Zaxcom 's new ZFR200 audio recorder is designed to act as an ultra-compact and lightweight replacement for wireless microphones, records on microSD, cards and features an integrated SMPTE timecode reader/generator.
With a high-strength nylon polymer casing that provides water and corrosion resistance, the ZFR200 weighs just 3.5 ounces. The unit can receive remote control and timecode signals via Zaxcom's IFB100, the new ZaxNet 2.4-GHz wireless network, or a manual timecode jam. A timecode jam enables audio professionals to use any quantity of ZFR200 units in sync all day, with the integrated timecode generator ensuring one-frame accuracy over a six-hour period. The ZFR200 can output audio as either 24-bit/48-KHz timecode-stamped broadcast wave (.wav) files or timecode-stamped MP3 files. Each unit is powered with a single AA battery with up to 14 hours of run time.
"Our new ZFR200 is an excellent tool for reality television and similar productions where the production team is faced with interference issues, poor RF range, or no available wireless frequencies," said Glenn Sanders, Zaxcom's president. "By recording directly to microSD cards on the bodypack, the ZFR200 is an excellent low-cost, low-weight replacement for wireless mics."
The ZFR200 is available now with a list price of $899.