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Zoom ZQ3HD-Kit1 Handy Video Recorder with 2GB Memory Card

by Zoom

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  • Built-in stereo condenser microphones with 120 degree 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)
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
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  • ASIN: B004GLG3NW
  • Item model number: ZQ3HD-Kit1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,897 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at October 8, 2010

Product Description

Zoom has announced the new Q3HD Handy Video Recorder, which features HD video and HD audio (24-bit/96kHz) in a tiny package. While the Zoom Q3HD does HD video, Zoom emphasizes the recorder's audio capabilities: 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, we've made it easy to get great sound no matter what you're shooting. For outdoor shoots, we highly recommend using a windscreen over the mics.

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Customer Reviews

I exchanged it and got another unit, which is doing the exact same thing.
J. Weber
It's not a huge deal but it really helps when you are trying to learn how to get the most of the product.
Both sound and video are amazing on this camera, and it is very easy to use.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Pauly Danyl on December 31, 2010
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I just got mine recently, so I can't speak to it's long term reliability, but here are my impressions so far.

First impressions out of the box:
The Q3HD can run on standard alkaline batteries and includes a set of them as well as a small (2gb) SD card in the box. If you're like me and always want to play with new gadgets the moment you get them, you'll appreciate that. There's no waiting for an internal battery to charge or running out for forgotten accessories. Part of me likes that the USB cable is built in because you'll never be at a friends house having forgotten the cable you need to hook it up, but you have to have the whole unit right next to your computer because the reach is VERY short. My opinions are mixed on the plastic case of the unit. Without batteries in it doesn't have a lot of heft to it, but it doesn't feel cheap per se. While I wouldn't beat it around I feel like with a modicum of care it should hold up for a while. The screen is a decent size compared to the unit, the tripod mount is very useful, and the assortment of inputs and outputs for audio and video are great.

Using it:
I feel the video quality is rather lacking. Yes the unit is recording in the advertised HD formats, but don't expect it to shoot pro quality video because that's just not going to happen. The menus are easy to navigate, and operation of the unit is very intuitive. If you own a cell phone you will not have any trouble figuring this bad boy out. The Audio quality is where it really shines. I've compared it to recordings done by friends with Flips and iPhones, and the sound from this blows them away.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By J. Weber on January 18, 2011
The video sensor size of this unit is 1/3.2 inch. This is a miniscule sensor that can not possibly deliver high quality HD video.

To put it another way, if Blu-Ray video quality is a "10", an $800 HD camcorder is a "7", a cellphone is a "2" and this unit is about a "4" in video quality.

To put it yet another way, if you watch video from this unit on a computer and set the viewer to half size, the video looks great--sharp and detailed. Increasing the size to 100% doesn't seem to add much. Most of the quality issues are loss of detail, especially noticable in faces. Like all sensors, in bright light, quality is much better than dim.

Audio is top notch. The stereo separation is perfect--not too wide or narrow. The unit has pretty flat EQ in recording audio--just slightly hot on the treble end giving a bit of brightness, but this is mild. It can record 24 bit audio, which is very useful for live recording as it preserves audio detail even if the sound gets quiet.

It also has an interesting feature where it can be set to automatically turn down the gain if there's any clipping, but it is one way only--it won't turn the gain back up again. So you aren't getting artificial "automatic gain control" type changing of the gain, yet you avoid clipping. There is also the standard automatic gain control (constantly adjusting input gain to the volume level) which is useful for recording voice, interviews, classroom lectures, etc. Manual gain control is limited to either "high input" or "low input"--there is no input level control. Bottom line: the audio recording is a huge success, with very high quality stereo reproduction.

Battery life is about 2 hours of continuous recording, with the display on.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tom Poore on August 11, 2011
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The Q3HD is pretty much as advertised: a cheap video camera with very good sound. It's aimed at musicians who want good sound and don't want to fuss with a complex device. There's a bit of a learning curve, but with some experimentation you can get videos suitable for web sites and Youtube.

Two warnings:

1) Do not buy the Q3HD with the Q3APH1 Accessory Pack Bundle. The camera case is useless, as it's too small and the Q3HD can't fit into it. (You read that right: the camera for which the case was designed doesn't fit. Great quality control.) The tripod is little more than a toy. What you really need is the AC adapter, and you can get that separately: look for the "Zoom AD14 Power Supply for Q3, H4N and R16" here on Amazon.

2) For good videos, you'll need good lighting. If you don't already have them, get yourself some cheap studio lights. I bought these: 2 Photography Studio Continuous Lighting Kits with two free Day-Light CFL Lights and Umbrellas for Product,Portrait and Video Shoot and found them adequate for my needs.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By BigFoot on August 28, 2011
After much research I bought a Zoom Q3HD. I am a musician and bought it to record gigs. It has fabulous sound and is easy to use. However when set at 1080 HD it will only support 4gb file sizes which means it stops after about 35 mins. It is supposed to store the file and open another but my Zoom just switches off. Even if it does work you will have a gap in the recording so for music it is only useful if you don't perform for more than 30 mins. You can record for longer in lower quality but it kind of defeats the object of the whole thing. Unless you can get someone to manually stop/start the camera it will stop recording in 1080. Google this and look at the spec of the camera in the small print. A real own goal from Zoom. If you check the small print it says *The maximum file size is limited to 4GB. *Actual times may differ according to recording conditions.
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