How do they stack up? The Olympus VN-7200 Digital Voice Recorder vs the Zoom H1 Handy Portable Digital Recorder

In this brief comparison, we are going to be putting two products head to head. You might think it all comes down to the price, but frankly there is a lot more to it. This article is part of a series called The Best Portable Sound Recorder in 2021

Everyone has different preferences and priorities, so to make choosing easier we have attempted to give a frank review of the products. Let's start with the Olympus VN-7200 Digital Voice Recorder. Olympus is a worldwide leading manufacturer of sound and video technology. From digital cameras to voice recording devices this company has got it all to flourish your needs.

And now we will have a look at our second product, the Zoom H1 Handy Portable Digital Recorder. Good things come in small packages, that is what zoom have to say about its H1 handy digital recorder devices. H1 by Zoom is all about delivering big sound in a tiny package. Rather than jotting down the important points, one can simply turn on this piece of tech to capture lectures, meetings and you name it!

Examining the Olympus VN-7200 Digital Voice Recorder

VN-7200 is a mashup of simplicity with Olympus’ renowned sound technology. These digital audio recorders allow users to record hundreds of hours of recording time, all praises go to its large 2GB internal storage.

Taking a look at the features of the Zoom H1 Handy Portable Digital Recorder

The high-quality recording is promised by the built-in X/Y unidirectional microphones set at 90 degrees angle relative to each other. The X/Y mechanism helps the user to cover a wide area with clarity and definition - much like a Mic Preamp (read our top 10 list).

Olympus VN-7200 Digital Voice Recorder Zoom H1 Handy Portable Digital Recorder
+ Voice-activated recording allows you to set a specific level for start recording automatically.
+ Fast and slow playback modes.
+ Microphone input and headphone output jacks.

+ Line/Headphone output for connecting headphones or interconnecting an equipment like DSLR.
+ Same frequency and SPL handling like Zoom H2.
+ USB port for connecting H1 to a computer.

VN-7200 give users a load of reasons for switching to digital voice recorders. With indexing marking, voice-activated recording and up to 1,511 hours of recording time VN-7200 is marked as budget-breaking audio recorders. With X/Y microphones configuration, USB 2.0 port and Mic/Line input port H1 by zoom unleashes the potential of recorders.

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