Zoom H3-VR Handy Audio Recorder with Built-In Ambisonics Mic Array


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The unified single-knob gain control, LCD screen, and transport/menu buttons deliver easy and efficient device configuration and operation. Remote access to transport controls, levels, and metadata is possible via the iOS H3-VR Control app and optional BTA-1 Bluetooth adapter. An integrated 6-axis motion sensor is utilized to provide automatic detection of the microphone position, which ensures proper audio-to-video orientation alignment and simple angle leveling. Dual 3.5mm outputs with independent level control enable simultaneous connection to headphones and a camera. Record to a microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC card (available separately), or stream audio via USB to a computer or iOS device. The built-in slate function can be used to verbally mark takes and manually align audio and video files.

The H3-VR supports powering via two AA batteries or a USB connection, and its power LED also serves as a clip indicator. A 1/4"-20 threaded hole on the bottom of the H3-VR accommodates attachment to a standard camera tripod. At less than 5" tall and 3" wide, this recorder is visually discreet and unobtrusive. It is supplied with a foam windscreen and a dual mount adapter.

Music Recording Applications in Stereo or 3D Sound:

  • Accurately capture rehearsals, ensembles, and solo performances in recording studios and concert halls; you can spice up your stereo recordings with the binaural mode that tracks at up to 24-bit / 48 kHz to enhance 2D productions with spatially accurate imaging compatible with standard headphones

Sound for Film

  • Record dynamic Foley, sound effects, and ambience for film, television, and video game projects for Dolby Atmos Surround Sound as well as 5.1 Surround processing with the included Mac/PC software

Sound for VR

  • Record true 360° Ambisonic audio for immersive VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality) in four channels at up to 24-bit / 96 kHz resolution for detailed 360° audio

Live Streaming Audio

  • USB 2.0 audio interface mode supports live streaming and recording via USB Micro-B connection

Versatile Playback, Decode, and Export Functions

  • Onboard decoder automatically converts the raw Ambisonics A audio to VR-ready Ambisonics B audio, so it can easily be paired with your 360-video
  • Export Ambisonics recordings as 5.1 surround files via free Zoom Ambisonics Player software for Mac and Windows
  • 6-axis motion sensor provides automatic detection of mic position, enabling the audio and video orientations to stay aligned from scene to scene regardless of mic placement
  • Integrated Ambisonics playback allows you to rotate the H3-VR to simulate spatial audio while listening
  • Supports real-time headphone monitoring in stereo binaural or simulated 360° mode
  • Separate 3.5mm headphone and line outputs with independent volume adjustment allow simultaneous connection to your headphones and camera

Easy Controls

  • Onboard LCD screen displays direction of microphone orientation to suit the position of the H3-VR
  • Straightforward buttons include home, play/pause, forward, back, and menu
  • Hold function locks the H3-VR's settings while recording
  • Simultaneously adjust gain for all mic capsules via a single knob
  • H3 Control App allows remote access to transport controls, levels, and metadata notes via your iOS device and optional Zoom BTA-1 Bluetooth adapter, allowing you to control the device in real time without being in the shot—an important consideration for VR audio capture
  • Included mounting bracket allows you to mount the H3-VR to your VR camera

Precise Audio Quality

  • Sample rate stability is achieved through the use of an accurate internal clock (only 0.5 ppm variance)
  • Built-in limiter ensures clean recordings by inhibiting clipping
  • Control low frequencies and attenuate rumble with the adjustable high-pass filter

Multiple Powering Methods

  • Two AA lithium batteries will power the H3-VR for up to 24 hours
  • Two AA NiMH batteries will power the H3-VR for up to 11.5 hours
  • Alternatively power the H3-VR via a USB battery pack, 5 VDC USB connection, or compatible AC adapter
  • For Video, Audio, VR & AR Production
  • Ambisonics, Binaural & Stereo Modes
  • Export to 5.1 Surround via Computer
  • Ambisonics Array with Four Microphones
  • Onboard Ambisonics A-to-B Conversion
  • Up to 24-Bit / 96 kHz Resolution
  • Built-In Slate Function
  • 3.5mm Output with Binaural Monitoring
  • Record to microSD Card or Stream via USB
  • Automatic Mic Position Detection
  • Zoom H3-VR Handy Audio Recorder with Built-In Ambisonics Mic Array
  • Foam Windscreen
  • Dual Mounting Bracket
  • Limited 1-Year Manufacturer Warranty
Portable Recorder
Number of Tracks
Maximum Sampling Rate
96 kHz / 24-Bit
Built-In Cardioid Condenser 4-Mic Array
Built-In Speaker
Monochrome LCD
Memory Card Support
microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC (Up to 512 GB)
Audio File Formats
Ambisonics A, Ambisonics B (FuMa/AmbiX), BWF, WAV, iXML
Sample Rates
44.1 / 48 / 96 kHz (Ambisonics)
44.1 / 48 / 96 kHz (Stereo)
44.1 / 48 kHz (Binaural)
Bit Depth
16 / 24-Bit
Timecode Support
Clock Accuracy
0.5 ppm
Analog I/O
2 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Output
System Connection
1 x Micro-USB (2.0)
Gain/Trim Range
Mic Inputs:
+18 to +48 dB
Max Output Level
Line Outputs:
-10 dBu
Headphone Output Power
20 mW per Channel into 32 Ohms
Microphone Max SPL
120 dB
Power Options
Batteries, USB Bus Power, AC/DC Power Adapter
Battery Type
2 x AA
Approximate Battery Life
FuMa 48 kHz/24-Bit:
11.5 Hours (Alkaline)
11.5 Hours (NiMH)
24 Hours (Lithium) 
AC/DC Power Adapter
5 VDC at 1 A (Not Included)
Mounting Options
1/4"-20 Female
3 x 3.1 x 4.8" / 76 x 78 x 123 mm
4.2 oz / 120 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
1.05 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
8.95 x 6.45 x 3.8"

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