It always shocks me how much I rely on my iPhone or iPad. It handles almost everything from controlling my camera to taking notes. However, one thing it has not been useful for is recording decent audio. I have tried my fair share of iPhone microphones, and while they did slightly increase audio quality, they were usually cumbersome to carry and weren’t worth it for such a small increase in quality. I was excited to test the Zoom iQ5 Professional Stereo Microphone for Lightning Connector iOS Devices.
Zoom has done a wonderful job creating this microphone. It features a slim, lightweight design, which allows it to easily slip into a bag or jacket pocket. While it may be small, the features that it offers are not. It offers built-in gain controls and a limiter with options for pick-up direction, including a raw mid-side stereo width. The sound itself is amazing—a rich, robust experience with very little distortion. This makes it a great option for capturing sound in a variety of situations.
The Handy Recorder application included with the iQ5 offers additional controls. Zoom has packed every control feature that you would expect to find in a hand-held recorder into this app including: Compressor, EQ, and Reverb option. It also has the added benefit of being able to edit and upload clips to SoundCloud or to share via email directly from the device.
The Zoom iQ5 is perfect for just about anyone looking to improve audio quality. Whether you are a parent capturing a special moment or a journalist who cannot afford to miss a word of an important interview, the Zoom iQ5 will have you covered. For more information on the Zoom iQ5 visit: http://www.thecamerastore.com/6911-Zoom-iQ5-Professional-Stereo-Microphone.aspx