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Zoom Q8 Handy Video Recorder
- Support for five HD video modes, up to 2304 x 1296 pixels (3M HD), as well as two WVGA modes
- Compatible with all Zoom microphone capsules (sold separately). High-High-quality 160° wide-angle lens with selectable viewing angles (F2.0/16.6mm)
- Up to four tracks of simultaneous audio recording
- Supplied detachable stereo X/Y microphone (XYQ-8)
- Full-color rotating LCD touchscreen
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In the box
- Detachable stereo X/Y microphone capsule
- Foam windscreen
- Rechargeable Li-ion battery
- USB cable (50 cm)
- Tripod to three-prong action camera mount adapter
- Lens cover
- Lens hood
- Operation manual
The Zoom Q8 Handy Video Recorder
You've Never Seen—Or Heard—Anything Like It.
The Q8 is the world's first high-def camera with interchangeable microphones—the complete solution for anyone who want to augment their video creations with great sound.
It comes with a detachable stereo X/Y microphone and is compatible with other Zoom mic capsules, including shotgun, mid-side, and other X/Y mics developed for the H5 and H6 Handy Recorders. The portable, lightweight Q8 shoots clear, crisp video in a variety of formats, all the way up to 3M HD, and can also be used as a standalone 4-channel audio recorder.
- Shoots 3M HD, HD, and SVGA video, up to 2034 x 1296 pixels, at frame rates up to 60 fps for fast action video and slow motion playback
- High-quality 160° wide angle lens with selectable viewing angles, 4x digital zoom, and image auto-sensing
- Uses a system of interchangeable mic capsules that can be swapped out as easily as the lens of a camera
- Comes with a high quality detachable stereo X/Y microphone
- Dual combo mic/line input connectors with individual gain controls and support for audio recording up to 24-bit/96k
- Fully rotatable full-color touchscreen LCD and USB port, plus HDMI and headphone/line outputs
- Tripod mountable and compatible with all three-prong action camera mounts
- Works best with SanDisk, Transcend, Panasonic, and Toshiba Class 10 SD cards
Run And Gun
The compact size of the Q8 and its compatibility with both tripod mounts and all three-prong action camera mounts means you can take it to remote locations—both indoors and outdoors—and shoot footage from perspectives other cameras simply cannot capture.
The Q8 is the perfect camera for music and video creators everywhere. Use it to educate and entertain, to create your own reality show, or to build a video podcast channel with incredible audio quality.
Bring Your Music To Life
Take your Q8 onstage and mount it to your guitar or mic stand. Position it front row center and use the supplied stereo X/Y microphone to capture the audience experience. Or use your Q8 at the mixing position and record the feed from the board, as well as the sound of the room.
Get creative and go viral! With its support for 3M HD video and 24/96 audio, the Q8 allows you to take your YouTube videos and podcasts to a whole new level of quality and realism.
Make A Statement
The Q8 is great for electronic newsgathering, for conducting interviews, and for creating video blogs and podcasts. Capture video and audio to SD card for later editing with your favorite software, or stream it live; you can even use the Q8 as a web camera or USB microphone.
Spread The Word
The Q8 is the perfect teaching tool, ideal for creating detailed video lessons and demonstrating fingerings, bowings, and other playing skills. Use it to capture student rehearsals so they can review and perfect both form and technique, documenting and enabling their musical growth.
|Video formats||3M HD, HD, WVGA||HD, WVGA||3M HD, HD, WVGA|
|Max. video resolution||2304 x 1296 pixels||1080 x 1920 pixels||2304 x 1296 pixels|
|Audio formats||AAC, WAV||AAC, WAV||AAC, WAV|
|Supplied microphone||X/Y stereo||X/Y stereo||Adjustable A/B X/Y stereo|
|Maximum SD card size||128 GB||128 GB||128 GB|
|Mounts||Tripod, 3-Prong (with adapter)||Tripod, 3-Prong||Tripod, 3 Prong (with adapter)|
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|Item Dimensions||2.8 x 8.9 x 8.1 in||7.3 x 10.1 x 8.7 in||6 x 6.2 x 3.5 in||1.88 x 3.06 x 6.02 in|
The Zoom Q8 Think of the possibilities. You've never seen - or heard - anything like it. The Q8 marries high-definition video with high-resolution audio, making it the perfect camera for music and video creators everywhere. Its 160 degree wide-angle lens and digital zoom ensure that you’ll always capture the complete picture. Combine that with ZOOM’s groundbreaking interchangeable mic capsule system and two XLR/TRS combo inputs for a world of options.
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Issue 1: Battery life. Recording is NOT POWERED BY THE USB ADAPTER! I recently recorded a 10 hour, multiple band, live concert on this camera. at 720p/AAC 320 MOV, the camera crashed about every 2.5 hours. The camera was attached to mains power with a Zoom AD-17 AC Adapter to the onboard USB port, but still... battery only! Thankfully, I brought a pile of previously charged BT-03 batteries, so the problems were minimal. PLAN AHEAD. ---
UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE! I debugged this and it turns out that my problem was using too long of a USB cable from the power adapter to the camera.. When using a short USB cable and a electrical extension to the power adapter instead; I can power the camera fine for hours and hours.
Issue 2: digital 'zoom' capability. Even at 1.5x maximum digital zoom, I was barely able to zoom in on the stage from the soundboard, about 200 feet away. So, the video quality of the bands playing... not so great. This camera really would benefit from being a LOT closer to the stage, since it has such a wide angle lens, but then you have issues with the sound field and where you're going to convince the sound techs to let you plug in.
Issue 3: Turn the -20dB PAD *on*. This comes set off by default, and you will experience 'digi-fart' distortion at an indicated -12dB signal level on the external XLR preamp inputs. With the pad set, the signal level indicators are correct.
Issue 4: The level controls are digital encoder wheels, not potentiometers, so it's sometimes difficult to get good signal balance on the XLR inputs. The controls are very sensitive, and each "tick" is about 3dB of gain.
The good stuff: The included camera's X/Y mic and foam wind shield were flawless. No wind noise on a somewhat breezy day. Also, I recorded ambient from the mic's and L/R house mix from the board, without bothering to split it into separate audio channels, and the audio is excellent. Getting the mix right on the camera makes everything simple.
What makes the difference between the two recorders is the quality of the video. The Q2 video even in its HD 1080p format is not as good as the Q8. The Q8 shoots in 2.4k. That is a much higher quality than the Q2. The factor and its a big factor, is the versatility of the Q8. It has many audio recording options. There are many Zoom mic adaptations. I have the other Zoom products. I have the H5, and the H6n with all of the different mics. I use these for podcasting interviews for my PhotoTalk podcast. In online podcast sound quality is very important. No hissing, crackles, humming, you get the picture. In video... sound is the utmost.
In 2016 I plan to change my PhotoTalk podcast to both audio segments and video episodes. The Q8 will help in reaching this goal.
I also play music. Guitar and keyboards and sing. The Q8 does an excellent job in capturing good video and sound.
The Pros: It uses a SD card not the micro SD card. Maximum SD card 128 gigs. I like that. It is very small. Packs easy. Instructions were simple and easy to understand. I was up and running within a very short time. It uses a touch screen system to navigate through the small menu. I was confused at first about where the 3M video format was located, but you have to drill down into the formats in the number 2 section, Its easy to miss.
I really like the flip out LCD screen. Now that is the difference between the Q8 and Q2. The Q2 had no preview swing out screen. So you can miss your framing easily. I like the mixing board audio levels display on the screen. Its hard to see from a distance.
Cons: I thought it was the lens hood. But mine came with a very snug fitting lens hood. Zoom must have heard all of the complaints of a very loose
fit. There is not a way to easily grip the device when doing interviews. You almost have to leave it on a tripod.
The fisheye lens look is not as bad as I thought. Sometimes I like the look but sometimes I don't want that style. So I wish there was a way to turn it on or off. Is that asking too much? I know that there is a hack on changing out the lens out to a non fisheye lens, but I won't do that.
It only comes with one battery. That battery lasts about two hours of constant use. That is good enough for me. I wish it shipped with two batteries for that price in cases where you needed it on a long day. My 3M video looks good but it appears that the flesh tones and ambient contrast appears a little dreamy looking. Again that works for me, so if need to, I can fix in Final Cut Pro.
I have a Q2 for sale now...Exellent condiiton.
Ciao, and best of both worlds to you all.
The video quality, however, is nowhere near on par with the audio. Neither the 1080 nor 720 quality settings look anything like what video should look like at those resolutions. The image is muddy; the clarity is not as advertised. I have included a screen shot of something I shot with the "1080" setting selected.
I will say that the wide angle lens is nice for capturing the full band when up close, and it actually performs quite well in low light (which you can also see in that screen shot... usually bands in that location appear very dark when shot on an iPhone), but the level of detail it captures appears to be more akin to 480p than 720p or 1080p. The zoom feature could also be improved as it is accessed through the touch screen viewfinder, and it is a digital zoom that magnifies in steps rather than a smooth optical push in or out.
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