Zoom F8 Field Recorder is made for serious filmmakers and sound designers

Zoom F8 Multitrack Field Recorder With 8-input/10-track recording, super low-noise preamps and support for 24-bit/192 kHz audio

Product Code: F8

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• Phantom power (+24V/+48V) can be turned on and off for each preamp individually.
• Plug in any Zoom mic capsule.
• 10 tracks—8 input channels, plus a stereo mix track
• An onboard mixer with flexible routing of all inputs and outputs (pre- and post-fader)
• Can be mounted to a tripod and attached to your camera using the included mounting bracket.

The F8 is made for serious filmmakers and sound designers. With 8-input/10-track recording, super low-noise preamps, and support for 24-bit/192 kHz audio, the F8 captures the highest-quality audio.

F8 features an extremely low noise floor (−127 dBu EIN) and high gain (up to 75 dB), with +4 dB line inputs.

F8 can record at 24-bit/192 kHz resolution and is equipped with onboard limiters designed to provide overload protection. Limiting can be applied to all 8 channels simultaneously at full resolution, with 10 dB of headroom and controls for setting threshold, attack, and release.

Time code with pinpoint accuracy
The F8’s time code is state-of-the-art. It utilizes a Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator (TCXO) that generates time code at 0.2 ppm accuracy, enabling rock-solid syncing of audio and video.

The F8 supports all standard dropframe and non-drop formats, and can jam sync to time code being provided by external devices. An input and output are provided on standard BNC connectors, enabling easy integration into any rig.

Weight and build
The F8 is not only versatile and feature rich, it is the smallest field recorder with eight XLR combo preamps ever made. Weighing just 2.1 pounds (without batteries), its aluminum chassis is both rugged and durable.

Sound professionals sometimes work in dusty, hard-to-see environments. Level meters with adjustable brightness and its 2.4 inch full-color backlit LCD (which can be set to monochrome mode), make the F8 easy to use in any environment — from low-light to direct sunlight.

File formats, resolution, and sample rates
The F8 records in BWF-compatible WAV format at 16 or 24-bit resolution, and at any standard sample rate up to 192 kHz. When recording files in MP3 format, you can choose bit rates of 128, 192, or 320 kbps.

Recording Media
Dual SD card slot supports:

16 MB–2 GB SD cards
4 GB–32 GB SDHC cards
64 GB–512 GB SDXC cards
Connectors: XLR/TRS combo jacks (XLR: 2 hot, TRS: TIP hot)
Input gain: +10 – +75 dB
Input impedance: 3.3 kΩ
Maximum input level: +14 dBu (at 0 dBFS, limiter ON)
Phantom power: +24/+48V 10mA maximum for each channel
THD (Total Harmonic Distortion): 0.009% max (1kHz, 22Hz-22kHz BW, Input Gain min, -10dBu input)
Input gain: −10 – +55 dB
Input impedance: 28 kΩ
Maximum input level: +34 dBu (at 0 dBFS, limiter ON)
THD (Total Harmonic Distortion): 0.010% max (1kHz, 22Hz-22kHz BW, Input Gain min +10dBu input)
Equivalent input noise: −127 dBu or less
(A-weighted, +75 dB input gain, 150Ω input)
Frequency characteristics: 10 Hz – 80 kHz +0.5 dB/−1 dB
(192 kHz sampling rate)
A/D dynamic range: 120 dB typ (−60 dBFS input, A-weighted)
Crosstalk: −90 dB or less
(between adjacent channels, 1 kHz)
MIC IN: ZOOM mic capsule input
(use disables Inputs 1/2)
SLATE MIC: Built-in mic for voice memos can freely be assigned to tracks
Connectors: TA3 connectors, balanced output (2: hot)
Output impedance: 150 Ω or less
Reference output level: −10 dBV (Normal Output Type),
−40 dBV (Mic Output Type), 1 kHz, 600Ω load
Maximum output level: +10 dBV (Normal Output Type),
−20 dBV (Mic Output Type), 1 kHz, 600Ω load
Connector: 3.5 mm stereo mini unbalanced output jack
Output impedance: 100 Ω or less
Reference output level: −10 dBV (Normal Output Type),
−40 dBV (Mic Output Type), 1 kHz, 10kΩ load
Maximum output level: +10 dBV (Normal Output Type),
−20 dBV (Mic Output Type), 1 kHz, 10kΩ load
Connector: 1/4" unbalanced stereo output jack
Output impedance: 15 Ω or less
Maximum output level: 100 mW + 100 mW
(32Ω load)
Connector: BNC
Modes: Off, Int Free Run, Int Record Run, Int RTC Run, Ext, Ext Auto Rec (audio clock can be synchronized to timecode)
Frame rates: 23.976ND, 24ND, 25ND, 29.97ND, 29.97D, 30ND, 30D
Precision: ±0.2 ppm
Supported input levels: 0.2 – 5.0 Vpp
Input impedance: 4.6 kΩ
Output level: 3.3 Vpp
Output impedance: 50 Ω or less
Batteries: 8 AA
AC adapter: AD-19 DC12V 2A (center plus)
External DC power supply: HIROSE HR10A-7R-4S 4-pin connector
(1 pin: −, 4 pin: +), 9–16 V
Display 2.4" full-color LCD: 320x240
External Dimensions 7.0 in. (W) × 5.5 in. (D) × 2.1 in. (H)
178.2 mm (W) × 140.3 mm (D) × 54.3 mm (H)
Weight 2.1 pounds (960g)

- Camera mount adapter
- Zoom AD-19 12V AC Adapter
- Operation manual
- TA3 to XLR cable x2
- Cubase LE and WaveLab LE download codes

Zoom F8 Multi-track Field Recorder Review

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Value for Money
By Steven, 12/09/2017

I have been constantly on the look up for the most economical field Audio recorder , Sound devices 633 is my idea choice but could not afford the price hype at more than USD 3000.

Many thanks to the invention of Zoom F8 recorder which I have decided to pick it up at price range around USD 1,000, which is 3 times less than my original choice.

Paying less does not necessary mean I compromise the standard, let look at what Zoom F8 can offer.
As there are too many to be mentioned, I chosen those which is good for me.

1. Small and compact with rugged construction weighting around 5kg ( with 8 xAA battery installed )- very handy. In addition to this, I could power it up by 9-16V external DC or using AC adaptor.
2. Provide 8 x audio input with 10 track recording on the fly, while 633 offer 6 x audio input. It provide Remote control by using wireless Bluetooth control via iOS device like iPhone, ipad or Ipod touch (5th Gen )
3. Dual SD card slots, capable to record up-to 512GB each.
4. Provide Phantom power support for each input channel
5. I could get 10dB of headroom with a threshold as Limiter
6. Its support SMPTE timecode I/O
7. Unlike other it comes with a Built-in Mic.
8. Records in BWF-compliant WAV or MP3 file formats