Zoom F4

6-Channel 8-Track Field Audio Recorder / Mixer

  • 4 Inputs with XLR / TRS combo connectors
  • Compact and lightweight aluminium housing
  • Quality mic preamps with up to 75 dB of gain
  • 4 dBu line inputs
  • Recordings with max. 24 bit / 192kHz and the formats 47.952 / 48.048 kHz for HD video compatibility
  • Timecode input and output on BNC connectors
  • Three options for power supply: 8 x AA batteries, external DC battery with Hirose connector or 12 V AC power supply (Type AA batteries and DC battery are not included)
  • Gain control with level indicator and PFL / Solo switch per channel
  • Phantom power (48V / 24V)
  • Limiter for inputs and outputs
  • Mid / Side decoder
  • Compatible with the ZOOM microphone capsules
  • 2 Balanced XLR main outputs
  • Separate headphone output
  • Backlit 1.9" LCD
  • Two SD / SDHC / SDXC card slots for media with max. 512GB
  • Integrated pole mount
  • Use as a 6-in/4-out USB audio interface (@ 96 kHz)
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 177.8 x 141.1 x 54.3 mm
  • Weight: 1.03 kg

Delivery:

  • Adapter for camera mount
  • ZOOM AD-19 DC 12 V power supply
  • Instruction manual
  • Zoom AD-19 power supply and a DC-HIROSE adapter which serves as a third power option
  • Download codes for Cubase LE and WaveLab LE software

Note: No Bluetooth, not compatible with the Zoom F8 iOS app

Further Information

Integrated Stereo Microhone No
Recording Tracks 6
Microphone Inputs 4
48 V Phantom power Yes
Line Inputs 4
Storage Medium SD/SDHC/SDXC Card
Headphone connection Yes
Integrated Speaker No
Resolution max. 24 bit
Max. Sample Rate 192 kHz
Limiter Yes

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Loads of features for it's price range!

Jay237921, 13.06.2018
I recently purchased the Zoom F4 via Thomann to use it mainly as a location sound recorder. It's robust chassis and metal body definitely feels secure and I assumed just by holding it that it would endure heavy use throughout days of shootings.

Putting it to the test, I found the noise level on the preamps considerably low which makes it perfect for dialogue and field recordings.
As for the navigation in between menus, if you're already familiar with Zoom products, you should find it easy to navigate.
The Zoom F4 features digital limiters to help protect incoming audio levels (not to clip your sound when recorded on the SD Card).
Analog limiters on each channel (engineers would understand why analog limiting would make more sense for this use) are available in other field recorders, however definitely not in this price range.
The F4 features 2 main outs (LR channels) to use for monitoring; very useful if you're using it as a sound card. It also features a decent quality headphone out.

In conclusion, I am very satisfied with my investment in the F4, and would definitely recommend it for a field recordist looking for decent sound on a budget.
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Good quality and sound for the price

Radek, 04.05.2017
What I like:
- menu clear and simple enough not to spend too much time in it,
- above average sound quality,
- channel direct access buttons for things like gain and phantom,
- input 5-6 accepts Zoom capsules,
- input gain gang (link),
- XLR Main outs,
- TC in/out,
- built quality is good enough.

What I do not like:
- you must be very careful with input XLR sockets, as they not always let you release non-ISO plugs,
- digital LPF and Limiters,
- entering metadata is a real pain in the back and you can't attach a keyboard without purchasing a zoom frc-8 fader unit. No bluetooth, so you are left with single knob entry only,
- input gain is adjusted in steps, which means you have to be careful doing this when recording (you will get a staircase-like gain change),
- SD Card slots are hard to access quickly,
- Unit can drain your AA batteries quite quickly,
- when working as a computer interface must be powered from other than USB port power source - this is ok when in multichannel mode, but Zoom also works this way in 2ch mode!

To sum it up - for the price with this set of features you can't really go wrong with it.
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