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Zoom F1 Audio Recorder - take on Tascam DR10 series
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    Specs

    • 2-Channel Field Audio Recorder
    • Attach on Belts, Slip into a Pocket
    • Compatible with all Zoom microphone capsules
    • LMF-1 Omnidirectional Lavalier Mic
    • 1/8" Stereo Mic/Line Input
    • 24-Bit/96 kHz Audio, WAV and MP3
    • WAV 44.1 kHz/16-bit, 48 kHz/16-bit, 48 kHz/24-bit, 96 kHz/24-bit
    • MP3 48 kbps, 128 kbps, 192 kbps, 256 kbps, 320 kbps Mono/stereo ID3v1 tags supported
    • On-Board Limiter and Auto-Level Control
    • One-Touch Controls, Easy-to-Read Display
    • Up to 32GB on microSD or microSDHC Card
    • Micro-USB port for data exchange to and from computer
    • Use as an audio interface to record directly to your computer or iOS device
    • Tone generator for calibrating audio levels between the F1 and a DSLR video camera without the need for an attenuation cable
    • Sound marker function outputs quick tone for syncing audio and video
    • 2 x AAA Batteries Record up to 10 Hours
    • Windscreen, Belt Clip, Mic Clip
    • Shotgun
      • Directionality: Super cardioid (3 directional mic units)
      • Sensitivity: −39 dB/1 Pa at 1 kHz
      • Input gain: −∞ – +50 dB
      • Maximum sound pressure input: 122 dB SPL
    • Lav Mic Input
      • Connector: 3.5 mm stereo mini (with screw lock)
      • Supports plug-in power (2.5 V)
      • Input gain: −12 dB – +36 dB
      • Input impedance: 2 kΩ or more
    • Available for $199 at
    • Or for $249 with shotgun module

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  • Disappointed it lacks TC, like all the other Zoom F series have had.

    As without that I am doubtful it is a compelling enough choice to pick over the cheaper Tascam DR10L. (although I guess if the Tascam isn't on sale, and you need one asap then it makes sense perhaps to pick the Zoom instead at the same price? But the Tascam seems to be going on sale at a fairly semi regular basis)

  • Disappointed it lacks TC, like all the other Zoom F series have had.

    What for you need TC for such autonomous recorder?

    Issue with F1 is that designers do not clearly understand usage scenarios.
    Lack of double track recording on device where you can't monitor audio just make it no buy.

  • What for you need TC for such autonomous recorder?

    It is in Zoom's higher end "F series", thus in my eyes it would have made sense for it to have TC.

    Imagine you're doing a reality TV series with a dozen F1 recorders scattered around, going to be a royal pain in the ass to sync those up!

    Lack of double track recording on device where you can't monitor audio just make it no buy.

    I agree that is very important too, but reasonably confident that there is a good chance it might come in a future firmware update. It is a two channel recorder after all.

  • Imagine you're doing a reality TV series with a dozen F1 recorders scattered around, going to be a royal pain in the ass to sync those up!

    No one will be doing this, you have Zaxcom for it - they are 100x more suitable with wireless timecode, transparent dual recording and much more.

    I agree that is very important too, but reasonably confident that there is a good chance it might come in a future firmware update. It is a two channel recorder after all.

    You can't make this just "by firmware". As you need actual routing of signal to second ADC channel. And being stereo recording actually reduce this chance extremely.

  • Not all productions can afford Zaxcom

  • Does the output with locking connector violate Zaxcom patent. I know JuicedLink got shut down for this.

  • @halfmac

    Well, F1 does not have one.

    And I think it does not violate anything, just no one want to try full fledged litigation.

    From outside Zaxcom is pretty small and weak company, but it seems it is not how it looks as big owner of TEAC/Tascam backed off.

  • A good hands on look at the menus for the Zoom F1:

  • Our interview at NAB 2018