Zoom H4n: Full Product Review

I’ve used many pocket recorders in my lifetime, but I have to admit that the Zoom H4N is a bit different. Zoom has really put a lot of thought and effort into making this device more than just a portable recorder. If you are like me then you are always looking to capture audio in the best sounding form possible. At one time, this was only possible in a recording studio. Today, we have mini recording studio’s like the Zoom H4N that fits in the palm of your hands.

My Gripes

  • Slow bootup time
  • Prefer knobs for scrolling
  • Menu needs to be a little more intuitive

My Likes

  • Very easy to switch from internal mic to external mic
  • Volume meter
  • Lots of options and flexibility

Here are some features that come with the H4n:

  • Built-in X/Y stereo mics record at either 90° or 120°
  • Four channel simultaneous recording using built-in and external mics
  • Digitally controlled, high-quality mic preamp for improved audio quality
  • Large 1.9-Inch LCD screen and improved user interface for easy operation
  • 24bit/96kHz Linear PCM recording for pristine recording
  • MP3 recording for increased recording time
  • Built-in reference speaker to check recordings
  • Shock resistant rubberized body for improved chassis protection
  • Records on SD/SDHC media of up to 32GB for maximum recording time
  • Stamina mode enables 10-11 hours of continuous battery life
  • Built-in mounting joint for tripod and mic stand mounting
  • USB 2.0 port for faster file transfer
  • XLR inputs with phantom power allow recording with any mic
  • Studio effects onboard, including guitar and bass amp modeling
  • USB audio interface capability
  • Onboard tuner and metronome
  • Includes 2 GB SD card, wind screen, mic clip adapter, AC adapter, USB cable, protective case and Cubase LE recording software

Overall, I am really enjoying this handy device. It’s another microphone and recorder I will keep within reach for some time to come!


  1. Great review! You mentioned that you are glad this unit also can save as .wav files. Is there a reason you would choose .wav over .mp3?

    Also you can really tell a difference from the H2n to the H4n when vocals testing. H4n sounds much better imo.

    Again, very nice review! I love the testing of the different mics!

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