Zoom’s iQ5 Microphone Plugs Right Into Your iOS Device’s Lightning Port

Zoom’s iQ5 Microphone Plugs Right Into Your iOS Device’s Lightning Port

Audio accessory maker Zoom launched its iQ5 microphone this week — providing a nifty, Lightning-connected solution for users looking to record high quality audio with their iOS devices.

With both 90- and 120-degree fields — adjustable using a switch on one side of the device — the iQ5 incorporates two microphone elements to record 16-bit/44.1kHz audio. The microphone has an analog-type mic gain wheel, in addition to three auto-gain levels, built-in timing, automatic recording, and a dedicated headphone jack for direct monitoring during recording and playback.

The iQ5 mic is designed to work alongside Zoom’s HandyRecorder app, although it’s also compatible with Apple’s own Camera app, GarageBand, as well as various other sound-recording tools.

Requiring an iOS device with a Lightning connector, the iQ5 costs $100, and is available in both black and white models.

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