Friday, April 6, 2012

Tascam DR-40 vs. Zoom H4N

As usual, Deejay over at DSLR Film Noob gives us another thorough comparison of two popular products for the low-budget filmmaker. I was especially interested in his opinion of the Tascam DR-40, which is the lowest priced recorder ($150) that has XLR inputs. This means you can use all kinds of pro gear that will give you much better sound than the super-cheap unbalanced stuff I usually use. He says it's basic, but works well, which is really all I wanted to hear.


saulgoode said...

The Tascam recorders would be much more competitive if they had the ability to serve as a computer's audio input. I can't understand why they wouldn't include that functionality -- it's really just a matter of software as the hardware is all there.

Joseph St Clair said...

I actually preferred the sound of the Tascam, the Zoom was pretty 'boomy'.
Think I will pick one up to compliment my current Zoom H1 when I get some cashy money I don't know what to do with.

reev said...

Thanks for the review. What about handling noise? Which is more sensitive? I'm choosing one for field recording w/out tripods or a table to put one on top of.

Wild Goose Chase Productions said...

This review definitely made me reconsider my choice to get a Zoom H4n. Do you know if the Tascam comes with any DSLR kits?

Pete J Jones said...

That was extremely helpful! Thanks! I'd been told about the H4N, and was moments away from buying one, but then discovered the Tascam. I stared at the numbers and specs for a bit, but then my brain stopped working - this was exactly what I needed. The Tascam is exactly what I need.

I only discovered your site/channel today, but I think it's absolutely excellent. "Add to favourites"!

Nice work guys.