For those of us who are also into filmmaking, audio quality and the ability to capture great audio quality whether in the studio or in the field, is a mandatory prerequisite for any good production. I have tried a few portable recorders and I was not quite satisfied with the balance of audio quality and function until I purchased the Zoom H6.
The Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System is a great portable recorder with really good preamps that record very clean audio. When comparing quality and cost, it is a winner.
In the box, you will find a 2GB memory card, batteries, XY and Mid-Side microphones, a hard case, Cubase entry level software, a foam windscreen, and a USB cable. The Zoom H6 features 4 XLR/TRS inputs, and records up to 24-bit/96KHz. Its modular interchangeable mic system allows you to use their proprietary shotgun mono or stereo mic or their adapter that adds 2 more XLR/TRS inputs for a total of 6 simultaneous channels. I frequently use their Zoom SSH-6 Stereo Shotgun Microphone Capsule, and it is nothing short of amazing both in quality and its ability to capture clean sound from quite a distance away. The recorder accepts SD cards up to a SDXC 128GB card, which holds an incredible amount of audio in WAV or MP3 format. It provides phantom power for condenser microphones, has a built-in speaker for playback, and 3.5mm line out and headphone jacks. It has a nice 2-inch color display and can be powered by a USB power pack, or 4 AA batteries that will provide approximately 20 hours of continuous recording. It also has a hot shoe mount that makes it easy to add to any rig or recording setup.