Comparing Sony ICD-UX560 audio performance vs Zoom H5 Canon camcorder iPhone Xs plus lavaliere

Aaron compares the Sony ICD-UX560 audio performance vs a Canon G20, Zoom H5, iPhone, and using a lavaliere in a bunch of combinations. The Sony ICD-UX560 mini-recorder is quite resistant to audible plosives from breath and wind. It’s not completely invincible to outdoor breeze but it does well. The Zoom H5 picks up every plosive. It’s more sensitive but it’s a different class of recorder.

Aaron tests in a regular office/room (without sound treatment) and also above a beach bluff for a real-world test.
At the beach, he tests regular, focused, and wide mic modes.

There was a weird subtle digital garble at 13:37:10. I’ve never heard it before. We’ll pass it as a one-off.

Watch his original Sony ICD-UX560 review here:

0:25 Start with Canon G20+lavaliere + FCPX compression
2:02 Canon G20+lavaliere (No audio compression for duration of testing)
2:51 Sony LPCM 44.1kHz/16-bit
4:26 Canon G20 + lavaliere
4:49 Sony MP3 + voice: low
5:40 Canon G20 + lavaliere
6:08 Sony MP3 + voice: auto
6:46 Canon G20 + lavaliere
7:01 Sony MP3 + voice: medium
7:43 Canon G20 + lavaliere
8:05 Sony MP3 + voice: high
8:51 Canon G20 + lavaliere
9:35 Canon G20 on-camera mic
10:36 Sony MP3 + lavaliere
11:35 Canon G20 on-camera mic
11:45 Canon G20 + lavaliere
12:13 Sony MP3 + music: low
12:50 Canon G20 + lavaliere
13:16 Sony MP3 + music: medium
13:50 Canon G20 + lavaliere
14:06 Sony MP3 + music: high
14:42 Canon G20 + lavaliere
16:28 Zoom H5 standard mic capsule
17:13 Canon G20 + lavaliere
17:24 Canon G20 on-camera mic
17:45 Zoom H5 + lavaliere
18:35 Canon G20 + lavaliere
19:08 Canon G20 on-camera mic
19:50 iPhone Xs
20:16 Sony MP3 + voice: low, mic normal mode
20:42 iPhone Xs
21:08 Sony MP3 + voice: low, mic focused mode
21:40 iPhone Xs
21:55 Sony MP3 + voice: low, mic wide mode
22:35 iPhone Xs
22:52 Sony MP3 + voice: low, mic normal mode
23:07 iPhone Xs
23:15 Canon G20 + lavaliere, FCPX compression turned on again

Sony ICDUX560BLK recorder on
Case for the recorder on
Polson OLM-10 microphone at
Auray Fuzzy Windbuster for Lavalier Microphones at

Zoom H5 on

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