Zoom ZQ3HD-Kit1 Handy Video Recorder with 2GB Memory Card
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A Very easy and efficient camcorder.. Not difficult to understand its functions and how to apply them resulting in high quality audio and video files.Published on September 15, 2013 by AD222
For the money I guess you can't beat the quality of sound you get out of this device but it has its drawbacks with the video. Read morePublished on May 27, 2013 by alvini
The next time they upgrade the Q series of video recorders, they should try to mount the mics so that they are insulated from the body of the device. Read morePublished on May 16, 2013 by Lavrans
Is there an option to record and pause without interrupting the recording? There is no pause on recording. Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by amalia
It's a very useful tool for musicians, because you can record and hear each single detail of your interpretation and be critical about. Read morePublished on April 13, 2012 by Zoom q3hd
I have used mine only three times in a year. Problem is simple. Out of three recording only one was sucessful and plays back. The other two read as invalid files. Read morePublished on January 17, 2012 by S. Winding
This recorder has great audio, but I need to learn to take pictures with a tripod to get a good picture.Published on November 14, 2011 by Amazon Customer
The sound is incredibly good. The video is more than adequate.
The most important item Zoom failed to provide is that simple ounce of common sense that some buyers lack. Read more
I've had this device for about a month and I'm still struggling to find a use for it. For a camera that claims to have such wondrous audio capabilities, it certainly does have... Read morePublished on July 15, 2011 by Brent M. Hannify