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Zoom Q8 Handy Video Recorder

By Max Lauder / a couple of years ago

The Q8 Handy Video Recorder from ZOOM marries a high-definition video camera with a high-resolution four-track audio recorder. With a compact fixed-lens format, it’s great for DJs and  musicians looking for a compact, easy to use video/audio gig-recording solution.

With Scene and Auto Gain presets that adapt to various lighting and acoustic conditions, the Q8 utilizes a system of swappable mic input capsules for optimum audio recording in every kind of environment.

Zoom says the Q8’s F2.0 aperture/160° wide-angle lens captures clear, crisp video in a variety of formats up to 2034 x 1296 pixels (3M HD), with frame rates of up to 60 fps at 720p. It provides support for audio up to 24-bit/96kHz, comes with a detachable stereo X/Y microphone and works with Zoom input capsules (excluding the Dual XLR/TRS Input Capsule). The Q8 has a built-in tripod mount and is supplied with a three-prong action camera mount adapter, allowing it to be used with a variety of third party mounts to capture all the action from any point of view.

Among the Q8’s other features are a rotatable full-color touchscreen LCD; dual combo mic/line-level XLR/TRS inputs with analog-style gain controls, selectable phantom power and -20dB pad; a built-in speaker and stereo headphone/line out jack for audio monitoring; and an HDMI output for video monitoring. A USB port enables the Q8 to be used with most popular streaming and editing software packages such as iMovie, Final Cut Pro, and the included Zoom HandyShare software.
Video data created in the Q8 is stored as MOV files and can be stored in various HD formats or in standard definition when space or streaming bandwidth is at a premium.

Up to four tracks of audio can be recorded simultaneously and either integrated into MOV files, in AAC, or time-stamped WAV format for easy synchronization in post-production. The supplied lithium-ion battery can be recharged with the use of an optional AC adapter or via USB.
The Zoom Q8 Handy Video Recorder is currently available at a suggested retail price of $399.99. For more information, please visit www.zoom-na.com.

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