Summary: I use two of these as well as a Sony PCM-M10. If I had it to do all over again I would have just bought two more of the Sonys. My main complaints with the H4n revolve around the hardware and not the quality of the recordings it captures, although the PCM-M10 is in fact quieter. First and foremost, the jog dial on the H4n is absolutely horrible when listening back to recordings.
Summary: This is not very well made. The Menu button is a hassle. I wish they would have added one more button, because i have to keep turning my H2n off and then starting it again to reset it. I think every video review mention the PLAY button. Why on earth they did not do a better job designing this is beyond my understanding. I don't feel like doing an acrobatic act with my thumb every time I use this thing, but it looks like there is no way but to do so.
Summary: -I was surprised, the packaging was not accurate. The handy recorder package was bossed, saddle-backed on top side. Maybe it was packed in a hurry. -Then accessory box looks like also was packed in rush. Contents in that box was just pressed & squished. And all excitement on my face become serious. At least product was not damaged by that. -Of course I WILL recommend your product to others, I know you, guys, can pack it accurately.
Summary: me and my band got this recorder a couple years ago to record our practices with, when we started out it seemed almost too good to be true, super super crisp sounds, almost CD quality crisp and we were very impressed, but after some time the mics got very muddy and the sound quality really went way down. My point is that the blaring loud band practices probably destroyed the mics after not that long a time. Its a good recorder but be careful with it.
Summary: Recently picked up the H2 as I've been doing a good amount of filmmaking as of late. I'm mixed about its performance. Like anything, I did my research on the product and watched a few video reviews with the H2 in action. The sound quality sounded great so I ordered one. Pros: Lightweight, easy to use, easy to transfer files using a card reader or USB cord, comes with everything you need, looks good and a lot crammed into a small package.
Summary: The Zoom H2 recorder is not user friendly and you cannot hear the recording right after you record not unless you connect it to speakers or earphones. It's not so portable if you can't listen to your playback without hooking it to something. This is not the product I thought it was. The recordings are very clear and the surround sound works great. The instruction book does not give you clear instructions on how to work it.
Summary: Ive own the zoom H2 for quite sometime and stopped using this recorder because of 2 things. Battery life and the display. This consumes lotsa juice and I don't like to be changing batteries all the time. Also the screen display is very small. It does record really well but these two things really stand in my way. I have the Olympus Ls 11 and I'm very satisfied. This is just my opinion and I'm sure people are very happy with the Zoom H2.
Summary: I may be a goofus, but I tried this on a live recording and it did very well. However, the micro-mini jacks, which tend to promote noise, and the fact that you just can't hit replay and listen, you need other software (not mentioned prior to sale) gives this a lower mark than it could have. It is simply a twin condenser mic combo that records digitally to a format not recognized by computers.