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.
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.