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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’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)
        Customer Reviews
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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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        3.0

        good little unit

        By Leny

        from shasta county

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Quality Ok So Far Justgot
        • Versatile
        • Very Handy For Practicing

        Cons

        • Quality Issues But 100
        • Tiny Buttonsjust A Little

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Practice N Writing Tool

        Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video/Audio Recorder:

        like I said..great practce tool.use to start songs..download n add tracks..home videos you tube..watch live videos..they may not be for your friends ears without help.for the money you cant beat it.fun little gagit++++

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        2.0

        Okay at best.

        By Mark

        from KY

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • None If You Have A Phone

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use
        • Poor Sound Quality
        • Weak

        Best Uses

        • Events

        Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video/Audio Recorder:

        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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        1.0

        Bad decision

        By Dave

        from North Augusta, SC

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Compact

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use
        • Non-user Friendly
        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

        • Paper weight

        Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video/Audio Recorder:

        The user's manual that comes with this thing is not very detailed or helpful. It records and plays back at a slower speed that what was played. Navigating the settings on the recorder is a nightmare! I'm planning to return it.

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        (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        NEVER RECEIVED IT IN TIME FOR MY TRIP

        By chedelux

        from new york

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video/Audio Recorder:

              What a shame..but it is in the box home... and I am in Spain I had to buy something else for this trip in france..

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              4.0

              I really like the Q2 for sound

              By Tim A

              from Milton, MA

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Great price

              Cons

              • Movement Kills The Video
              • No Ac Adapter

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording

              Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video/Audio Recorder:

              The lack of AC may be deal breaker for some but I was impressed with the stereo imaging and sound quality. The video needs a tripod as any movement will degrade the video too much. The price from MF was just great and I am happy to use it for certain types of live recording with a dedicated cam to roam and the Q2 sitting, say, at the board. Then using iMovie to edit it allows an easy 2 cam. shoot with great sound. Keep an eye on your battery and have fresh ones on hand and you'll be all set.

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              5.0

              A lot of bang for the buck.

              By Stratman

              from Oregon

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Great Sound Good Vid
              • Low Distortion

              Cons

              • Eats batteries

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Performances

              Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video/Audio Recorder:

              I have only used the Zoom recorder once for a live gig and it performed as advertised. The video setting for use with stage ights cured the problems we had with a regular video recorder, and the sound was FAR better than you can get out of a standard video camcorder. The only negative so far is that it eats batteries,(best to buy some rehargables) and a bigger memory card is a good idea too. We mounted it on a boom using the camera's threaded mount on the bottom, set it to record at the second lowest quality, sound level at 2, and got a video that surpased our much more expensive camera at close to the same recording quality selection. Next we'll try the hi-def and I'm sure we'll be further pleased. Quicktime format is easy to edit, but I use AVS Video Editing software, (a free download for the basic version if you're interested) and is easily uploaded or converted. All in all a lot of bang for the buck. Great for recording sound only too, without distortion, lots of clarity, and with plenty of kick in the bass. Would buy again or possibly opt for the next higher model that has the option of using an external power source.

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              5.0

              Great recorder!

              By Chopper

              from Phoenix, AZ

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video/Audio Recorder:

                Cool little gadget. Great for catching quality home music videos and live performances.

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                4.0

                super for the money

                By Remo

                from Cary, NC

                About Me Experienced

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video/Audio Recorder:

                  the sound quality is exceptional for the cost. Still messing with the video. Didn't see a dramatic difference in HD as opposed to VGA except for the huge bandwidth needed for HD. So maybe I'm missing something or just have lousy playback equipment. But it is good video and fantastic sound for capturing live music. Has few but very effective light settings. There is dramatic differences there, making it easy to choose and use. Buy one, tremendous deal!

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                  4.0

                  Works For Me

                  By Earthtojohn

                  from Au Sable Forks, NY

                  About Me Experienced

                  Ask me a question

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video/Audio Recorder:

                    Bought this after being disappointed with a Tascam PCM/HD...the Zoom is easier to use and gives a fair result in low light....watch the record button though, it is very touchy..one sutter of your finger and you disarm it...hard to beat this for the price

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                    (1 of 1 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...!!!!!

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