Zoom North America unveils the 8-track F4 field recorder ($649.99), which offers six inputs, four low-noise mic preamps, precise time code and a solid metal build. Like the Zoom F8, the F4 is equipped with high-quality mic preamps, offering recording and playback at resolutions up to 24-bit/192 kHz. For precise audio/video syncing, the F4 uses a Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator (TCXO) that generates time code at 0.2 ppm accuracy.
For recording flexibility, the F4 features four locking Neutrik XLR/TRS combo connectors, a 3.5mm stereo input, and a Zoom mic capsule input, for a total of six discrete inputs, all of which enable it to record up to eight tracks. The F4 also provides two Main Outs and two Sub Outs as well as a ¼-inch headphone jack with dedicated volume control.
The F4 weighs 2.27 pounds without batteries and features a durable metal chassis. The F4 also includes a 1.9-inch white backlit monochromatic LCD display that makes the F4 suitable for all lighting environments, from the studio to the field.
The Zoom F4 will be available in stores October 2016.