Zoom Introduces the F1 Field Recorder for Video

Zoom has announced the F1 Field Recorder, which comes packaged with a shotgun or lavalier microphone for shooting video.

Zoom said F1-SP package ($249.99) comes with the SGH-6 Shotgun Mic for capturing pro-quality, hyper directional sound. The F1-LP ($199.99) package comes with Zoom’s LMF-1 lavalier mic. Users can record high-resolution audio up to 24 bit/96 kHz, providing high-impact audio for any video production.

Set-up for the shotgun system is simple. Connect the F1 and shotgun to the included shock mount and attach it to a camera. Then connect the F1’s audio output to the camera’s input using the included 3.5mm stereo cable. While recording to the camera, the F1 can also record to a microSD card, providing a stereo audio file which can be edited in post-production.

Monitor levels, battery life and lo-cut settings with the F1’s monochromatic display, ensuring visibility even in bright sunlight. The F1 features Zoom’s one-touch buttons to set record levels, limiter settings and volume output. The included SMF-1 shock mount was engineered to eliminate unwanted thumping sounds caused by vibrations when shooting on the move.

The F1’s tone generator provides a test tone to assist in setting proper audio levels. Sound markers are for aligning audio and video. An on-board limiter keeps levels safe when spikes in loud volume occur.

The F1 can be powered using two AAA batteries (included) or with the optional AD-17 power adapter. It has USB connections for transferring recordings to a computer in card reader mode or record directly to the computer using the F1 in USB audio interface mode.

The F1 records audio in WAV or MP3 formats. WAV files are automatically time-stamped, making them Broadcast Wave Format (BWF) compliant.

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