THE ZOOM F4Professional Field Recording Has Never Been So Accessible.
Creators are making more waves in film than ever before. Thanks to affordable technology and distribution channels like YouTube, we’re ushering in a new era of creativity…and it’s only just begun.
The Zoom F4 propels your film's sound to a whole new level. With 6-input/8-track recording, super-low-noise mic preamps, and time code with pinpoint accuracy, the F4 offers Hollywood sound at an indie budget.
Super-low-noise microphone preamps
The F4 is equipped with our highest-quality mic preamps. Like the F8, the F4’s mic preamps enable pristine recording and playback at resolutions up to 24-bit/192 kHz. Its impressive audio specs include an extremely low noise floor (-127 dBu EIN) and high gain (up to 75 dB), with +4 dB line-level inputs.
TCXO Time Code
For precise audio/video syncing, the F4 utilizes a Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator (TCXO) that generates time code at 0.2 ppm accuracy—a first for this price point. The F4 supports all standard drop frame and non-drop formats, and can jam sync to time code provided by external devices. Standard BNC connectors enable easy integration into any rig.
Advanced onboard limiters
Advanced onboard limiters provide overload protection which lets you capture audio in a wide range of dynamic sound environments. Limiting can be applied to all four channels simultaneously at full resolution, with 10 dB of headroom and controls for setting threshold, attack, and release.
Rock-solid build and lightweight design
A compact metal chassis makes the F4 both rugged and durable, and keeps its weight down to just 2.27 pounds without batteries.
With four XLR/TRS combo inputs, a 3.5mm stereo input, and a Zoom mic capsule input, the F4 can record up to six discrete tracks with an additional stereo mix track—all at resolutions up to 24-bit/192 kHz.
Input 5/6 can be used as a camera return for monitoring only. This allows you to monitor audio being sent to the camera for confidence checks.
Dual SD card recording
A dual SD card recording feature lets you record simultaneously on two SD/SDHC/SDXC cards* (up to 512 GB each). This means you can instantly back up or split recordings. For example, you can save eight tracks on one card and a stereo mix on another.
The F4 periodically saves files while recording, providing an extra level of protection from unexpected file interruptions like power loss or sudden SD card removal.
Dual-channel recording mode lets you create safety tracks for inputs 1 and 2, each with independent level, limiting, delay, phase inversion, and high-pass filtering.
Built-in shortcuts allow easy access to important menus and features. Hold the front panel OPTION button for access to TC Jam, Trim Link, Clear Clip and other important shortcuts.
Three power sources
Power up your F4 with 8 AA batteries or an external DC battery pack with a converter cable connector. The F4 also includes a Zoom AD-19 power supply and a DC-HIROSE adapter which serves as a third power option.
The F4 is outfitted with a 10-pin Zoom mic capsule input to expand your recording capabilities even further. Connecting the optional EXH-6 XLR/TRS Combo Input Capsule adds two extra mic/line inputs to your F4, giving you a total of six discrete XLR/TRS combo inputs.
The F4 features four discrete inputs with locking Neutrik XLR/TRS combo connectors. Each input provides a dedicated preamp with gain control knob, phantom power, a six-segment LED level meter, and a Record Ready and PFL switch. The 1/8" stereo input or the Zoom mic capsule input can provide input for tracks 5 and 6. The F4 also includes a variable-frequency slate tone generator to confirm levels.
In addition to the 1/4” headphone jack with dedicated volume control, the F4 provides four other outputs. Two Main Outs (on balanced XLR jacks) let you connect to external mixers and processing devices. Two Sub Outs (on a single unbalanced 1/8" stereo mini-jack) enable easy connection to a camera. The front panel OUTPUT button allows easy access to output levels and routing.
Time code and USB connections
Time code I/O is provided on BNC connectors. The USB port facilitates firmware updates and file transfer. It also allows the F4 to be used as a 6-in/4-out USB audio interface with sample rates up to 96 kHz.
An easy-to-read 1.9-inch white backlit monochromatic LCD display makes the F4 suitable for all lighting environments— from low light to direct sunlight. It also performs well in harsh conditions, like dusty and hard-to-see environments.
Flexible options help you easily monitor recordings in the field. A built-in 100 mW headphone amplifier provides plenty of volume for noisy environments. You can even set headphone alert tones for low battery, recording start/stop.
Onboard Mixer and Effects
An onboard mixer allows for flexible signal routing from all inputs to all outputs (pre- or post-fader) with user-adjustable level, pan, and input/output delay. Built-in limiters can be applied to all channels and tracks simultaneously. The F4 also includes built-in high-pass filtering to reduce the sound of wind and other noise, plus phase inversion and Mid-Side decoding.
The Nitty Gritty
The F4 records in BWF-compatible WAV format at 16-bit or 24-bit resolution, and at any standard sample rate up to 192 kHz. When recording MP3 files, you can choose bit rates of 128, 192, or 320 kbps.
Pair your F4 with the Sennheiser AMBEO VR Microphone* for a complete VR audio production experience. With the F4’s gain linking capability, you can evenly adjust the gain on all four capsules of the AMBEO mic in one fell swoop.
Lightweight, portable, and easy to mount, the F4 and AMBEO mic combination lets you capture 360-degree audio anywhere.
NOTE: To experience the VR audio and video fully, we recommend Google Chrome to desktop users and the YouTube app for tablet and smartphone users.
|Number of Tracks||WAV:
8 (6 Inputs + Stereo Mix)
|Max Sample Rate/Resolution||192 kHz / 24-Bit|
|Display||Monochrome LCD (Backlit)|
|Memory Card Support||SD (16 MB to 2 GB)
SDHC (4 to 32 GB)
SDXC (64 to 512 GB)
|Audio File Formats||BWF, ID3v1, MP3, WAV, iXML|
44.1 / 47.952 / 48 / 48.048 / 88.2 / 96 / 192 kHz
44.1 / 48 kHz
|Bit Rates||128 to 320 kb/s|
|Signal Processing||Limiter, Low-Cut Filter|
|Frame Rates Supported||23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97 / 29.97 DF / 30 / 30 DF|
|Clock Accuracy||±0.2 ppm|
|Recording Time||WAV 48 kHz/24-Bit:
57.8 Mins per GB (Stereo)
WAV 192 kHz/24-Bit:
14.4 Mins per GB (Stereo)
|Analog I/O||1 x Proprietary Mic Capsule Input
4 x Combo XLR-1/4" Female Line/Mic Input (Lockable)
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Line Input
2 x XLR 3-Pin Male Balanced Line Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Aux Output
1 x 1/4" TRS Female Unbalanced Headphone Output
|Digital I/O||1 x BNC Timecode Input
1 x BNC Timecode Output
|Phantom Power||+24 / 48 V (Selectable on Individual Inputs)|
|Phantom Power Current||≤10 mA per Channel|
|Host Connection||1 x Mini-USB (USB 2.0)|
|Frequency Response||10 Hz to 80 kHz +0.5/-1 dB (At 192 kHz)|
|Gain Range||Mic Inputs:
+10 to +75 dB
-10 to +55 dB
-10 dBV / +4 dBu
|Max Input Level||Mic Inputs:
+14 dBu (Limiter On, at 0 dBFS)
+24 dBu (Limiter On, at 0 dBFS)
|Max Output Level||Line Outputs:
|Headphone Output Power||100 mW per Channel into 32 Ohms|
|Dynamic Range||A/D Converters:
|EIN||≤-127 dBu (A-Weighted)|
|Power Options||Batteries or AC/DC Power Adapter|
|Battery Type||8 x AA (Not Included)|
|Approximate Battery Life||48 kHz/16-Bit:
9.5 Hours (Alkaline, 2 Channels, without Headphones)
11.5 Hours (NiMH, 2 Channels, without Headphones)
17.5 Hours (Lithium, 2 Channels, without Headphones)
9 Hours (Alkaline, All Channels, with Headphones)
10.5 Hours (NiMH, All Channels, with Headphones)
16.5 Hours (Lithium, All Channels, with Headphones)
2 Hours (Alkaline, All Channels, Backlit Display, Phantom On)
3.5 Hours (NiMH, All Channels, Backlit Display, Phantom On)
6 Hours (Lithium, All Channels, Backlit Display, Phantom On)
|AC/DC Power Adapter||12 VDC at 2 A (Included)|
|Mounting Options||1/4"-20 Female|
|Dimensions||7.0 x 5.5 x 2.1" / 177.8 x 139.7 x 53.3 mm|
|Weight||2.3 lb / 1.0 kg|
|Kits Choice - N8||N/A|