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on 18 January 2013
I had just bought a new Panasonic SD800 and had to sacrifice exceptional image quality for NO MIC JACKS!!
Although to give the SD800 it's due, the mics are surprisingly good. But as a film maker and TV documenter the sound quality died in any sort of breeze.
So I decided to shop around and see what small, portable recording devices with an XLR input were to be found.
I came across the Zoom H4n and the Tascam DR-100 and neither were realistically in my price range (all I wanted was something to capture the sound from my Rode NGT 2 shotgun mic.
And then I came across the DR-40, and oh boy was I happy. I checked out reviews in sound difference between the DR-40's external mics and the H4n. The difference was hard to find, and with the DR-40 being 60-80 quid cheaper than the Zoom H4n I was onto a winner.
I bought it and haven't looked back since, the built in mics are perfect for caputuring interview diaglogue and they X-Y function works brilliantly when recording live band gigs and crowd scenes. The XLR inputs are secure and there is no rattling when moving.
With not a huge amount of Sound Engineer experience and a read through the manual I was able to have a play around with confidence. After the initial "man this is complicated" , it turned into a very simple and easy to use piece of equipment. There is the option to add a mixer into the system through the XLR ports aswell which I found very useful in the field.
I would recommend this to anyone who needs high quality audio recorders at a fraction of the price of a mixer/recorder combo. A good piece of starting equipment for a film maker and totally worth the price.
The only downsides are the case is very plastic, whereas the H4n is metal and rubbery for added grip and the speaker on the back isn't amazing, but as there is a headphone jack (which any sound coordinator will tell you) is what you use in the field to hear.
A brilliant product, simple to use and I haven't looked back since.