Zoom Introduces the F4 MultiTrack Field Recorder

Zoom has unveiled the new F4, a six-input/eight-track field recorder that offers creators Hollywood-quality sound for film at an unprecedented low price.

Zoom said the new recorder has four super-low-noise mic preamps, precise time code and a solid metal build. Like the larger Zoom F8, the F4 offers recording and playback at resolutions up to 24-bit/192 kHz.

For precise audio/video syncing, the F4 uses a Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator (TCXO) that generates time code at 0.2 ppm accuracy — a first at this price point.

For recording flexibility, the F4 features four locking Neutrik XLR/TRS combo connectors, a 3.5mm stereo input and a Zoom mic capsule input, for a total of six discrete inputs, all of which enable it to record up to eight tracks. It also provides two main outputs and two sub outputs as well as a ¼-inch headphone jack with dedicated volume control.

Compact and weighing 2.27 pounds without batteries, the F4 includes a 1.9-inch white backlit monochromatic LCD display that makes it suitable for all lighting environments, from the studio to the field.

The Zoom F4 will be available in stores October for $649.99.

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