Zoom H6 – Zoom H4n comparison

September 24, 2013


Zoom H6 Windscreen

Zoom H6 Initial Thoughts :

Aloha from the island of Maui. I have pretty much used the Zoom H4n exclusively since 2008. I just loved the simple ergonomics and ease of use. Well, that is till the Zoom H6 came out.. This recorder is superior to the H4n in pretty much every way. The analog levels dials are exactly what I’ve been desperately wanting in the Zoom H4n but just ended up living with..

The battery life is outstanding compared to the H4N which was a battery drinking monster. The H6 battery life is much better and in line with the amazing battery life of the Zoom H2n! (that thing lasts forever). I haven’t done extensive testing on the preamps as of yet but by ear, they seem to be much cleaner. (comparison viddy to follow).

-I’m not really into the micro sd, but whatever, it’s not all that bad.
-I wish the screen was adjustable as checking your levels when you have the H6 pointed at your face can be quite difficult. An app that allowed for realtime levels monitoring would be fantastic.
-The menu’s are even more intuitive and the gui is nice, bright and COLORFUL! (superficial bonuses)
-The removable mic capsules are fantastic but I’m curious as to how the contacts on the H6 itself will hold up over time.
-A small bonus but I love the dedicated case it comes with..
-I love the 0 to -20 manual pad switch for all channels!
-The dedicated line out is nice as well.

The Zoom H6 is a definite improvement over the Zoom H4n in just about every way and a warranted upgrade!

Here’s a little windscreen on Maui’s windy north shore shot with the Nikon D800 :

Zoom H6 Redhead Windscreen’s Available HERE.

Zoom H6 Digital Recorder on Amazon.


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