Zoom F8 Multi-Track Field Recorder


  • 8x XLR/TRS Combo Jacks with +75 dB Gain
  • Up to 192 kHz/ 24-Bit PCM Recording
  • Record Up to 10 Tracks Simultaneously
  • Dual Channel Recordings at Two Levels
  • Works with Zoom Microphone Capsules
  • 2x SDXC Card Slots
  • Built-In Slate Microphone
  • 8x AA Batteries, AC, External DC Adaptor
  • Supports SMPTE Timecode I/O
  • +24V/+48V Phantom Power

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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
Audio Resolution
Simultaneous Recording
Dual-Channel Recording of Separate Files at Lower Levels
Supports SMPTE Timecode I/O
Mixer Functionality
Phantom Power
Three Possible Power Supplies
Two SDXC Card Slots
USB Audio Interface Capabilities with up to 8 Ins and 4 Outs
Built-In Microphone
Zoom Mic Capsule Functionality
Package Weight 5.1 lbs
Package Dimensions 11.575 x 10.394 x 4.882 in
Phantom Power

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

Input Gain

-10 to 55 dB

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 Response

10 Hz to 80 kHz


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


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


Main 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

Reference Output

Main 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 Level

Main 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 Range

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

Supported Formats

WAV: 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 Tracks

WAV: 10 (8 inputs + stereo mix) MP3: 2


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




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

Frame Rates

23.976ND, 24ND, 25ND, 29.97ND, 29.97D, 30ND, 30D


±0.2 ppm

Input Level

0.2 – 5.0 Vpp

Input Impedance

4.6 kOhms

Output Level

3.3 Vpp

Output Impedance

50 ohms or less


8x AA

AC Adapter

AD-19 DC12V 2A (center plus)

External DC Source

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

Battery / Runtime

When 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


2.4″ full-color LCD (320 x 240)


Class: USB 2.0 high speed


As 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)


2.1 lb (0.95 kg)


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