H2n Field Recorder

Zoom H2n

Field Recorder 


This Field recorder has been super handy. I have used this H2n for interviews, weddings, corporate information videos, external recorder for wireless transmission. I remember one time using this recorder to do audio in a limo for a short film. It is hidden well in scenes to great audio where maybe its harder to place a boom pole. 

I've never had any issues with this recorder. With the Zoom H4n we had pretty bad battery issues. The H2n I can leave recording the entire day and it will still be going strong. This is a great recorder for weddings. I highly recommend this recorder and been using this recorder for many years now and I will keep it in my gear bag until it dies! 

The Zoom H2n Handy Recorder

Five microphones, four ways of recording

Zoom's H2n Handy Recorder is the only portable device to come with five built-in microphones and four different recording modes: X/Y, Mid-Side, 2-channel surround and 4-channel surround. The H2n can handle just about anything from live concert and rehearsal recording to location videography. It's also a great choice for generating lasting audio documents of important events like lectures, meetings, weddings, and parties.

  • Five built-in microphones and four recording modes: Mid-Side (MS) stereo, X/Y stereo, and both 2-channel and 4-channel surround
  • Records directly to SD and SDHC cards up to 32GB
  • Supports up to 24-bit/96kHz WAV audio as well as a variety of MP3 formats
  • Analog-type mic gain knob
  • Onboard effects, including compression/limiting and low-cut filtering, plus chromatic tuner and metronome
  • Auto Gain, Auto-record, and Pre-record features, plus Data Recovery function
  • Requires just two AA alkaline or NiMH rechargeable battery, with up to 20 hours of battery life


X/Y recording provides a great way to cover a wide area while still capturing sound sources in the center with clarity and definition. The H2n's built-in X/Y microphone provides two matched unidirectional mic elements set at a 90 degree angle relative to one another.


The 'Mid' microphone element in the H2n's MS mic picks up signal coming from directly in front, while the 'Side' mics capture the sounds coming from the left and right. You can then adjust the relative level of each, either during recording or during post-production, to alter the stereo width while still maintaining perfect mono compatibility.


The H2n allows you to combine the signals from both the X/Y and MS microphones in order to create two- or four-channel surround sound recordings that capture everything you hear, not just those sounds coming from in front of you, but from all directions.