Zoom H3-VR 360° Audio Recorder, Records Ambisonics, Binaural, and Stereo, Battery Powered, Records to SD Card, Wireless

(10 customer reviews)


Brand Zoom
Hardware Interface Secure Digital Card
Microphone Form Factor Built-In
Number of Batteries 2 AA batteries required. (included)
Item Dimensions LxWxH 3 x 3 x 4.8 inches
Memory Storage Capacity 512 GB
Item Weight 5 Grams
Screen Size 1.25 Inches

  • 4-channel Recorder with 4 Built-In Mics in an Ambisonics Arrangement
  • 3 Recording Modes: Ambisonics, Stereo Binaural or Standard Stereo
  • Onboard Ambisonics A-to-B Encoding and Decoding
  • Auto Mic Position Detection Using a 6-axis Motion Sensor
  • Onboard Ambisonics Playback with Audio Rotation


The Zoom H3-VR virtual reality audio recorder is the complete solution for cpturing and processing spatial audio for VR, AR and mixed-reality content. With a built-in Ambisonic mic, recorder and decoder, the H3-VR is an all-in-one 360-audio solution. The H3-VR also comes with a free download of Zoom Ambisonics Player post-production software capable of converting your Ambisonics audio to 5.1ch surround sound.

From the manufacturer




Whether you’re a game developer, filmmaker or musician, virtual reality is the undeniable future of content creation. While 360-video is exploding in popularity, the ability to easily create 360-audio has lagged behind…until now.


  • 4 built-in mics arranged in an Ambisonic array
  • Full-sphere surround sound recording
  • Onboard Ambisonics A to B decoding
  • Three recording modes: Ambisonics, Stereo Binaural or Standard Stereo
  • Stereo binaural monitoring of Ambisonics signal
  • Auto Mic Position Detection using 6-axis gyroscope (upfront, endfire, upside-down, endfire inverted)
  • Wireless iOS remote control available through the BTA-1 Bluetooth adapter
  • Onboard Ambisonics playback with audio rotation



One-Stop VR Audio

The Zoom H3-VR virtual reality audio recorder is the complete solution for capturing and processing spatial audio for VR, AR and mixed-reality content. With a built-in Ambisonic mic, recorder and decoder, the H3-VR puts 360-audio in the palm of your hand.


Go from A to B

In the past, capturing VR audio required a dedicated Ambisonic mic, a separate recorder and a computer for encoding the audio from raw Ambisonics A format to VR-ready Ambisonics B format. Now, with the H3-VR, all of the encoding and decoding is done on board, saving time, money and effort at every step.


Fits Anywhere. Captures Everything.

The H3-VR’s compact, conical design captures audio from multiple angles without getting in the way of the camera or the action.


6-Axis Motion Sensor

Auto Mic Position and Level Detection make placing the H3-VR simple. Whether positioned upright, upside down, endfire or endfire inverted, the H3-VR automatically calibrates so your audio and video are already aligned for post.


Audio For Every Reality

Ambisonics Audio for VR

The H3-VR’s 4-capsule Ambisonic mic captures precise 360-degree VR audio recordings up to 24 bit/96 kHz. And with the onboard decoder allows you to export Ambisonics B-format files directly.

Binaural 3D Stereo The H3-VR also records stereo binaural WAV files up to 24 bit/48 kHz. Stereo binaural provides a hyper-realistic spatial recording that enhances 2D productions with 3D audio.

Standard Stereo The H3-VR even offers standard stereo recording for recordings that will be played out of speakers rather than headphones.

5.1ch Surround for Video

Free to download, ZOOM Ambisonics Player software can easily convert Ambisonics audio to a 5.1ch surround file that is pre-aligned to the proper speakers, and is exported to your video or audio editor for syncing with standard video.

Live Streaming
 360 The H3-VR also enables you to live stream events in 360 degrees so that wherever your fans are, they’ll have access to the best seats in the house.




360 audio

Monitoring & Playback

Monitor your audio live in stereo binaural or use the H3-VR’s onboard Ambisonics Decoding to simulate your recorded 360-experience during playback.

Streaming and More

Perfect for live streaming, video conferencing, direct recording and more, the H3-VR’s audio interface mode turns it into a USB 360 mic for your computer or stereo mic for your iOS device.

Out of the Shot But in Control

Staying out of the shot can be tricky when recording a 360-degree video, which is why the H3 Control App lets you remotely access transport controls, level settings, and metadata notes right from your iOS device.*

*Optional BTA-1 adapter required

360º Post-Production Made Easy

The H3-VR’s companion ZOOM Ambisonics Player software takes the work out of post-production by easily converting your Ambisonics files to Stereo, Binaural, 5.1ch surround and more. Play, trim, re-orientate and export your audio files in minutes.

Additional information

Weight 0.176 kg
Dimensions 3 × 3 × 4.8 cm
Item Weight

0.176 ounces

Product Dimensions

3 x 3 x 4.8 inches

Country of Origin






Item model number



2 AA batteries required. included

Date First Available

September 26 2018

Hardware Interface

Secure Digital Card

Battery type




10 reviews for Zoom H3-VR 360° Audio Recorder, Records Ambisonics, Binaural, and Stereo, Battery Powered, Records to SD Card, Wireless

  1. Bubba

    exceeded expectations.this little device will pick up audio from 50 feet away easily. I use it for paranormal investigations and it did not disappoint. just keep an eye on the audio settings and make sure to download the zoom program for it. clear crisp and virtually no distortion. i had to amplify the sound over 300% and there were no ill effects that took away from the quality, as crisp as standing next to it. spend the few extra dollars…….

  2. Harold quezada

    Can’t use without the appThe microphone itself is great, but when it comes to the app, heavily outdated. Does not even work.

  3. Photographer

    Quite a novelty indeed… amazingWhen i heard what it sounded like, all other recordings seem one dimensional

  4. Pedro

    very mediocre sound qualityit’s a very low end microphone

  5. WJH

    Not sturdy, so far good C. S. and return policyThe protective frame was very weak and broke just from careful use. On/off is tedious. So far the company will replace it but who knows how long I’ll be without. Hmmmm might do some more shopping for something better.

  6. Amazon Customer

    Awesome features This is my first review of a product, I think is the first one in Spanish.

  7. D. M.

    Very happy very good value for moneyIs it best possible sound – – > NO. Is it very good for recording piano over Zoom et al – – > yes it is superb just placed in the middle of the harp. Is it practical and easy to setup for non-pro sound engineer YES INDEED. We are very happy. Only suggestion to Zoom – – > include some pouch for carrying it around it is a bit fragile looking as so small.

  8. Cuauhtémoc Méndez Suárez

    Excelente microfono ambisonics!Es muy facil y sencillo grabar con este microfono. La simbiosis de este producto y el BTA-1 es muy buena y permite un buen control y monitoreo durante la grabación.Los algoritmos del programa de Zoom no son los mejores pero son bastante decentes para iniciar. Si necesitas algo mejor, compra el plugin de waves o programa el tuyo en MATLAB.Excelente relacion calidad-precio.

  9. Nefi H.

    Asombrosa grabadora!!He usado grabadoras portatiles de Zoom anteriormente, este modelo de grabadora en 360 grados me dejó facinado, micrófonos con excelente respuesta, fácil de manejar, estoy muy feliz con mi compra. El envió llegó muy puntual y en perfectas condiciones y eso es fundamental, se han ganado mi confianza 🙂

  10. Ivonne

    Botón de encendido débilHola, qué tal, compré el producto hace un año, me parece bien el sistema para grabar binaural y ambisonics. Pero tendría cuidado porque el botón de encendido se puede aflojar rápido y ya no permite prender la grabadora. No sé justo ahora a dónde llevarlo para arreglarlo.

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