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    Posted: 04 September 2020 at 03:46
Just some quick comments on the Zoom F1 field recorder.

If you do any video (especially outside) you quickly appreciate the recording microphones in the camera aren't great. That's why a shotgun (or stereo) microphone connected to the camera is a popular alternative. Nonetheless, you're still recording in compressed sound formats. Which at the margin isn't always great.

A field recorder can overcome this and allow recording sound to a WAV or similar format. To that end I got the Zoom F1 (you can use it as a camera connected microphone as well). It records to a micro-SD card in the recorder.

The recorder can have several (Zoom proprietary units) attached. I got the shotgun mic version.
#1 the 2 units

#2 Connected

#3 With foam windshield. I use a deadcat also.


First up- for the run-and-gun or mobile videographer it works. Really well.
The disadvantage is the connections aren't XLR *but* you can get a unit that has 2 XLR/TRS plus you could attach a larger XLR (powered) microphone to. It doesn't do phantom power to such microphones. Or you could stay with the Zoom mic.

The problem is it does limit you to the Zoom ecosystem. Which isn't bad. I did look at a properly XLR microphone setup but this was both more expensive (at least to set up) and more importantly was bulkier. And in the end, something I would take regularly was always going to be preferable to a larger, superior unit I left at home.

Anyway, if you're not entirely happy with your camera mounted microphone a field recorder is a way to lift that sound quality. This Zoom F1 is pretty proof against outside wind noises and hiss, and gives you something with more scope to edit. You can also use it as an independent field recorder for say, bird song (I mount it on a Rode pistol-grip with cold-shoe mount)

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I am using this one for over a year now and i am very happy with it. I can even connect my azden 30 smx right into the xy capsule and boost the input.

https://youtu.be/89T8c2GsoDw
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Originally posted by infrastellar infrastellar wrote:

I am using this one for over a year now and i am very happy with it. I can even connect my azden 30 smx right into the xy capsule and boost the input.

https://youtu.be/89T8c2GsoDw


Great video!

Oddly I also have an Azden 30 SMX too
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a7riii- Zeiss Loxia 21mm, Loxia 35mm Loxia 50mm, Loxia 85mm, Voightlander 110mm Macro, Sony 24-105mm, Sigma 100-400mm.
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@infrastellar

Looks like a great setup
a77ii- and some Sony/Minolta A-mount lenses.
a7riii- Zeiss Loxia 21mm, Loxia 35mm Loxia 50mm, Loxia 85mm, Voightlander 110mm Macro, Sony 24-105mm, Sigma 100-400mm.
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