Product Comparison: Zoom H4N PRO vs Zoom H5

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General Specifications
H4n Pro
About the Product
At Zoom we’re always developing new ideas to improve the performance and function of our Handy Recorders. With the H4n Pro, we've taken everything creators love about the H4n and brought it to the next level. The H4n Pro isn't just improved, it's superior in every way. With advanced X/Y microphones, incredibly natural-sounding preamps, and a super-low noise floor, you can record everything from the Indy 500 to the fluttering of a hummingbird with extraordinary realism.
Our products are constantly evolving to meet the needs of the creators who use them. With the H5 Handy Recorder, the tradition continues. The H5 provides four tracks of simultaneous recording and, like our flagship H6, it can use all Zoom interchangeable input capsules, allowing you to choose the best microphone for every recording situation. The flexible and powerful H5 provides everything you need to create multitrack recordings, audio for video, and state-of-the-art podcasting, broadcasting and electronic newsgathering.
Key Specs
Maximum Recording Time
12 hours
15 hours
Voice-Activated Recording
Recording Quality
96kHz, 24bit
96kHz, 24bit
Number Of Recording Modes
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Zoom H4N PRO Digital Multitrack Recorder
  • I even used a cheapo ratty microphone with it and the quality of the audio was phenomenal. The built in mics are so sensitive and can pick up a mouse passing wind in the next room.
  • It also has the ability to record four tracks of audio into a single recording, as well as be able to plug in multiple devices (guitar, mics, keyboards, ect) to different channels.
  • Monitoring audio levels from various miss as well as the ability to be used as an audio interface is a great tool.
  • The product offers many options, provides high quality audio and is easy to use.
  • The mics are high quality. It takes a little bit of getting used to, but it's awesome to be able to put together 4 tracks like this.
Zoom H5 Four-Track Portable Recorder
  • I recently purchased this H5, and it sounds amazing. The quality is close to my recordings with my condenser microphones.
  • I can't always multi track so the H5 is exactly what I need to get a matrix recording. The XY pattern mics also get a great ambient recording. This is great for movie audio recording as well.
  • I bought the Zoom - H5 Recorder for mobile recording and the sound quality is astounding. I appreciate the ability to interchange mic recording systems and the ability to record up to four tracks at once.
  • Also has 4-track recording capability, and with included DAW software is very powerful. Received it before it was promised.
  • Professional level audio, but really easy to use. The external mic catches room tone, while the XLR input gets the direct feed, so you can work with several channels.
Size & Weight
6.19 in.
7.77 in.
2.87 in.
2.63 in.
1.46 in.
1.66 in.
10.37 oz.
9.52 oz.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Zoom H4N PRO Digital Multitrack Recorder
  • This recorder is industrial grade and it feels like it right out of the box. The options were numerous and setup was quick. Be aware that this recorder is hefty in size.
  • The size of the H4n makes it handy without being too big or too small. The transport buttons are large enough for big fingers.
  • Kinda bulky, but nice cameras arent the size of a walnut either so I'd say good work!
  • This thing fantastic for its size, quality, options and its price. Many great features to explore.
  • The quality of the recorded sound is great for a piece of equipment this size. For me this has helped make live recordings a real easy job.
  • It is a little bulky but I do like the screen size and the rugged exterior finish.
Zoom H5 Four-Track Portable Recorder
  • Audio was super clear, the battery lasted for the entire session (better part of a day on and off), and it was super easy to carry around. Can't wait to try it out on some other projects.
  • The Zoom H5 is a fantastic little recorder. It feels great in the hand, and works really well as in the field.
  • It comes with a protective plastic shell case, which is nicely sized to the device and not overly bulky.
  • I am really quite impressed with this little unit. Not only does it have a solid look/feel, the size is reasonable, and the resulting sound/recordings are well within my expectations.
  • The size is perfect to toss in your bag and always have pro audio available.
Display Type
Full-dot LCD (with backlight)
Backlit LCD
Computer Compatibility
Cue Marker Function
1-Touch Recording
Supported File Formats
Integrated Speaker
Line/phone output 3.5mm jack, Remote jack, MiniUSB, DC 5V AC adapter jack, SD card slot, Input jack for external stereo mic, 2x XLR/TRS combo connectors
Line out 3.5mm jack, Phone 3.5mm jack, SD card slot, Remote jack, MiniUSB, XLR / TRS combo jacks
Four-track simultaneous recording, Built-in X/Y stereo microphones, adjustable between 90˚ and 120˚, Record up to 140 dB SPL, +24 or +48V phantom power for main inputs, MS decoding function, Up to 99 marks per recording, Built-in effects, Variable playback speed, Mounts directly to tripod, mic stand or DSLR, Pre-Record
Compatible with all Zoom input capsules, Four-track simultaneous recording, Protective "roll-bar", Built-in effects, MS decoding, Normalize, Divide, and Trim editing, Up to 99 marks per recording, Mounts directly to tripod, mic stand or DSLR
What customers say about "Features"
Zoom H4N PRO Digital Multitrack Recorder
  • Need some recording device to connect to our Yamaha CL5. was easy configuration to connect and sound was perfectly recorded.
  • The recorder works as well as the other Zoom recorders, with clean preamps and nice features. Use it mostly for location and sound effects recording.
  • For so many years I was just using a long cable with a solo mic attached to my camera but with this one is just so much better to have it station closer to my subject and get better audio and then just sync it on post or record straight to the video.
  • The surround sound image of this device is incredible but if recording and simply touch or scratch the device lightly you hear it.
  • I like this recorder. but the only issue I have with it was that I use the max 32 GB sd card and it always takes forever to boot. it works well .
  • Great quality build and great sound. My only complaint is that it's the buttons and scroll wheel make things a little difficult to navigate. Other than that, it's great.
Zoom H5 Four-Track Portable Recorder
  • Adjusting the input volume involves using actual knobs, which gives a nice, tactile feel. Navigating through the menu is easy, but a little strange with the button that is provided.
  • It's very simple to use and has a myriad of inputs for adding microphones.
  • H5 is very handy and great quality. It comes with everything you need to start right out of the box, even batteries and an SD card.
  • The Zoom H5 is so easy to use. I pair it with my T5i and get clear audio. A must have
  • Battery life is great, and the preamps work well for the price. Having physical knobs makes this well worth the purchase.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
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