The Zoom H4n audio recorder is the Swiss army knife of indie filmmaking. With the Zoom H4n you can easily and greatly improve your independent productions
The Zoom h4n does not come cheap, although it is significantly cheaper than other field recorders of this quality. You can pick a new one up for around $250 and a used one for around $150.
So why should you save up and go for the Zoom H4n audio recorder:
- Study and fool proof design
- 2 XLR or 2 Line inputs
- 48 phantom power build in
- Omni directional mics
- Small and compact
- Battery powered with optional net power
|Zoom H4n backside|
Most indie filmmakers that start out worry about camera quality, lenses and light but record audio using their camera. This will greatly reduce your production quality since it will distract you from enjoying the film.
Drawback of the Zoom H4nOperating the Zoom H4n is also very easy and straightforward. The only major drawback that I have come across during filming was the very long loading time when I inserted a class 10 32 GB SD card. It took over 30 min to load.
When using smaller cards I don't experience this problem. Although this seems significant you normally only experience this once when turning the Zoom on, since 32GB will last you a long time even when recording high quality audio.