Zoom Intros H4n Pro Handy Recorder

H4nPro_FrontZoom North America today introduced the new H4n Pro portable digital audio recorder.

Zoom says that they’ve ‘taken everything creators love about the original H4n and brought it to the next level.’

The H4n Pro’s built-in condenser mics capture have been updated to handle up to a thunderous 140 dB SPL, to help ensure distortion-free X/Y recording.

The Pro’s two XLR/TRS inputs utilize the same mic preamps used in the Zoom H5 and H6 Handy Recorders. The improved noise floor (-120 dBu EIN) allows for audio capture with less noise and fewer artifacts.




  • Four-track simultaneous recording
  • High-fidelity mic preamps
  • Built-in X/Y stereo microphones, adjustable between 90? and 120?
  • Record up to 140 dB SPL with X/Y microphones
  • Two mic/line level inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors
  • Stereo 1/8″ Mic In mini phone jack
  • +24 or +48V phantom power for main inputs and Plug-in power (2.5V) via Mic/Line In mini phone jack
  • Output/headphone jack with dedicated volume control
  • New rubberized and ergonomic body with improved 1.9 inch backlit LCD display
  • Built-in reference speaker for fast playback
  • Records directly to SD and SDHC cards up to 32 GB
  • Supports up to 24-bit/96 kHz audio in BWF-compliant WAV or a variety of MP3 formats
  • Onboard Mid-Side decoding
  • Internal mixdown: four-track to stereo and stereo to dual mono
  • Up to 99 marks per recording
  • Built-in effects, including compression/limiting, low-cut filtering, modulation, reverb/delay and amp models
  • Normalize (maximum gain) and Divide (file splitting) functions
  • Chromatic tuner and metronome
  • Loop playback with user-defined start and stop points
  • Variable playback speed, from 50% to 150%, without affecting pitch
  • Variable pitch without affecting playback speed
  • USB port for file transfer to and from computer
  • 2-in/2-out USB audio interface for PC/Mac computers
  • Mounts to mic stand or tripod, or directly to DSLR with optional Hot Shoe adapter
  • Runs on 2 standard AA alkaline or NiMH rechargeable batteries with up to 6 hours of operation (up to 10 hours in Stamina mode)
 The Zoom H4n Pro is available now for US $219.99. See the Zoom site for more info.

17 thoughts on “Zoom Intros H4n Pro Handy Recorder

  1. If someone can tell me where to buy now because it’s not listed anywhere for sale besides the Zoom site – available now is incorrect!

  2. I can’t quite tell from the picture, but does each mic input have a rotary input rec level control? That along with the poor mic pre is what kept the H4n from being a competitive field recorder.

    1. No it has the same flimsy, tiny, akward buttons for volume control… what a pity, this started to look like the perfect recorder…

  3. I only wish they had opted for the MS mics as are on the H2n. I have an H2n and it sounds very good. M/S is really ideal for this type of product.

  4. So it looks like the noise floor is now similar with the H5 (I was planning on purchasing soon). How are the rest of the features compared to H5? Are the only differences now the integrated pads and ruggedized style on the H5? Is the OS pretty much the same?

  5. Zoom has probably discovered that writing Pro to a product name sells better than mk2 or mk3 etc.
    Surely it’s not pro.

    1. No, it doesn’t affect battery life, but a larger card increases the boot time. With a 2-8 GB card it takes about 15-20 seconds. With a 16-32 GB card, from 40 – 60 seconds. Not a big deal if you’re recording a performance or video but it can be a pain if you’re field recording.

      1. What’s the logic behind that?
        Its os boots from some internal chip not from flash card.
        My F8 boots in 7 seconds and has 64GB cards inside.

  6. Atfer looking at the specs I’d say that it makes sense to spend that little bit more and get an H5 (it’s really just $50 more). You get proper rotary controls for volume and interchangeable mics like on the H6. The only thing the H5 lacks from what I can tell, is the onboard effects… which honestly don’t seem all that useful in a small-format recorder.

  7. they have not written the most important parameters:
    this thing can protect you from enemies 🙂
    and can punch the way in the crowd of competitors!

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