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Brilliant stereo recording... now with HD video.

Zoom brought unrivaled stereo sound to your movies with the Q3 Handy Video Recorder. Now, with the Q3HD, there's only one handheld camcorder that does it all in 1080p. The Q3HD Handy Video Recorder takes Zoom's renowned audio technology and combines it with HD video, allowing you to capture every moment with stunning clarity and resolution.

It's an HD World
With the Q3HD, it's never been easier or more fun to shoot great videos. Select 720p or 1080p for amazing clarity and detail no matter where or what you're shooting. It also includes two standard definition (SD) formats for those times when a smaller file size is needed.

With a new lens and imaging sensor, the Q3HD captures exceptionally clean video that is compressed with the high quality H.264 video codec. It also has a larger aperture, which lets more light into your movies. And with its 4X digital zoom, the Q3HD gets you closer to the action.

Turn it sideways
Zoom made on-the-go viewing better than ever with the Q3HD. Simply turn the camera on its side and press play. Watch your videos anywhere with its "widescreen" color LCD screen and built-in reference speaker.
Bring up the lights.

With the Q3HD, you can choose among three different lighting settings. This makes shooting video in challenging lighting conditions easy. For most situations, choosing "Auto" will give you the best, clearest results. You can also select "Concert Lighting", which will automatically adjust for rapid changes in stage lights and compensate when the stage goes dark. Choose "Night" for maximizing any available light in the lowest light conditions.

Sound makes the movie
The Q3HD uses the same microphone capsules as Zoom's industry-leading H4n Handy Recorder. From live musical performances, rehearsals and recitals to journalism, education, sports or travel, the Q3HD's pristine audio is so realistic your movies will transport you back to the moment, to relive over and over again.

With two on-board, studio-quality condenser mics configured in a wide 120° X/Y pattern, the Q3HD gives you true depth and stereo imaging, making your movies sound as if they were recorded on a Hollywood soundstage.

The Q3HD also displays audio meters, allowing you to quickly monitor and set your levels. Set the gain to High or Low to record in soft or loud environments. Or use the Q3HD's Auto Level to automatically set the right recording level for any given situation. And now with two settings for Auto Level Gain Control, we've made it easy to get great sound no matter what you're shooting. For outdoor shoots, we highly recommend using a windscreen over the mics.

HD Movies out of the box
The Q3HD is packaged with everything you need to make your movies right out of the box. It includes a 2GB SD card, HandyShare editing software and two AA batteries. With a 2GB SD card, you can record up to 45 minutes of HD video. The Q3HD will also accept SDHC cards of up to 32GB for a staggering 7 hours of HD moviemaking.

Accessorize your moviemaking with the Q3HD Accessory Pack
To further enhance its versatility, a Q3HD accessory package (see sku # H70240), including a soft shell case, windscreen, AC adapter, HDMI cable, AV cable and tripod, is sold separately.

The Q3HD brings HD video and audio together for great looking videos that sound better than ever.

Features

  • Built-in stereo condenser microphones with 120° X/Y configuration for true stereo imaging
  • Video resolution of 720p at 30 or 60 fps or 1080p at 30 fps
  • WVGA (standard definition) at 30 or 60 fps is also available for smaller file sizes
  • Get up to 45 minutes of 720p at 30fps video with 2GB SD card
  • Accepts up to 32GB SDHC cards for 7 hours of 720p at 30fps (Audio at AAC192 kbps)
  • Large 2.4-inch 320 x 240 color LCD display
  • Built-in NTSC/PAL TV and HDMI output
  • 4x digital zoom
  • Video format: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (MOV)
  • Audio formats: 44.1/48/96kHz 16/24-bit WAV (PCM) or AAC up to 320kbps
  • Auto Record Level automatically sets audio levels during recordings
  • Uses two standard AA batteries or NiMH rechargeable batteries
  • USB 2.0 with built-in cable
  • Windows and Mac OS compatible
  • Built-in speaker and tripod mount
  • Optional accessory package (APQ-3HD) includes soft shell case, windscreen, AC adapter, HDMI cable, AV cable and tripod

Included Accessories

Enjoy HD video and awesome audio. Order today.

 

Q3HD Handy Video Recorder Specifications:

  • Recording Media: SD/SDHC card (up to 32GB), Class 4 or higher recommended., 2GB included
  • Imaging Device: 1/3.2" 5M pixels CMOS sensor
  • Optics Lens: Fixed Focus (1.0m to infinity), F2.8
  • Video Format: MPEG-4 AVC / H.264(MOV)
  • Video Resolution: HD1080p 30fps、HD720p 60fps、HD720p 30fps、WVGA 60fps, WVGA 30fps
  • Audio Format: PCM (Quantization: 16/24-bit, Sampling Frequency:44.1/48/96kHz)
  • AAC (Bit Rate: 64 to 320kbps, Sampling Frequency: 48kHz)
  • Sound Functions: Lo-cut filter, Auto REC level
  • Video Functions: 4x digital zoom, Scene select, Divide, Trim
  • Display: 2.4: full color LCD (QVGA)
  • Built-in Mic: Unidirectional, 120-degree X/Y stereo, Maximum Sound Pressure Level: 130dB SPL
  • Built-in Speaker: Monaural, 400mW 8Ω
  • Input: LINE IN (1/8" Stereo phone jack)
  • Outputs: Mini-HDMI (Type C), TV OUT (NTSC / PAL compatible), LINE/PHONES OUT (1/8" Stereo phone jack)
  • USB: USB2.0 High-speed compatible, mass storage class operation
  • Power Requirements: Works on 2 x AA batteries (LR6 included or you can use Ni-MH sold separately)
  • AC adapter(AD-14): DC5V/1A/center positive
  • Battery Life: 2 hours (Movie mode), 4 hours (Audio mode)
  • Dimensions(mm): 51(W) x 132.9(D) x 23(H)
  • Weight:105g (without batteries)
  • Accessories: SD memory card (2GB), 2 x AA/LR6 batteries (for testing the unit)
  • System requirements for HandyShare software
  • Windows
  • Windows XP 32-bit (SP2 or later), Windows Vista 32-bit / 64-bit (SP1 or later), Windows 7 32-bit / 64-bit
  • Intel Pentium4 1.4GHz / AMD Athlon 64 or faster
  • 512MB RAM (1GB or more recommended)
  • 1024 x 600 monitor resolution or more
  • USB1.1/2.0 compatible port
  • Macintosh
  • Mac OS X 10.4.6 or later / 10.5 / 10.6
  • Intel Core Duo 1.66 GHz or faster (Intel Mac only)
  • 512MB RAM (1GB or more recommended)
  • 1024 x 600 monitor resolution or more
  • USB1.1/2.0 compatible port
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ZoomQ3HD Handy Video Recorder
 
4.0

(based on 28 reviews)

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Great fun product....easy to use...proven ruggedness...very few flaws ZOOM..good stuff
A- Definitley love this...Q2and others love it to...it is quick...Read complete review

Great fun product....easy to use...proven ruggedness...very few flaws ZOOM..good stuff
A- Definitley love this...Q2and others love it to...it is quick access for a songwriter that wants to use just the MP3 sketchpad function

Whoa! BIG,BIG problem though....this is way to easy to accidently erase ALL files in a heart beat one stroke error. Roland always makes you jump through several hoops to dump any audio file on their recorders....smart move....like a prompt that says "are you sure?"...has saved me many times...not so with this unit ....one false move and its ALL gone

It is plastic...but very rugged based on my first use in LA...I dropped it (kind of hard to hold) on my first video attempt five feet onto concrete block pavers. I have a perfect audio/video record of my clutzy move showing me reaching back down to pick it up (it was still recording) ...big bruise mar on the corner ...but a year later is still running great!!!

When deleting files (e.g. file #12) it needs to return you back to the last place you were ...rather than having to toggle all the way back from file #99 (if you had 99 events recorded)..... to delete files #13 and #34
This is a Q2 soooo the video is mediocre...but sound is awesome
Easy..quick upload and transfer of files to computer with onboard USB connection
Easy plug in to TV viewing
Great value given the audio quality and ease of use for a songwriter

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A great investment for sound recording, video is good but needs work.

I bought my Q3HD in June of 2011.

There are so many things I want to say about this product, but in a nutshell, I think the audio is superb,...Read complete review

I bought my Q3HD in June of 2011.

There are so many things I want to say about this product, but in a nutshell, I think the audio is superb, but I think the HD video is a little so-so. If you need more info, read on.

There is an option on the camera to turn off the video, and just record audio, and i use that option a majority of the time.

I use my Q3HD to record tons of things, including my own music and live performances.

I record my songs in my basement, with drums, guitar, and bass. With the drums, i put the mic right in front of the entire set with the audio setting on low, and everything picks up just nice. I prefer to record everything with one great mic, rather than a mic on every single drum and two overhead mics. A majority of people like the latter strategy, but I think this mic picks up the toms, bass, cymbals, and snare almost perfectly by itself.

With guitar and bass, I turn the amps up high and put the mic's setting on low, and place it about a foot in front of the amp. This works just great.

I have gone up to North Shore and recorded the waves on audio, and it came out great. I've also recorded zoo noises, nature sounds, beach clamor, mall clamor and conversations/interviews, and the audio astounds me every time.

i have also used it as a shotgun mic on my fiancee's Rebel t2i DSLR camera, and the final product is professional quality.

The video, on the other hand, is so-so. The Q3 video was horrible. It was low quality and full-creen looking. The Q3HD is a big improvement, giving you the option of 720p or 1080p. 720 can be recorded at 30fps or 60fps, but the 1080 can only be recorded at 30fps. The video is now wide-screen, which i really like, and i think it looks better that way. I don't think HD really applies to the video quality, though. You can still see fuzz and static in the video. It's not crystal clear. Plus at 30fps everything kind of blurs. But the video quality is still pretty good.

That being said, i wish i would have waited until Zoom comes out with the next model, where they improve the video quality again. (or at least im HOPING zoom is upgrading this thing.)

This is a great piece of equipment, with outstanding audio abilities, and pretty good video quality.

Overall i would say that you can't find a portable, hand-held camera, with better sound quality and capablities for under $1000.
You can shoot video and audio, or just audio. A built-in USB cord, an HDMI port, an in and out sound jack, and a tv jack.
I think the casing of this product is really flimsy. Very light plastic. But if you're careful, as you should be with a pricey piece of equipment, you should be fine. The screen scratches easily but you can still see everything. I would suggest a screen protector and buying the accessory pack for like 30 bucks. Comes with a protective case.

The quality of sound is unbeatable, and the video is awesome, but not quite HD quality.
I think it's an incredible value, but i would change a few things about it.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Good

By David J Cook

from Missouri

Comments about Zoom Q3HD Handy Video Recorder:

Overall I would buy this again cuz it fits the niche perfectly. Be sure to buy the AC adapter, this thing eats batteries, maybe a few rechargeables too.
Seems to do everything I want it to, has a direct in for the Jamhub for pristine recordings.
It's light, small and delicate. Handle with care.
I don't think there is anything out there for a musician that is better for the money.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Quality & Easy to use

By Dr. B-cmeIh

from The South

Comments about Zoom Q3HD Handy Video Recorder:

The product is extremely easy to use. The controls are quite intuitive. The battery life seems really good and there is a lot of capacity for storage.
The unit I use is used by our whole faculty and sees pretty regular use under a variety conditions, many not too favorable.
It seems well made as our unit is not exactly handled with kid gloves.
Not a lot of onboard adjustability, but this is made up for with the ease of use. There may be more features that I haven't fully explored.
I would call the video quality "Youtube VG+". You won't get high def DVD quality, but it's way better than some of the grainy stuff a lot of people post online.
The audio is quite forgiving. I have used it for some very soft voiced instruments in medium to large halls and the sound is quite good. The X placement of the mics gives a good combination of instrument sound and hall acoustics.
I would have thought the price for this might have come down, but it has really held its value. It is definitely a niche product, and it serves that niche well.
Guess I'm just used to see continuing price drops....

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(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

low light lacks detail

By Thunderfingers

from Manassas, VA

Comments about Zoom Q3HD Handy Video Recorder:

Sound is good, easy to use. I'm going to keep it but I think I would like better low light performance. My phone takes sharper low light video - but it is so grainy. With this unit the low light isn't grainy but the image is so processed it lacks detail and almost looks like a watercolor.

That said, it is easy to use and quick to setup which is vital when I am setting up for a gig with my band. I recorded band practice and the sound is good and the lens is wide enough focal length so I can get everyone in our fairly small room.

I'd like to have better low light performance and I would consider getting a different unit for that purpose - but it is not going to be as easy to use or have the sound of this unit.
Sound is good, easy to use. I'm going to keep it but I think I would like better low light performance. My phone takes sharper low light video - but it is so grainy. With this unit the low light isn't grainy but the image is so processed it lacks detail and almost looks like a watercolor.

That said, it is easy to use and quick to setup which is vital when I am setting up for a gig with my band. I recorded band practice and the sound is good and the lens is wide enough focal length so I can get everyone in our fairly small room.

I'd like to have better low light performance and I would consider getting a different unit for that purpose - but it is not going to be as easy to use or have the sound of this unit.
Sound is good, easy to use. I'm going to keep it but I think I would like better low light performance. My phone takes sharper low light video - but it is so grainy. With this unit the low light isn't grainy but the image is so processed it lacks detail and almost looks like a watercolor.

That said, it is easy to use and quick to setup which is vital when I am setting up for a gig with my band. I recorded band practice and the sound is good and the lens is wide enough focal length so I can get everyone in our fairly small room.

I'd like to have better low light performance and I would consider getting a different unit for that purpose - but it is not going to be as easy to use or have the sound of this unit.
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Sound is good, easy to use. I'm going to keep it but I think I would like better low light performance. My phone takes sharper low light video - but it is so grainy. With this unit the low light isn't grainy but the image is so processed it lacks detail and almost looks like a watercolor.

That said, it is easy to use and quick to setup which is vital when I am setting up for a gig with my band. I recorded band practice and the sound is good and the lens is wide enough focal length so I can get everyone in our fairly small room.

I'd like to have better low light performance and I would consider getting a different unit for that purpose - but it is not going to be as easy to use or have the sound of this unit.

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Close but not quite

By dennis haneda

from SF Bay Area

Comments about Zoom Q3HD Handy Video Recorder:

Not worth owning if the audio and video are out of sync.
Nice simple features. The up/down left/right keypad is too precarious.
I was excited for this device but returned it after a week because of one major flaw: The auidio and video become out of sync with each other, especially in larger, longer files. Some people say that this due to the included Handyshare software, but I found it to be a problem even when viewing the files with quicktime. I could have lived with the cheap plastic but this is unacceptable so back in the box she goes.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Concerns

By Randy Hunt

from New Hope, PA

Comments about Zoom Q3HD Handy Video Recorder:

The first thing you find out about this unit is the limited volume setting. There is an auto, a high and a low. Auto is only functional if there is very little dynamics in the sound and it should be constant. It seems to pull up the levels if there is moments of silence only to dive down once the music is started. There is no controlling the levels on this machine. If it's loud, you must use the low setting. I have had times where it seems low was too low but high wasn't even workable.

I also think the sound is great but once I transfered to youtube, I felt it was not as loud as other people's video.

Delete, divide and trim buttons have no reverse so be very careful. I usually copy the song on computer first before I try to do much trimming. I have divided songs by accident. I did that on a group's signature (finale) song the last time I used it.

Case is thin plastic.

Battery life is short so it needs a charger.

Video is clear if you use it in a matter of feet instead of yards. I've shot video from the sound booth area and it was too far away. Once I placed it too close and only had stage noise so the vocals were too far back in the sound. I have used a mic'ed input through a mixer during recording too.

In all, it is very easy to use. A few times I just handed it off to others and had them use it. It's that easy to use. It gives a pretty OK, but not great, video. I ended up needing to buy too many SD cards as it takes time to run though as much video as I've shot. I really am only marginally OK with this unit and if I could return it and get all my money back, it would be gone today.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Handy, How did I live without it?

By MikeFev?

from New Jersey

Comments about Zoom Q3HD Handy Video Recorder:

I was up and running within 20 minutes and posted to YouTube the next day, minimal editing capabilities but those taht are there are just fine, get the accessory pack , you'll need it anyway!
As far as features go, it's simple to use, no focusing, no light issues, just set the scene and volume level and ACTION!!!
I think it's as good as you're gonna get for 3 bills and as long as you treat it with some care it'll last til at least the next big little camera that comes along
It has all the things you would want in a video camera, clear picture, great sound, grat price, and a line in for sound, if you look almost anywhere else for that feature alone it'll cost $1,000.00 more!

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

A great investment for sound recording, video is good but needs work.

By Anton Switajewski

from Minnesota

Comments about Zoom Q3HD Handy Video Recorder:

I bought my Q3HD in June of 2011.

There are so many things I want to say about this product, but in a nutshell, I think the audio is superb, but I think the HD video is a little so-so. If you need more info, read on.

There is an option on the camera to turn off the video, and just record audio, and i use that option a majority of the time.

I use my Q3HD to record tons of things, including my own music and live performances.

I record my songs in my basement, with drums, guitar, and bass. With the drums, i put the mic right in front of the entire set with the audio setting on low, and everything picks up just nice. I prefer to record everything with one great mic, rather than a mic on every single drum and two overhead mics. A majority of people like the latter strategy, but I think this mic picks up the toms, bass, cymbals, and snare almost perfectly by itself.

With guitar and bass, I turn the amps up high and put the mic's setting on low, and place it about a foot in front of the amp. This works just great.

I have gone up to North Shore and recorded the waves on audio, and it came out great. I've also recorded zoo noises, nature sounds, beach clamor, mall clamor and conversations/interviews, and the audio astounds me every time.

i have also used it as a shotgun mic on my fiancee's Rebel t2i DSLR camera, and the final product is professional quality.

The video, on the other hand, is so-so. The Q3 video was horrible. It was low quality and full-creen looking. The Q3HD is a big improvement, giving you the option of 720p or 1080p. 720 can be recorded at 30fps or 60fps, but the 1080 can only be recorded at 30fps. The video is now wide-screen, which i really like, and i think it looks better that way. I don't think HD really applies to the video quality, though. You can still see fuzz and static in the video. It's not crystal clear. Plus at 30fps everything kind of blurs. But the video quality is still pretty good.

That being said, i wish i would have waited until Zoom comes out with the next model, where they improve the video quality again. (or at least im HOPING zoom is upgrading this thing.)

This is a great piece of equipment, with outstanding audio abilities, and pretty good video quality.

Overall i would say that you can't find a portable, hand-held camera, with better sound quality and capablities for under $1000.
You can shoot video and audio, or just audio. A built-in USB cord, an HDMI port, an in and out sound jack, and a tv jack.
I think the casing of this product is really flimsy. Very light plastic. But if you're careful, as you should be with a pricey piece of equipment, you should be fine. The screen scratches easily but you can still see everything. I would suggest a screen protector and buying the accessory pack for like 30 bucks. Comes with a protective case.

The quality of sound is unbeatable, and the video is awesome, but not quite HD quality.
I think it's an incredible value, but i would change a few things about it.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth every penny!

By Eric Palmer

from Midwest

Comments about Zoom Q3HD Handy Video Recorder:

All in all, for the amount of money spent on the Q3HD was well worth every penny. I got exactly what was described and more. The unit is even better when you purchace the extra's kit. Very nice tri-pod and an a/c wall adapter.
I search and searched. I read every review I could find. Most of them said the audio is great and the video is lacking. The audio is great. I used it at a show two weeks ago, and even when our live sound was lacking the recorded video sounded great. Also, a great feature is the fact that it will start a new recording when the max recording file size is reached. So you never miss a minued of your recording and the file sizes are still managable.
The video is also very good for the size of the lens. When you have a good tight shot on what you are filming, the video is excellent. If you have to have any distance (like the rear of a room where you are preforming) the video gets a little distorted and blurry when shown on a mid to large sized t.v.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

On You Tube within 24 hours

By earl lundewall

from INDIANA! U.S.

Comments about Zoom Q3HD Handy Video Recorder:

A great piece of work-simple-Ihad a video on you tube fast! The battery analyser is not explained in the manual so watch what it does when you put the batteries in it! download video into a computer first. I did'nt do that and it took 45 mins to upload! Once you learn it's fun! enjoy ! ADRIAN CRUTCH/ myspace

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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Qreview

By brian howard

from North Carolina

Comments about Zoom Q3HD Handy Video Recorder:

Great fun product....easy to use...proven ruggedness...very few flaws ZOOM..good stuff
A- Definitley love this...Q2and others love it to...it is quick access for a songwriter that wants to use just the MP3 sketchpad function

Whoa! BIG,BIG problem though....this is way to easy to accidently erase ALL files in a heart beat one stroke error. Roland always makes you jump through several hoops to dump any audio file on their recorders....smart move....like a prompt that says "are you sure?"...has saved me many times...not so with this unit ....one false move and its ALL gone

It is plastic...but very rugged based on my first use in LA...I dropped it (kind of hard to hold) on my first video attempt five feet onto concrete block pavers. I have a perfect audio/video record of my clutzy move showing me reaching back down to pick it up (it was still recording) ...big bruise mar on the corner ...but a year later is still running great!!!

When deleting files (e.g. file #12) it needs to return you back to the last place you were ...rather than having to toggle all the way back from file #99 (if you had 99 events recorded)..... to delete files #13 and #34
This is a Q2 soooo the video is mediocre...but sound is awesome
Easy..quick upload and transfer of files to computer with onboard USB connection
Easy plug in to TV viewing
Great value given the audio quality and ease of use for a songwriter

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