Excerpt: When I phoned to order the ZOOM H-4, the salesman asked me what uses I would make of it (recording voice lessons and rehearsals)and told me that I didn't need so high-powered a recorder and recommended the H-1 instead. I was pleased by the lower price. But now that I've (managed to) set up the H-1 ZOOM, I find it inferior in quality of sound to the OLYMPUS digital voice recorder (VN-5200PC) upon which I was trying to improve.
Excerpt: Recording microphones are common place these days. They are on our phones, iPods, mp3 players and even on pens . But usually these microphones don’t result in the best audio quality from their built-in mono microphone. That’s where Samson’s Zoom H1 Handy Recorder comes in. The package includes the Zoom H1 Handy Recorder with a preloaded 2GB microSD card, a AA battery and instruction manuals. The Zoom H1 is made of plastic and feels extremely lightweight.
Pros: Stereo microphones, High bitrate recording, Uses only 1 AA battery
Cons: Audio recording quality not recommended for professional usage
Conclusion: The H1 makes a great companion to a video camera, as well as a standalone recorder for capturing lectures, band practice, or your interviews. Just make sure you budget for the Accessory Pack.
Pros: Small and extremely portable. Easy-to-use interface. Takes one standard AA battery. Can record in either WAV or MP3. Standard tripod mount.
Cons: Optional Accessory Pack is almost mandatory.
Summary: The Zoom H1 Handy Recorder is unquestionably a bargain. Whether itâ€™s a good fit for you depends very much on your need for extra features found on more expensive recorders such as the H4n and your ability to treat plastic gadgets with some respect. The Auto Level feature needs some work, but you can easily work around it by switching it off and manually setting levels. Do so and you can record some impressive-sounding audio.
Excerpt: (1 items) Zoom (distributed by Samson), with its line of portable digital audio recorders, has made high-quality handheld recorders more affordable than they once were. With the H1 Handy Recorder—a $160 device available for $99 just about everywhere—the company has gone from more affordable to downright inexpensive.
Pros: All controls accessible from buttons and switches, Records high-quality 24-bit/96kHz WAV audio, Affordable
Cons: Plastic design a little delicate, Auto Level feature produces unmusical results