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Zoom Q2HD Handy Video/Audio Recorder  

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Play, capture, and stream with full HD video, and uncompressed audio recording.

Zoom has blended together the mid-side stereo recording technology and sound-quality of the H2n Handy recorder, with brilliant 1920 x 1080 full high-definition video recording, to bring you the Q2HD Handy Video Recorder. This smart sized handheld recorder will capture high-quality video and audio with one simple touch, and give you the flexibility to easily upload videos or stream it live! Optimal video and audio recording is possible in any location, whether in a large hall or a small club. Stay focused during practice sessions, music lessons, dance lessons, and recitals, by knowing that you will have high-quality video on demand at anytime for future reference.

Live Stream in Real-Time
Want to live stream high quality audio and video from your gigs, special events and more? With the Q2HD, now you can stream your videos through your computer directly to the web. Simply connect your Q2HD to your computer via USB cable and start streaming like the pros. The Q2HD’s streaming function is compatible with Ustream Producer, Flash Media Live Encoder, Skype and other popular streaming applications. And it works wonders with premium programs such as Ustream Producer Pro or Studio. It’s never been easier to broadcast your movies on the web in real-time.

Mid-Side Brings the Audio
The Q2HD is the first handheld camcorder to offer Mid-Side stereo recording. Mid-Side recording, originally offered by Zoom on the H2n Handy Recorder, is a technique that‚Äôs been used for many years in film and broadcast, where ambiance is crucial. Mid-Side recording combines a unidirectional Mid mic that captures sound directly in front of you and a bidirectional Side mic that captures sound from your left and right. By increasing or decreasing the level of the Side mic, you can control the width of the stereo field, which gives you incredible flexibility over your recordings. With its condenser microphones in 30∞ to 150∞ Mid-Side stereo configuration, the Q2HD gives you natural depth and accurate imaging. From live musical performances, rehearsals and recitals to journalism, sports and travel, the Q2HD‚Äôs pristine audio is so realistic your movies will let you relive the moment over and over again.

1920 x 1080 Full High-Definition Video
Your HD Videos are recorded in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format, which can be played on a computer using QuickTime player. The Q2HD can record video in full HD at 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, allowing you to enjoy your finely detailed audio and video on your large HDTV. You can also select 720p HD for longer recordings, as well as SD formats when smaller file sizes are needed.

Lighting Selection Function
The Q2HD has a lighting selection function that allows you to record using the best setting for any given lighting condition. The modes that can be used include “Auto,” which automatically adjusts brightness and color, “Concert Lighting,” which suppresses oversaturation from strong lighting and “Night,” which is ideal for filming in dark situations

4 x Digital Zoom
The 4x digital zoom allows you to shoot both distant landscapes and close-ups of people. You can capture your main subject even when it’s far away.

Edit Video Easily Right on Scene
Divide or trim your movies internally with the Q2HD, as the unit allows you to cut footage and better feature the important scenes without a computer. By erasing unnecessary data from the SD card, you will increase your remaining recording time.

Enjoy HD Video on Your HDTV
The Q2HD has a mini HDMI connector that allows the digital output of your videos. Connect the Q2HD to an HDTV by using an HDMI cable (sold separately) and enjoy your movies with your family and friends. And the Q2HD’s audio will sound incredible on your home theater’s audio system.

24-bit / 96kHz Linear PCM Sound
The rich stereo sound captured by the Mid-Side mics can be recorded to linear PCM WAV files. When taking full high-definition 1080p video, high-quality sound with resolution of up to 24-bit/96 kHz can also be recorded.

Analog Mic Gain for Precision Volume Control
sing the analog-type MIC GAIN wheel allows you to dial-in the perfect amount of gain for any recording application. Or choose one of three presets (Concert / Solo / Meeting) of the Auto Gain function to automatically set the recording level for any given situation. It’s even easier to get great sound no matter what you're shooting.

Low-Cut Filter Functions
The unit’s low-cut filter reduces unwanted background noise by cutting the low-frequency range. Attach a windscreen (sold separately), to reduce wind noise so you can get clear audio even when filming outside.

It’s Also an Audio Recorder
The Q2HD can also be used as an audio recorder to record just sound. In addition to being able to record 24-bit/96 kHz PCM files that far exceed CD-quality, the unit can also record AAC (m4a format) files that have smaller sizes. The Q2HD also features an internal reference speaker so you can check recordings without earphones.

The First USB Mid-Side Mic
Expanding its versatility, the Q2HD also functions as a USB microphone with Mid-Side miking capabilities. Simply choose USB Mic in the units MENU and connect your Q2HD to a computer or iPad 2 or 3 (using Apple’s USB camera connector) to begin recording.

Functional Design and Easy Navigation
Zoom made on-the-go viewing better than ever with the Q2HD. You can easily switch between “Portrait” and “Landscape” playback by pressing and holding the PLAY key. Watch your videos anywhere with its color LCD screen and built-in reference speaker.

The Q2HD features an icon-based user interface that makes navigating through all its functions easy and intuitive. Play, edit or delete movies, select video and audio formats and a host of other functions with ease.

Built-In Reference Speaker
The Q2HD even has a built-in reference speaker to let you check recordings without earphones. It is also handy to preview playback when selecting recorded files.

Runs on Readily-Available AA Batteries
The Q2HD is powered by two standard AA batteries, resulting in about 2 hours of continuous recording. The unit is also compatible with NiMH batteries, which can be recharged using a commercially available charger.

Includes HandyShare Editing Software
The Q2HD’s bundled HandyShare editing and uploading software lets you to manage and edit your videos easily as well as upload them to social networking sites. From live musical performances, rehearsals and recitals to journalism, education and sports, you can easily share your movies with everyone on your favorite websites like YouTube or Vimeo. Moreover, effect functions in the software allow you to bring the sound of video recordings up to the level of a finished product. Normalize a recording for a consistent volume level, add reverb to give rich reflections to the sounds of instruments and voices and use a mastering effect to enhance the impact of a performance with compression. Just select a preset. It’s easy enough for anyone to use.

FEATURES
  • 1920 x 1080 Full high-definition video recording
  • 24-bit / 96kHz Linear PCM sound quality
  • Stream videos through your computer directly to the web
  • Mid-Side audio recording technique used for many years in film and broadcast
  • Lighting selection function allows the best setting for any given lighting condition
  • 4 x Digital zoom will capture your main subject from near or far
  • Easily edit, trim, and divide video right on the scene
  • Enjoy your HD videos on your HDTV
  • Analog Mic Gain for precision volume control
  • Low-cut filter reduces unwanted background noise
  • Can be used solely as an audio recorder
  • Functions as a USB microphone with Mid-Side miking capabilities
  • Easily switch between œPortrait and œLandscape playback
  • Icon-based user interface makes navigating functions easy and intuitive
  • Built-in reference speaker
  • Runs on readily-available AA batteries
  • Includes HandyShare editing and uploading software
  • Compatible with high capacity 64GB SDXC cards

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SPECIFICATIONS
  • Recording Media: SD/SDHC/SDXC card (up to 64GB)
  • Imaging Device: 1/3.2-inch 5M pixels CMOS sensor
  • Optics Lens: Fixed Focus (1.23m to infinity), F3.2
  • Video Format: MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 (MOV)
  • Video Resolution: HD1080p 30fpsHD720p 60fpsHD720p 30fpsWVGA 60fpsWVGA 30fps
  • Audio Format: PCM (Quantization: 16/24bit, Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48/96kHz) AAC (Bit Rate: 64 to 320kbps, Sampling Frequency: 48kHz)
  • Sound Functions: Lo-cut filter, Auto Gain (Concert / Solo / Meeting)
  • Video Functions: 4x digital zoom, Scene select (Auto / Concert Lighting / Night)
  • Editing Functions: Divide, Trim
  • Display: 2.0-inch full color LCD (320 x 240 pixels)
  • Built-in Mic: Mid-Side stereo (MONO / 30/60/90/120/150) \ Maximum Sound Pressure Level: 120dB SPL \ Input Gainï¼ +1 to +39dB
  • Built-in Speaker: Monaural, 400mW 8 ohms
  • Outputs: PHONES / LINE OUT (1/8" Stereo phone jack)
  • USB: miniB (USB2.0 High Speed), USB-VIDEO, USB-AUDIO
  • Power Requirements: 2 x AA batteries (LR6 or Ni-MH)
  • AC adapter: AD-17 (DC5V/1A/center positive)
  • Battery Life: 2 hours (Movie mode), 4 hours (Audio mode)
  • Dimensions (WxHxD) 2 x 1.38 x 5
  • Weight: 0.18lb. (without batteries)
  • Accessories: SD memory card (2GB), 2 x AA/LR6 batteries (for testing the unit)
  • System requirements for HandyShare software:
  • Windows
  • Windows XP 32bit (SP2 or later)
  • Windows Vista 32bit / 64bit (SP1 or later)
  • Windows 7 32bit / 64bit
  • Intel Pentium4 1.4GHz / AMD Athlon 64 or faster
  • 512MB RAM (1GB or more recommended)
  • Macintosh
  • Mac OS X 10.4.6 or later / 10.5 / 10.6 / 10.7
  • Intel Core Duo 1.66 GHz or faster (Intel Mac only)
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ZoomQ2HD Handy Video/Audio Recorder
 
3.8

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (23)
  • Easy to use (21)
  • Excellent sound (18)
  • Versatile (13)
  • Low distortion (10)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (4)
  • Poor quality construction (3)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (18)
  • Performances (17)
  • Outdoor events / games (12)
  • Home studio (10)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (16), Experienced (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Video Tech Done Right

Been waiting for something like this for a while -- a quick to use pocket digicam for club concerts with both excellent sound and good video. I used it first at a very loud...Read complete review

Been waiting for something like this for a while -- a quick to use pocket digicam for club concerts with both excellent sound and good video. I used it first at a very loud punk rock show and the results came out great, with really clear sound and with its "Concert Lighting" setting actually greatly reducing excessive brightness from the spotlights. Tips: for loud shows, leave the Mic Gain on "0"; get at least an 8 Gb SDHC card; invest in 4 high capacity (2500+ mAh) NiMH AA batteries with charger (2 for spares) since you will only get about an hour out of alkalines.

Drawbacks: the LCD display is small and the battery cover slides off too easily. The zoom is only digital so use it sparingly, if at all.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Okay at best.

Bought this item to record practices. The sound quality is very low end. You can adjust the mic angle and record quality but it really makes no difference. The camera comes on by...Read complete review

Bought this item to record practices. The sound quality is very low end. You can adjust the mic angle and record quality but it really makes no difference. The camera comes on by default so you have to turn camera off every time you turn on the device. The device is really just a pocket camcorder. All in all, you can get the same quality recordings from your phone.

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(28 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Video Tech Done Right

By MelodyMatters

from Boston

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Low Distortion
  • Powerful
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video/Audio Recorder:

    Been waiting for something like this for a while -- a quick to use pocket digicam for club concerts with both excellent sound and good video. I used it first at a very loud punk rock show and the results came out great, with really clear sound and with its "Concert Lighting" setting actually greatly reducing excessive brightness from the spotlights. Tips: for loud shows, leave the Mic Gain on "0"; get at least an 8 Gb SDHC card; invest in 4 high capacity (2500+ mAh) NiMH AA batteries with charger (2 for spares) since you will only get about an hour out of alkalines.

    Drawbacks: the LCD display is small and the battery cover slides off too easily. The zoom is only digital so use it sparingly, if at all.

    (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Zoom performs well!

    By Jim

    from Chapel Hill, NC

    About Me Professional Musician

    See all my reviews

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent HD Video
    • Excellent Sound

    Cons

    • Battery life too short

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Band rehearsals
    • Home Studio
    • In a bar
    • With Students

    Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video/Audio Recorder:

    This unit is easy to use and the sound is good enough to represent your group. They only drawback is the battery life - only enough for a set and 1/2.
    Great value for the price and one of the few recorders that have great sound.

    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fantastic Little Video/Audio Recorder

    By HarVette

    from Kennewick, WA

    About Me Professional Musician

    See all my reviews

    Ask me a question

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Low Distortion
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Performances

      Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video/Audio Recorder:

      Absolutely beautiful Video, both in HD and Standard. However, my new HD TV cannot process the PCM Audio. Not really a problem, as the other Audio is excellent. I now record everything standard, and it is unbelievable how such a small unit can produce such incredible results. I am extremely happy with my purchase.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I loved it.

      By JM

      from Kansas City, KS

      About Me Professional Musician

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Low Distortion
      • Powerful
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video/Audio Recorder:

        I am a professional musician. I used it to record lessons and performances a lot since I got it. The sound quality is very good. However, the machine uses a lot of batteries. I have to bring extra batteries to a concert. It worries me that I might miss something if the batteries die during recording.

        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        "SATISFIED"*but it's still early :-)

        By Drumm1961

        from Louisiana

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound

        Cons

        • Battery Use
        • High Battery Usage

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Performances

        Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video/Audio Recorder:

        I have used many in the same price range and this one has worked the best. I record our practices and live gig's (Hard/Rock). It works well for what it is.

        (3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        This is the Worst

        By Sharon

        from Williams, OR

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Good Sound

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use
        • Poor Quality Construction
        • Poor Video Quality

        Best Uses

        • None That I Know Of

        Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video/Audio Recorder:

        The video quality is poor. It eats batteries and you can't plug it in and recharge. I have found it complicated to use in comparison to other video cameras. The instruction manual is awful. It is poorly constructed. The battery compartment door will not shut and falls off. It reminds me of a digital camera of 15 years ago, with good audio. I usually adapt to whatever I'm using, but I hate this product and it's a total waste of money.

        (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        one handy camera

        By BASSMAN!!

        from Alamosa,Colorado

        About Me Professional Musician

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Poor Quality Construction

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video/Audio Recorder:

        overall a great camera

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome Recorder..!!!!

        By Bobby..

        from Hernando,Ms...

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Low Distortion
        • Powerful
        • Q2hd
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Easy To Use

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video/Audio Recorder:

        I would recommend this to anyone who just wants to record a garage band to recording live performances of your favorite music...Its so simple and lightweight to use, and very High quality reproduction for its size....A must have for all Musicians...!!!!!

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great audio recording

        By Riders7

        from NYC

        About Me Experienced

        See all my reviews

        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Low Distortion
        • Powerful
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video/Audio Recorder:

          The video and audio on both environments are simply outstanding for a pocket camcorder. This camera far exceeds even the 3rd generation Flip, which I also have. Two big issues are the increased controls (more bells & whistles) and the surpassing of the 2 hr limitation on recording time with the Flip. The Zoom Q2HD will be my camera of choice for virtually any recording!

          (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Musicians Friend let me down again

          By None

          from Fort Bragg, Ca.

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video/Audio Recorder:

            I bought this as new but it came open and I can't upload to computer because the Sd card had been erased. I'm going to have to contact Zoom to find out what to do to get an SD card that has the upload info on it. Very disappointing.

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