I preordered ZOOM H1 Handy Recorder more than 1 month ago. Finally got it this afternoon.
It comes with a 2GB microSD memory card. Nice!
I put my 8GB microSDHC memory card in it. Works fine. Great!
This recorder is very light. It takes only one AA battery.
The handhold part looks too plastic for me. The battery cover feels cheap!
Later on, I find out some problem in the recording test.
1. Use Windows XP to format a 8GB microSDHC memory card as FAT32.
2. Put this card into ZOOM H1. Then power ON.
3. Takes almost 1 minute to start up. The screen says “card access” and can NOT save a recording file.
1. Hold the “delete” button. Then power ON to format the card by ZOOM H1.
2. Turn OFF and turn ON again. Everything works as it should be.
Always use ZOOM H1 to format the microSD card. (Hold the “delete” button to power ON)
Read the little yellow paper in the packing. It says,
“To ensure optimum performance, be sure to format the SD card in the ZOOM product.“
There is no error handling on ZOOM H1. Even if there is no memory card in it, it still shows recording “correctly.”
- Make sure to format the micoSD card using ZOOM H1.
- Check if the microSD card is in ZOOM H1 every time before use it.
Despite the little bug. ZOOM H1 performs really well in terms of acoustic guitar music recording.
Very clear sound.
No background noise.
Long battery life.
2 road side sound samples recorded in WAV original file, 44KHz/16bit.
ZOOM0005.WAV 2,339,072 bytes
ZOOM0006.WAV 4,242,176 bytes
Music recording: classical guitar duet. Input level: 60; WAV: 44KHz/16bit.
Siciliano_ duet_2_ZOOM0009.WAV 36,850,432 bytes
See the video reference of this recording.
How about comparing ZOOM H1 to big daddy Rode NT4?
Here is an example: use ZOOM H1 as a digital recorder and line in Rode NT4 as microphone.