Zoom H2n Handy Recorder

Handheld SD Recorder with Five Internal Mic Capsules, and the Ability to Record In 360-degree Surround and Mid-Side Formats
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A Super-handy Recorder with Five Mics Onboard!

The versatile Zoom H2n handheld recorder seriously raises the bar for portable recorders - and not just other handhelds! With five onboard microphones and a ton of recording options, the H2n is more than just a handheld recorder, it's a pocket-sized recording studio. It can record in conventional XY stereo, 360-degree surround, and even Mid-Side stereo - all with pristine detail! Whether you're a singer/songwriter or a whole band, capturing live music or samples for sound design, you're going to love recording with the ultra-versatile Zoom H2n!

Zoom H2n Handheld Recorder at a Glance:
  • Five microphones, tons of possibilities
  • Record with total confidence
  • Freakishly simple to use
  • Great in the studio too
Five microphones, tons of possibilities

This handy handheld recorder puts five of Zoom's best microphone capsules in the palm of your hand, giving you the perfect pickup patterns for any situation. Set the H2n to conventional XY stereo mode to record your band's next show, or set it to Mid-Side stereo mode, which lets you adjust the stereo spread - even after you've recorded! Plus, the H2n can also record in 360-degree surround recording, which is just what you need to capture interviews, band practices, and more.

Record with total confidence

Don't suffer the frustration of losing your work, ever again! When Zoom set out to make the H2n, they decided to make it as reliable as possible. Even if your H2n loses power in the middle of recording, its auto recovery mode will restore your recorded data, as soon as you power it back up. But that's not all. The H2n also comes equipped with an onboard compressor/limiter, and an analog gain circuit, protecting your recordings from nasty digital clipping.

Freakishly simple to use

With all of these exciting and super-useful tools onboard, you might expect the H2n to be complicated to use. Don't worry, Zoom built this handheld recorder to be incredibly easy to use. You can access all of the H2n's most important functions right from the front panel. Even switching from Mid-Side mode to 360-degree surround sound mode just takes a twist of a dial. Recording with the H2n couldn't be simpler.

Great in the studio too

And as if all of these reasons weren't enough make the H2n a truly must-have recording tool, here are a few bonuses. First off, the H2n comes equipped with USB 2.0. Not only does this let you quickly transfer your recordings to your computer, it also lets you use the H2n as a USB microphone. How cool is that!? What's more, the H2n comes with Steinberg's Wavelab LE 7 recording software, so you're ready to record, mix, and master projects, right out of the box!

Zoom H2n Handheld SD Recorder Features:
  • A handheld recorder that's ready for any situation
  • 5 onboard microphones give you tons of recording options
  • Crystal-clear 1.8-inch backlit LCD display is easy to see in variable lighting conditions
  • Mid-Side (MS) mics provide continuously variable stereo width control - even after you've recorded
  • Get stunning 360-degree surround sound recordings using the Mid-Side and XY mics together
  • Data recovery function has you recover your recordings if you lose power
  • Built-in reference speaker confirms that your recording has been captured
  • High-Speed USB 2.0 interface lets you transfer files to your computer and use the H2n as a USB microphone
  • Uses SD/SDHC cards up to 32GB for over 50 hours of recording time (16-bit/44.1kHz WAV)
With a Zoom H2n handheld recorder in your pocket, you're ready to capture anything!

Additional Media

Compatible SDHC Cards
H2n Handy Recorder User Manual
Portable Recorder Buying Guide
Samson Holiday Rebates

Tech Specs

Audio Interface Yes
A/D Resolution 24-bit/96kHz
Simultaneous Rec Tracks 4
Simultaneous Play Tracks 4
Built-in Mic(s) 5
Analog Inputs 1 x 1/8", 1 x 1/8" (Mic)
Analog Outputs 1 x 1/8" (Headphone)
Headphone Outputs 1 x 1/8"
Built-in Speaker Yes
Memory (removable) 2GB SD Card Included, takes up to 32GB
Power Supply 2 x AA Batteries Included
Max Battery Life 20 hrs.
Stand Mountable Yes
Height 4.33"
Width 2.5"
Depth 1.26"
Weight .24 lbs. (Without Batteries)
Manufacturer Part Number ZH2N

Customer Reviews

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Amazing Zoom

This is my 2nd H2n as I thought I lost mine after a gig. Well, I didn't, but now I have 2! I love this recording device. The sound it reproduces is simply amazing without any special tweaking. The different mic settings give you lots of flexibility.
Music background: Professional musician

Perfect Mobile Solution

I was skeptical when I ordered the Zoom H2n but I am blown away at the versatility it provides for my program. The sound quality is excellent. I am most enamored with the ability to set up multiple recording stations to provide my students with instant feedback on playing tests and aural evaluations. I slip one of these units in my pocket whenever we go to a live performance and I can record instantly with no setup. Indispensable educational tool....Look out, the cassette player has been replaced.
Music background: Teacher

H2n handy recorder

Have had this little unit now for a month and I am exceedingly happy. You really can load it up with tunes. It's really an easy set up too . made of really tough plastic. Controls are easy as well. We use this for practice to try an get the right sound. Awesome!
Music background: Working musician

Zoom H2n is a great buy

So far I have used it for lectures and it picks up everything loud and clear. When I go back and listen to my recordings it feels like I'm still in the classroom with my professor speaking. I'm also a videographer so I plan on using this for interviews, voice overs, and recording some sound or vocals for different types of videos even though I already have a Rode Videomic & a Rode NT1-A. Also, I have been producing and recording music since I was 15 years old so I can get some use out of it for live sound recording for interludes for albums or for just picking up a sound to possibly use in a beat. I would suggest getting a windscreen in windy conditions.
Music background: Hobbyist/Student


Easy to use, very high quality what else can you ask for? I use it for a podcast that is often done via phone and it handles the live voice and the phone voice very well, the stereo choices are great too.
Music background: Band

Sweetwater Advice

Chris Jenkins

I've used the Zoom H2n for recording meetings, video shoots, and church services. Althought it has a crazy amount of features it’s easy to use because most of the controls right there on the front and sides - no need to go digging through some complicated menu system to change what I'm doing and interrupt the creative process. And with that nice big screen, it’s easy to see what I’m doing. Whether I’m acting as the FOH engineer at my church or capturing great audio for a video shoot, I couldn’t see myself without having it in my arsenal.

Jesse West

I was looking for something that gave me high quality recordings at the push of a button. I've now had the Zoom H2n for 2 years and it's been an invaluable part of my songwriting!
See also: Portable Recorders, Zoom, Zoom Portable Recorders