Hi, I had started using the Zoom H1 a few years back mainly for the purpose of recording bird calls during vismig. Success was patchy to say the least and I’ve stopped using it. With only the internal mics, the recordings were either very quiet or not picked up at all.
I’d like to get going again (also for possible nocmig recording) and still would favour a handheld, portable device over a combination of recorder/external mic or parabol. Preferably I’d like to clip the recorder onto my bins or coat and have it running while I’m out.
I’ve read through a lot of threads and a number of options are mentioned. I think the zoom H4n pro looks too big for me, whilst Olympus ls-p4 or Tascam dr-05 look easier to handle.
My question is would any of those options actually be any better than the original zoom h1, given similar build and internal mic only. I’m not looking for the highest quality recordings but for the ability to record that fly-over pipit etc.
Do all of these have the option for pre-record, i.e. a few seconds record prior pushing the recording button?
Any other options? Many thanks.