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Why buy the Zoom H1?

The Zoom H1 is a legendary recorder, used by podcasters, broadcasters, and journalists alike. Here are our top three reasons to get your hands on one:
  • Extreme portability — The H1 is so small and light you can have it with you wherever your recording needs take you.
  • Innovative sound pickup — The H1 is fixed with an X/Y microphone, offering two unidirectional microphones positioned at a 90 degree angle to each other, which allows for seamless stereo recording.
  • Affordability — At a tick over $100, the H1 deserves to be in every podcaster's toolkit.
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The Zoom H1 is a great little tool because it's small, light, reasonably cheap, and extremely versatile. It's a self-contained podcasting kit, with a terrific microphone, massive storage, and basic filters and manual or automatic levelling. Paired with a splitter and a couple of ATR-3350 Lavalier microphones, and it turns into a studio or mobile interview kit that fits in my pocket.

Paul Klipp, host of Confessions of an Agile Activist

Under the hood

  • Dimensions: 1.7 x 5.4 x 1.2 in (4.4 x 13.6 x 3.1 cm)
  • Weight: 0.1 pounds (60 grams)
  • Patterns: Unidirectional
  • Max SPL: 120 dB SPL