaveLab LE9 for MAC OS X 10.9/10/10 and Windows 7/8/8.1/10

What's in the Box

  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Steinberg Cubase LE Software Download
  • Steinberg WaveLab LE Software Download
  • Case
  • Foam Windscreen
  • USB Cable
  • 2 x AA LR6 Battery
  • SD Card - 2GB
  • Operation Manual
  • Zoom XYH-5 X/Y Mic Capsule


Key Highlights

  • Interchangeable Mic Capsules
  • Unidirectional X/Y mics
  • 4 tracks
  • Mics capture up to 140dB SPL
  • Adjust mic angle from 90° to 120°
  • Record WAV or MP3 to SD or SDHC
  • Built-in speaker for playback


2 k Ω - XYH-5 X/Y Mic Capsule - MIC/LINE IN (stereo mini jack)


Output Connector/Port:
1 x 1/8" (3.5mm) Mini - with rated output level: -10 dBu when output load impedance is 10k Ω or more - LINE OUT
Input Connector/Port:
1/8" (3.5mm) - Stereo Mini Jack - XYH-6 X/Y Mic Capsule - MIC/LINE IN
4 x XLR/TRS Combo Jacks - (XLR: Pin 2 hot / TRS: Tip hot)


Microphone Type:
2 x Unidirectional - XYH-5 X/Y Mic Capsule
Input Gain -∞ to 52 dB
-45 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
Equivalent Noise Level:
EIN Equivalent Input Noise: -120 dBu or less (1/2 inputs)
Max SPL:
Max 140 dBSPL


Monitor Size:
5.0" and Under - (128 x 64 pixels) display with backlight


Line Input Types:
Phantom Power:
Yes - +12V /+24V /+48V (Phantom power can be turned on/off independently for Inputs 1 - 2)


Recording Format:
MP3 - 48 to 320 kbps, 44.1kHz sampling frequency
WAV - (44.1/48/96 kHz / 16-bit WAV) stereo BWF format supported
Max Record Time:
2 - MP3 - Max. Simultaneous Recording
4 tracks (L/R + backup)
Bit Rate:
48-320 kbps, 44.1kHz sampling frequency - MP3

Recording / Media

Media Type:
SDHC - Accepts 4GB to 32GB (not included)
SD - Accepts 16MB to 2GB (includes: 1 SD Card with 2GB capacity), 4GB to 32GB SDHC cards (not included)
Slot Count:
Single Slot
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