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Zoom Q2HD Handy Video/Audio Recorder  

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  • 1920 x 1080 Full high-definition video recording
  • 24-bit / 96kHz Linear PCM sound quality
  • Stream videos through your computer directly to the web
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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’s 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’s 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 “Portrait” and “Landscape” 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

      Make life more creative, order the Q2HD today.

       

      Q2HD Handy Video/Audio Recorder 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 Gain: +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
       
      4.0

      (based on 16 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (7)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (5)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (2)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (1)

      93%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Compact (13)
      • Easy to use (12)
      • Excellent sound (10)
      • Versatile (10)
      • Low distortion (5)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur recording (11)
        • Performances (10)
        • Outdoor events / games (7)
        • Home studio (5)
        • Professional recording (3)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Professional musician (9), Experienced (5)

        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

         

        Q2HD Does the job

        THis little Video Camera produces a good quality picture, but any Video camera relize on the person using it.... A bit overpriced. Shop around for a better price..

        THis little Video Camera produces a good quality picture, but any Video camera relize on the person using it.... A bit overpriced. Shop around for a better price..

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        5.0

        Q2HD Handy Video/Audio Recorder ... NICE

        By Bret Hart

        from North Carolina

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video/Audio Recorder:

          Works well, user-friendly, reasonably priced, and with various functions that allow the more experienced recordist to edit video/audio.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Neat little devise

          By dmac107

          from Columbia,SC

          About Me Novice

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording

            Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video/Audio Recorder:

            This has worked just like I thought it would. No bells or whistles, just straight up recording with great sound reproduction. If you want something to shoot a video for demos I would choose something a little better with bells and whistles. This straight up records what you see and hear. If you have editing experience you might get by. Good quality video. Great sound. Oh by the way, it eats batteries like a hungry dog.
            (I got about 45 minutes of recording per set of 2)

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            5.0

            Not Only for Music

            By Andy

            from Chattanooga, Tn

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording

              Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video/Audio Recorder:

              My main use for this recorder was for conference calls and meetings at work to make sure what is expected of me and all the details are right. Plus being a musician for three decades it is easy to record myself for playback to see if I hear it just like it was meant to be played or to upload to youtube or other media platforms to make demos and etc. This is a cheap and easy piece of equipment for this. And from my experience all of these recorders from Zoom are similarly easy.

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              (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              love it

              By Kim White

              from sebastopol Ca.

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances

                  Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video/Audio Recorder:

                  only commenting as this review wont go through unless I do

                  Comment on this review

                  (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Musicians Friend Tech Help, Useless!

                  By Jazz Agent

                  from Florida

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact

                  Cons

                  • Difficult To Use

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video/Audio Recorder:

                  Woefully neglect operational manual. Requires substantial previous digital experience. Required software is downlodable from Samson / Zoom website, for free. Video will not sync with audio (on computer)without software. No manual documentation states this resulting in substantial time wasting. Q2HD does seem to operate satisfactorily once all proceedural requirements are understood. Both Samson and Musicaians friends are neglect in providing adequate technical support and documentation.

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                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great audio recording

                  By rider7

                  from NYC

                  About Me Experienced

                  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!

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                    (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.

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                    (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.

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                    (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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                      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      Q2HD Does the job

                      By Hank

                      from Quitman, GA

                      About Me Experienced

                      Ask me a question

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • Limited Use

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • YouTube

                      Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video/Audio Recorder:

                      THis little Video Camera produces a good quality picture, but any Video camera relize on the person using it.... A bit overpriced. Shop around for a better price..

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