Zoom F3 field recorder is a portable two channel audio recording device that supports 32-bit float recording to broadcast WAV format to microSDHC or microSDXC media. Dual analogue to digital converters allow recording low level to high level audio without the need to adjust the input gain.
F3 has two ‘discreet’ 3-pin XLR microphone inputs, each with the option of global +24/+48V phantom power. These inputs can also be used at line level for linking to outputs from other audio equipment. Note: The direct input of passive guitar or bass instruments is not supported. To link such instruments, a pre-amplifier such as mixing console is required in the chain and before the F3 recorder.
The front facing panel of the recorder houses an LCD for menu navigation and visual reference to recording levels and time data, play/stop/menu buttons, record and record hold buttons with associated LED to signify recording status, and four navigation buttons. The rear facing panel has a tripod mounting thread and also allows access to the battery compartment that houses 2x AA battery cells.
The left side of the field recorder has a USB-C connection for use with compatible computer, smartphone or tablet. This connection also allows the user to use the Zoom F3 as an SD card reader or audio interface for the connected device. USB bus power is also supported. To the right of the USB connection is the covered microSD card slot. The right hand side of the F3 has the main power on/off switch, and a covered connection that can be used with the optional Zoom BTA-1 Bluetooth adapter. Using this adapter allows the user remote operation via smartphone. It also enables the input of SMPTE timecode.
The front edge of the recorder has a 3.5mm jack line connection for stereo audio output, 3.5mm headphone jack output, and volume up/down buttons. The rear edge of the F3 houses the two 3-pin XLR mic/line inputs.
Approximate battery life
48kHz/32-bit float, 2-channel recording without headphones, LCD backlight off, and phantom power turned off:
NiMH (1900mAh) 8.5hrs
48kHz/32-bit float, 2-channel recording with 32ohm headphones, LCD backlight off, and phantom power at 48V:
NiMH (1900mAh) 3hrs
Included accessories: 2x AA battery cells, quick guide.
Optional accessories: AD-17 DC power supply, BTA-1 Bluetooth adapter.
Recording format: 44.1/48/88.2/96/192kHz 32-bit float, BWF/iXML format. Recording media: 4-32GB microSDHC card, 64GB-1TB microSDXC card. Input gain: Adjustment unnecessary. Input impedance: 3kohm or more, mic/line. Maximum input level: +4dBu, mic; +24dBu, line. Output connectors: 3.5mm stereo jack, phone, 50mW + 50mW into 32ohm load; 3.5mm stereo jack, line, +1dBu, 100ohms or less. Power requirements: 2x AA battery cells/AD-17 5V/1A DC adapter/USB bus power is supported. Dimensions (W x D x H): 75.0 x 77.3 x 47.8mm. Weight: 242g, including batteries