Zoom F3 2 Channel Field Recorder


Small Design, Big Sound

With 32-bit float recording, the F3 effortlessly captures the quietest raindrops and the loudest explosions. Its small footprint allows for this recorder to be placed anywhere, as you capture and monitor up to 192 kHz of high-quality audio.


Key Features

2-channel / 2-track field audio recorder
Featuring 32-bit float recording and dual AD converters for full dynamic range and clip-free audio capture
2 discrete inputs with locking XLR connectors
Input signals can be monitored with realtime waveform display on LCD
Compact and Durable (can be attached to boom mic with velcro)
High quality mic preamps provide a super-low noise floor (−127 dBu EIN)
Record up to 192 kHz sampling/32-bit float WAV format, mono or stereo files
Stereo ⅛” Phone/Line Output jack with dedicated Volume control
Records directly to microSDHC and microSDXC cards up to 1 TB
Wireless iOS/Android remote control available through optional BTA-1 Bluetooth adapter
Use as 2-in/2-out USB audio interface (up to 32-bit float/96 kHz)
Over 8 hours of operation with two AA alkaline batteries
Runs on only 2 standard AA batteries or AC adapter (AD-17) or USB battery pack
Wireless timecode synchronization (*Optional BTA-1 Bluetooth adapter and UltraSync Blue device by Timecode Systems are required.)

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Input and output channels
Inputs Mic/Line (mono) : 2
Outputs Line Out : 1
Phone Out : 1

Inputs Mic/Line (MONO)
Connectors : 2 XLR (2: HOT)
Input gain : Adjustment unnecessary (dual AD converter circuits used)
Input impedance : MIC: 3 kΩ or more | LINE: 3 kΩ or more
Maximum input level : MIC: +4 dBu
Line : +24 dBu
Phantom power : +24/48 V, Combined channel total of 10 mA or less
Equivalent input noise : −127 dBu or less (IHF-A) when waveform magnification is ×1024 with 150 Ω input

Line Out
Connector : 1 stereo mini jack
Maximum output level : +1 dBu
Output impedance : 100 Ω or less

Phone Out
Connector : 1 stereo mini jack
Maximum output level : 50 mW + 50 mW (into 32 Ω load)
Output impedance : 15 Ω or less

Maximum simultaneous recording tracks : 2
Maximum simultaneous playback tracks : 2

Recording format
44.1/48/ 88.2/96/192 kHz,
32-bit float mono/stereo
BWF and iXML formats supported

Recording media
4 – 32 GB cards compatible with the microSDHC specification
64 GB – 1 TB cards compatible with the microSDXC specification

LCD with backlight (96×64 resolution)

Connector : USB Type-C
Use a USB cable that supports data transfer. USB bus power is supported.
Audio interface operation : USB2.0 High Speed
44.1/48/88.2/96 kHz, 24-bit linear/32-bit float
32-bit float format is supported for firmware version 2.0 or later.
Mass storage operation : USB 2.0 High Speed

Dedicated wireless adapter (ZOOM BTA-1)

2 AA batteries (alkaline, NiMH or lithium)
AC adapter (ZOOM AD-17): DC 5 V/1 A
USB bus power is supported.

Estimated Continuous Operation Time Using Batteries
48 kHz/32-bit float, 2ch recording to microSDHC card
Alkaline batteries: about 8 hours NiMH batteries (1900 mAh): about 8.5 hours Lithium batteries: about 18 hours
The values are approximate : (without headphones, PHANTOM off, LCD Backlight off), Alkaline batteries : about 2 hours
Continuous battery operation times were determined using in-house testing methods : 48 kHz/32-bit float, 2ch recording to microSDHC card, NiMH batteries (1900 mAh): about 3 hours
They will vary greatly according to use conditions : (headphones into 32Ω load, PHANTOM at 48 V (5 mA), LCD Backlight off), Lithium batteries: about 7.5 hours

Power Consumption : 5 W maximum
Dimensions : 75.0 mm (W) × 77.3 mm (D) × 47.8 mm (H)
Weight : (including batteries) 242 g
Note : 0 DBU = 0.775 VRMS