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.

6 June 2018

Performed as advertised, good value.

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17 May 2018

We have had this unit for 2+ weeks and it is still not operational because we have not had the half day it takes to download three software programs to a computer, then transfer the new files on an SD card to the recorder. The 2GB card that comes with the unit is essentially useless.

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14 December 2017

Twice now I've used the Zoom H5 on long-duration recordings only to find that it had cut out a part of the recording. One was a wedding and the other was a choir.While editing, I synchronized the beginning of the H5 audio to several video/audio tracks.

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6 September 2017

Confirming Sanjay's statement : it's not good for hot climate places. The rubber surface gets sticky. If it weren't for that, I would rate it four stars.

13 March 2017

I love this recording device. A gift from abover

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13 February 2017

I spent a lot of time reviewing this product before purchasing and it has a lot of positive reviews from pros. It seems to have a lot of internal noise though which none of those reviews spoke of.

12 December 2016

exactly what i needed

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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