Product Comparison: Zoom H1 vs Sony ICD-UX533

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General Specifications
About the Product
The ultra-compact H1 Handy Recorder brings new meaning to the term "portability." Small enough to slip in your pocket, it offers professional-quality stereo recording at an incredibly affordable price. Take it with you wherever you go—live concerts and band rehearsals, location video shoots, lectures and meetings—or use it to capture your musical ideas whenever inspiration strikes.
Capture recordings in stereo, store files via USB memory stick and use as an MP3 music player. High sensitivity and less noise with built-in S-Microphone System, and a wider recording rangeю.
Key Specs
Maximum Recording Time
10 hours
24 hours
Voice-Activated Recording
Recording Quality
96kHz, 24bit
44.1 kHz, 16 bit
Number Of Recording Modes
Internal Memory
4 GB
Frequency Response
50Hz to 20kHz
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Zoom H1 Handy Portable Digital Recorder
  • This is an incredible product; the superb sound quality one expects from Samson and amazingly simple operation (one button recording!)
  • I love it, have used it for live music sessions and interviews -- 69 hours of continuous recording at 128kps, that's 5 days!
  • This is really great sound quality for this amount of money. It is easy to use. You can either use the built in microphones or attach a lavalier with a 3.5 mm plug.
  • the sound quality is excellent for the lowest cost mic from the excellent Zoom product line.
  • My only real complaint with it is the high frequency response is about on par with a SM-58 - nowhere near as good as you'd expect from a condenser mic.
  • It's a good little recorder but you can't turn it off and come back to the same spot you left off at, you have to start from the beginning again unless you use markers.
Sony ICD-UX533 Digital Voice Recorder - Black
  • It records almost 50 hours of material, so you don't have to worry about running out of space. It takes one AAA battery - I can deal with least it's not two AA's! Would recommend to anybody.
  • Used my UX533 6 or 7 times since I got it for recording two hour meetings, which I then transcribe into minutes on my PC. Sound quality and distance pick up is much better than my old Sandisk E and moving the file to my PC is a snap.
  • Can't say enough about this little unit, forgot to turn it off and then found out it will record for 24 hours on a single charge, and that's at it's highest quality setting.
  • This works great. The only issue I have had so far is that there is a slight click at the end of each recording, which doesn't serve well for my intended purpose of these recordings. Otherwise, it is a great recorder.
  • Good machine. Some of the controls are confusing. Still not sure what the maximum time is on any particular channel
Size & Weight
5.35 in.
4 in.
1.73 in.
1.44 in.
1.22 in.
0.55 in.
2.12 oz.
2.05 oz.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Zoom H1 Handy Portable Digital Recorder
  • Super handy two track (stereo) recorded.
  • This is a great backup for my Tascam DR-100. It is perfect for most DSLR audio since it is small, lightweight, and has a big record button.
  • Its a compact recorder. easy to use and the quality or feel of the product is a 4 out 6.
  • If Zoom could have but a better body on this handy recorder then it would be perfect.
  • The body is very cheaply designed. It is difficult to say the least to open the micro sd door in order to get to the micro sd.
  • The bad part is it is made out of cheap plastic and the part that is around the mics, assumably to protect it, bends and breaks with the slightest pressure.
Sony ICD-UX533 Digital Voice Recorder - Black
  • I like the small size and weight of this recorder and that it needs only a single AAA battery
  • Great product, light weight and handy as a pocket on a shirt!
  • Very easy to use... Light weight... Lots of options. Very good on battery.. Is amazing product.
  • I've probably had a hand in selling three of these because my classmates realized how this is just another tool for our toolbelts and it's small and light weight which makes it perfect for us.
  • Very easy to use... Light weight... Lots of options.
Display Type
127 segment custom LCD (with backlight)
LCD display
Computer Compatibility
Cue Marker Function
1-Touch Recording
Supported File Formats
Linear PCM, MP3
Integrated Speaker
microSD card slot, Mic/line input jack, Mini USB jack
SD card slot, Headphone 3.5mm jack, Microphone in, USB
Up to 99 marks per recording, Auto Level, Low-cut filter, Mounts directly to tripod, mic stand or DSLR, 90˚ X/Y stereo mic
USB for PC, Intelligent Noise Cut, Multi-language support, Track Mark, Scene Select, Calendar Search
What customers say about "Features"
Zoom H1 Handy Portable Digital Recorder
  • It has a very widely adjustable input gain, the ability to plug into outboard mic or line level signals, and great battery life. It can record in WAV or MP3, and it's very easy to set up for recording and to extract the audio via USB or sliding the memory card into your computer.
  • It doesn't have XLR inputs like the higher end units do, but it's also much cheaper than those units. It does have a 3.5mm input for very basic microphones. It's also not very compact, so it's probably not best for hidden recordings.
  • I love this little 'take-anywhere' recorder. It is extremely easy to use and very light-weight, It cannot get any easier than this when it comes to using it.
  • Very easy to use right out of box, play back is super easy. Holds a lot of music in MP3 format
  • The record button on this device is large and easy to reach, even with gloves on. The audio is also very easy to sync with the GoPro video during post. The audio and GoPro sync well when the bit rate is set to constant, not dynamic.
  • "Auto Level" occasional does some weird level jumping, so now I just use "Manual".
Sony ICD-UX533 Digital Voice Recorder - Black
  • I love that it's lightweight, holds a charge for a long time, and with an SD card, can hold a LOT of lectures.
  • I love how it plugs right into the USB port of your computer. Very handy.
  • I use this little thing all the time! It does a great job picking up pertinent sounds (voices and such) and filtering background noise. I didn't expect much for the price, but I was very pleasantly surprised.
  • It has its own USB plug, so it connects directly to a computer USB port to import files. If you have rechargeable batteries, you can also use the USB port for the charging
  • The next biggest upside is the ability to use standard micro-sd cards to increase the storage capacity. Again, nothing proprietary here, standard micro sd makes life easy.
  • Not what I expected. Microphone must be close to the sound source ,and the speaker has a tinny sound and no volume at all. Without ear phones , It's worthless. I wish I had bought something else.
  • OK but very much more flimsy than I thought. Don't know about the Olympus but ones I have had in the past were junk also so take it for what it is worth.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Other Information
99.99 $

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