Zoom H2n Portable Digital Recorder Priced as $199; releasing in September
It has taken just four years ago that is an eternity in technology time, that the Samson Zoom H2 SD came out. The upgrade is now and not only looks decidedly better, but comes with five microphones in the same “studio quality” that can adapt to different shooting situations. The Zoom H2n Portable Digital Recorder is equipped with not one but 5 studio-quality internal microphones and offers four unique recording modes: Mid-Side (MS) stereo, 90° X/Y stereo, 2-channel and 4-channel surround sound. Watch a promotional video of the new Zoom H2n handheld recorder after the jump.
The four modes consist of Mid-Side stereo (with a front-directional pickup as well as pickup from the sides), 90° X/Y stereo (for more natural stereo recording), 2-channel and 4-channel surround sound (both with 360-degree recording). All of the settings for each mode are controlled on the 1.8-inch LCD display, to adjust how much each microphone picks up. If that sounds a little confusing, the video below should hopefully clear things up.
There’s also the ability to use the Zoom H2n as a USB microphone, an integrated reference speaker and up to 20hrs of recording time from a couple of regular AA batteries. If you run out of power mid-session, there’s a data recovery system that claims to be able to restore your files; Zoom also bundles a copy of WaveLab LE 7. Storage is onto SD card, with up to 32GB supported.
The Zoom H2n Handy Digital Recorder will be arriving in September 2011 and will be available for around $199.