Zoom upgrades the H2 with H2n

Zoom is upgrading the H2 with a new H2n. The black finish and retro condenser microphone styling is a big plus for my taste, but it's neither pocketable nor does it have all the features of the H4n.


I'm not sure how something like this would fit the Video Maker's toolbox with all the other Zoom options out there (no XLR inputs), but Zoom has been geared more towards musicians. It might be a handy thing to have for Video makers that record live concerts and provide a better sound than the Zoom H1. Not yet available, but there's some additional information and sexy photos following the link.


:Five built-in mic capsules provide Mid-Side (MS) stereo, 90° X/Y stereo, 2-channel and 4-channel recording modes
:Records in WAV up to 24-bit/96kHz and MP3 up to 320kbps
:Newly designed user interface
:Additional functions include Lo-cut Filter, Compressor/Limiter, Auto Gain, Pre-Rec, Auto-Rec, Tuner, Metronome, Variable Speed Playback, Key Control, A-B Repeat, File :Dividing, Normalize, MP3 Post-Encode, Marker and Surround Mixer
:Data recovery function protects against unexpected recording errors
:Over 20 hours of operation using two standard AA batteries
:Operates on battery, AC or USB bus power
:1.8-inch backlit LCD display with 128 x 64 resolution
:Analog-type Mic Gain wheel
:Built-in reference speaker
:High-speed USB 2.0 card reader function
:1/8-inch Mic/Line Input and Phones/Line Output stereo phone jacks
:Accommodates up to 32GB SDHC memory cards
:Includes Steinberg WaveLab LE 7 editing software, 2GB SD memory card and two AA batteries
:Optional accessory package (APH-2n) includes remote control with extension cable, windscreen, AC adapter (USB type), USB cable, adjustable tripod stand, padded-shell case and a mic clip adapter.

8 thoughts on “Zoom upgrades the H2 with H2n

  1. Been researching portable recorders for fieldwork and podcasting for a client. This looks absolutely great, and I’ve heard that the background distortion levels are a little lower than the H2 also, always a welcomed improvement if true.

  2. I have the original H2. While it does not sport the features of the H4, I find many uses for it. ENG Off/Camera Voice-Overs, using a field mixer it works great for backup recording or main for SLR shoot's. Also, the most powerful feature is the 4 channel mic setup. I set it on a podium under the speaker for corporate events. It gets a nice recording of the speaker, along with the crowd facing him/her. For Ambient sound, 4 channel recording is outstanding. I have used it for recording Storms, Nature ETC. It really has a billion uses that the H4 and H1 cannot touch. A really nice addition to any audio toolkit. The new version looks much easier to handle and work with, I might just have to get rid of mine. The upgraded view screen would make it worth the investment alone!!

  3. LOL! The description has smilies.

    This looks like a pretty sick piece of audio recording equipment to have. This will drive the prices of the H2 down, which is still a great product, and I've been meaning to get one of those. Like Hal said, the mic quality on the H2's are really impressive and I would actually prefer it to be more clumsy than an H1. The H1's look like you could snap them with ease.

    Only time will tell if this H2n will be as successful as the other products Zoom has to offer.


  4. Rabi

    Looks like a nice little recorder for musicians, but I agree that it probably isn't really something for filmmakers.

  5. I have an H2 and really like it. Yes, it's a little clumsy compared to the H1 and lacks XLR, but it has 2 nifty features that sold me.

    First, it's the only recorder I know of that can record true surround sound. Add it to a dialog track in the center channel and you have real feature film surround on a budget.

    In addition, it's awesome for recording voice-overs in the field. Use a windscreen and talk into it like a "big" studio condenser microphone.

    Oh, and the quality is impressive - and I'm an audio guy.

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