Zoom F3 2-Input / 2-Track Portable Field Recorder

SKU: ZOO-FXR103
Key Features
  • For Videographers, Podcasters & Sound Recordists
  • 2 Ultralow-Noise Mic Pres via XLR Jacks
  • No Gain Adjustment Needed
  • 32-Bit Float Recording Avoids Clipping
  • Headphone and Line Outputs
  • Hold Switch Averts Unintended Operation
  • USB Power / 8 Hours via AA Batteries
  • microSD Card Recording / USB Audio I/O
  • Waveform Display, Easy 1-Touch Controls
  • Boompole- and Pocket-Friendly Design

Note: Pre-Order. Estimated to ship in late 2022

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$489.00
RRP:  $649.00 
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Details

The Zoom F3 2-Track Portable Field Recorder captures clear, distortion-free sound from your external XLR mics in an instant for your next video shoot, interview, or sound design excursion. With two premium mic preamps and 32-bit float technology, the F3 handles the softest and loudest sounds you can throw at it while avoiding distortion, maintaining low-noise performance, and freeing you from the responsibility of adjusting gain. 

 

 

From the real-time waveform display and one-touch controls to the flexible powering options and precision timecode functionality, the F3 is properly equipped to please novices and demanding veterans alike. Whether you need long-duration stereo recording for an interview, redundant capture of dual-mic setups for a video shoot, or failure-proof recording on location, the F3 has the modes, resolutions, and media support to handle your crucial audio tasks. Plus, its operational versatility ensures that the F3 will always enhance your workflow, be it simple, complex, or always changing. You can feel confident using it as your main recorder, a USB audio interface for your dedicated computer rig, or a backup unit for added safety.

 


Automatic Distortion-Free Audio

The F3 utilizes dual A/D converters and 32-bit float recording technology to capture intensely loud signals without clipping the converters and bring in extremely quiet sounds without overwhelming noise, all without requiring any gain adjustment from you. Record with confidence, knowing that you can just connect your microphones and start recording to attain crisp, clear audio.


 

Dual XLR Mic/Line Inputs

Two balanced mic/line inputs with locking XLR jacks and switchable +48V phantom power make the F3 an ideal match for professional microphones such as handheld dynamics and shotgun condensers as well as line-level feeds from a dedicated field mixer.


 

High-Quality Recording Settings

The F3 supports high-quality sample rates between 44.1 and 192 kHz, in mono or stereo uncompressed BWF (Broadcast Wave File) format. No data compression means that no quality is lost in the creation of the audio files.


 

Record Direct to microSD Cards

Maximize portability by recording directly to a microSDHC/microSDXC card (available separately) for up to 1TB of storage space.


 

Headphone and Line Outputs

While the line output enables straightforward routing to your camera, DSLR, or secondary recorder, a 3.5mm stereo headphone jack with dedicated volume control offers convenient audio monitoring.


 

Power for Hours

To keep up with the pace of on-location production, the F3 can be powered via two AA alkaline, Lithium, or NiMH rechargeable batteries (alkaline included), a Zoom AD-17 power adapter (available separately), or a USB Type-C battery pack (available separately). With up to eight hours of run time on AA batteries, all-day shoots are no problem for the F3.


 

USB Audio and File Transfers

Since the F3 has a USB Type-C port, simply connect it to your computer via a USB cable (available separately) to transfer files to your computer or use the F3 as a 2x2 USB audio interface capable of 24-bit / 96 kHz resolution. USB audio interface functionality will be supported by a firmware update scheduled to be released in March 2022.


 

Precision Timecode and Synchronization

Add the separately available Zoom BTA-1 Bluetooth adapter and UltraSync Blue (from Timecode Systems or Atomos) to take advantage of high-precision timecode that realizes accurate synchronization with video.


 

App-Based Remote Control

For convenient wireless remote control from an iOS/Android mobile device, connect a Zoom BTA-1 Bluetooth adapter (available separately), then use the free F3 Control app (planned for March 2022) via Bluetooth.


 

Intuitive Controls and Built-In Display

Intuitive one-touch buttons—record, play, stop, and volume up/down—provide fast, hassle-free operations with no menus to wade through. The onboard screen shows real-time waveforms and clear indication of battery status, recording time, and more. Per-channel buttons let you quickly zoom in or out for a better view.


 

Hold Function Inhibits Accidental Interruptions

Flip the Record switch down to the Hold position to engage the Hold function, which prevents interruptions to the recording caused by accidental button presses.


 

Low Profile and Lightweight

With its minimalist profile, the lightweight F3 attaches to boompoles via hook-and-loop fastener (available separately) or slips into a pocket to be hidden from sight.


Specifications

Portable Recorder
Form FactorHandheld Recorder
Primary Use ApplicationsAudio-for-Video
Number of Tracks2
Number of Input Channels2
Max Sample Rate/Resolution192 kHz / 32-Bit
MicrophoneNone
Number of Mic Preamps2
Built-In SpeakerNo
Memory Card SupportmicroSDHC (4 GB to 32 GB)
microSDXC (64 GB to 1 TB)
Internal StorageNone
Special FeaturesRemote Control Capable (Remote Available Separately)
Recording
Audio File FormatsBWF, iXML
Sample Rates44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 192 kHz
Bit Depth32-Bit
Signal Processing & FXNone
Timecode SupportYes
Included SoftwareNone
Connectivity
Analog I/O2 x XLR 3-Pin Female Balanced Line/Mic Input (Lockable)
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Line Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Headphone Output
Digital I/ONone
Phantom Power+24 / 48 V, Selectable On/Off
Phantom Power Current10 mA per Channel
Host Connection1 x USB Type-C (USB 2.0)
Audio Interface CapabilityStereo Only
Performance
Max Input LevelMic Inputs:
+4 dBu
Line Inputs:
+24 dBu
Max Output LevelLine Outputs:
+1 dBu
Headphone Output Power50 mW per Channel into 32 Ohms
ImpedanceMic/Line Inputs:
≥3 Kilohms
Line Outputs:
≤100 Ohms
Headphone Outputs:
≤15 Ohms
EIN≤-127 dBu
Power
Power OptionsBattery, USB Bus Power, or AC/DC Power Adapter
Battery Type2 x AA (Included)
Approximate Battery Life48 kHz/32-Bit:
8 Hours (AA Alkaline, 2 Channels, Recording)
8.5 Hours (AA NiMH, 2 Channels, Recording)
18 Hours (AA Lithium, 2 Channels, Recording)
AC/DC Power Adapter5 VDC at 1 A (Not Included)
Physical
Included AccessoriesBatteries
Mounting OptionsNone
Dimensions3 x 1.9 x 3" / 75 x 47.8 x 77.3 mm
Weight8.5 oz / 242 g (with Batteries)

What's In The Box

  • Zoom F3 2-Input / 2-Track Portable Field Recorder
  • 2 x AA Alkaline Batteries
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty

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