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Audio Comparison: Canon 5d Mark ii, iPhone 4 & Zoom H1
November 2, 2011, 2:54 pm
Filed under: Specialist Project

I found this video, which compares the sound quality of the in built microphone on Canon DSLR, an iPhone 4 and the Zoom H1.

I think it’s fair to say the Zoom H1 is far more superior than Canon and iPhone, because it’s a specialist sound device. However, I was surprised at how dull and quiet the sound recorded from the iPhone 4 was compared to the Canon.


Ok, so I’ve only gone and bought the Zoom H1, for my project (I see this more as an investment towards my degree). Anyway, I’ve been playing around with, like a little kid, and it’s great to sum up. The sound quality is impressive for the price you pay and the size of the device. There will be no need for all the Fostex sound recorders in the future, because the Zoom H1 is proof that you can capture Professional stereo sound quality on a compact device.

If I had to pick a downside to the device, it would be linked to the build quality. It’s not made with the best standard of materials; it’s very plasticy, which makes it light. Light? surely that’s a good thing, well not really. The plastic material and the lightness makes it prone to picking external noise, which is made from handling the device. You’ve either got to hold it firmly and try and avoid fiddling with it while it’s recording, or you mount it onto something either a tripod or camera.

Here’s a short recording I did using my iPhone 4 for the video and Zoom for the audio.


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