Zoom H4n Vs Tascam DR-40: Review

Zoom H4n Vs Tascam DR-40


DSLRs are widely used to produce short films, interviews and youtube videos these days, they are a great substitute for camcorders. However, It is fairly known that the DSLR provides a good quality video but a horrible audio quality.

That why most of the filmmakers look for external video mic to enhance the quality of the audio. If you are a beginner filmmaker, you need to know that shooting using the DSLR internal microphone is not enough. You will end up having a poor audio, therefore make sure to have a good external mic.


There are a lot of options to choose from, and we have previously discussed the differences between Rode videomic pro and go. In today’s post we will be reviewing two video mics; the Zoom H4n and the Tascam dr-40

Zoom H4n


The Zoom H4n is probably one of the greatest mics of all times, this mic allows all DSLR users to enjoy a good audio. The zoom h4n was originally designed for musicians, however, it became popular among DSRL users and filmmakers as a portable recorder.


What is so great about the Zoom H4n is that it has great features at a good price compared to its expensive competitors. So, what is so special about the H4n? the answer is that the Zoom H4N allows people to record in three different channels; stereo, four channel, and multitrack recording. It has LED indicator that makes it easier for you to know which mode you are in.

Not only this, but it also has two XLR inputs that allow for professional microphones to be used and 1/4-inch microphone jacks. The recording resolution ranges from 24-bit/96kHz max to 48Kbps MP3 low.


you can use this mic with anything that you want to shoot; especially DSLR video. All you need to do is set up your subject and start recording, then syncing the audio with the video using any special software.


The Design

The Zoom H4n considered to be a portable recorder to go, it is designed in a way to make it easier to use. The zoom hn4 is designed using solid materials, unlike the previous zoom’s recorders. It is 6.5 inches long by 2.75 inches wide, and no it is not a pocket-sized. But compared to the good features that it has, it is considered both small and cheap. With its compact sized, zoom had combined all the features needed to be on a mic. There are several details that worth mentioning such as; built-in speakers on the back which make it easy to play back your recording with the need for a headphone. An offset record button, which is easier to find especially in the dark.




  • Four-track simultaneous recording
  • Three main recording modes: stereo, four channel, and multitrack recording
  • Auto record level control
  • Programmable auto recording start and end
  • Built-in speakers
  • Built-in X/Y stereo mic; which allows for variable recording pattern at 90° or 120°
  • Built-in reference speaker
  • Records 24-bit/96-kHz linear PCM WAV and MP3
  • Records directly to SD and SDHC cards up to 32GB
  • Multiple compressors
  • SDHC-compatible memory card slot
  • Supportive of phantom-power microphones
  • Provides dual input; combo connectors that can accept either XLR or ¼” phone cables
  • Pre-record features; Two-second pre-recording.
  • Auto record features; starts recording automatically once a certain sound level is detected.
  • Programmable lo-cut filter.
  • “M-S” decoder matrix
  • Onboard Compression and limiting
  • Onboard metronome and chromatic / guitar/bass tuner.
  • The H4n requires 2 AA battery alkaline or NiMH rechargeable batteries
  • Mounts to the mic stand or tripod, or to DSLR directly with optional Hot Shoe adapter

You can learn more about the Zoom H4n Here



Tascam DR40




The DR 40 from Tascam is a compact portable 4 channel recorder microphone that allows you to produce high quality and a professional level of audio. The Tascam dr40 records on an SD or SDHC flash memory cards and it records in different formats( WAV/BWF or MP3 files) with a resolution up to 96kHz/24-bit .


The Tascam dr40 considered being an easy, flexible and durable audio unit that meets the need of an indoor and outdoor shootings. The recorder has a built-in adjustable condenser microphone, a built-in limiter and low cut filter for cleaner audio. It also includes two combo XLR and 1/4″ input connectors and a 1/8-inch jack for headphones or lines out. It also includes a USB 2 port for connecting to a computer for power or file transfer. It has two built-in high-quality microphones that can be moved to an X or Y pattern.  The Tascam dr40 works on three AA batteries.


What is cool about this microphone that it has a built-in speaker, to review your recording. It includes 4 channel recordings, it has great XLR connectors and also it has a large display.



The Design

The Tascam dr40 comes in a very simple and easy to understand and use design. The recorder is designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference.

The Tascam dr40 comes in this dimension (3.5 x 1.4 x 6.1 inches; 7.5 ounces).

There are some details that make Tascam dr 40 a great recorder; one of that is the LED indicator on the front of the recorder. It also has navigation when that is composed of nine buttons, which makes the menu easier to understand.





    • Four-channel recording
    • Compact design
    • Records WAV/BWF at rates up to 24-bit/96 kHz and Mp3 files up to 320 kbps
    • Built-in speakers
    • Records to SD or SDHC flash memory cards
    • the built-in adjustable condenser mics with X/Y or A/B patterns
    • built-in limiter and low cut filter
    • 5mm headphone/line output
    • XLR and 1/4″ connections input
    • Includes USB 2.0 port
    • Dual recording mode
    • Easy navigation through the settings
    • The timed recording feature: start recording 5-10 seconds after you hit the button
    • Overdub Mode* records over your latest take but keeps the original track
    • Pre-recording feature: capture up to 2 seconds of audio from before you hit the record button,
    • Auto record level control
    • Tripod mounting hole
    • Stereo Reverb effect
    • Powered by 3 AA batteries
      Learn more about the Tascam dr-40 Here



Similarities and Differences

Zoom H4n Vs Tascam DR-40

Features they both share:

  • Record four tracks simultaneously
  • Dual XLR inputs
  • Record 24-bit 96kHz
  • Record to SD or SDHC flash memory cards
  • Built-in stereo condenser mics
  • Built-in speakers
  • Both in a compact size and reasonable price


Differences :

  • The H4n has a stereo 1/8th input for mic
  • The DR-40 has a feature of locking XLR inputs
  • The Zoom H4n uses 2 AA batteries, and the Tascam dr40 uses 3 AA batteries


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