A Super-handy Recorder with Five Mics Onboard!
The versatile Zoom H2n handheld recorder seriously raises the bar for portable recorders - and not just other handhelds! With five onboard microphones and a ton of recording options, the H2n is more than just a handheld recorder, it's a pocket-sized recording studio. It can record in conventional XY stereo, 360-degree surround, and even Mid-Side stereo - all with pristine detail! Whether you're a singer/songwriter or a whole band, capturing live music or samples for sound design, you're going to love recording with the ultra-versatile Zoom H2n!
Zoom H2n Handheld Recorder at a Glance:
Five microphones, tons of possibilities
This handy handheld recorder puts five of Zoom's best microphone capsules in the palm of your hand, giving you the perfect pickup patterns for any situation. Set the H2n to conventional XY stereo mode to record your band's next show, or set it to Mid-Side stereo mode, which lets you adjust the stereo spread - even after you've recorded! Plus, the H2n can also record in 360-degree surround recording, which is just what you need to capture interviews, band practices, and more.
Record with total confidence
Don't suffer the frustration of losing your work, ever again! When Zoom set out to make the H2n, they decided to make it as reliable as possible. Even if your H2n loses power in the middle of recording, its auto recovery mode will restore your recorded data, as soon as you power it back up. But that's not all. The H2n also comes equipped with an onboard compressor/limiter, and an analog gain circuit, protecting your recordings from nasty digital clipping.
Freakishly simple to use
With all of these exciting and super-useful tools onboard, you might expect the H2n to be complicated to use. Don't worry, Zoom built this handheld recorder to be incredibly easy to use. You can access all of the H2n's most important functions right from the front panel. Even switching from Mid-Side mode to 360-degree surround sound mode just takes a twist of a dial. Recording with the H2n couldn't be simpler.
Great in the studio too
And as if all of these reasons weren't enough make the H2n a truly must-have recording tool, here are a few bonuses. First off, the H2n comes equipped with USB 2.0. Not only does this let you quickly transfer your recordings to your computer, it also lets you use the H2n as a USB microphone. How cool is that!? What's more, the H2n comes with Steinberg's Wavelab LE 7 recording software, so you're ready to record, mix, and master projects, right out of the box!
Zoom H2n Handheld SD Recorder Features:
Convenient Palm-sized Recorder!
Smaller, lighter, and easier-to-use than other handheld recorders in its class, the TASCAM DR-05 puts high-quality stereo recording into the palm of your hand. The DR-05 is capable of recording in MP3 format at up to 320 kbps and in Broadcast WAV format at up to 24-bit/96kHz resolution. A pair of uniquely designed omnidirectional condenser microphones provide crystal-clear recording and are able to handle sound pressure levels up to 125dB, making the DR-05 perfect for live event recording. In addition to handy recording functions, such as automatic peak reduction, the DR-05 also sports a self timer, allowing you to delay the start of its recording for 5 or 10 seconds. What's more, the DR-05's Level Align feature matches to relative volumes of both channels, so you can create professionally balanced recordings, right in your recorder!
TASCAM DR-05 Handheld Portable Recorder Features at a Glance:
Zoom Q2HD Handy HD Video Recorder
Zoom has blended together the mid-side stereo recording technology and sound-quality of the H2n Handy recorder, with brilliant 1920 x 1080 full high-definition video recording, to bring you the Q2HD Handy Video Recorder. This smart sized handheld recorder will capture high-quality video and audio with one simple touch, and give you the flexibility to easily upload videos or stream it live! Optimal video and audio recording is possible in any location, whether in a large hall or a small club. Stay focused during practice sessions, music lessons, dance lessons, and recitals, by knowing that you will have high-quality video on demand at anytime for future reference.
Live Stream in Real-Time
Want to live stream high quality audio and video from your gigs, special events and more? With the Q2HD, now you can stream your videos through your computer directly to the web. Simply connect your Q2HD to your computer via USB cable and start streaming like the pros. The Q2HD’s streaming function is compatible with Ustream Producer, Flash Media Live Encoder, Skype and other popular streaming applications. And it works wonders with premium programs such as Ustream Producer Pro or Studio. It’s never been easier to broadcast your movies on the web in real-time.
Mid-Side Brings the Audio
The Q2HD is the first handheld camcorder to offer Mid-Side stereo recording. Mid-Side recording, originally offered by Zoom on the H2n Handy Recorder, is a technique that’s been used for many years in film and broadcast, where ambiance is crucial. Mid-Side recording combines a unidirectional Mid mic that captures sound directly in front of you and a bidirectional Side mic that captures sound from your left and right. By increasing or decreasing the level of the Side mic, you can control the width of the stereo field, which gives you incredible flexibility over your recordings. With its condenser microphones in 30° to 150° Mid-Side stereo configuration, the Q2HD gives you natural depth and accurate imaging. From live musical performances, rehearsals and recitals to journalism, sports and travel, the Q2HD’s pristine audio is so realistic your movies will let you relive the moment over and over again.
1920 x 1080 Full High-Definition Video
Your HD Videos are recorded in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format, which can be played on a computer using QuickTime player. The Q2HD can record video in full HD at 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, allowing you to enjoy your finely detailed audio and video on your large HDTV. You can also select 720p HD for longer recordings, as well as SD formats when smaller file sizes are needed.
Lighting Selection Function
The Q2HD has a lighting selection function that allows you to record using the best setting for any given lighting condition. The modes that can be used include “Auto,” which automatically adjusts brightness and color, “Concert Lighting,” which suppresses oversaturation from strong lighting and “Night,” which is ideal for filming in dark situations
4 x Digital Zoom
The 4x digital zoom allows you to shoot both distant landscapes and close-ups of people. You can capture your main subject even when it’s far away.
Edit Video Easily Right on Scene
Divide or trim your movies internally with the Q2HD, as the unit allows you to cut footage and better feature the important scenes without a computer. By erasing unnecessary data from the SD card, you will increase your remaining recording time.
Enjoy HD Video on Your HDTV
The Q2HD has a mini HDMI connector that allows the digital output of your videos. Connect the Q2HD to an HDTV by using an HDMI cable (sold separately) and enjoy your movies with your family and friends. And the Q2HD’s audio will sound incredible on your home theater’s audio system.
24-bit / 96kHz Linear PCM Sound
The rich stereo sound captured by the Mid-Side mics can be recorded to linear PCM WAV files. When taking full high-definition 1080p video, high-quality sound with resolution of up to 24-bit/96 kHz can also be recorded.
Analog Mic Gain for Precision Volume Control
sing the analog-type MIC GAIN wheel allows you to dial-in the perfect amount of gain for any recording application. Or choose one of three presets (Concert / Solo / Meeting) of the Auto Gain function to automatically set the recording level for any given situation. It’s even easier to get great sound no matter what you're shooting.
Low-Cut Filter Functions
The unit’s low-cut filter reduces unwanted background noise by cutting the low-frequency range. Attach a windscreen (sold separately), to reduce wind noise so you can get clear audio even when filming outside.
It’s Also an Audio Recorder
The Q2HD can also be used as an audio recorder to record just sound. In addition to being able to record 24-bit/96 kHz PCM files that far exceed CD-quality, the unit can also record AAC (m4a format) files that have smaller sizes. The Q2HD also features an internal reference speaker so you can check recordings without earphones.
The First USB Mid-Side Mic
Expanding its versatility, the Q2HD also functions as a USB microphone with Mid-Side miking capabilities. Simply choose USB Mic in the units MENU and connect your Q2HD to a computer or iPad 2 or 3 (using Apple’s USB camera connector) to begin recording.
Functional Design and Easy Navigation
Zoom made on-the-go viewing better than ever with the Q2HD. You can easily switch between “Portrait” and “Landscape” playback by pressing and holding the PLAY key. Watch your videos anywhere with its color LCD screen and built-in reference speaker.
The Q2HD features an icon-based user interface that makes navigating through all its functions easy and intuitive. Play, edit or delete movies, select video and audio formats and a host of other functions with ease.
Built-In Reference Speaker
The Q2HD even has a built-in reference speaker to let you check recordings without earphones. It is also handy to preview playback when selecting recorded files.
Runs on Readily-Available AA Batteries
The Q2HD is powered by two standard AA batteries, resulting in about 2 hours of continuous recording. The unit is also compatible with NiMH batteries, which can be recharged using a commercially available charger.
Includes HandyShare Editing Software
The Q2HD’s bundled HandyShare editing and uploading software lets you to manage and edit your videos easily as well as upload them to social networking sites. From live musical performances, rehearsals and recitals to journalism, education and sports, you can easily share your movies with everyone on your favorite websites like YouTube or Vimeo. Moreover, effect functions in the software allow you to bring the sound of video recordings up to the level of a finished product. Normalize a recording for a consistent volume level, add reverb to give rich reflections to the sounds of instruments and voices and use a mastering effect to enhance the impact of a performance with compression. Just select a preset. It’s easy enough for anyone to use.
Features at a glance:
Recording Media: SD/SDHC/SDXC card (up to 64GB)
Imaging Device: 1/3.2-inch 5M pixels CMOS sensor
Optics Lens: Fixed Focus (1.23m to infinity), F3.2
Video Format: MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 (MOV)
Video Resolution: HD1080p 30fps?HD720p 60fps?HD720p 30fps?WVGA 60fps?WVGA 30fps
Audio Format: PCM (Quantization: 16/24bit, Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48/96kHz) AAC (Bit Rate: 64 to 320kbps, Sampling Frequency: 48kHz)
Sound Functions: Lo-cut filter, Auto Gain (Concert / Solo / Meeting)
Video Functions: 4x digital zoom, Scene select (Auto / Concert Lighting / Night)
Editing Functions: Divide, Trim
Display: 2.0-inch full color LCD (320 x 240 pixels)
Built-in Mic: Mid-Side stereo (MONO / 30°/60°/90°/120°/150°) \ Maximum Sound Pressure Level: 120dB SPL \ Input Gain: +1 to +39dB
Built-in Speaker: Monaural, 400mW 8 ohms
Outputs: PHONES / LINE OUT (1/8" Stereo phone jack)
USB: miniB (USB2.0 High Speed), USB-VIDEO, USB-AUDIO
Power Requirements: 2 x AA batteries (LR6 or Ni-MH)
AC adapter: AD-17 (DC5V/1A/center positive)
Battery Life: 2 hours (Movie mode), 4 hours (Audio mode)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2” x 1.38 x 5”
Weight: 0.18lb. (without batteries)
Accessories: SD memory card (2GB), 2 x AA/LR6 batteries (for testing the unit)
System requirements for HandyShare software:
Windows XP 32bit (SP2 or later)
Windows Vista 32bit / 64bit (SP1 or later)
Windows 7 32bit / 64bit
Intel Pentium4 1.4GHz / AMD Athlon 64 or faster
512MB RAM (1GB or more recommended)
Mac OS X 10.4.6 or later / 10.5 / 10.6 / 10.7
Intel Core Duo 1.66 GHz or faster (Intel Mac only)