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The Zoom H3-VR is an all-in one audio recorder with built-in Ambisonics mic array that can capture and process 360° spatial audio for virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality content. Integrated raw Ambisonics A to VR-ready Ambisonics B format conversion eliminates the need for external processing. On top of that, it also offers binaural stereo, standard stereo, 5.1 surround, and live streaming support. Settings can be controlled through a smartphone and mic position sensors can automatically align the audio with your 360 video. The H3-VR works as standalone device, powered by batteries and recording to an internal memory card, or can stream audio via USB to a computer.

360° Audio Capture

With an array of four Ambisonic mics, the Zoom H3-VR captures four channels of immersive full-sphere surround sound at up to 24 bit/96 kHz, critical for virtual reality productions. This makes it ideal for game developers, filmmakers, or even musicians looking to add more depth to their sound.

Integrated Ambisonics A to B Conversion

On-board encoding and decoding automatically converts raw Ambisonics A audio to VR-ready Ambisonics B format for easy pairing with 360-degree video. This eliminates the need for external processing on a computer. Using the free to download Zoom Ambisonics Player software, you can play, trim, re-orient, or export Ambisonic recordings as stereo, binaural, or 5.1 audio files, directly from the recorder to a computer, drastically minimising post-production.

Three Recording Modes

In addition to the Ambisonic VR format, the recorder supports standard stereo recording and stereo binaural WAV files up to 24 bit/48 kHz. This provides hyper-realistic spatial recording, enabling 2D creators to add more depth to their sound.

Onboard Playback & Live Headphone Monitoring

Integrated Ambisonics playback allows you to rotate the H3-VR to simulate spatial audio while listening, giving you an unprecedented amount of control. The recorder also features dual 3.5mm audio outputs with independent volume controls that provide simultaneous stereo binaural headphone monitoring and a line out to a camera or other external device.

Auto Mic Position and Level Detection

No matter how you position the mic - upright, upside down, endfire or endfire inverted, an integrated 6-axis motion sensor automatically detects and calibrates the microphone position and level to ensure the surround audio and video are always properly aligned.

Supports Standalone Operations

The recorder can operate in standalone style - recording to its SD card slot while being powered by 2 AA NiMH/Lithium batteries or portable USB power bank. Alternatively, for longer operating time, it can stream/record audio to your computer via USB, drawing power from the connected device.

Advanced Audio Controls

With a single input volume gain button you can adjust the gains of all four mic capsules simultaneously for balanced 360° audio. A built-in limiter prevents distortion by reducing loud input signals and an adjustable low cut filter removes unwanted low-end frequency noise.

Audio Syncing Made Easy

A built-in slate tone lets you easily calibrate the recorder and camera audio levels while the sound marker function plays a tone when recording starts for easier audio to syncing. The recorder also features extensive metadata and a highly accurate internal clock that helps reduce audio/visual drift.

Auto-Rotating Display Panel

The directionally-responsive display panel automatically adjusts to the unit's positioning. The back-lit 1.25-inch LCD screen along with the intuitive Home, Play/Pause, Forward, Reverse, and Menu function buttons deliver easy and efficient device configuration and operation.

360° Live Streaming and Video Conferencing

The H3-VR also enables you to live stream events in 360 degrees, as well as use it as high-quality stereo microphone for video conferencing.

Wireless iOS Remote Control Support

You can stay out of the shot while shooting a 360-degree video by remotely accessing transport controls, set levels, and input metadata notes using the H3 Control App from a compatible iOS device. Note that a separately available BTA-1 adapter is required.

Compact Design

Weighing less than 120g, the Zoom H3-VR Handy Audio Recorder is the perfect Ambisonics recorder to pair with smaller 360° cameras. Its compact and conical shape ensures unobstructed camera view. A 1/4-inch thread on the bottom accommodates standard tripods and supports, while the included mounting bracket allows you to mount it to your camera.


4 x Matched unidirectional condensers

Bit Depth

16-bit or 24-bit

Sample Rate

Ambisonics: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, or 96 kHz

Stereo: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, or 96 kHz

Binaural: 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz

Supported Formats

Ambisonics: Ambisonics A, Ambisonics B (FuMa / AmbiX)

Audio: BWF

Metadata: iXML


2 x 3.5 mm TRS

Media Card Slots

1 x SD card slot

Compatible Memory Cards

microSD, microSDHC, and microSDXC (Class 4 or higher)

Maximum Card Capacity

512 GB


Type: USB 2.0 Micro-B

Mass Storage Operation: USB 2.0 High Speed

Audio Interface Operation (Stereo/Binaural): USB 2.0 Full Speed, 2 in / 2 out, 16-bit, 44.1 / 48 kHz

Audio Interface Operation (Ambisonics): USB 2.0 High Speed, 4 in / 2 out, 24-bit, 44.1 / 48 kHz


31.8mm monochrome LCD (96 x 64)

Motion Sensor

6 axes (3-axis gyro, 3-axis acceleration)

Mic Gain Range

+18 to +48 dB

Maximum SPL

120 dB SPL

Maximum Output Level

Line Out: -10 dBu (1 kHz, 10-kOhm load)

Headphone Out: 20 mW + 20 mW (into 32-Ohm load)

Clock Accuracy

0.5 ppm

Battery Type

Alkaline, rechargeable NiMH, or lithium (all AA)

Battery Life (approx.)

Alkaline: 11.5 hours (maximum, 24-bit / 48 kHz, FuMa record mode)

NiMH (1900 mAh): 11.5 hours (maximum, 24-bit / 48 kHz, FuMa record mode)

Lithium: 24 hours (maximum, 24-bit / 48 kHz, FuMa record mode)

*14500 lithium rechargeable batteries (3.7 V) cannot be used; they will break the H3-VR

Mounting Options

1/4"-20 thread

Power Supply

2 x AA batteries

5 VDC, 1 A via USB power

Zoom AD-17 AC adapter (available separately)

Dimensions (W x D x H)

76 x 78 x 123 mm


120 g

* Specifications subject to change by the manufacturer without notice
  • Zoom H3-VR Handy Recorder
  • Foam Windscreen
  • Dual Mounting Bracket
  • 2 x AA Batteries

Manufacturer Warranty

This product comes with a

24 month Australian warranty

from Dynamic Music
(the sole authorised Australian Distributor)

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* Dispatch timeframes are indications only and may vary for multiple quantities. Timeframes are updated regularly during normal business hours.