Zoom Q8n-4K Handy Video and 4-Track Audio Recorder

Zoom Q8n-4K Handy Video and 4-Track Audio Recorder

Truly a camera made for musicians, Zoom's Q8n-4K captures 4K video and 4 audio tracks with X/Y mics plus two XLR inputs. USB output makes livestreaming easy!

Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder

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Capture 1920x1080 high-resolution HD video, plus 96 kHz/24-bit WAV stereo audio in middle-side format, on the handheld, battery-powered Q2HD video recorder.

Want to live stream high quality audio and video from your gigs, special events and more? With the Zoom Q2HD, you can stream your videos through your computer directly to the web. Simply connect your Q2HD to your computer via USB cable (included in the optional APQ-2HD accessory package) and start streaming like the pros. The Q2HD's streaming function is compatible with Ustream Producer, Flash Media Live Encoder, Skype and other popular streaming applications. And it works wonders with premium programs such as Ustream Producer Pro or Studio. It's never been easier to broadcast your movies on the web in real-time.

Mid-Side brings the audio.

The Q2HD is the first handheld camcorder to offer Mid-Side stereo recording. Mid-Side recording, originally offered by Zoom on the H2n Handy Recorder, is a technique that's been used for many years in film and broadcast, where ambiance is crucial. Mid-Side recording combines a unidirectional Mid mic that captures sound directly in front of you and a bidirectional Side mic that captures sound from your left and right. By increasing or decreasing the level of the Side mic, you can control the width of the stereo field, which gives you incredible flexibility over your recordings. With its condenser microphones in 30* to 150* Mid-Side stereo configuration, the Q2HD gives you natural depth and accurate imaging. From live musical performances, rehearsals and recitals to journalism, education, sports and travel, the Q2HD's pristine audio is so read more realistic your movies will let you relive the moment over and over again.

1920 x 1080 full high-definition video

Your HD Videos are recorded in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format, which can be played on a computer using QuickTime player. The Q2HD can record video in full HD at 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, allowing you to enjoy your finely-detailed audio and video on your large HDTV. You can also select 720p HD for longer recordings, as well as SD formats when smaller file sizes are needed.

Lighting selection function

The Q2HD has a lighting selection function that allows you to record using the best setting for any given lighting condition. The modes that can be used include "Auto," which automatically adjusts brightness and color, "Concert Lighting," which suppresses oversaturation from strong lighting and "Night," which is ideal for filming in dark situations.

4 x digital zoom

The 4x digital zoom allows you to shoot both distant landscapes and close-ups of people. You can capture your main subject even when it's far away.

Edit video easily right on the scene

Divide or trim your movies internally with the Q2HD, as the unit allows you to cut footage and better feature the important scenes without a computer. By erasing unnecessary data from the SD card, you will increase your remaining recording time.

Enjoy HD video on your HDTV

The Q2HD has a mini HDMI connector that allows the digital output of your videos. Connect the Q2HD to an HDTV by using an HDMI cable (sold separately) and enjoy your movies with your family and friends. And the Q2HD's audio will sound incredible on your home theater's audio system.

24-bit / 96kHz linear PCM sound

The rich stereo sound captured by the Mid-Side mics can be recorded to linear PCM WAV files. When taking full high-definition 1080p video, high-quality sound with resolution of up to 24-bit/96 kHz can also be recorded.

Analog Mic Gain for precision volume control

Using the analog-type MIC GAIN wheel allows you to dial-in the perfect amount of gain for any recording application. Or choose one of three presets (Concert / Solo / Meeting) of the Auto Gain function to automatically set the recording level for any given situation. It's even easier to get great sound no matter what you're shooting.

Low-cut filter functions

The unit's low-cut filter reduces unwanted background noise by cutting the low-frequency range. Attach a windscreen (sold separately), to reduce wind noise so you can get clear audio even when filming outside.

It's also an audio recorder.

The Q2HD can also be used as an audio recorder to record just sound. In addition to being able to record 24-bit/96 kHz PCM files that far exceed CD-quality, the unit can also record AAC (m4a format) files that have smaller sizes. The Q2HD also features an internal reference speaker so you can check recordings without earphones.

The first USB Mid-Side Mic.

Expanding its versatility, the Q2HD also functions as a USB microphone with Mid-Side miking capabilities. Simply choose USB Mic in the units MENU and connect your Q2HD to a computer or iPad 2 or 3 (using Apple's USB camera connector) to begin recording.

Move aside.

Zoom made on-the-go viewing better than ever with the Q2HD. You can easily switch between "Portrait" and "Landscape" playback by pressing and holding the PLAY key. Watch your videos anywhere with its color LCD screen and built-in reference speaker.

Navigate with ease.

The Q2HD features an icon-based user interface that makes navigating through all its functions easy and intuitive. Play, edit or delete movies, select video and audio formats and a host of other functions with ease.

Built-in reference speaker

The Q2HD even has a built-in reference speaker to let you check recordings without earphones. It is also handy to preview playback when selecting recorded files.

Runs on readily-available AA batteries

The Q2HD is powered by two standard AA batteries, resulting in about 2 hours of continuous recording. The unit is also compatible with NiMH batteries, which can be recharged using a commercially-available charger.

Master sound recordings with HandyShare software.

The Q2HD's bundled HandyShare editing and uploading software lets you to manage and edit your videos easily as well as upload them to social networking sites. From live musical performances, rehearsals and recitals to journalism, education and sports, you can easily share your movies with everyone on your favorite websites like YouTube or Vimeo. Moreover, effect functions in the software allow you to bring the sound of video recordings up to the level of a finished product. Normalize a recording for a consistent volume level, add reverb to give rich reflections to the sounds of instruments and voices and use a mastering effect to enhance the impact of a performance with compression. Just select a preset. It's easy enough for anyone to use.

Compatible with SDXC cards of 64GB high-capacity

The Q2HD utilizes SD/SDHC/SDXC as an affordable way to increase recording capacity. The included 2GB SD card can record about 40 minutes of HD video, while a 64GB SD card allows for about 15 hours of HD video recording time.(*)

*If recorded with AAC (192 kbps) audio quality.

APQ-2HD accessory set available (sold separately)

A package of six accessories, specifically designed for the Q2HD, will be sold separately to further enhance your movie making. The package includes an HDMI cable for connecting with an HDTV, a windscreen to reduce noise, a tabletop tripod with adjustable-length legs, a padded-shell case, an AC adapter and an USB cable.
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- Recording Media: SD/SDHC/SDXC card (up to 64GB)
- Imaging Device: 1/3.2-inch 5M pixels CMOS sensor
- Optics Lens: Fixed Focus (1.23m to infinity), F3.2
- Video Format: MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 MOV
- Video Resolution: HD1080p 30fpsHD720p 60fpsHD720p 30fpsWVGA 60fpsWVGA 30fps
- Audio Format: PCM (Quantization: 16/24bit, Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48/96kHz)
- AAC (Bit Rate: 64 to 320kbps, Sampling Frequency: 48kHz)
- Sound Functions: Lo-cut filter, Auto Gain (Concert / Solo / Meeting)
- Video Functions: 4x digital zoom, Scene select (Auto / Concert Lighting / Night)
- Editing Functions: Divide, Trim
- Display: 2.0-inch full color LCD (320 x 240 pixels)
- Built-in Mic: Mid-Side stereo (MONO / 30*/60*/90*/120*/150*)
- Maximum Sound Pressure Level: 120dB SPL
- Input Gain +1 to +39dB
- Built-in Speaker: Monaural, 400mW 8 ohms
- Outputs: PHONES / LINE OUT (1/8" Stereo phone jack)
- USB: miniB USB2.0 High Speed, USB-VIDEO, USB-AUDIO
- Power Requirements: 2 x AA batteries (LR6 or Ni-MH)
- AC adapter AD-17 (DC5V/1A/center positive)
- Battery Life: 2 hours (Movie mode), 4 hours (Audio mode)
- Dimensions: 51Wx 126.9Dx 35Hmm
- Weight: 85.4g (without batteries)
- Accessories Included: SD memory card (2GB), 2 x AA/LR6 batteries

System requirements for HandyShare software

- Windows XP 32bit (SP2 or later)
- Windows Vista 32bit / 64bit (SP1 or later)
- Windows 7 32bit / 64bit
- Intel Pentium4 1.4GHz / AMD Athlon 64 or faster
- 512MB RAM (1GB or more recommended)

- Mac OS X 10.4.6 or later / 10.5 / 10.6 / 10.7
- Intel Core Duo 1.66 GHz or faster (Intel Mac only)
- 512MB RAM (1GB or more recommended)

*USB1.1/2.0 compatible port
*1024 x 600 monitor resolution or more

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 631-542-5270
Email: info@zoom-na.com
Web: https://zoomcorp.com/en/us/contact/

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. (8 ratings)
Submitted October 25, 2012 by a customer from hvc.rr.com in Orange County, NY
"Very Handy... But Needs a Little Work"
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This thing is handy as heck. The sound quality is phenomenal. The video quality leaves a lot to be desired, at least in true concert hall lightning scenarios. I wasn't expecting pro quality video, but I was hoping for a bit better. That said, if the lightning was right, I believe this thing would do a commendable job at video too. The controls are adequate at best. For someone with big fingers, you're going to do a lot of back peddling to get to where it is you really wanted to go. It's nice to have everything in one centrally located area, especially in the dark, but the rocker-type controls aren't very forgiving. If you try to go right, you'll go either up or down. Press to the left and you have the same issue. When you get to the menu item you want to adjust settings for and press the middle button, it's so small you end up pressing the outer arrow buttons again. For someone with small fingers this might not be a problem, I'm not sure. I think they might have been better served if they had a dedicated button for each position to travel (up, down, left, right). Other than that, the only drawback is the battery life. I've read that the thing eats up batteries when used for any length of time, so I was prepared. When shooting a few performances one evening, I got less than 2 hours of use out of brand new AA batteries. That was with actually only recording about 90 minutes, the rest of the time I was toying with the settings. Regardless, I was prepared and switched them read more out. Having used it 3 other times after that, the brand new AA's all had similar life spans, so I'm sure you can expect the same. Luckily they're cheap and available everywhere. The AC adapter may be a wise choice for someone considering to use it for extended amounts of time. I have a 64 GB sdxc card in mine so space was a non-issue, but to give an idea about space requirements; recording at 320kbs AAC and 720-30HD for about 21 minutes took up a 1.30 GB chunk out of the card. These settings are in the high range for the Q2HD's capabilities, but still aren't the max. Expect to get more of a chunk taken out if you max out to 1080p and PCM settings. Overall I'm very happy with the unit. It's nice being able to record shows and not have to rely on YouTube for them. Speaking of which the videos upload to YT perfectly each and every time with no syncing issues. Great little workhorse for the money, even more so if my fingers were smaller.

Musical Background:
I know a few things...

Musical Style:
Metal - Rock and everything it encompasses.
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