Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System

Model #ZH5

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Recording Formats
Stereo Mode:
WAV (BWF-compliant)
Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48/96 kHz
Bit Rate: 16-/24-bit (Stereo)
Maximum Simultaneous Recording Tracks: 2
Sampling Frequency: 44.1 kHz
Bit Rate: 48/56/64/80/96/112/32/160/192/224/256/320 kbps
Multi-Track Mode:
WAV (BWF-compliant)
Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48 kHz
Bit Rate: 16-/24-bit (mono/stereo)
Maximum Simultaneous Recording Tracks: 6 (L/R + INPUT 1/2 + L/R backup)

Physical Specifications

Weight H5: 6.2 oz (176.0 g)
XYH-5 X/Y mic: 3.3 oz (94.0 g)
Dimensions H5: 2.3 x 5.3 x 1.7" (66.8 x 135.2 x 42.1 mm)
XYH-5 X/Y mic:2.6 x 2.4 x 1.6" (65.5 x 62.2 x 41 mm)


Line Out:
Connector: 1/8" stereo mini jack
Rated Output Level: -10 dBm
Output Load Impedance: 10 kΩ or more
Phone Out:
Connector: 1/8" stereo mini jack
Output Level: 20 W + 20 W into 32 Ω load
Built-in speaker:
400 mw 8 Ω mono
L/R [XYH-5 X/Y mic]:
Mic Type: Unidirectional
Sensitivity: -45 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
Input Gain: -∞ to 52 dB
Max Sound Pressure Input: 140 dB SPL
Mic/Line In:
Connector: 1/8" stereo mini jack
Input Gain: -∞ to 52 dB
Input Impedance: 2 kΩ or more
Plug-In Power: 2.5V supported
Backup Recording: -12 dB lower than set L/R input gain
Inputs 1/2:
Connectors: XLR / TRS combo jacks (XLR: Pin 2 hot / TRS: Tip hot)
Input Gain (PAD OFF): -∞ to 55.0 dB
Input Gain (PAD ON): -∞ to 35.0 dB
Input Impedance: 1.8 kΩ or more
Max Input Level: +22 dBu (PAD ON)
Phantom Power: +12V /+24V /+48V
Equivalent Input Noise (EIN): -120 dBu or less
Mass Storage Class Operation:
Class: USB 2.0 high speed
Audio Interface Operation:
Multitrack Mode:
Class: USB 2.0 high speed
Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48 kHz
Bit Rate: 16-/24-bit
Inputs / Outputs: 4 / 2
Stereo Mode:
Class: USB 2.0 full speed
Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48 kHz
Bit Rate: 16-bit
Inputs / Outputs: 2 / 2
USB Bus Powered Operation: Yes
iPad Operation: Supported in stereo mode only


Recording Media SD card: 16MB to 2GB
SDHC card: 4GB to 32GB
Power Requirements AA size (LR6) battery x 2
AC adapter (AD-17 (DC5V/1A/USB-type, optional)
USB bus power
Display Backlit LCD (128 x 64 pixels)
User Reviews
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5 November 2017

I really wanted to like the Zoom H5. I've owned it over a year and also own a Zoom F8 and have owned almost every imaginable recorder in the last few years. My requirements are to be able to record live music, live speaker support recording in conferences, sometimes some audio for video, but I use...

27 October 2017

I purchased this product August 20th, 2015. Took great care of it, but in June of 2017, the display stopped working. I contacted Zoom and said they only cover it for a year after purchase. If I wanted a replacement it cost me an additional $200 plus $15.99 for shipping and handling.

14 October 2016

I thought about getting the H5 for a long time. Now that I finally purchased it and used it, I don't know why I took so long. The quality of sound captured with the H5 using the X/Y mic as well as the shotgun mic simply blew me away.

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19 December 2018

As a professional video producer, one learns very quickly that amazing video isnt that difficult to producer; however, getting amazing fidelity audio can be a challenge . . that is, unless you have this handy-dandy little device from Zoom.

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17 December 2018

So, I upgraded to the H5 mainly because of the convenience of the record level dials, however, the down side, which was not obvious from briefly looking at the product page and images, is that it is significantly larger (taller) than the H4n. For me this has several disadvantages:1.

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9 November 2018

Just getting into adding some serious sound to the work I do videoing the local community choir. I told the director I got tired of being held hostage to other peoples sound systems. The first real world test is coming up in a couple of weeks so I have high hopes.

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1 November 2018

This is my 2nd zoom H5. I broke the 1st one I bought back in 2015. There are some good and bad things about it but I am overall happy.Good:1) The new one I got no longer uses rubberized case so it wont get sticky like my old one.2) I think the headphone amp in the new one is slightly better.

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21 October 2018

Very clean audio, with an exceptionally low noise floor when used with Rode NT1 for narration. The H5 doubles as an audio interface as well being a recorder, removing that cost from the budget.

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21 September 2018

I had an H4 for years and finally upgraded. I am loving the battery life and start up time. I also love the feel of the H5. Really glad I upgraded. Note that I still use my H4 for backup audio. My H4 has lasted approx. 7 yrs and still going - I am hoping that the H5 has the same lifespan.

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12 September 2018

I purchased H5 for occasions when shooting an interview with two lavalier mics (with Senheisser transmitter-receiver units). I record it then either straight into the camera through a line out or into H5 and sync it in postproduction.

Product Highlights
  • Modular Mic and Input System
  • Includes XY Microphone Module
  • Four Simultaneous Inputs
  • Uses SD Memory Cards
  • Compatible with H6 Mic Modules
  • Optional Shotgun Mic and XLR/TRS Inputs
  • Record up to 24-bit/96kHz Audio
  • Doubles as USB Audio Interface
  • Optional Hot Shoe Mount
In The Box
  • Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System
  • XYH-5 Microphone Capsule
  • Plastic Case
  • 2 GB SD Card
  • Foam Windscreen
  • USB Cable
  • Steinberg WaveLab LE Software (Download)
  • Steinberg Cubase LE Software (Download)
  • 2 x AA Batteries
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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