If you want a teeny, tiny pocket recorder, then the Zoom F1 seems to be the way to go. Zoom after all does have a respectable and envious record for success with their products.
We haven’t physically seen once as yet, but from what we know, the F1 supports Zoom’s lavaliere and shotgun mics along with all of Zoom’s proprietary 10-pin mic modules.
Zoom themselves claim that the Zoom F1 is “the perfect solution for videographers who need to capture the nuance of every word with professional quality audio.”
There are two different models; one includes the lavaliere mic and the other a shotgun. Recording for both is to a microSD card.
Functionality is provided by buttons on the front of the F1 via a nested menu system.
The Zoom’s F1 feature set is as follows:
- Compatible with Zoom microphone capsules
- Supports up to 24-bit/96 kHz audio in BWF-compliant WAV or a variety of MP3 formats
- One-touch button controls
- 25” monochrome LCD display
- Rec Hold function to avoid accidental operation of buttons
- Stereo ⅛” Mic/Line In mini phone jack with Plug-in power (2.5V)
- Stereo ⅛” Phone/Line Output jack with dedicated volume control
- Built-in limiter and auto level control to avoid clipping
- Pre-Record function
- Tone generator for calibrating audio levels between the F1 and a DSLR or video camera without the need for an attenuator cable
- Sound marker function that outputs quick tone to make syncing audio and video easy
- Records directly to micro SD and SDHC cards up to 32 GB
- Micro USB port for data exchange to and from computer and use as an audio interface with computer or iOS device
- Runs on only 2 standard AAA alkaline, Lithium, or NiMH rechargeable batteries, or AC adapter (AD-17)
- Up to 10 hours of operation with alkaline batteries (when using lavalier)
The price is USD$199 with the lav, clip and belt clip. Expect the shotgun version to be around another USD$60 that will include a shock mount, windscreen and dSLR connecting cable.