Zoom - H1 Handy Recorder - Black

This recorder features an X/Y microphone configuration for high-quality audio reproduction and a built-in reference speaker for instant playback. A 1/8" external microphone input and a stereo 1/8" line output provide simple connectivity.

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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (168 out of 182)

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Features


X/Y microphone configuration

For excellent audio recordings. Supports WAV and MP3 formats.

Built-in reference speaker

Allows instant playback to ensure the accuracy of a recording.

Digital media card reader

Supports microSD and microSDHC formats up to 32GB for storage and transfer of your audio files (includes 2GB microSD card).

Up to 10 hours of operation

With included AA battery.

USB 2.0 port

For high-speed data transfer (USB cable required, not included).

1/8" external microphone input

Along with a stereo 1/8" line output for simple connectivity.


Overall customer rating

4.5
93%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    OK, but I'm returning for the H2N

    Posted
    Plato
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I had been wanting an excuse to buy a Zoom recorder for a while - just to play around with and record my piano practice - and when my daughter needed to submit an audition recording for a band competition, I finally had my reason. I bought this because it was the only one in stock at the store - I had been debating between this one and the H2N. I know this gets used a lot by videographers who mount it to their cameras but I mainly wanted it for recording music practice sessions. The pros - it was easy to use. I took it out of the box and basically was recording things in minutes. Getting the recordings off was as easy as plugging the USB cable into the computer and the device appeared as a hard drive that I could transfer files from. Sound quality was great - much better than what I could capture on my android phone and my daughter could get on her iphone. The cons - it does not stand up by itself and if you try to hold it, there's so much rustling from your hand touching it that it ruins the recording. So you have to mount it on a tripod - I used one we had for our camera. Once its on the tripod, you can't access the buttons on the bottom of the unit next to the tripod mount. And when even on the tripod, this thing was so sensitive that it picked up the noise of me pressing the record and stop buttons so I had to crop that out using audio software on my computer. I used the auto-gain feature and it was a bit flakey - it did not do a great job of keeping up with the dynamics of the music and I could definitely hear noticeable swings in the gain level...I would recommend setting the gain level yourself vs. using the auto feature. Also, for my purposes, I really missed having a remote, which is the main reason I am upgrading to the H2N. The best place in the room to capture my piano is on a tripod placed at about the middle of the open side of the grand piano. But from there, I can't reach the record/stop without getting up from the bench. I suppose I could have just recorded the entire session and chopped it up later on the computer but I was trying to avoid dealing with huge audio files so I wanted to record the songs individually (and delete the bad takes as I went). The H1 does not have any way to control it remotely so I had to keep getting up and sitting down and of course it captured all that noise of my walking around which then had to be edited out later. So I have returned this and am planning to get the H2N with the optional accessory pack that includes the remote. It's a bit more expensive but I think it will give me more versatility in the future -- the H2N can also record in surround so it is better for recording interviews or work meetings at a conference table. The H1 was fine and if you're just looking for an easy to use recorder that has good quality sound, I would recommend it. But to me, if I'm already spending $100, I'd rather spend a little more and have something that does everything I want.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good value for money

    Posted
    sheer
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    If you're looking for a device to record band practices, concerts, and the like, this is a pretty good choice. It has a very widely adjustable input gain, the ability to plug into outboard mic or line level signals, and great battery life. It can record in WAV or MP3, and it's very easy to set up for recording and to extract the audio via USB or sliding the memory card into your computer. The USB is high speed enough that you can suck down a 2 hour WAV recording in about 7 minutes. My only real complaint with it is the high frequency response is about on par with a SM-58 - nowhere near as good as you'd expect from a condenser mic. For the most part, applying a EQ curve to it after you've recorded is enough - the high frequencies aren't missing entirely, they're just rolled off some. It's also *very* directional, which can make finding a good place to stick it when recording your garage band somewhat challenging.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for recording from a PA system

    Posted
    RevOllie

    I use this to record sound from a PA system in a church, to create podcasts. It works well for that application. This device's audio quality is just fine, both for music and voice recording. I use it in MP3 mode. The 2G micro-SD card will handle well over a day of audio in that mode; this is helpful if somebody forgets to press the stop button. When you're using this with a sound system it's important when setting it up to figure out how to get the input jack into Line-In mode, not microphone-input mode. Otherwise your audio will be badly distorted. It's also important to switch off the automatic gain control, and set the input volume to a level appropriate to your sound system. The memory card from this thing imports directly into the open-source Audacity sound editor with no trouble at all. It has been known to spend time in my pocket between recording and podcasting. It looks a little delicate, but it is surprisingly robust.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works Very Well

    Posted
    K2Net
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I purchased this recorder after purchasing a GoPro Hero 5 session to record video wihen driving in a Polaris Slingshot. The audio in the GoPro is horrible, however recording the audio with this device works great. The record button on this device is large and easy to reach, even with gloves on. The audio is also very easy to sync with the GoPro video during post. The audio and GoPro sync well when the bit rate is set to constant, not dynamic. Best Buy really needs to sell the accessory kit for this recorder because when recording outside the wind sock is a necessity. When you are outside by default put it on. I also use the low cut filter switch on the back when outside. That also makes a big improvement on audio quality. I have also started using this recorder with my iPhone and personal computers it works well with all of them. Over all very pleased with the purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent For Interviews

    Posted
    JMiami
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The recorder works like a charm and captures every conversation in a room with great detail. This makes it grreat for recording presentations, and interviews, but not so good with lots of noise in the background. There might be ways to handle that, but since I'm using it to record interviews in quiet places I haven't had to deal with such an issue. One recommendation that I can make is that you should start recording before you actually need to (in order to prevent loosing data) and don't type while its recording (the clicks of the keyboard sound really loud in the recorder which can make any transcription more difficult than needed).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sounding recorder for the price

    Posted
    DavidA
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This is really great sound quality for this amount of money. It is easy to use. You can either use the built in microphones or attach a lavalier with a 3.5 mm plug. It provides plug in power. I've used it standalone and next to my DSLR for improved sound. The only downside is one that has been well documented. The build quality is really ok in my view but not great. Even the microphones that are built in feel like plastic that could break in a bag. However, it's not so bad that the thing feels like it will fall apart in your hand. The record button is a little mushy, and the side buttons are a little tricky to press. However, that also means you won't hit the side buttons accidentally.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    More useful than you think.

    Posted
    OgamiIto
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    We used several of these over the last year on a web series I worked on and they are great little recorders. Put one in a pocket, run a lav mic under a characters shirt and you're in business. Just remember to turn them on and off appropriately. The slim piece of plastic that protects the mic elements broke in spots on two of them, but they still work. After the season was over, I purchased one of my own to go along with my H4n and this a great low budget sound package I earn money filming events with. This item would be perfectly priced at $79, not the $99 I paid, as you will also need at least a small tripod, micro sd card, windscreen and lav mic. Overall, this is a good addition to any low budget sound kit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    GREAT PRODUCT, GREAT PRICE!!

    Posted
    STEELEMATA
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    So I have purchased this lil beauty in the past thinking it would be great as a personal recorder, and it was great. Then while working on some personal film projects I tried it out as our back up and it saved the production. These mics are awesome to use for vocals and most audio related situations. I will say however that I would strongly suggest using external mics (even ones that are like $20) to use as LAVs and you get amazing results. If you don't believe me, I am currently working with a 9 time EMMY nominated AUDIO TECH who swears by these things and we are using as we speak. Also Dont use cheap batteries with it though, definitely go lithium for best results. Definitely something to have in your audio arsenal.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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