Zoom's New H6 Audio Recorder Will Make Any DSLR Filmmaker Salivate

Back in April we learned that Zoom had a successor to the popular H4N audio recorder in the making. Details were slim, but it certainly looked promising. Well now we have the full low-down on the new device.

The recorder looks a great deal more filmmaker-suited than its predecessor, with physical knobs and even a shoe mount on the back for mounting directly atop a DSLR.

Zoom's New H6 Audio Recorder Will Make Any DSLR Filmmaker Salivate

Here are the key specs:

  • Six tracks of simultaneous recording
  • Four interchangeable input capsules: stereo X/Y (included), Mid-Side (included), Shotgun (optional) & combo dual XLR/TRS (optional).
  • Large full-color display for easy viewing of recording and playback levels
  • Records directly to SD, SDHC and SDXC cards up to 128 gigabytes
  • Compatible with MP3 and BWF-compliant WAV file formats, including 24-bit / 96k for ultimate HD audio
  • Four XLR/TRS combo jacks to connect external microphones or line-level devices each with their own gain control, pad switch AND phantom power in three different voltages
  • USB port for data transfer to audio editing software and allows for H6 to serve as multichannel audio interface for computer and tablets
  • Connects to DSLR or digital camcorder
  • Runs on 4 AA batteries for up to 20 hours.

The Zoom H6 will be available in late July and price at $400. It will be interesting to see if it shares the success of the H4N, since DSLR video is waning a bit with the introduction of dedicated video cameras like the Canon C100/300 and Sony FS100/700. But the H6 looks to be versatile enough to find a place in the gear closets of other types of users.