Zoom Q8 Handy Video Recorder

Zoom Q8 Handy Video Recorder

Capture your shows, rehearsals and more with high-definition video and 96 kHz/24-bit audio. With XY stereo mics, the Zoom Q8 is a camera made for musicians.

Zoom Q3HD Handy Video Recorder

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Zoom Q3-HD Handy Video Recorder

Brilliant Stereo Recording... Now with HD Video. Zoom brought unrivaled stereo sound to your movies with the Q3 Handy Video Recorder. Now, with the Q3HD, there's only one handheld camcorder that does it all in 1080p. The Q3HD Handy Video Recorder takes Zoom's renowned audio technology and combines it with HD video, allowing you to capture every moment with stunning clarity and resolution.

It's an HD World.

With the Q3HD, it's never been easier or more fun to shoot great videos. Select 720p or 1080p for amazing clarity and detail no matter where or what you're shooting. It also includes two standard definition (SD) formats for those times when a smaller file size is needed.

With a new lens and imaging sensor, the Q3HD captures exceptionally clean video that is compressed with the high quality H.264 video codec. It also has a larger aperture, which lets more light into your movies. And with its 4x digital zoom, the Q3HD gets you closer to the action.

Turn it sideways...

Zoom made on-the-go viewing better than ever with the Q3HD. Simply turn the camera on its side and press play. Watch your videos anywhere with its "widescreen" color LCD screen and built-in reference speaker.

Bring up the lights.

With the Q3HD, you can choose among three different lighting settings. This makes shooting video in challenging lighting conditions easy. For most situations, choosing "Auto" will give you the best, clearest results. You can also select "Concert Lighting", which will automatically adjust for rapid changes in stage lights and compensate when the stage goes dark. Choose "Night" for maximizing any available light in the lowest light conditions.

Sound makes the movie.

The Q3HD uses the same microphone capsules as Zoom's industry-leading H4n Handy Recorder. From live musical performances, rehearsals and recitals to journalism, education, sports or travel, the Q3HD's pristine audio is so realistic your movies will transport you back to the moment, to relive over and over again.

With two on-board, studio-quality condenser mics configured in a wide 120* X/Y pattern, the Q3HD gives you true depth and stereo imaging, making your movies sound as if they were recorded on a Hollywood soundstage.

The Q3HD also displays audio meters, allowing you to quickly monitor and set your levels. Set the gain to High or Low to record in soft or loud environments. Or use the Q3HD's Auto Level to automatically set the right recording level for any given situation. And now with two settings for Auto Level Gain Control, they've made it easy to get great sound no matter what you're shooting. For outdoor shoots, they highly recommend using a windscreen over the mics.

Get intuitive.

The Q3HD sports a new icon-based user interface that makes navigating through all its functions easy and intuitive. Play your movies, select video and audio formats and a host of other functions, or delete unwanted files with ease.

Share your vision.

When your shoot is complete, the Q3HD's built-in USB cable lets you download your movies to your computer for editing and sharing. In addition, the Q3HD's new file divide function lets you edit your video right on the unit and save time by transferring only what you need.

Use the included HandyShare software to edit your movies. And you can now add effects like reverb and normalize the audio for consistent levels, making your movies sound even better. Or, bring them into more sophisticated editing software like iMovie or Final Cut for more extensive edits, effects and titles.

HandyShare can also be used to upload your videos to YouTube. And because the Q3HD includes an HDMI output, you can watch your movies at home on your HDTV. And the Q3HD's incredible audio will sound amazing on your home theater setup.


HD matters to YouTube musiciansWith the Q3HD, there's never been an easier way to promote your music. Now, all your videos will look amazing and sound like they were recorded in a professional studio. Classical to metal, solo to full orchestra, the Q3HD is ideal for shooting any kind of musical performance and sharing it with the world.

Accelerate the learning curveMusic educators and students alike know that seeing and hearing your performance helps you play better. And because the Q3HD is so small, you can place it anywhere to focus on something specific, like a fingering or bowing technique. From the classroom to the practice room, educators and students will find the Q3HD is ideal for recording auditions or making video lessons.

Get personalThere's never been a smaller HD camera that sounds as good as the Q3HD. For videographers, this means there's an amazing array of options for incorporating Q3HDs into your setup. Imagine using a Q3HD to capture unique moments that are unscripted. This footage, with outstanding video and audio quality, will make any wedding video even more personal and intimate.

Sports Center in HDStay close to all the sports action with videos that look and sound amazing. Capture all the details with incredible depth and sound that will make you want to relive every touchdown, homerun or slam-dunk again and again.

Live, from your HD WorldJournalists and bloggers will love the Q3HD for its ability to gather both pristine video and audio in the field. On-the-scene video, interviews, events -- just about anything can be effortlessly shot, edited and uploaded with broadcast-ready video and audio. And because the Q3HD has a standard tripod mount, you can use common video accessories with ease.

Your personal HD travel channelWorld-travelers... the Q3HD is a "must pack" on your next excursion. No other HD camcorder can match the movies you'll shoot with the Q3HD. With sound and picture so realistic, you'll be seeing the sights all over again, just like taking a return trip! For shooting outdoors, you'll want to use a windscreen...

HD Movies... Out of the BoxThe Q3HD is packaged with everything you need to make your movies right out of the box. It includes a 2GB SD card, HandyShare editing software and two AA batteries. With a 2GB SD card, you can record up to 45 minutes of HD video. The Q3HD will also accept SDHC cards of up to 32GB for a staggering 7 hours of HD moviemaking.

Q3HD Accessory Pack

To further enhance its versatility, a Q3HD accessory package, including a soft shell case, windscreen, AC adapter, HDMI cable, AV cable and tripod, will be sold separately.


- Built-in stereo condenser microphones with 120* X/Y configuration for true stereo imaging
- Video resolution of 720p at 30 or 60 fps or 1080p at 30 fps
- WVGA (standard definition) at 30 or 60 fps is also available for smaller file sizes
- Get up to 45 minutes of 720p at 30fps video with 2GB SD card
- Accepts up to a 32GB SDHC cards for 7 hours of 720p at 30fps (Audio at AAC192 kbps)
- Large 2.4-inch 320 x 240 color LCD display
- Built-in NTSC/PAL TV and HDMI output
- 4x digital zoom
- Video format: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (MOV)
- Audio formats: 44.1/48/96kHz 16/24-bit WAV (PCM) or AAC up to 320kbps
- Auto Record Level automatically sets audio levels during recordings
- Uses two standard AA batteries or NiMH rechargeable batteries
- USB 2.0 with built-in cable
- Windows and Mac OS compatible
- Built-in speaker and tripod mount
- Includes HandyShare editing and, YouTube uploader software, Apple Quicktime, 2GB SD card, two AA batteries
- Optional accessory package (APQ-3HD) includes soft shell case, windscreen, AC adapter, HDMI cable, AV cable and tripod

Features at a Glance

All of the Q3HD's functions are as clear and comprehensive as the audio and video that they capture. On the front of the Q3HD, you'll find two condenser mics, lens and a recording indicator that lights up red when recording. The battery compartment is also located on the front of the unit.

The Q3HD's large LCD screen, located on the back of the unit, conveniently displays icons for battery life, recording levels, sound quality, current operation status, screen setting, image size/frame rate, elapsed/remaining time, recording source, recording destination and lo-cut filter information.

In addition to the screen/interface, the back of the Q3HD features the unit's reference speaker and transport controls. Menu, record/select, play/pause, delete and a directional button are all easily accessible from this location. The Q3HD also features its USB 2.0 cable and tripod mount on the bottom of the unit.

On the right side of the Q3HD you will find the input and output functions. Use the Line In to record sound from an external mic. A Phones/Line Out sends audio to headphones or external speakers. You'll also find an AC adapter connection, a TV output for use with standard definition TVs and an HDMI port for watching HD content on HDTVs. A three-level Gain Control switch is also located on the right side of the unit.

On the left side of the Q3HD, you can insert an SD or SDHC card into the slot. Lastly, the unit's ON/OFF power button is in this location.

HD Video

The Q3HD brings HD video and audio together for great looking videos that sound better than ever.
(16 ratings)
Submitted May 8, 2011 by a customer from centurytel.net
"Handy little video recorder with great direct sound"
Verified Customer zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
I would be satisfied for at least a few years. Longer, battery life, clearer video, and a hefter chassis would make me search for another product. I couldn't find another product that would do what this one can. It helps me meet my musical goals. I would consider replacing it with the same unit.

Thus far, I have just used the line input and it sounds great. It faithfully reproduces any line signal I put into it. I have by-passed the condenser mikes purposely because I wanted a balanced and controlled sound that comes from multiple instruments and vocals via the mixer board. This signal routing has worked beautifully.

I have not yet received my assessories which include an AC adaptor, tripod stand, and carrying case. I do have a standard tripod which works great with the Q3HD. I'll have to say that battery life is too short since you can only put in 2 AA batteries. The video could be a little clearer.

Ease of Use
With a little reading from the instruction manual, this product has been very easy to operate. The manual could stand to be a little more detailed but it is easy to follow. the unit is intuitve enough for someon like me to fill in the blanks. I haven't used any of the built in sound effects since what I input is what I want.

I haven't had any problems with the quality. However, the unit is made of plastic and I am careful read more of how I treat it.

I don't know since it is the first digital video recorder I've owned.

Manufacturer Support
I haven't had to contact the company since I haven't had any issues yet.

The Wow Factor
It is a cute little unit with practical controls. It is practical for what I want to do which is making videos of my wife and I playing our music so we can post them.

Musical Background:
Serious hobbyist

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