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Zoom H1essential Stereo Handy Recorder

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Product Description

With the push of a button, the H1essential captures perfect audio for musicians, podcasters, filmmakers, and content creators. Simply hit record and discover the power of 32-bit float.

Key Features

  • 32-bit float recording: perfect audio with no need to set gain
  • 120 dB SPL 90º XY Mics
  • Records up to 96kHZ sample rate
  • New OLED Display
  • Overdubbing, auto-record, pre-record and timer functions
  • USB Microphone Function
  • Audio guidance function for the blind and visually impaired
  • 10 hours of battery life on 2 AAA Batteries or USB-C Bus power

32-Bit Float Magic

With 32-bit float recording, you never have to adjust levels. The H1essential captures every nuance of your sound, ensuring high-quality audio with every take.

The First Handy Recorders with Accessibility


The Essential Series was designed with Accessibility for the blind and visually impaired. Navigate the menu with audible descriptions through the built-in speaker or headphones. Creators can choose English, Spanish, French, Japanese, German, Italian or Chinese.*

* To use a language other then English, please visit Support and Downloads.

Loud and Clear

The onboard X/Y microphones capture clean audio up to 120 dB SPL, equivalent to the sound of a high-performance engine.

Essential For Creators

The Perfect Practice Companion for Musicians

Musicians can use the H1essential to record every rehearsal, a great way to improve your playing. Features like overdubbing and playback-speed-adjustment are great for writing and practicing.

Sound Makes the Scene

The H1essential is great for filmmakers. Record and send audio directly to your camera or use it to record sound effects to complete your scene.

For Storytellers

Podcasters can mount the H1essential on a tripod for sit-down conversations or use ‘mono mode’ for on-the-go interviews.

Big Features, Small Package

The H1essential has advanced features such as overdubbing, pre-recording, auto-recording, and playback speed adjustment.


USB Microphone


When connected to a PC, Mac, iOS, or Android device using the USB-C Port, the H1essential can be used as a USB microphone while simultaneously recording to the SD card.

Soft Touch Controls


Recording and rotary controls have been meticulously designed to allow for quiet operation.

Built-In Speaker


Use the built-in speaker to listen to your recordings for quick reference.

Camera Friendly


Use the 3.5mm output to connect to a camera or plug in headphones to monitor audio.

Lavalier Ready


The 3.5 mm mic/line input can be used with Lavalier microphones for dialogue capture.

Vivid OLED Screen


The high-contrast OLED screen makes it easy to navigate through the H1essential’s simple interface.

Set Markers


The H1essential has a dedicated Marker button to instantly set reference points while recording.

High Capacity Storage


The H1essential supports SDXC cards up to 1TB to record hours and hours of audio.

General Specifications


Built-in mic90º XY stereo format
Sensitivity–37 dB/1 Pa at 1 kHz
Maximum sound pressure input120 dB SPL
MIC/LINE IN jackConnectorStereo mini jack
Input impedance2 kΩ or more
Plug-in power2.5 V


PHONE / LINE OUT jackConnectorStereo mini jack
Maximum output level20 mW + 20 mW(into 32Ω load)
Output impedance10 Ω or less
Built-in speakerType20 x 30mm oval dynamic speaker
Practical maximum output250mW


Recording formatsWAV
44.1/48/96 kHz、32-bit Float
Stereo / Mono
BWF and iXML formats supported
Recording media4–32GB cards compatible with the microSDHC specification
64GB–1TB cards compatible with the microSDXC specification


OLED128 x 64


ConnectorUSB Type-C
• Use a USB cable that supports data transfer.
USB MicUSB 2.0 High Speed
48 kHz, 24-bit
File transferUSB 2.0 High Speed


2 AA batteriesAlkaline, Lithium, or Rechargeable NiMH
AC adapterZOOM AD-17: DC 5 V/1 A
• USB bus power is supported.


Alkaline batteriesAbout 10 hours
NiMH batteries (800 mAh)About 9 hours
Lithium batteriesAbout 18 hours

Stereo recording, 48kHz/32-bit float, no headphones, Power Save 1min
These values are approximate.
Continuous battery operation times were determined using in-house testing methods.
They will vary greatly according to use conditions.

Power consumption5 W maximum
Dimensions53.9 mm (W) × 136.6 mm (D) × 29.0 mm (H)
Weight (including batteries)92 g

Note: 0 dBu = 0.775 Vrms