It has been a while since I’ve seen some new farm podcasting gadgets that really interested me. However, I have just acquired several from Zoom North America that I’ll be working with next week in Iowa during the Farm Progress Show. Let’s get started.
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Zoom H4n Pro Handy Recorder – This audio recorder is a little larger than what I’m used to but still compact enough for extreme travel on the agriblogging highway. Besides adjustable built-in microphones, I can plug in the Golden ZimmComm Microphone or audio from another source. It records up to four separate audio tracks too. I’m pretty much a mono sort of guy for small file size interviews, etc. that are easy for our audience to download but I like the possibilities. There are actually a couple new versions of this recorder but they are more than I wanted to spend and have more features than I need.
Zoom Q4n – I have been looking for a small form camera that will record HD video and awesome sound. That’s what this device promises. We’ll see. It will also record audio only if that’s what I want. I can plug in an external microphone or audio source when needed. I’m interested in quality and battery life and will be giving it a workout.
Zoom iQ7 – I started using my iPhone to record interviews with an earlier version of this device. The new iQ7 is a major improvement and very simple to use. There are just times when I don’t want to carry a microphone/recorder/cable and this is well, just plain handy. I use the Zoom Handy Recorder App with it too btw. I just have to remember to turn my iPhone on airplane mode and I’m good to go.
So there you have it. Three new farm podcasting tools for you to consider for your Mojo (mobile journalism kit). I’ll let you know more after I’ve put them through their paces.