Zoom F8 Field Recorder

Zoom F8 Field Recorder


The Zoom F8 Multi-Track Field Recorder is designed for professional and enthusiast recording applications on set and in the field, including music, filmmaking, and electronics news gathering (ENG). Designed to be carried by a shoulder strap or in a bag, the unit features eight analog input channels with lockable XLR/TRS combo jacks that provide +75 dB maximum input gain, and support for +4 dB inputs with an EIN of -127 dBu or less. It can record up to 10 tracks simultaneously (channels 1-8 plus a stereo mix), or up to eight channels when recording at the A/D converter's maximum 24-bit 192 kHz resolution.

Alternatively, you can perform dual-channel recording of separate files at lower volume levels to ensure you have backup recordings to use when unexpected loud noises distort the primary recording. A newly designed limiter provides up to 10 dB of headroom. The unit supports SMPTE time code input and output. Included in the outputs is a powerful 100 mW + 100 mW headphone jack, as well as the MAIN OUT 1/2 and SUB OUT 1/2 jacks so you can send the audio signal to a video camera or other device while monitoring with headphones.

The unit's internal mixing capability enables flexible routing, and the inclusion of individually selectable +24V/+48V phantom power ensures you can use your favorite condenser microphones.

Power to the recorder can be supplied in one of three ways: via AA batteries, an AC adapter, or a 9 to 16V external DC power supply. Two SDXC card slots can be used simultaneously for recording even longer sessions, and can also be used as card readers when connected to a computer via USB.

When operating via USB, the unit can be used in a 2-in/2-out configuration as well as an 8-in/4-out audio interface (driver required for windows). A built-in slate mic allows you to make voice memos and the unit's slate tone can be used to confirm specific levels.

Among the most innovative features of the recorder is support for the company's interchangeable microphone capsules.


Analog Inputs 

Provides two sets of lockable XLR/TRS combo jacks with EIN of -127 dBu or less, +75 dB maximum input gain and support for +4 dB input

Audio Resolution 

Records up to 192 kHz at 24-bit resolution

Simultaneous Recording 

Records up to 10 tracks simultaneously with channels 1-8 and a stereo mix (left and right). Up to eight tracks can be recorded at a sampling rate of 192 kHz

Dual-Channel Recording of Separate Files at Lower Levels 

Records backup recordings at a lower input level to help prevent unexpected loud noises from distorting the recording


Provides 10 dB of headroom with a threshold that can be set by the user

Supports SMPTE Timecode I/O 

Uses a high-precision oscillator that enables the generation of accurate time code with a discrepancy of less than 0.2 frames per 24 hours


Allows you to send the audio signal to a video camera or other device while simultaneously monitoring

Mixer Functionality 

Allows for inputs 1-8 to be routed to outputs freely

Phantom Power 

Supports +24V and +48V phantom power

Three Possible Power Supplies 

Can operate on AA batteries, an AC adaptor, or a 9 to 16 V external DC power supply (not included) with automatic switching between power supplies

Two SDXC Card Slots 

Allows for SD card recording, and the use of SDXC cards enables extended recording capability. The unit can also be used as a card reader by connecting it to a computer via USB

USB Audio Interface Capabilities with up to 8 Ins and 4 Outs 

Allows the unit to be used as a 2-in/2-out audio interface as well as an 8-in/4-out audio interface (driver required for Windows, not required for Mac)

Built-In Microphone 

Works as both a slate mic as well as a tool for voice memos

Zoom Mic Capsule Functionality 

Supports the company's line of interchangeable mic capsules that can be used instead of inputs 1/2

Zoom F8 Multi-Track Field Recorder


Connectors8x XLR/TRS combo jacks

XLR Inputs

Input Gain+10 to +75 dB

Input Impedance3.3 kOhms

Maximum Input Level+14 dBu (at 0 dBFS, limiter ON)

Phantom Power+24/+48 V 10 mA maximum for each channel

Line Inputs

Input Gain-10 to 55 dB

Input Impedance22 kOhms

Maximum Input Level+34 dBu (at 0 dBFS, limiter on)

Equivalent Input Noise-127 dBu or less (A-weighted, +75 dB input gain, 150 ohms)

Frequency Response10 Hz to 80 kHz

Dynamic Range120 dB typ (-60 dBFS input, A-weighted)

Crosstalk-69 dB or less (between adjacent channels, 1 kHz)

MicCapsule: Zoom mic capsule input (use disables inputs 1/2)
Slate Mic: Built-in mic for voice memos can be assigned to tracks freely

Main Outputs

ConnectorsMain Out 1/2: TA-3 Connectors, balanced output (2: hot)
Sub Out 1/2: 3.5 mm stereo mini unbalanced output jack
Headphone: 1/4" unbalanced stereo output jack

Output ImpedanceMain Out 1/2: 150 ohms or less
Sub Out 1/2: 150 ohms or less
Headphones: 15 ohms or less

Reference OutputMain Out 1/2: -10 dBV (normal output types), -40 dBV (mic output type, 1 kHz, 600 ohms load
Sub Out 1/2: -10 dBV (normal output types), -40 dBV (mic output type, 1 kHz, 10 kOhms load

Maximum Output LevelMain Out 1/2: +10 dBV (normal output type), -20 dBV (mic output type), 1 kHz, 600 ohms load
Sub Out 1/2: +10 dBV (normal output type), -20 dBV (mic output type), 1 kHz, 600 ohms load
Headphone: 100 mW + 100 mW (1% or lower THD+N, 32 ohm load)

Dynamic RangeD/A: 106 dB typ (-60 dBFS input, A-weighted)

Recording Formats

Supported FormatsWAV: 44.1/47.952/48/48.048/88.2/96/192 kHz, 16/24-bit, mono/stereo//2-10 ch poly, BWF and iXML
MP3: 128/192/320 kbps, 44.1/48 kHz, ID3v1 tags

# Of Simultaneous Record TracksWAV: 10 (8 inputs + stereo mix)
MP3: 2


TimeUsing a 32 GB card: 30:51:00 (48 kHz/24-bit stereo WAV), 7:42:00 (192 kHz/24-bit stereo WAV)

Time Code


ModesOff, Int Free Run, Int Record Run, Int RTC Run, Ext, Ext Auto Rec (audio clock can be synchronized to Timecode)

Frame Rates23.976ND, 24ND, 25ND, 29.97ND, 29.97D, 30ND, 30D

Precision±0.2 ppm

Input Level0.2 - 5.0 Vpp

Input Impedance4.6 kOhms

Output Level3.3 Vpp

Output Impedance50 ohms or less


Batteries8x AA

AC AdapterAD-19 DC12V 2A (center plus)

External DC SourceHIROSE HR10A-7R-4S 4-pin connector (1 pin: −, 4 pin: +), 9-16 V

Battery / RuntimeWhen recording 2 channels at 48 kHz/16-bit
Alkaline Batteries: 7 hours or more
NiMH (2450 mAh): 9.5 hours or more

When recording 8 channels at 48 kHz/24-bit
Alkaline batteries: 2.5 hours or more
NiMH: 7 hours or more

When recording 8 channels at 192 kHz/24-bit with headphones, phantom power and display backlighting
NiMH (2450 mAH): 1.5 hours or more

Display2.4" full-color LCD (320 x 240)

USBClass: USB 2.0 high speed

InterfaceAs multi-track audio interface operation
Class: USB 2.0 high speed
Specifications: 44.1/48/96 kHz sampling rate, 16/24-bit bit rate, 8 in/4 out

Stereo Mix audio interface operation (no driver required)
Class: USB 2.0 full speed
Specification: 44.1/48 kHz sampling rate, 16-bit rate, 2 in/2 out

Dimensions (W x D x H)7.02 x 5.50 x 2.16" (178.2 x 139.8 x 54.8 mm)

Weight2.1 lb (0.95 kg)

Packaging Info

Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.575 x 10.394 x 4.882"

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