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Zoom Q8 Handy Audio and Video Recorder   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

HD video and 4-track audio recorder.

The Q8 combines a high-definition video camera and a multichannel, high-resolution four-track audio recorder in one compact package, making it the perfect companion for video creators, bloggers, podcasters, musicians, and educators. Equipped with Scene and Auto Gain presets that adapt to various lighting and acoustic conditions, the Q8 also utilizes a system of mic input capsules that can be swapped out as easily as the lenses of a camera, ensuring great results in every kind of environment.

The Q8 provides support for audio up to 24-bit/96kHz and is equipped with a F2.0aperture / 160 wide-angle lens for clear, crisp video in a variety of formats, up to2034 x 1296 pixels (3M HD), with frame rates of up to 60 fps at 720p. It comes with a detachable stereo X/Y microphone and works with Zoom input capsules (excluding the Dual XLR/TRS Input Capsule). It has a built-in tripod mount and comes with a three-prong action camera mount adapter, allowing it to be used with a variety of third party mounts to catch any point of view. Advanced features include a rotatable full-color touchscreen LCD; dual combo mic/line-level XLR/TRS inputs with analog-style gain controls, selectable phantom power and -20dBpad; 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.

Complete Compatibility for Total Versatility
The Q8 comes with it's own specially designed detachable X/Y microphone, yet it's compatible with many Zoom microphone capsules. If you already use an H5 or H6, you can swap their capsules with the Q8 too. *

* EXH-6 TRS/XLR Combo Capsule is not compatible with the Q8.

Easy to use and full-featured
The Q8 offers a large full-color LCD touchscreen for ease of use, along with a wealth of advanced features. Dual combo XLR/TRS inputs allow the connection of external micro-phones and line-level sources, and a built-in speaker and stereo Headphone/Line Out jack provide audio monitoring; there's even an HDMI output for video monitoring.

Its high-quality 160-degree wide-angle lens and flexible mounting options means that you can shoot high-def video anywhere you go. Plus, there's a USB output that allows the Q8 to be interconnected with your computer so you can use it with your favorite streaming or editing software.

The Musician - Capture the total experience
Great performances can be elusive¦ but with the Q8, they can live forever. Capture the total experience-not just the sights, but the sounds too. Shoot video from the audience and use the supplied wide-angle X/Y mic to capture immersive sound. Take your Q8 onstage to get close and provide the musician's perspective. Or use it at the mixing position to com-bine sharp high-def. video and stereo room sound with the crisp, clean audio signal coming straight from the board.

The Indie Filmmaker - Run and gun
The compact size of the Q8 and its compatibility with both tripod mounts and three-prong action camera mounts means you can shoot footage anywhere, from perspectives other cameras simply cannot capture. Take it to remote locations. Indoors or outdoors, wherever you go, you can count on your Q8 to deliver crisp video with superior audio.

The Podcaster - Unique perspective, pro quality
Get creative, and do it right. By bringing together high-definition video and high-resolution 24-bit/96k audio, the Q8 allows to take your YouTube creations and podcasts to a whole new level. Use your Q8 to educate and entertain, turn viewers into subscribers, and let advertisers know that you're the real deal.

The Blogger - Make a statement
Don't let anything get in the way of the story. The Q8 is perfect for electronic newsgathering, for conducting interviews, and for creating personal 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.

The Teacher - Spread the word
With its high-quality sound and crisp, sharp video, 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 and performances so they can review and perfect both form and technique, documenting and enabling their musical growth.

The Video Pro - Features that matter
With single-button recording, self-timer, high quality wide-angle lens, and sensing options that automatically adapt to various lighting situations, the Q8 is the ideal tool for creating professional-quality videos with pristine audio.

Transfer the files to your favorite editing software via USB and turn your raw footage into high quality productions. The Q8's compact size makes it the perfect B-roll camera too, al-lowing you to go where your big rig can't go and capture video from unusual angles. You can even use the Q8 as a standalone audio field recorder.

Audio Features - Full range, crystal clarity
The Q8 delivers that same great Zoom sound quality you'll find in all our products, with support for high-resolution 24-bit/96kHz audio. It comes with a high quality detachable X/Y microphone, or you can connect different Zoom mic capsule.

A low-cut filter and foam windscreen allow you to eliminate low-frequency noise and rumble, and there are three Auto Gain settings, as well as a built-in compressor and limiter. Audio can be recorded along with video or the Q8 can be used as a standalone stereo or four-channel audio-only recorder.

Video Features - Go beyond High Definition
The Q8 goes beyond standard HD, offering 3M HD (2304 x 1296 pixels @ 30 fps /24 Mbps) as well as two kinds of HD (24 Mbps and 16 Mbps for increased storage capability) at frame rates of up to 60 fps at 720p for capturing fast action video.

Its F2.0 aperture / 160 wide-angle lens ensures that you'll capture every moment with full realism and sharp definition. Three "Scene" presets allow you to use the Q8 in a variety of different lighting conditions. And support for both standard and HD video file formats assures that you'll have plenty of options when it comes to storage and streaming.

Flexible mounting - Change your point of view
Need a different point of view? The Q8's got you covered. Not only can it be attached to any standard tripod, it comes with a tripod-to-three-prong converter so you can use it with every kind of action camera mount too.

Take your Q8 onstage and mount it to your mic stand, amp, or your drum kit. Shoot video from front row center and use the supplied stereo X/Y microphone to capture the audience experience. Or use the Q8 at the mixing position and record the feed from the board, as well as the sound of the room. Use multiple Q8s for a dramatic mix of different angles-the full-color touchscreen LCD is fully rotatable so you can always view your image regardless of camera positioning.

USB, Battery life, and File Types - Connectivity, power to spare, and selectable file formats
A built-in USB port enables live streaming and allows the Q8 to be used as a webcam or USB microphone. It also allows connection with other equipment and computer software-even an iPad*-for post-production capability.

* Apple Camera Connection Kit required.

The supplied lithium-ion battery that powers the Q8 can be easily recharged in the studio or in the field, using either an optional AC adapter or via USB. Battery life is more than two hours when shooting at 720p/30fps. In audio recording-only mode, battery life is extended further still.

FEATURES
  • Records directly to SD, SDHC, and SDXC cards, up to 128GB
  • High-quality 160 wide angle lens with selectable viewing angles (F 2.0/16.6mm)
  • Uses a system of interchangeable audio input capsules
  • Supplied detachable stereo X/Y microphone (XYQ-8)
  • Compatible with many Zoom microphone capsules (sold separately)
  • Full-color rotating LCD touchscreen
  • Support for 5 HD video modes
  • Frame rates of up to 60 fps for capturing fast action video
  • Three imaging sense options for use in all lighting environments
  • Self timer
  • 4x digital zoom
  • Records video in MOV format (with or without audio)
  • Records audio in AAC and WAV formats, up to 24-bit/96k
  • Up to four tracks of simultaneous audio recording
  • Two mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors
  • Analog-style gain controls for each audio input
  • Built-in audio mixer
  • Stereo link function
  • Auto-Gain control plus built-in compressor and limiter
  • Supplied foam windscreen and low-cut filter for the elimination of low-frequency noise and rumble
  • Dedicated Headphone output / Line out
  • Built-in speaker for fast monitoring
  • HDMI video output for connection to HDTVs, selectable between NTSC and PAL
  • USB interface for live streaming and data transfer to and from computer editing software
  • Webcam and USB mic function for use with external devices
  • Direct monitoring for zero latency during use as a USB mic
  • Compatible with USTREAM Producer, Flash live Media Encorder, Skype, and other popular streaming applications
  • SD card reader function
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion battery (chargeable via USB or optional AC adapter)
  • Battery life of more than 2 hours
  • Built-in standard tripod mount
  • Includes tripod-to-three-prong converter for compatibility with all action camera mounts

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ZoomQ8 Handy Audio and Video Recorder
 
3.7

(based on 6 reviews)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (5)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Excellent sound (4)
  • Versatile (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Performances (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (4)

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Copletely unreliable a waste of money

By spyros

from Greece

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

    Cons

    • completely unreliable
    • Poor Quality Construction

    Best Uses

    • For nothing

    Comments about Zoom Q8 Handy Audio and Video Recorder:

    Completely unreliable. The problems started from the first day. Green light indication of full charged stopped functioning right from the first day and the battery sucked. Very often it used to stop recording for no obvious reason making me loose my unique performances. I had to buy a separately sold kit for running the camera from the plug. It became completely useless for me after a few months when the audio inputs stopped functioning as well. The sensor is too small, like the ones you can find on a much cheaper camera and the lens has no optical zoom. I paid 400 euros just for the XLR inputs, for recording my performances but even them lasted for only a few months... I wouldn't buy anything from Zoom again.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great camera for making music related videos

    By Sir Oliver

    from Maryland

    About Me Experienced

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Zoom Q8 Handy Audio and Video Recorder:

      The sound captured is stunning which is what I was looking for in order to capture live shows and rehearsals of my band.
      The only con to this product is the lens which does not have proper zoom, but rather digital zoom which essentially crops the picture that the lens captures.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Almost perfect

      By cpsax

      from Pittsburgh, PA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Zoom Q8 Handy Audio and Video Recorder:

        This product does everything it states in the advertising except the zoom feature. It is advertised as 4.0, but is actually only 1.5. It will zoom out to .75, so it does have a 4,0 range, but that is very deceiving. I am returning the item because the zoom feature is a crucial feature for me, but if you don't care about the zoom, this does everything else as stated.

         
        5.0

        Great camera for your music live video

        By Daniel

        from Texas

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Zoom Q8 Handy Audio and Video Recorder:

          I use this camera for rehearsal and create videos

           
          4.0

          A great camera

          By 12-stringer

          from NW Missouri

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • External mic inputs
          • Interchangeable mics
          • Records hi-def video w/ cd-quality digital sound
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Difficult to edit videos.
          • No real zoom capacity
          • Requires QuikTime for best viewing

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Performances

          Comments about Zoom Q8 Handy Audio and Video Recorder:

          I purchased this because I was tired of having to rely on a web cam to record my music videos for YouTube. This has not disappointed me. in that respect. The ability to record hi-def video w/ CD-quality digital sound is a big plus. Of course, if one wants to extend the capacity to record onto the SD card, one can always select a lower resolution of video and .mp3 quality sound.
          I also like the capability to swap different mic capsules. I swapped out the included XY capsule for the SSH-6 stereo shotgun mic and the difference is amazing.
          The control menus are easy to navigate. I recorded my first videos the day after I got this.
          It does have a few drawbacks--the capacity for zooming in and out is lacking. For this price, one should at least have the option for 4x zoom.
          It would also be helpful if Zoom would make some form of remote control for this.
          Finally, the recommended software for viewing videos is problematic. Zoom recommends users use Apple QuikTime for optimal viewing. Apple QuikTime has exploitable security flaws and is not recommended for people running Windows OS since Apple was informed of this over a year ago and has taken no measures to correct the problem.
          This presents problems also when attempting to edit videos since not every type of video editing software will work with hi-def video.
          While I recommend the camera. I just caution users to look for other media players and be careful in choosing video editing software.

          (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          So far, so good! Seems to be fairly flexible...pretty stable

          By Leon

          from Oregon

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Zoom Q8 Handy Audio and Video Recorder:

            Haven't really used it yet in a professional mode, so...

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