Zoom F1 Field Recorder
Posted on: Tuesday 13th of March 2018
Lightweight (120gm) and with a low-profile design, the F1 attaches neatly to belts or waistbands, and fits inside pockets without being seen. The F1 is equipped with a stereo 3.5mm mic/line input that delivers plug-in power to small microphones, and a proprietary 10-pin connector compatible with all Zoom microphone capsules. The 6 capsules available are stereo and mono versions of shotgun, X/Y, Mid-Side, and the ‘EXH-6 Dual XLR/TRS’ which adds discrete inputs from external sources.
The F1 records stereo audio up to 24-bit/96kHz in BWF-compliant WAV or a variety of MP3 formats, directly to microSD or microSDHC cards. The unit offers a series of one-touch buttons that give you quick access to record level, limiter control, low-cut filter, and volume output as well as a 3.5mm stereo phone/line output jack with a dedicated volume control, plus a monochromatic LCD display.
The recorder comes with essential features for videographers including a tone generator for setting levels, sound markers for aligning audio and video, an on-board limiter to keep levels in check, and a Rec Hold function to avoid accidental operation of buttons. A micro-USB port is available for data exchange to and from a computer, as well as for use as an audio interface with a computer or iOS device.
The F1 utilizes two standard AAA alkaline, Lithium, or NiMH rechargeable batteries, or an AD-17 AC adapter), and offers a battery run time of up to 10 hours. The unit ships with a windshield, mic clip, and a belt clip.